V2’s Summer Reading List, 2021 

At V2, you don’t have to look far to find a great reading recommendation. When we’re not scouring the news or crafting a story ourselves, odds are we’re buried in a good book (or running to the V2 Kitchen Chat Teams channel to discuss it with others). 

Between vacation time and the typical beach reading, summer is a particularly ripe time for recommendations at V2. Keep reading for some of this year’s picks from the team.  

Erin Cooper, Senior Account Executive 

“Malibu Rising,” Taylor Jenkins Reid – A few V2ers have discovered that we’ve already read or are planning to read this book, and after finishing, it’s easy to understand why. The book follows the Riva siblings—Nina, Jay, Hud and Kit—during the day leading up to Nina’s annual end-of-summer party while flashing back to their childhood and how they feel about their father, Mick Riva. Set in 1980s Malibu, the secrets and Reid’s writing make this a perfect beach read. 

“The Summer Job,” Lizzy Dent – Ever dream of running away and starting a new life as someone else? That’s what happened to protagonist Birdy, who is pretending to be her best friend, world-class sommelier Heather, at an upscale Scottish hotel for one summer—and Heather doesn’t know. I’m excited to see how this all unfolds, and to learn some more about wine in the process! 

Kara Doran, Director of Social Media 

“Where the Crawdads Sing,” Delia Owens – This is a compelling and hauntingly beautiful novel that I was not able to put down. The writing is almost lyrical in its details and the story has a bit of everything – mystery, romance, tragedy and captivating characters. It takes place in the deep South in the 1950s and focuses on the heroine Kya’s emotional and isolating coming of age journey. It’s currently being turned into a movie by Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine production company—so I recommend diving in before the film is released. Pair it with a sweet Bourbon tea (or any Southern inspired drink) and a box of tissues. 

Maura FitzGerald, Founder 

“Great Circle,” Maggie Shipstead – Marian Graves grows up in Missoula, Montana, in the early 1900s and her dream is to be a pilot, flying airplanes across the country and, eventually, the world. More than 100 years later, Hadley Baxter is an actress, trying desperately to stage a comeback playing Marian in a movie about her life. Their fascinating stories intertwine across time and geography in this fascinating book. 

Victoria Newell, Account Manager 

“Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents,” Isabel Wilkerson – As I’ve been doing more anti-racist reading, I cannot recommend this book enough. Oftentimes people are put off anti-racist reading because it feels dense and technical, but this book does a great job of teaching you a lot while also feeling like an easier read.  

“Imposter Syndrome,” Kathy Wang – This is a book about a Russian spy groomed from her childhood to grow up and take over a tech startup in Silicon Valley… Need I say more? 

Courtney Garvey, Content Executive  

“The Book of Difficult Fruit,” Kate Lebo – I’m in the middle of this one now and it’s, shall I say, difficult to boil down into one genre. Part essay collection, part history lesson, part cookbook, it’s full of interesting and obscure facts about food that I intend to annoyingly work into conversation this summer. 

Alli Webster, Account Manager 

“A Gentleman in Moscow,” Amor Towles – I absolutely adored his other novel, The Rules of Civility. Everyone has recommended A Gentleman in Moscow and it’s been on my list forever. I MUST get to it this summer! 


July 15, 2021


By Courtney Garvey


V2 Culture