Want to know what to read next? Here are all our Skimm Reads picks. Warning: your shelf’s about to get fuller.
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 memoir is what happens when your mom asks you to keep her big, explosive secret: an epic affair with her husband's best friend. It's written from the perspective of the now-adult daughter and the writing is as gorgeous as its Cape Cod background. It's juicy and complex and feels too 'wild' to be true.
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.
Pumpkins and fall 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.
Netflix comedy special(s)? Check. Write, star, and produce her own rom-com? Check. Author? Check. Ali Wong is out with her first book—a collection of essays written to her daughters. It covers everything from motherhood to making it in the comedy world. Warning: you'll laugh in public while reading.
This is the non-fiction story of a man who joins the US Border Patrol to better understand the place he grew up (the Southwest US border). It's equal parts personal reflection and timely meditation on a topic you're hearing a lot about: immigration.
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.
Blessed be the sequel. Set 15 years after “The Handmaid’s Tale,” Atwood is back. So is Aunt Lydia and a lot of trouble in Gilead.
This one's a Brooklyn-based saga about two families brought together by an unexpected pregnancy. Spanning multiple generations, it goes deep into race, class, sexuality, ambition, disappointment, and parenthood with prose that'll leave you breathless.
Big Reporter Energy. You know Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey as the NYT reporters who broke the Harvey Weinstein scandal and ignited the #MeToo movement. Now, they’re giving readers a behind-the-scenes look at their investigative journey.
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.
Karin Slaughter, an all-time HQ fave, is back with a new book that'll keep you up at night. In this one, a CDC scientist is mysteriously kidnapped. When an explosion hits Atlanta a month later, Slaughter's recurring characters Will Trent (an investigator) and Sara Linton (a medical examiner) become determined to get to the bottom of it all.
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."
Ruth Ware—one of our favorite thriller writers—is bringing down the house. This one's about a smart house that turns scary very quickly when a new nanny comes to work there...and a child gets murdered. Maybe don't read it alone in a house but do read it for a fast paced ride.
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.
Paging “Little Fires Everywhere” fans. This one’s set in a 1970s town north of Manhattan, and there’s plenty of drama on the block. You’ll follow NYPD rookies as they become neighbors, and see their lives unravel—marriage, children, tragedy, and all.
Last year, you might've read articles about Anna Delvey, aka the "Soho grifter." She conned people into thinking she was a German heiress with an unlimited bank account. In this book, one of her former friends gives us a behind-the-scenes look at the scam and how she got away with it...until she didn't. This one's nonfiction but feels too wild to be true.
The novel that’s telling this year’s college admissions scandal 'hold my SAT score.' It’s about families in a fictional town in Colorado where everyone’s competing to get their kids into a new, exclusive magnet school. Think: “Big Little Lies” with a bit of introspection into the concept of privilege.
This one’s all about two friends in the American West. One of them vanishes, and the other sets out through the desert to save her. Think: missing-person novel meets emotional coming-of-age story. Oh, and the chapters are all out of order...so it's on you to put together the pieces.
Imagine an all-expenses paid luxury spa retreat for women. The catch? You have to carry someone else's baby to be there. This one's like "The Handmaid's Tale" meets Liane Moriarty ("Big Little Lies" author).
Brotherhood? Check. Murders? Check. Russia? Check. Corruption and betrayal? Check and check. This book has it all. It follows two brothers – one who confessed to a series of murders in small town Russia, and one in Louisiana who wants to prove his brother's innocence.
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.
The author of “In Her Shoes” takes a time machine to the 1950s in this story about two sisters growing up in Detroit. You’ll laugh and cry (into your beach towel). Par for the Jennifer Weiner course.
Your favorite “Eat, Pray, Love,” author is back. This time it’s fiction and set in the NYC theater world in the 1940s. You’ll follow 19-year-old Vivian Morris after she gets kicked out of college and becomes a NYC showgirl. Pairs well with a cocktail...or two.
