At the beginning of each season, I like to share a new reading list — not only for compiling my book recommendations, but for the sake of accountability.
But first, have you ordered my book yet? Have you written a review? I’m in the middle of working on my second book, and I’m hoping to have finished the first draft by the end of the year. Fiction is so challenging, but I can’t wait to share it with you all.
I read some amazing books this summer and you can see the whole list here. Here are my favorites:
As one of the best books I’ve ever read, I can’t recommend this enough. I’ll admit — It’s hella long and it starts slow. Once you’re in, you won’t be able to put it down.
This was definitely the most fun book I’ve read this year. The story of 1940s showgirls was irresistibly entertaining.
It begins with the Irish gay culture of the 1950s and finishes with the AIDS crisis. How can such hard topics be written so cleverly and hilariously?
If you’d like many data points for why we should smash the patriarchy, you should read this. The main fact that has stuck with me is that the “female viagra” has been almost entirely tested on men, and that’s why you never hear about it. Like, what????
The body truly does hang onto trauma remarkably well… for better and for worse. This has really helped me with my own mental health journey, and I recommend it for anyone to better understand how trauma affects people.
I already knew I would love this. SO GOOD.
Think Great Gatsby circa 2013 in Montauk. It was the perfect LDW read — light-hearted with serious undertones.
Aaaaand now for what I’m reading this fall!
I never buy books, but I bought this book for myself. It’s a collection of essays for supposedly the prime Millennial.
Many book clubs this month are highlighting the late Toni Morrison.
Yup. Which will be better?
The most recent book in the Angels & Demons series (my favorite books from high school OMG) takes place in Barcelona, which will be the perfect vacation read.
A funny novel about famous people. Bring it.
A heartbreaking novel about normal people. Also bring it.
The book is told by a dog. I have major puppy fever, so I’m here for it.
My coworker recommended her favorite biographies, and this was one.
And this was another.
Another recommendation from her, but this is low in priority tbh.
A psychological thriller including therapy.
It’s a new movie, and I’m hoping to read the book first.
An author follows three women’s sex lives. Some journalism, huh?
A fun novel to split up all the intense books on this list.
As someone who has cried at work more than I would care to admit, I’m eager to read this book about embracing your emotions in the workplace.
An ~exploration~ of women’s sexuality.
All about sparking creativity and joy in the little things of life. There’s a good chance this book will just piss me off, but I’m going to try anyway.
A book about psychology, history, and scandals.
I listened to a podcast with Peggy, and now I need to read all of her books. This is a collection of essays.
As my word of the year, a friend recommended it. I feel like I may have already read it, but clearly I could use another read.
What are you reading this fall? Send me your recommendations as always!