Summer lends itself to long, lazy days spent beach or poolside – with a good book in hand. This summer, we’re inviting you join our virtual #jamesbookclub by highlighting a selection of classics, currents and just-for-fun reads as curated by our team.

July’s picks come courtesy of Director of Marketing and Public Relations at The James West Hollywood – Sunset, Narinder Nagra, who knows a thing or two about warm weather reading living in sunny Los Angeles.

Must reads on your list this summer? Share them back with us on Instagram or Twitter via #jamesbookclub and #fridayreads and we’ll literally spread the word by adding a selection to our living libraries in New York and Chicago.    

The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch
This incredibly inspiring book was recommended to me by my sister. It’s not too heavy but yet challenges you to be introspective in identifying the things most important to you as well as what kind of legacy you’d like to leave one day. It’s an all-around wonderful book that inspires change.

Lioness Arising by Lisa Bevere
This one is actually not the lightest read, but it’s another change inspiring book, especially for women. The motivation to live in the present while knowing my place was incredible and definitely prompted some evolution for the better.  

The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
I loved this book because not only was it an easy read, but it also managed to take me along on a journey as one contemplates their inner self.  It encouraged me to think about my own culture and history and how I balance it all as I strive to better myself today.