This memoir goes down like honey. Because it's about beekeeping. Stick with us. When a young girl escapes a troubled childhood and goes to live with her unconventional grandfather, she learns a lot about how to take care of herself...and how to take care of bees.
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.
To give their marriage a much needed spark, this seemingly normal suburban couple turns to...murder. Again and again. Think: “Dexter” but sexier.
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.
Think of the most dramatic theatre student from your high school. Then put dozens of them together...and you get some real drama. This one's set at a performing arts high school in the 1980s. And there's a plot twist that flips the script in more ways than one.
The author of "Atonement" is back. This one is set in 1980s London...but it's an alternate universe. There's a love triangle, ethical dilemmas, robots, and AI. Cheerio, relevant topic.
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.
Memoir alert. Memoir alert. Chelsea Handler’s back to drop some more of her truths. This one’s all about her year of reflection as she enters therapy, grapples with politics, and takes a stab at domestic life.
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.
Paging all fans of “The Handmaid's Tale.” This one's about three sisters who grew up fearing men and living on an isolated island. When three strangers suddenly arrive, everything they know comes into question. It’s feminist dystopia meets "The Virgin Suicides."
A family of four takes a summer road trip from New York to Arizona. Except it's no joy ride. Their trip happens as thousands of children are trying to cross the border into the US. And the road to a solution is far from straightforward.
"Almost Famous" and "A Star is Born" had a baby and her name is Daisy Jones. This oral history about a fictional rock band reads like it actually happened. And you’re going to see it happen on screen—Reese Witherspoon is turning it into a series for Amazon.
Want to own every aspect of your life? Meet your manual. Our book has tips on everything from going green, to investing your cash money, picking out the right bottle of wine, and more. Plus, it includes advice we've received from inspirational women.
When the owner of a fancy hotel chain dies, he leaves behind a big secret that seriously shakes up his daughter’s life. And makes her rethink her relationship status. This one--by the author of The Light We Lost—is best read at home (hint: tissues).
Meet the graphic memoir trilogy you'll binge like your favorite TV show. It chronicles the life of Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) and the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 60s. In 2016, the third book of the series became the first graphic novel to win a National Book Award. NBD.
Fact: there can never be too many Toni Morrison books on your shelf. Her latest collection of essays, speeches, and reflections on money, race, female empowerment, and more was released earlier this week. Psst...it includes the Nobel lecture she delivered after becoming the first black author to win the award for literature. Cue the chills.
This collection of short stories explores race relations. In one, parents disapprove of an interracial marriage. In another, a white lawyer and black client struggle to understand each other. The book won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1978, making McPherson the first black author to ever win the award.
If you've ever wanted to know what makes people succeed, this is the book for you. Spoiler: it's not talent. There's research, analysis, and reflection from famous psychologist Angela Duckworth. Perfect for a career slump or the next time you need some motivation.
A biracial teens gets involved in a mass protest in Seattle. Turns out, his estranged dad is the police chief on the other side of the barricades. This one's all about family, justice, and when the relationship between the two gets complicated.
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.
A 36-year-old neurosurgeon gets diagnosed with Stage IV lung cancer. Turns out, the surgeon is also a brilliant writer who will make you cry in public. This book, published posthumously, will make sure you don’t take your health for granted. Just in time for our New Year, Healthy(ish) You week.
Meet the collection of essays to kick off your 2019. Havrilesky writes the “Ask Polly” advice column for NYMag. This collection brings her same wit to problems you may face this year. Think self-help sans cheesy mantras.
Yhsa Daley-Ward is an Insta-poet (think: quotes on your feed that give you all the feels). Her memoir might make you cry. You've been warned. But it will also make you root for her, and yourself.
This read is about a female teacher’s affair with a student at a boarding school. Spoiler: it’s f’ed up.
This book is written by former President Obama’s stenographer. Hint: the one who transcribes everything. As a 20-something, she was a fly on the wall for some of the biggest moments in political history. With a side of White House relationship drama.
