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The 5 Best Book & Bag Combos for Summer

Words by Jody Hume | 7.1.19
Shades on, new clothes purchased, time off acquired. The only thing missing? Entertaining reads to get you through the dog days. Whether you’re a nonfiction nut or a sucker for some good storytelling, we’ve rounded up five books guaranteed to please and the swoon-worthy bags to pack them in. Featuring everything from murder mysteries to bubbly beach reads, our list has a little something for every style. Read on to discover the perfect pair for you.
For The Artistically Inclined

Boom: Mad Money, Mega Dealers and the Rise of Contemporary Art

Do you find yourself spending sunny Saturdays indoors at yet another museum? Ditch the AC and opt for a day at the park reading Boom. A nonfiction deep-dive into the often outlandish world of contemporary art and its major dealers, Boom chronicles the ins and outs of the wildly lucrative market built on influence and unparalleled wealth.
Once you’ve had your fair share of Vitamin D, we recommend a trip to one of the Gagosian galleries mentioned in the book. With U.S. spaces on both coasts, you’ll have plenty of flight time to catch up on your reading. Bring along your copy of Boom in the aptly-named and undeniably chic Christian Dior Book Tote and browse to your heart’s content.
For The Jet-Setter


Set in the hazy glamour of 1950s Morocco, Tangerine is the perfect read for a day at the café or a cozy night in. The tale of two college roommates reuniting under questionable circumstances is chock full of intrigue and bone-chilling suspense. With vivid imagery and spot-on dialogue, Tangerine brilliantly navigates the fine line between devoted friendship and obsession, asking the question—what happens when you teeter over the edge? Bonus: the movie version is in the works, featuring Hollywood heartthrobs George Clooney and Scarlett Johansson. 
This captivating read is sure to give you the travel itch. Whether you’re planning an exotic getaway or staying close to home, the Louis Vuitton Palm Springs Backpack is a worthy companion for your adventurous spirit. Featuring a poppy tropical print, the backpack will help you stay stylishly hands-free.
For The Finance Fanatic

Billion Dollar Whale

Didn’t get enough business talk during busy season? Don’t worry, Billion Dollar Whale has you covered. Equal parts Crazy Rich Asians and The Wolf Of Wall Street, this investigative masterpiece reveals how unassuming Malaysian businessman Jho Low pulled off some of the 21st century’s most unbelievable financial crimes.
When you’re reading something this good, you want everyone to know. Practical and on-trend, the Jil Sander Transparent Tote is the ideal bag for showing off. If only Jho Low’s finances were this transparent.
For The Literary Lover

On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous

Reading is all about broadening your perspective of the world, and you’d be hard-pressed to find a contemporary novel doing that as gracefully as On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous. Thanks to a well-crafted narrative and breathtaking language, On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous effortlessly tackles issues of class, race, identity and tragedy with resounding beauty and empathy.
With all the makings of an instant classic, you’ll fly through this book in a breeze. Lucky for you, the timelessly elegant Bottega Veneta Intrecciato Cabat Tote is roomy enough to house your hefty rotation of best-sellers. Luxe, woven leather that fits even the non-essentials, what’s not to love?
For The Queen Of Clicks

The New Me

How To Reduce Your Screen Time 101: Halle Butler’s new work of contemporary fiction, The New Me. Sarcastic, hysterical and sometimes scathing, The New Me offers a fresh take on millennials and their struggle navigating the world around them. There’s no time like the present to break free from social media’s shackles, and trust usThe New Me makes it worth your while.
Cool girls, rejoice! Whether you’re taking your book break al fresco or on a packed subway car, a Staud Bissett Bucket Bag looks right at home.
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