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BookAuthorRecommended byNotes from recommender# of times co-signed
14Year of Magical ThinkingJoan DidionHillary NelsonThis is my favorite book ever, I have multiple copies, I laugh and cry every time I read it.8
15Heart TalkCleo WadeHillary NelsonOne poem a day is your new Cleo Wade diet.
16Magpie MurdersAnthony HorowitzHillary Nelson
17On Earth We're Briefly GorgeousOcean VuongMallory RiceA poet's unsurprisingly but devastatingly poetic novel3
18Sing to ItAmy HempelMallory RiceAmy Hempels sentences > Everyone else's
19Homegirls and HandgrenadesSonia SanchezMallory RiceYet to read Sonia's work but I loved her in the Toni Morrison doc and want to get more familiar with her
20Yuval Noah HarariPatty CarnevaleJulia Child?3Mind-blowing!
22My Life in FranceJulia ChildIf you, like most, loved the movie Julia and Julia (let's not discuss the book version), try this! It's basically a more intimate look at Paul and Julia's life in France including love, food, and endless laughs. It's sexy and romantic and will have you Googling flight deals every day.
24Half of a Yellow SunChimamanda Ngozi AdicheGrace MoodyA fictional (but deeply researched) recount of personal relationships changing during the Biafran war in the 1960's. Relentlessly developed and multifacted characters surprise and betray you and still manage to hold your affection. --Sorry for not putting this in at first but *Trigger Warning: there is a rape scene*2
25The Great AloneKristin Hannah
26The RecoveringMary Doria RussellffMonica McDonoughMy favorite fiction book of all time. The concept is weird, but go with it. You'll be so glad you did!
27Leslie JamisonLeslie Jamison is one of the great nonfiction writers of our time. This book blends memoir, literary criticism, and sociology to document Jamison's path to getting sober and the idea that one must be self-destructive to make good art
28When Women Were BirdsTerry Tempest Williams
29The Deeper The Water, The Uglier The FishKatya ApekinaRiley Smith (cw; attempted suicide, incest) A story told entirely in first-person accounts that somehow works perfectly. Two sisters go to live with their estranged father in NYC after their mother tries to kill herself. Complex characters, NYC in the 90's, familial relationships, interesting art pieces.
30Jitterbug PerfumeTom RobbinsAshley MinyardOne of my all-time favorites. This book spans centuries and follows the stories of three seemingly separate characters. It incorporates mythology, science, fantasy and is very very weird. Tom Robbins has a knack for dropping in tidbits so absurd that I think they're fictitious, only to google them and realize they're based in reality 2
33Age of InnocenceEdith WhartonMandy Simon1
35No One Tells You ThisGlynnis MacNicolClaudia RupnikThere seems to be a never-ending list of jokes about being alone. As an unmarried, childless woman with a successful career in journalism, this is MacNicol’s response to everyone who’s asked, “If the story doesn’t end with marriage or a child, what then?”
36Love is a MixtapeRob SheffieldGrace DonelsonFor some reason even though this is a memoir about Sheffield's wife's sudden death (at a very young age), this is one of the most heartwarming and reflective books I've ever read. I love reading about music and seeing Sheffield map his life in the memories he attaches to his old mixtapes made me sappy cry on the middle of a transcontinental flight where I devoured this book in one sitting.1
37Future SexEmily WittRóisín McVeighIf you like: New Yorker long reads, Jon Ronson's The Butterfly Effect, Esther Perel, a blend of personal essay and reportage. If you don't like: dating apps, but reluctantly use them anyway.
38ExposureOlivia SudjicRóisín McVeighAn extremely readable essay about milennial anxiety, featuring lots of great writers including Rachel Cusk and Maggie Nelson
39Being MortalAtul GuwandeRóisín McVeighThis book will change the way you think about aging, care giving, healthcare systems and life.3
****should be a must-read
40Grief is the Thing with FeathersMax PorterRóisín McVeighA tale of a grieving father and his two sons. Written by a poet, the beautifully disjointed narrative of this book reflects the abstract experience of grief. If you like: is laughing out loud/crying in public.
