Suitcase? Check. Headphones? Check. Book? Check. These picks belong in your travel bag. Perfect for your next personal day off or weekend getaway. Pairs well with sand.
If we still had Spring Break, we'd bring this in our suitcase. In this modern retelling of Tolstoy’s “Anna Karenina,” a Korean-American "it" girl must choose between her picture perfect boyfriend and a playboy slash “Count.” This one spans from NYC nightclubs to elite Connecticut society life and will have you whispering "good morning, Upper East Siders." Yes, it's giving us "Gossip Girl" meets “Crazy Rich Asians” vibes. It's already been scooped up for TV so read the book first.
This is a story about a girl named Lucky...just kidding. Her name's Rachel, she’s a librarian in New York, and she’s in love with a ghost. Her man is stuck in a purgatory of sorts, and their relationship is up against time. This sounds weird (it is), but it's also sexy and worth it. It will make you think hard about life, death, and love. Perfect, since V-day is next week.
A 12-year-old boy is the sole survivor of a Los Angeles-bound plane crash. The flight is filled with a “Lost”-esque cast of characters that make the fatal crash even more devastating. The chapters alternate between pre-flight and post-crash life. If this premise doesn't hook you, the prose will. Maybe don't read this on your next flight.
This is how you make a meet-cute even cuter. In this book, a widow with a complex past establishes a friendship with a former MLB pitcher. The friendship, yep, you guessed it, turns into something more.
Holiday season can mean family drama, but probably not as intense as this novel. In it, a family gathers around their dying father. He's a no good, very bad man and his fam is forced to come to terms with his toxic behavior. It all take place within 24 hours but it reveals a lifetime's worth of issues.
This fall, we're ordering martinis with extra olives. Yes, Olive Kitteridge is back with commentary on motherhood, loneliness, and the quirkiness of small town life in Maine. The beauty is in the writing—but even if you didn’t read the original, you’ll fall fast for this group of interrelated stories.
Book clubs and wine go together like “Call Me By Your Name” and peaches. Yes, we went there. Just in time for the sequel, which picks up 15 years later. Elio’s in Paris with a new love, Oliver’s in New York and miserable, and Elio’s beloved father is divorced and on the mend. Fingers crossed for a grand reunion but we’ll leave it to you to "find" out.
Imagine if America were a monarchy. Imagine no more. This book gives you an alternate universe in which George Washington was given a crown after the Revolutionary War. More than two centuries later, the House of Washington still rules...with forbidden love and Gossip Girl-esque drama included. Royally American.
Family = complicated AF. This one’s a dark take on a modern fairytale. It's told through the story of two siblings over the course of 50 years and covers what happens when their father buys a massive estate (hence, the Dutch House). The purchase sets off a series of events that changes their family as they know it.
It’s back to school season and this book will get you in spirit. It’s about four girls who meet as college freshmen. Fast forward years into the future and they’re navigating new motherhood...with old secrets.
In this one, the kids of the female US president go to the UK to attend a royal wedding. Spoiler: the "special friendship" between the US and the UK becomes a friendship with benefits.
Imagine a female-only dinner club where women embrace their love of food, life, womanhood, and connection. Topics of supper club conversations include: not apologizing, ending the patriarchy, taking up literal and metaphorical space as a woman, and of course, food. As delicious of a read as it sounds.
Family reunions can rock the boat. This one does it on a cruise ship. When the Feldmans hit the high seas for their matriarch's 70th, a lot of drama and laughs come out in tight quarters. Think: "This is Where I Leave You" meets "The Family Stone."
Small town girl goes missing. Sound familiar? Except in this one, another girl literally steps into her shoes. This one's like "Sliding Doors" meets "Freaky Friday" from a sharp, smart writing voice.
One part love story, one part genius writing, one part 20-something author...stir for a book with a lot of buzz. It's about an Irish boy and girl who meet in high school and develop a deep connection in university and beyond. Warning: reading may require tissues.
When a young Turkish woman moves to Paris after her mother's death, she meets an older British writer. He's working on a book set in Istanbul. She has a lot of stories about Istanbul. Cue a friendship (and maybe more) developing over long walks around the city. Bonjour, intrigue.
Remember taxidermy Kendall? This is a hilarious read ft. taxidermy. Stick with us. When a young woman is forced to step up and run her family's taxidermy business after her dad's tragic death, things get weird. And eccentric. Warning: might laugh out loud.
You've heard of a bucket list. Now, meet the boob bucket list. This one's about a 25-year-old woman who finds out she has a breast cancer gene mutation and struggles with the decision of whether or not to get a double mastectomy. In the meantime, she makes a "boob bucket list." Read to find out how she lives her breast life.
This read gets into a very complicated female friendship. Imagine your lab partner from high school being your best friend. Fun. Then imagine her telling you a secret that changes your lives forever...and showing up decades later as your professional competition. Not as fun, but way more interesting.
Once upon a time... there was an adult fairytale. This one's a reimagined version of Hansel and Gretel that follows an immigrant mother and her teenage daughter in the UK. TBD if this family finds its happy ending.
In this read: girl goes through horrible break-up; girl watches her best friends land dream jobs, husbands, and seemingly perfect lives. It’s an inside look at female friendships—and betrayals—career and dating pressures, and hardest of all—making it in NYC.
In this book, there’s Rachel—an MFA student, and Becca, Rachel’s mom in Connecticut. Now say hi to Zahid, Rachel’s creative writing professor. We’ll let you guess what goes down in this one…
Meet Millie. She’s 30 and just can’t get her life together. She hates her job and spends her nights all alone thinking about a better life. When she gets a job offer all the dreams she ever wanted feels tangible. But then the realization hits that maybe everything she wanted isn’t all that great after all.
Yellin, who’s an experienced journalist herself, knows a thing or two about this world. Her fictional take follows Natalie Savage, a budding White House reporter who’s forced to compete with a 20-something frat boy for her spot at the network. Natalie grapples with ratings pressure, sexual harassment, and political crises as she fights to keep her dream job.
This read follows two roommates who develop relationships with a visiting professor with a questionable past. Spoiler: things get complicated.
Stella and Violet are polar opposites. And also best friends. Things take a turn when they get jobs at the same company and the roles they’ve always held in each other’s lives begin to flip. They get competitive and will do whatever it takes to succeed—even if means throwing each other under the bus along the way. Think: “Bride Wars,” meets “The Devil Wears Prada.”
A 20-something woman gets her dream job as a writer's assistant on a late night comedy show. But it's not all laughs. When her boss—the famous host—invites her to his suburban home for the weekend, things start taking a turn. This one's timely in the #MeToo and Time's Up era.
This read gets very dark, very fast. It's is about an MFA clique gone wrong. Think: “Heathers,” with alllll the good cultish vibes.
This NYTimes writer went big on the D's: divorce, drama, dating apps, and disappearances. This one’s all about the trouble that ensues when a 41-year-old man man divorces his wife and has to put the pieces back together. It’s a feminist novel nestled in a story about the messiness of marriage.
When the patriarch of an elite Manhattan family dies, a lot of inheritance drama comes to life. This novel is kinda like "Succession" meets "The Nest." After a week of money talk, this will give you an on-theme escape.
This story is centered in a small town where tensions are running high. There’s neighbor v neighbor drama plus a lawyer with a pot problem, a teenage prank gone wrong, and more. Think: “Little Fires Everywhere” meets “Big Little Lies."
This book follows Greer into her first job working for feminist icon Faith Frank. And her 'meant to be' love story that doesn't go as planned. It'll give you a little "The Devil Wears Prada," a little "The Affair," and a feminist history lesson along the way.
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