Comedian Ali Wong's Six Summer Book Picks

Posted by Mimi on May 17, 2021
Comedian, actress, and writer Ali Wong is also an avid reader of diverse authors: "I feel like I have great taste in books." Now you can see if your tastes match as Ali recommends her favorite books for you to read this summer, from the book she loves to reread to her daughters to the one she immediately gave to her friends and the one that makes her laugh out loud. 

You can follow Ali throughout the year on Goodreads here.

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When Ali Wong's Goodreads Choice Award–winning Dear Girls: Intimate Tales, Untold Secrets, and Advice for Living Your Best Life came out, she told The New York Times, "I love Zadie Smith and I love Ta-Nehisi Coates, and Homegoing [by Yaa Gyasi] is one of my favorite books. I feel like I have great taste in books, and I started writing and I was like: 'How come I don’t sound like them? This is terrible. This is embarrassing.' "

When you read Ali's terribly hilarious and unapologetically unfiltered book, each story indeed sounds like nobody else. Pack Dear Girls this summer if you're looking for stories that stand out as uniquely as Ali does in her smart Netflix comedy specials.

Check out her summer reading recommendations: 

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"The artwork and story are just so imaginative and incredible. I've never read any sci-fi series that centers on four young girls. I wish Paper Girls was around when I was in middle school, and I can't wait until my daughters are old enough to read it." 

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"I get really sick of reading the same books to my kids (because they're all eight pages long!), but I never get tired of this one. It's really encouraged both me and my children to not be afraid of trying something new. Because of this book, I got over my fear of drawing and let go of this idea that I just can't do it. Plus, I love that it centers on a girl named Vashti!"

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"In the middle of reading this book, I immediately bought six copies and sent them to the friends and family who needed to read it. My sister and I talk about some of the scenes from it on a weekly basis. Thi Bui's graphic novel's account of her family history, her personal journey of navigating through so insanely well done and left me in tears."

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"I finished this book in one day. My mouth was so dry and my eyeballs hurt by the end, but it was worth it! Brit Bennett is the master of creating incredible, real, and original characters."

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"I don't like to keep a lot of books, because most of the time they just collect dust and I find I never go back to them. Plus, Marie Kondo says you're only supposed to keep them if you touch them and they spark joy! But I often return to certain passages of Minor Feelings that I've underlined, because they remind me that I'm not alone. Cathy Park Hong beautifully articulates so many things I've been thinking and feeling my whole life about growing up in America but never found a way to say."

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"I don't want to give away a single thing about this book. But I will tell you that I laughed during so many parts of this incredible novel. It was an absolute JOY to read, and I found myself missing a lot of the characters and dialogue when it was all over."

Got great taste in books, too? Tell us which terrific titles you'd recommend for Ali (and the rest of us readers) this summer.


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message 1: by Sepideh (new)

Sepideh The Vanishing Half bit says: "Brit Marling is the master of creating incredible, real, and original characters."
I believe you mean Brit Bennett and not Brit Marling.

message 2: by Lucía (new)

Lucía Xochimitl Great selection, I will check this titles

message 3: by Kate (new)

Kate I enjoyed Paper Girls 🙂

Phil On The Hill Who is Ali Wong?

message 5: by Elyse (new)

Elyse Phil On The Hill wrote: "Who is Ali Wong?"

She's a comedian and actress.

message 6: by Elyse (new)

Elyse Sepideh wrote: "The Vanishing Half bit says: "Brit Marling is the master of creating incredible, real, and original characters."
I believe you mean Brit Bennett and not Brit Marling."

ROFL Brit Marling is an actress.

message 7: by Elyse (new)

Elyse Kate wrote: "I enjoyed Paper Girls 🙂"

So good! I'm pumped for the show! Which is probably why she chose it, she's in it. lol.

message 8: by Sherilyn (new)

Sherilyn Siy I love Ali Wong!!! We have The Dot and I've also read The Vanishing Half. Can't wait to dig into her other recommendations!

message 9: by JB (new)

JB 'Paper Girls by Brian K. Vaughan'

Comics are collaborative. At least credit Cliff Chiang as well.

message 11: by Eric (new)

Eric Mesa TIL: Ali Wong is into graphic novels

message 12: by Laura (new)

Laura We Run The Tides by Vendetta Vida and Crying in H Mart.

message 13: by Chris (new)

Chris Shiner What a fantastic selection! Paper Girls and Such a Fun Age were both great.

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