41Everything I know about LoveDolly AldertonLulu A memoir by journalist and host of The High Low, Dolly Alderton, it encapsulates growing up in the noughties, parties and the tremendous power of female friendship. Her wit, insight and vocabulary is reason enough to read it over a long weekend. 2
42Swan SongKelleigh Greenberg-JephcottLulu A reimagining of a true event involving Truman Capote as he befriended glamorous and influential women of New York society whom he called his Swans. They entrusted him for years with their scandals, secrets and stories (incl asides about the Kennedys) with which he betrays them all
43112 coastal flight penelope sdouglas
44Going SoloRoald DahlLuluThe second book of Roald Dahls autobiography, he details his time in the RAF and in Africa as a young working man. At times thrilling and truly transportive, a book i read when i feel i've lost my way1
45Talking to my daughter: A brief history of CapitalismYanis VaroufakisLaura Duffy
46The Life and Loves of a She-DevilFay WeldonCaroline W.Comedy/revenge/envy/love story about a women who goes essentially nuts in the BEST possible way. It is beautifully written and possibly my favorite book of all time. ALSO I just found out they made this 1983 (should be classic) into a movie and Meryl Streep was in it and I'm running to the television right now!!!!
47Snowflower and the Secret FanLisa SeeKristen GuyDrama - historical fiction - beautiful and tragic but strong AF female characters dealing with harsh realities - If you liked the perseverance of the characters from Memoirs of a Geisha you may enjoy anything written by Lisa See
48Peony in LoveLisa SeeKristen GuyRomantic Drama - historical fiction - more strong AF female characters dealing with love, sacrifice, tragedy, and family secrets
49Shanghai GirlsLisa SeeKristen GuyHistorical fiction - drama - about two sisters who go through what can only be described as a tragic hell of a life but who manage to find peace and happiness in the simple things - once again strong AF female characters who persevere no matter what life throws at them.
50Reckless Yearheather chaplinSara AliMemior of a New York writer finding love after falling out of love with her husband,. It is a raw emotional book that explores what it is like to navigate the world as an adult lady with mental illness. ONe of the best books ive ever read
51The NightingaleKristin HannahAlexandraExtremely descriptive and gorgeous story of two seemingly-different sisters as they try to survive WWII1
52The Museum of InnocenceOrhan PamukAlexandraUnlike any other book I've ever read- a story of a Turkish man's infatuation with his lover, as told through the museum of objects he collects that remind him of her
53Bel CantoAnn PatchettAlexandraA story of the beauty that is discovered to underly a hostage situation in South America. Beautifully written!3
54Pillars of the EarthKen FollettAlexandraA long read, but one you won't want to put down. Describes the art of church-building in medieval times through depictions of the daily lives of many characters. As much a history lesson as it is a story. Vivid imagery1
55Exit WestMohsin HamidLauren Shonkoffmagical realism+ a very timely subject matter (caveat, you will likely cry). if you've never read any of mohsin's other novels, start here. very short read that you can get through in less than 3 hours.
56I Am PilgrimTerry HayesLauren Shonkoffthe only book to unanimously get rave reviews from my entire (very hard to please) book club. perfect summer beach read and don't be thrown by the length. it will fly by.
57The Rules of MagicAlice HoffmanLauren Shonkoffthe prequel to Practical Magic
59The ImmortalistsChloe BenjaminLauren Shonkoffwhat are you doing if you haven't yet read this? put everything else down until you do.2
60We Have Always Lived in the CastleShirley JacksonLauren Shonkoffcreepy spooky scary short novel by the same author as The Haunting of Hill House and The Lottery
61The Art of Racing in the RainGarth SteinLauren ShonkoffI ugly cried in Madison Square Park in 2010 while reading the last chapter because, dogs everywhere. Read this and don't bother with the movie because it looks awful.1
62You'll Grow Out of ItJessi KleinLauren Shonkoffafter the trauma of The Art of Racing in the Rain, read this. 1
63I Feel Bad About My NeckNora EphronLauren Shonkoffa gateway drug to Nora Ephron1
64My Absolute DarlingGabriel TallentLauren Shonkoffthe most polarizing, hyped book that made my grandmother go "i can't believe you READ that" after she read one chapter. there are a lot of gruesome details in this book but at its heart it's about a girl's resilience. do not read on a full stomach.
65Where'd You Go BernadetteMaria SempleLauren Shonkoffa palate cleanser after My Absolute Darling. The movie looks meh even tho it stars BDE queen cate blanchette1
66The PowerNaomi AldermanLauren Shonkoffhandmaid's tale meets electric eels. great premise but goes on a bit too long. ultimate wish fulfillment if you've ever had a creepy guy hit on you in the train and he wouldn't back off. read before the Amazon series comes out in a few years.
67I Like to WatchEmily NussbaumLauren Shonkofffun collection of reviews and a few new essays by The New Yorker's resident Vanderpump Rules fan
69Independent PeopleHalldór LaxnessElizabeth Hustoninteresting look into Icelandic culture, mildly frustrating story about the perils of inflexibility
70SulaToni MorrisonBecca BeatoNot a "new" book (1973), but it's so beautifully written I read it in two days on the train. A story about good/evil/growing/sexuality/and soulmate friendships1
72The Shoemaker's WifeAdriana TrigianiAnnika A.historical fiction - romance. wonderful read that follows two people from Italy to America. Strong female lead. I read it every holiday season because I love it so much!
