The Best Summer Reads To Unwind

Summer is here (or if you live in Stockholm, it was) and it can be hard to unwind from the hectic daily lives we usually lead.

A great way to slow down your pace is to find a cozy corner and read a great book. 

We have therefore gathered a list of personal favourites, selected by the team at Urkund, for your reading pleasure. 

    • « The hate u give » by Angie Thomas: A book your students might equally love about 16-year-old Starr Carter who witnesses a fatal shooting which changes her life forever
    • « The Book Whisperer » by Donalyn Miller: Miller promises to get every child to become an avid reader with through her book
    • « The Library of Babel » by Jorge Luis Borges: a short story about a universe in which the library contains books with every possible ordering of just 25 basic characters
    • « SAS Ghost Patrol: The Ultra-Secret Unit That Posed As Nazi Stormtroopers » by Damien Lewis: A book about the explosive true story of a SAS-unit posing as Nazi troopers 
    • « Measuring the World » by Daniel Kehlmann: A book about the fictional journey of Alexander von Humboldt and Friedrich Gauss, measuring the world
    • « Heart of Darkness » by Joseph Conrad: A classic about the journey on the Congo River into the heart of Africa
    • « Babel-17 » by Samuel R. Delaney: Science fiction with a twist in which the act of learning a language can be used as a weapon. The central idea underlining the book is the so-called Sapir-Whorf hypothesis which states that the languages we know influence the way we think. 
    • « Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy » by Cathy O’Neil: A book about the wide use of algorithms and the dangers of having fundamental organs of society relying on them
    • “Americanah” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: A powerful story about integration, race, and love.
    • “The Outsider” (or “The Stranger” in the US) by Albert Camus: A classic novel of the 20th century, philosophical and absurd at once
    • “The Bridge on the Drina” by Nobel Prize winning author Ivo Andrić: A novel about a bridge and its history that spans over 4 decades. From its construction during the Ottoman empire until its partial destruction during world war one. 
    • “Skin in the Game: Hidden Asymmetries in Daily Life” by Nassim Nicholas Taleb: a controversial book about the theory that in order to win something you or someone else must take the risks it comes with.

We hope that you enjoy the list and let us know your favourite books or if you read any of the ones suggested by us!

Until then, have a great summer everyone :)!