Join me on a captivating journey as we delve into the fascinating world of aesthetics and how it can shape our reading experiences. In this segment, I explore the art of choosing an aesthetic that resonates with your soul, and I unveil a curated selection of book recommendations that perfectly complement your chosen style. Summer Edition🌞😎.
Skater Summer Aesthetic: This aesthetic is the combination of a carefree summer ☀️spirit and the edgy🤟 stigma of skater culture. It’s about the sense of adventure, going out till all times of the night, and a whimsical laid-back attitude. It’s an articulation of denim jeans, beach volleyball🤽♀️, swimsuits👙, Vans, and of course skateboards🛹.
“Beige” by Cecil Castellucci: This coming-of-age novel is about a female protagonist named Katy. She joins the skateboarding scene in the early 1990s in Southern California. It displays compositions of identity, friendship, and the power of pursuing one’s passion. It is very inspiring, and sure to motivate you to go on the right path!
All the Right Stuff” by Walter Dean Myers: This book’s setting is in Harlem, New York. It features a group of friends who form a skateboarding crew dubbed the Scorpions. The story beautifully mixes friendship, loyalty, and pursuing dreams. Making this a perfect pick-me-up book to read!
“North of Beautiful” by Justina Chen: Even though skateboarding is a segment of this novel, it’s not solely about that. It’s the story of a young girl named Terra, who adores and enjoys skateboarding with her entire soul! This book has multiple lessons on self-acceptance, embracing inner beauty, and finding one’s place in the world. Perfect for anyone feeling insecure in their persona and needing a sprinkle of self-confidence!
Soft Summer Aesthetic: The soft girl summer aesthetic is similar to the clothing aesthetic called coquette. It’s all about the different shades of pink, pastel everywhere, love 💗, tranquility, pink again, and daydreaming💭. This aesthetic truly embraces femininity💄, ethereal beauty ✨.
“The Night Circus” by Erin Morgenstern:This enchanting novel is in a zone with a mysterious and magical circus that appears only at night. It is beautifully written, with the author mastering the element of the figure of speech, it has melodic prose and scenic descriptions, and it evokes a sense of marvel, romance, and ethereal beauty—a mesmerizing story for the sweet, soft summer aesthetic.
“The Language of Flowers” by Vanessa Diffenbaugh:This book is about a young woman named Victoria Jones. This novel delves into the symbolic value of flowers and their true hidden meanings. It possesses themes of healing, second chances, and the beauty that can be found in the simplest of things. It reminds me of the saying “making lemonades out of lemons”, finding happiness, or the silver lining in the dullness of things.
“Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine” by Gail Honeyman: This heartwarming and bittersweet story revolves around Eleanor Oliphant. She is a woman prone to social anxiety and being socially awkward. She embarks on a voyage of renewing herself, finding self-discovery and human connection. It portrays themes of resilience, healing, and the transformative power of kindness.
Boho Natural Summer Aesthetic: This aesthetic is the essence of the bohemian spirit. It celebrates nature🌴, being off-grid, and just absorbing the beauty of life. It combines forest🌳, ocean waves🌊, animals, van life🚗, organic, natural🏔️ textures, and earthy🌍 tones.
“The Beach” by Alex Garland: This book is set in Thailand, it takes readers on a tale of a hidden beach paradise. It talks about escapism, communal living, and the magnetism vibes of untouched natural landscapes.
“The Alchemist” by Paulo Coelho: This beloved novel, is one of my favs, I came across this book in English class in seventh grade. It follows the journey of a young shepherd named Santiago. His goal in life is to find his personal legend. It explores articles on self-discovery, spirituality, and the interconnectedness of nature and self.
“The Secret Garden” by Frances Hodgson Burnett: A story about a young girl named Mary in the English countryside. She happens to find a hidden garden and, in the process, she starts to rediscover herself, finding her true persona, and rediscovering her emotions. The garden produces the splendor of nature, growth, and the healing power of binding with the earth.
Minimal Chic Summer Aesthetic: This aesthetic screams coloring in the lines🖍️, neat📏, modernity📍, neutrals, just pops of color here 💛and there🧡, mostly beige, a beautiful view of the blue ocean water, chic clothes, and overall just cleanliness🟪.
“Call Me By Your Name” by André Aciman: The story is placed in Italy, it’s set during an idle summer. It’s about the powerful love story of Elio and Oliver. It makes you giggly and happy and feels like taking a picture and capturing an elegant cute moment between two lovebirds. It is a timeless love story about elegance, simplicity, deep, and strong love.
“Station Eleven” by Emily St. John Mandel: This post-apocalyptic novel explores the collapse of civilization after a pandemic. The main characters are a traveling musician and actor troupe. Mandel’s writing style is alternative and poetic. While reading it, you feel a sense of quiet beauty amidst a minimalist backdrop.
“The Sense of an Ending” by Julian Barnes: This inspiring and contemplative novel centers around Tony Webster. It’s about him introspecting on his past. In the story, he attempts to understand the events that shaped his life, who he is, and how he’s become. Barnes’ writing is characterized by its precision and clarity, embodying the minimalist aesthetic.
Mystic Summer Aesthetic: The mystic🔮 summer aesthetic is all about fantasizing about summer, magic🪄, fairies🧚, and unicorns🦄. It gives off crystals, earth, sunny days, walking barefoot in the sand, and natural water. It takes elements from folklore, magical realism, mysticism, and natural beauty, and turns it into an enchanting dream☁️.
“Practical Magic” by Alice Hoffman: This novel follows the lives of the Owens sisters. They come from a long line of witches, their magic is hereditary. The story is set in a small New England town during the summer. It interconnects themes of love, family, and the mystical powers passed down through generations.
“Garden Spells” by Sarah Addison Allen: Set in a small Southern town, this novel tells the tale of two sisters with magical powers – they derive their mystic powers from plants and herbs in their garden. It’s a tale of love, family secrets, and the transformative power of nature’s magic.
“The House at the Edge of Night” by Catherine Banner: This historical fiction novel is set on a small Italian
island and spans several generations. It takes elements of mysticism, folklore, and family sagas and mixes them to create a captivating tale of love, loss, and the secrets held within the island.