75Astrophysics for people in a hurryNeil Degrasse TysonGabriela CamberoIf you want to have your mind blown, realize how amazing the universe is, and be reassured by how small and insignificant we are as a species, this is the book for you!
76HomegoingYaa GyasiLisa LeBourgeoisSpellbinding saga of two diverging family lines descending from an Asante women in present-day Ghana. Haunting, magical, pulled a “what the fuck it’s 4am????” while reading. 1
77New PeopleDanzy SennaNatalia CooperI think about this story once a week and I read it 6 months ago. Themes are race/racial ambiguity, obsession, identity. The protagonist will drive you insane1
78BluetsMaggie NelsonMaria P.A poetic lyric essay all about the color blue. 2
79This Must Be The PlaceMaggie O'FarrellJosefina FKThis must be the place crosses continents and time zones, creating a portrait of an extraordinary marriage, the forces that hold it together and the pressures that drive it apart.
80The End of LonelinessBenedict WellsSophie LeyhA deeply moving story about love, coping with loss and (surprise!) loneliness. I usually don't read books multiple times, but I loved this one so much that I couldn't resist repeating it.1
81A Field Guide to Awkward SilencesAlexandra PetriLauren Shonkofftruly hilarious book of essays by the WSJ's political humorist. a great companion for a pina colada by the pool.
82The Signature of All ThingsElizabeth GilbertShey AponteA beautiful story that follows a brilliant botanist named Alma. Set in the 18th/19th centuries, this book is full of adventure, sadness, and vivid beauty. 1
83The end of EddyEdouardo LouisAnna HupperthAn autobiographic (debut) novel so raw, so honest, so brutal in it's quite neutral observance it gets under your skin and doesn't leave for a long time. Louis describes his childhood and teenage years during which he experiences feelings of alienation, physical harm, sense of not belonging, being true to yourself while your surrounding is working against you. If you also want to learn about France and the reasons for why right wing populism is so successful - this is your book. Can only recommend other books by Louis.
84Forgotten Kingdom Peter GoullartSonya TurovaNotes of russian emigree, who found himself in Eastern China in 40's and wrote about it from Singapore in 50's. His adventures among Nakhis, Lolos, Minkias, Boa, Bouyei, Lisu, and Baiyue kinda look like as if Teophilius North was spending his time not in Newport, but on a Chinese-Tibetian border, surrounded by exotic and (sometimes) wild people, whose ideas, lifestyles and traditions are (surprise) far (not really sometimes, ha!) from ours. Though apart from Wilder's character, everything described by Goullart actually happened, and the book has photographic evidences of it - author's friends, scenic landscapes, lamaseries and author himself. Goullar found his own Shangri-La (author says about it himself a couple of times), and this one turns out to be real and probably even more of a mystical paradise, than a fictional one.
85BecomingMichelle ObamaNatalia CooperI was skeptical about reading at first because "Sure yeah, Michelle Obama is incredible but will this just be another run-of-the-mill memoir by an incredible person?" but this book was incredible. As a black woman I loved reading about her coming of age experiences, college and career thoughts, fears, dreams and her romance and life with her husband. And I highly recommend the audiobook. I listened from chapter 3 onward after reading first 2 and hearing her narration is AMAZING.i3
86The Power of HabitCharles DuhiggIsabella BriceRead this for work, but it has given me so much insight to human behaviour in general. It is interesting, funny, insightful and an easy read. Once you start, you can't stop.
88KidushShmuel HasfariAvia CohenThe characters kept evolving, going back and forth in their self-definition almost turning into each other. It was sad and somehow ended much sooner than I expected but I'm glad I read it, it made me think about the dissonance between self-expression and goals of self fulfilment.
90VeraStacy SchiffMichaelaBiography of Vera Nabokov... Now makes it impossible to read one of Nabokov's books without thinking of the other half of the Nabokov machine. Also gives you a recap of 20th century history. Always fun to read about witty women.
92Sapiens Yuval Noah HarariZoe Allen A global phenomenon that delves into the history and future of our species, Homo sapiens. Reccomended by Bill Gates, Barack Obama, and *myself* so what else could you really need?1
93The YeildTara June Winch
94The Gifts of ImperfectionBrené BrownPatricija PoškaitėHelped me to answer so many questions about myself, my behaviour, emotions, reactions. Teaches how to live wholeheartedly, how to put it in practice, connect with your creative power and piece. Sounds cheesy, I know, but this woman is brilliant, look her up.2
95The Rainbow D. H. Lawrence Augustine Cerf Life-changingly brilliant, a novel about the ways in which language and symbols become dead and trap us, about the loving antagonism of relationships, about the fight not to become mechanical, not to become clichéd, about finding richness in one's instinctive self, finding meaning and wisdom in our bodies, about what it means to be married, what it means to love, and what it means to be free.