In this read by one of our fave authors, a talented writer lets her career aspirations slide in favor of her less-talented-but-more-successful husband. He gets all the glory, cash money, and has multiple affairs. Welcome to the 1960s. It’s now a movie starring Glenn Close. Consider our hairs raised.
After a high school student’s friend gets shot and killed by a police officer, she learns to find her voice...and use it to fight for something bigger than herself. Think: class, race, and police brutality in America. Watch it in theaters now, starring Issa Rae, Amandla Stenberg, Common, and more.
Home of fried chicken, country, and a bourbon-drinking elite. When the son of a wealthy family gets involved in a Snapchat scandal, all hell breaks loose, y’all.
This novel moves between Chicago in 1985 and Paris in 2015. No ticket or time machine necessary. You'll learn about the AIDS crisis, art world, cults, and more. It was nominated for the National Book Award and Skimm HQ understands why — one HQ'r finished it in a weekend.
Imagine all the paths you could've taken. Now imagine a product that could let you live them out. In this book, a tech startup develops an algorithm that does just that and uses one of its employees as the guinea pig. Think: "Sliding Doors" meets "Silicon Valley."
This collection of stories touches on different aspects of black identity and culture. Some will make you laugh (see: moms exchanging notes through their kids' backpacks) some will make you cry (see: gun violence in America). All will keep you glued to your seat over Thanksgiving.
For when you need a new trilogy... This is the first of three books about a mysterious garden and the women trapped there. Skimm HQ already can't wait to get into book two.
Tis the season for politics. In this novel, a woman leaves her Silicon Valley job to run for Senate in a highly contested state. The race is suspenseful and so is the book. You'll get into it if you're missing the midterms and you'll still get hooked if you're fatigued.
This new book from one of our favorite thriller writers is about a 27-year-old guy living a charmed life. But everything changes when he gets seriously injured, moves to his uncle's house to recuperate...and the house is haunted in more ways than one. Halloween: it wasn't over, it still isn't over.
Imagine you're torn between two lives...in different centuries. Diana Gabaldon's "Outlander" book series follows a former British combat nurse in the 1940s who time travels to 18th century Scotland. Different worlds, all the feels.
You guys. Busy Philipps has a memoir. The "Dawson's Creek" alum and everyone's favorite Instagram follow gets into everything from what it's like being a woman in Hollywood to her friendship with Michelle Williams to dealing with postpartum anxiety. Spoiler: she's not afraid to call people out along the way. Get busy.
Pablo Escobar. Female friendship. A secret. Check, check, check. This book – set in Colombia in the late '80s and '90s – follows two girls who form an unlikely friendship during the rising violence brought on by drug lord Pablo Escobar. Think: "Narcos" meets "Little Women."
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.
Did you know there was an art school inside NYC's Grand Central Terminal in the 1920s? Decades later, a woman stumbles upon the remains of the abandoned school and finds a painting hidden there. Cue a quest to learn more about the mysterious artist. All aboard intrigue.
Mary Kubica knows how to do thrillers. In this one, a young woman is rebuilding her life after losing her mom. But when she applies to college, there's a problem with her Social Security number: it belongs to a girl who died 17 years earlier. Cue a literal identity crisis and a mystery that'll keep you turning pages.
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.
About a reality show called "Goal Diggers." It's a whodunnit murder mystery that's a little bit like if "Real Housewives" and "Shark Tank" had a reality baby.
For when you go to a veryyy early viewing breakfast…Hey ladies. This book is all about women planning a bachelorette party via emails. Warning: will make you laugh out loud.
This will give you all the feels. A white mom gets some motherhood help from a black woman. She changes her life. In more ways than one.
About a 28-year-old journalist in Spain who unexpectedly falls in love with Hemingway. As in, Ernest. And she has to decide between her job and her relationship. The struggle is real.
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.
This is a novel that reads like a true story. It's about a US veteran whose paralysis from the War in Afghanistan is miraculously cured. Cue a media frenzy and you finishing this story in days.
