If your summer reading list isn't already full, you're in luck. I've got some book recommendations from Hot Dudes Reading — you know, the sexy guys who always have their noses in novels on the subway.
You've heard the story before: it all started as a cute Instagram account, but now it's a viral sensation. As of this writing, Hot Dudes Reading boasts more than 850,000 followers on Instagram. In April 2016, the Hot Dudes were immortalized in print with the publication of Hot Dudes Reading (the book!).
It's probably worth noting that the Hot Dudes don't actually write Hot Dudes Reading. A team of 12 writers handles that part of the phenomenon, many of whom have hooked up with the Hot Dudes, although they aren't naming names. The photos come from both the writers and their legion of fans, who are always ready to snap a quick photo of a Hot Dude in the New York City wilds.
Today, the Hot Dudes are still doing their thing: reading on public transit and pursuing competitive careers. Good Morning America caught up with five of them — Julious Moore, Michael Ortega, Rami Zeidan, Steven Didas, and Teddy Grossman — to find out what they're reading for the summer. Here are their picks.
1. The Last Mile by David Baldacci, recommended by Hot Dude Michael
This mystery from David Baldacci finds Detective Amos Decker investigating a case in which someone confesses to a murder, just hours before another man is slated to be executed for it.
2. In the Country We Love by Diane Guerrero, recommended by Hot Dude Steven
Diane Guerrero portrays Maritza on Orange Is the New Black and Lina on Jane the Virgin. In this memoir, the 29-year-old Bostonian tells the story of family's experiences as undocumented residents, and later deportees. (We've also got five reasons you really, really need to read this book.)
3. A Different Kind of Daughter by Maria Toorpakai, recommended by Hot Dude Julious
Barred from playing sports because of her gender, Maria Toorpakai dressed as a boy in order to compete. As a teenager, she took up squash, a sport in which she now ranks among the best players in the world, and holds top honors in her home country of Pakistan.
4. Grit by Angela Duckworth, recommended by Hot Dude Rami
Angela Duckworth thinks tenacity, not talent, is the secret to success. In Grit, she lays out her formula for making it big.
5. My Voice by Angie Martinez, recommended by Hot Dude Teddy
"The Voice of New York" radio personality Angie Martinez discusses her rise to prominence and the hip-hop culture boom in her memoir, My Voice.
6. Paul McCartney: The Life by Philip Norman, recommended by Hot Dude Teddy
With 850-plus pages, this sprawling, authorized biography of Beatles bassist Paul McCartney might just be the most encompassing story of the rock legend yet.
7. The Passage Trilogy by Justin Cronin, recommended by Hot Dude Steven
Hot Dude Steven is reading City of Mirrors, the third book in Justin Cronin's The Passage Trilogy. You should probably start with The Passage. This post-apocalyptic series follows an abandoned child, Amy, who is kidnapped by a shadow government and put through an experiment gone wrong.
8. The Sport of Kings by C.E. Morgan, recommended by Hot Dude Rami
A wealthy Kentucky farmer dives into horse breeding with a filly named Hellsmouth. But when an African-American ex-prisoner comes to work at the stables, the controversy surrounding his love affair with the farmer's daughter brings old ugliness into the light.
9. Before the Fall by Noah Hawley, recommended by Hot Dude Julious
When a private plane crashes, only two people are left alive: a now-wealthy orphan and an out-of-work artist. What unfolds is a conspiracy theory that will keep you in suspense until the very end.
10. The Fireman by Joe Hill, recommended by Hot Dude Michael
As an incurable disease that ends in spontaneous combustion spreads across the country, an infected nurse just wants to survive long enough to deliver her baby. Her husband has abandoned her, but a hero rises in the chaos: an infected man who has harnessed the fire, and acts as protector and avenger of the afflicted.
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