96MilkmanAnna BurnsErin SweeneyNot that we should all put too much stock in what critics say, but this won the Man Booker Prize AND the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction in 2018. It's not your run-of-the-mill novel structure by any stretch of the imagination, and a lot of people complained in their Goodreads review that it became tedious mid-way through. I disagree--it's a lot of winding thoughts shared by a protagonist/narrator who is somewhat foggy in reporting events because her community and childhood was built on trauma after trauma. I really enjoyed the intersection between psychology, sociology, and political history that was illustrated. Excellent for anyone interested in: atypical structure, stories that you can't quite figure if they're dystopian or reality-based, what it's like to live in an oppressive society, religious and social persecution, Northern Ireland, PTSD/complex trauma, coming-of-age stories set in dangerous places/times.
The Art of FieldingChad HarbachHaley NahmanA true lose-yourself-for-days novel. I never wanted it to end. (I put off reading it because I don't care about baseball, but that didn't matter at all.)
Great as audiobook!
Normal PeopleSally RooneyLeandra Medine17
Conversations With FriendsSally RooneyLeandra MedineAn entertaining therapy session that isn't scary to confront because it's not actually about you, even though it's totally about you.12
EducatedTara WestoverGyan YankovichI gasped so many times reading this book. Tara is an incredible person and writer.6
PachinkoMin Jin LeeGyan YankovichThe biggest book I've ever read in the shortest time. 3
Family of OrigCJ HauserAmalie MacGowanHot off the heels of her short story in the Paris Review that went big, CJ Hauser's new book is just as lyrical and just as delicious.1
River of ConsciousnessOliver SacksHaley Nahman 1
You Deserve the TruthErica Williams SimonLeandra MedineA damn life changer; you don't read it for the literary aspect, but it's part memoir, part handbook and if you're feeling kind of lost in spite of the fact that shit seems to be going objectively well, this one offers very real talk (as in, not a Pinterest quote) on how to find yourself when you feel far away from the ground but can't exactly make out why.1
Really great as audiobook
Cheerful Weather for the WeddingJulia StracheyBook Lover #3421Skip the movie and read the novella. Powerful. Moving. (Also, shout-out to Persephone books for publishing overlooked female authors from the 20th century!)
Midnight circus Madeline MillerHarling Ross
Laughter in the DarkVladimir NabokovBook Lover #3421This book is entirely overlooked -- an early piece by Nabokov when he was a Berlin resident.
Lovers or Something Like ItFlorian ZellerBook Lover #3421What is love? What does it mean to be in a relationship? What does society value?
Mood Indigo (also known as Foam of the Daze)
Boris VianBook Lover #3421French surrealism. Need I say more?
No Time to SpareUrsula Le GuinHaley NahmanThis book (which is a collection of Le Guin's blog posts from the last decade of her life—she died last year) made me fall in love her. I aspire to write with her level of simulatenous wit and insight.
The AwakeningKate ChopinAndrea OmernikThis is perhaps the definitive ode to Hot Girl Summer, written more than a century before the term was coined and utilized with flippant abandon. It was subject to controversy upon publishing because of its RADICAL opinions of women's autonomy in sexual, emotional, and familial matters to name a few, which makes it a pretty baller read in present day, as well. It’s matter of fact and an efficient read, but still dreamy as fuck. DO read this poolside for a full aesthetic immersion.
The FarmJoanne RamosHarling Ross
The High LifeJean-Pierre MartinetBook Lover #3421The French Dostoevsky
The Paper WaspLaura AcamporaBook Lover #3421Bizarre -- an example of bad marketing.
There ThereTommy OrangeMariana FajnzylberA perspective (or a multitude of them) on Native American Indian life in the modern day. Provides a glimpse into so many different intersections of American life (some you might relate to while others you might not) while still highlighting the generational trauma that has been and continues to be inflicted upon the Native community. Laugh and cry and learn!
I Capture the CastleDodie SmithJHSfavourite book ever, have read approx 100000 times and feels like a warm bath (a warm bath that you are the first one in and are hidden behind apile of laundry and your handsome neighbour accidentally walks into your house then thinks you are a child and your sister has dyed a dress green in and now you are green) (will make sense if you have read the book). Almost nothing really happens in this, its essentially a 16 year olds diary but set in a falling apart castle in the 1930s. Its just a nice book! The author went on to write 101 Dalmations but this is much better.