This book is a memoir about a young woman from a survivalist family in Idaho. She doesn't set foot in a classroom until she's 17. But eventually winds up at one of the best colleges in the world.
Gabrielle Union is here. Tuck into her collection of essays. She tackles what it's like to be a woman in Hollywood, working with Heath Ledger, supporting an ex that doesn't deserve her, and much more.
This book follows four siblings over decades after a psychic tells them when they're all going to die. You won't be able to put it down.
This book pairs well with its dark and twisted plot. It's about three kids who were part of a bizarre crime in the '80s. Decades later, they reunite - and surprising new details emerge.
For when you're staying in all weekend, this book keep you busy. It's about a woman who loses her memory after a car crash...which doesn't help when the cops think she was up to something shady before the accident.
This book follows a family with a black mom and white dad, as the mom and kids go pick up dad from prison. The road trip does not go smoothly. This book explores America's history of inequality and Ward's writing style has been compared to Toni Morrison's. She's picked up not one, but two National Book Awards.
About a woman going down memory lane to her seemingly perfect childhood...and revealing that it wasn't so perfect after all. It's by the author who is this year's Nobel Prize winner for literature.
It's about two families in London whose lives become intertwined when one brother leaves home to join a terror network.
This one's about a woman that goes back to her hometown after a long time away. Think Erin Brockovich, but with all kinds of mystery.
For when you want to stay up all night under the covers... This will keep you up. In a 'can't put it down' way. It's "The Talented Mr. Ripley" with XX chromosomes.
For when you're in the mood for family drama that's not your own... This will have you hooked. About a mother-daughter duo that shake up a quiet suburb.
Italian Riviera. Something about "Cleopatra." Richard Burton's there. Sounds weird but you won't be able to put it down. Trust us.
A woman's husband and 4-year-old daughter get in a car crash. The husband dies, the daughter survives, and it's ruled an accident. Turns out there might have been something muuuch darker at play. Think: "True Detective" meets "Pretty Girls." Prepare for plot twists.
For your friend who's read "The Fault in our Stars" more than once... Switch gears to John Green's newest love story.
Two slaves plot an escape that takes them on a real-life underground railroad through the US. This is one of those books everyone’s talking about that you will actually love, and never put down.
For when you need a new author... Skimm HQ can't put down Ayobami Adebayo's first novel.
For when you want to spend your weekend with a page turner, Lisbeth Salander is back.
If you have a mini freak-out when someone says 'summer's almost over'...this is the read for you. It's about two girls who meet at summer camp and come back as counselors years later. Think: "Wet Hot American Summer" meets "The Parent Trap" meets your last summer beach read.
Two gunmen break into a family's home, kill the mom, and traumatize everyone else. Now, one of the daughters is a lawyer and experiences another shooting. This read is like "Law and Order" meets "The Good Wife."
It's closing time at the zoo. A young mom and her four-year-old kid are the last ones to head for the exits. And then they're on the run...for the rest of the book. Warning: you'll finish this in one sitting.
If you like "Billions," this read's all about the real-life hedge fund billionaire that the show is based on. And the shady ways he made a LOT of money. It's a page-turner that'll teach you quite a bit about the finance world.
Imagine having dinner with your SO and your ex. And deciding to all become best friends. This read is like "The Vacationers" meets Nora Ephron. Warning: you will laugh in public.
For your friend who binged "Insecure" in one weekend. This is the star's collection of stories about awk life moments like eating alone or cybersexing. Think "Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?" but even more awkward.
About a serious introvert who opens up when she meets an off-beat IT guy. It's warm and funny...plus Reese bought the rights to this one. She also bought "Big Little Lies" and "Gone Girl." So, you'll want to read it.
For when you're in the mood for a mystery.
This is the best book one Skimm HQer has read in a long time. It's perfect for a long weekend read.
