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Our top 5 picks for your summer reading list

No, it’s not technically summer yet.

But things are starting to feel a little bit sunnier, so we’ve gathered 5 Elektra-approved books for your summer reading list to keep you entertained, motivated, and educated!

📚 #1 The Menopause Manifesto, by Dr. Jen Gunter

If you don’t already know about Dr. Jen Gunter, you’re missing out! Dr. Gunter is a kickass OB-GYN, author of The Vagina Bible, and host of her new podcast, Body Stuff with Dr. Jen Gunter.

Her upcoming book, The Menopause Manifesto, is released on May 25th and covers all things menopause. Mark your calendars!

📚 #2 Eat Cool: Good Food for Hot Days, by Vanessa Seder

Cooking near hot stoves in the summer can be a challenge. And adding menopause to the mix? Near impossible.

If you struggle with hot flashes (or if you’re tired of just eating popsicles), this cookbook containing 100 low and no-heat recipes may be your savior

📚 #3 Year of Yes, by Shonda Rhimes

This past year has been a year of no’s. No to the family gatherings, no to the birthday parties, no to wearing real pants (okay, we don’t quite mind this one). While we adjust to safely re-entering a world of social gatherings, we may need a reminder of how to say yes to the people and moments that fulfill us. This memoir, from Shonda Rhimes (director of Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, and more), is a great reminder to truly embrace living.

Our favorite quote: “Happiness comes from being who you actually are instead of who you think you are supposed to be.”

📚 #4 Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art, by James Nestor

I think we can all agree: in a moment of stress, there’s nothing more annoying than a well-meaning person saying, “Just breathe!” Sometimes, this feels way, way easier said than done.

But if you need convincing on why exactly breathing is so damn important, check out this book (named a Best Book of 2020 by NPR). It explores the science and history of breathing and gets to the bottom of why breathing properly is essential to our health.

📚 #5 I feel bad about my neck, by Nora Ephron

Nora Ephron, the late writer of When Harry Met Sally, shares her anecdotes, opinions, and advice on aging, menopause, and more.

If you’re looking for a funny, yet insightful read, this is our pick!


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