Summer is arguably the most anticipated season of the year. It’s filled with sunshine, barbecues, festivals and fun. It’s a time of year that has been celebrated in anthems ranging from classics like “Summertime” by DJ Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince, to “Summer” by Calvin Harris, to “Boys of Summer” by Don Henley, to Drake’s “Revenge.”
It’s also the time of year when the most anticipated movies, albums and books are released, but with so many options, it can get expensive to buy them all. Which ones should you spend your hard earned paycheck on and which might you want to rent at a later date?
I’m here to help you select the entertainment that will give you the best bang for your buck.
When it comes to summer reading, it’s important to find ones that pull you in and don’t let go until you are done! Buzz is ablaze on these top selections:
- Fly Me by Daniel Riley: A college graduate sets off on the right path, but quickly gets wrapped up in a drug smuggling scheme. The perfect beach read.
- Black Privilege, by Charlamagne Tha God: This instant New York Times Best Seller, is highly recommended for a hot summer day. Written by the self-proclaimed “Prince of Pissing People Off,” Charlamagne offers his insight into finding happiness.
- Blind Spot, by Teju Cole: This is a perfect read for the summer traveler. Cole, a Hemingway Foundation Pen Award recipient, takes globalization and shrinks it down into bite-sized, thoughtful pieces that can best be described as a multi-media diary.
- Sour Heart, by Jenny Zhan: This is rightfully one of the most anticipated books of the summer as it is very timely with the state of America’s immigration climate. Zhan paints a modern “Joy Luck Club”-like story, portraying the realities of what it means to be a Chinese immigrant in the United States. This would be a great read for those summer days that are too hot. Kick back, relax, turn on the AC and pick up this book.
- Full Moon Wolf by Lincoln Child: Known for his best-selling thriller series featuring FBI agent Aloysius Pendergast with co-author Douglas Preston, Child moved on to this series which follows the adventures of paranormal investigator, Jeremy Logan. Werewolves and summer! Sounds good to us!
- Wicked Like a Wildfire, by Lana Popovic: This highly anticipated Young Adult (YA) novel is a fantasy about two sisters who are bound to something bigger than themselves.
- Spider-Man Homecoming: This movie made headlines when it was announced that Zendaya would play the role of Michelle who is essentially the Mary Jane of the Reboot. Also, you can never go wrong with Spider-Man.
- Girl’s Trip: Is a perfect film for the ladies as well as the men who like to watch beautiful ladies on the big screen. The comedy stars Queen Latifah, Regina Hall, Jada Pinkett-Smith and Tiffany Haddish.
- Wonder Woman – Keeping with the theme of girl power, this one’s got it all. Wonder Woman, portrayed by actress Diana Prince, made her premiere in “Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice” and now she’s on her own with a little help from Chris Pine.
- War for the Planet of the Apes: This film was described as the ideal film for today’s political climate by “The Hollywood Reporter” as it focuses on the battle between the mistreated Ape population and an army of merciless humans.
- Despicable Me 3: There is a reason why there are three – because the first two are funny. I think this one will be, too – for adults and kids alike.
- Annabelle 2: This movie is a perfect date night movie especially if you want to get close to that special someone you have your eye on for the summer. What better way to end your night than to be cuddled up during a horror film?
- Lollapalooza: This is one of the biggest annual music festivals and is definitely worth spending money on. It will be held August 3-6 in Chicago and will feature some of the biggest acts in punk rock, heavy metal, alternative rock, EDM and Hip Hop. This includes, but is not limited to Lorde, DJ Snake, Arcade Fire, Justice and Chance The Rapper.
- Budweiser’s Made In America: The Made in America Festival has easily become one of the biggest festivals in the nation and this year it will be held from Sept. 2nd-3rd in Philadelphia, PA. This year’s line-up includes J.Cole, The Chainsmokers, Migos, Solange and many more.
- Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival: This 4-day festival will definitely give you the summer feel. Thousands of people from around the world will travel and camp out in Manchester, TN, this June just for the experience. This year’s line-up includes top acts from Red Hot Chili Peppers, U2, Travis Scott and The Weeknd.
- Afropunk Fest: This is one of the most affordable festivals to attend and will give you the most for your money. The event focuses on art, music, skate and culture of the Afropunk culture. Want to go? It’ll be in Brooklyn, NY on August 26-27th.
- Cole- “4 Your Eyez Only” Tour: This is the perfect concert to grab your tickets for quickly as one of hip-hops’ most appreciated rappers, J. Cole, will be hitting a stage near you. This would be a perfect date option, gift option and overall unforgettable summer experience. The tour will begin June 1st and end Aug. 20th.
- Kendrick Lamar- “DAMN” Tour: When you sell over 600,000 copies of your long awaited album ‘DAMN,’ it’s only right that you bless your fans with a tour that will get their humble vibes right for the summer. Lamar’s tour kicks off July 7th.
- Ed Sheeran- “Divide The World” Tour: This multiple Grammy award winning singer and songwriter kicks off his tour on June 29th. No longer opening for Taylor Swift, he’s headlining what is sure to be one of summer’s biggest tours.
- Bruno Mars- “24K Magic” Tour: Last but definitely not least, Bruno Mars will launch the U.S portion of his tour in Las Vegas in July. With seven number one songs on the Billboard Top 100 chart and dance moves to make anyone blush, this is a perfect summer concert to spend your money on now.