A satire about a small business exec on a mission to lose some lbs – or she'll lose her job. Enter: boutique fitness classes with screaming instructors, too many green juices, and a fitness tracker that will not quit. It's not the deepest book you'll ever read. But it's the kind of frothy escapism that's perfect for a long weekend.
This is part three of a series about some very crazy, very rich Asians. It's well-written escapism that'll get you through a beach weekend.
We all know the financial crisis. Now picture what it might have been like for a bank CEO who took a lot of the blame. Then picture what that was like for the women in his life. This read is "The Big Short" meets "The Wizard of Lies" but focused on the ladies.
This memoir by the New Yorker staff writer is Cheryl Strayed meets a Nora Ephron movie. You’ll laugh, ugly cry, and finish it before the weekend’s over.
Meet your weekend read. About two people who meet in college on 9/11 and cross paths over the years. He goes to war zones as a photographer, while she starts a career in NYC. This read is One Day meets Me Before You meets your weekender bag.
If you’ve ever had the urge to quit your desk job and head to the liquor store, meet your new read. The author spent a year drinking up the master sommelier scene around the country, getting a behind-the-scenes look at the life of a professional drinker. It’s “Eat, Pray, Love” meets “Somm.” Read responsibly.
The second book from the author of The Girl on the Train. About a town where shady things keep happening in a certain river. Mother’s Day is coming up. This one’s perfect for the mom who always has shelf space for thrillers.
In 2015, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg’s husband died. And everyone read her moving Facebook post about it. This is about what happened next, and how to move forward from the tough stuff.
By the lady who wrote Americanah, and who Beyonce thinks is flawless. She’s got tips on how to raise the next gen to be gender equal. Read it, and then lend it to your friend who just had a kid. It’ll take you an hour. And you’ll be glad you did.
Boy meets girl. They fall in love and everything’s picture perfect. Until the financial crisis hits and boy gets involved in a shady deal at work. This read is “The Big Short” meets “Serendipity.”
Imagine your roommate disappears and you start to realize you weren’t as close as you thought you were. As in she might’ve wanted to kill you. Yup. This page turner is “Single White Female” meets “Swimfan.”
For your friend who loves a good war drama. About a woman who plays castle with other war widows across Germany post WWII.
This mystery is about a woman who inherits what could be a hugely valuable work of art stolen during WWII. As she tries to figure out if it’s legit, she gets caught up in a tricky love triangle.
About two people who are just starting to fall in love…while their country (that sounds a lot like Syria) is falling apart. They run away through a series of doors that help people escape. This read’s like “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe,” but set in the real world.
Imagine a world with flying cars, no aging, and casual trips to the moon. This one’s about a guy who lives in that world, but accidentally shifts into the reality we all know…and it might be better for him. It sounds weird, but we’re hooked. Think: “Outlander” meets “Back to the Future.”
Three women: a New York socialite, a German doctor, and a Polish teenager. Living completely different lives in different corners of the world during WWII. Until a series of twists and tuns pulls them all together. This read’s a page turner, inspired by real life.
Joan Fortier is the Serena van der Woodsen of 1950s Texas. And her best friend is a little too obsessed with her (à la Georgina Sparks). This read’s a vintage version of “Gossip Girl” meets bigger hair.
A college professor meets his mom for the first time in decades. And turns out she’s a criminal hippie on the run. This read’s like “Ghosts of Girlfriends Past” meets “Forrest Gump.”
This memoir follows JD’s life as he goes from poverty in a white working-class Rust Belt town to Yale Law School. And somehow manages to be a little funny along the way. It’s one of those books you’ll actually enjoy and still be able to impress your SO’s parents with.
A mother and son spend an ordinary Sunday at a park near Londontown. Until the boy goes missing. Cue dramatic music. This read’s basically “The Changeling” meets an episode of “Law and Order: Special Victims Unit” but set in the UK.
Imagine having the ability to erase all your painful memories. After a rape in a wealthy suburb, the teenage victim gets to do just that. Problem is, it makes it a LOT harder to catch the guy. This thriller is like “Lovely Bones” meets “SVU.”
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