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9 Reads We’re Recommending At Book Club

No matter the season, there’s something about a book recommendation from a friend that has us ready to hit those reading goals we set from the start [looking at you #BookTok]. The beauty of books is their infamy of timelessness – summer reading lists can go with you no matter the season. [Pro tip: If you need some inspo of how to cozy up your reading space, check out ‘Where I Would Like To Read’ on social media.]

Our team has a wide range of tastes + recos, from light beach reads to gripping winter novels, thought provokers, and staples for your shelf. Get out your Goodreads app + add these to your list . . .

This Time Tomorrow

by Emma Straub

Known to many, Emma Straub is the headliner at my dream dinner party, and her latest novel is a testament to why. Reading This Time Tomorrow felt like a dance party, friendship bracelets, sleepovers, and the perfect ratio of mustard to hotdog. It is the warmest slice of nostalgia carried through Straub’s signature imaginative x thoughtful family + friendship storylines. Hinging on 13-going-on-30 vibes, this book is a flashback to the ‘90s x a love letter to growing up. Not to mention, it will be coming to the big screen soon [*internally screaming*]. I mean it when I say, this was my most fun, yet tearful read of the last year.

— Rachel Roberts, Contributor

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

by Taylor Jenkins Reid

I’m re-reading this as well as Daisy Jones & The SixMalibu Rising before I can get my hands on the fourth + final book of the collection. Each book follows the lives of a female in the public eye within three different decades – 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s, respectively – the last book will take place in the 90’s. While they don’t need to be read chronologically, each book exists in the same world so you’ll find crossover characters x Easter eggs throughout when you read chronologically.

— Madi Rinaldi, Contributor

Bird by Bird

by Anne Lamott

Calling all writers – this is a keeper for the shelf + a classic to pick up again + again. It’s truly a sonnet to the gift x power of words, and felt like a hug to all writers anxious to take the leap. Lamott gracefully leaves you with a call to action — Don’t think. Just write. If you need a little push to just go for it – be it fiction, nonfiction, poetry, reporting – this is the one.

— Ella Ruth Hill, Contributor 

The Artist's Way

by Julia Cameron

Ask anyone + they’ll tell you, this is my number one book reco, every time. I’ve found myself returning to it when creative block strikes. The author provides practical tools — like morning pages + artist dates — to get you out of funk x tap into your childlike inner artist. Highly recommend purchasing this one to journal + process as you go. Who knows, you might find yourself dusting off those coloring books or even signing up for an acting class.

Claire Ward, Editor

Big Magic

by Elizabeth Gilbert

A book I always come back to x read year after year is Big Magic. The pages of this book dissect + personify the creativity within us, challenging the reader to act upon the creative spark within them. It’s constantly inspiring x reminds me to “just go for it” whenever I’m feeling gun shy.

— Blake Chamberlain, Graphic Designer

Beach Read

by Emily Henry

This is a book that I quickly fell in love with, and if you’re a sucker for a good romance like me, you’ll love it too. An easy x enjoyable read, the plot centers around a struggling romance novelist + a literary writer, and their summer-long competition that forces them both out of their comfort zones.

— Ailish Leahy, Editorial Assistant 

The Woman in Cabin 10

by Ruth Ware

This thriller is always in my back pocket as a top recommendation for those looking for their next all-consuming read or mental getaway. Set on a luxury cruiser, you guessed it — a woman goes missing. As redundant as the storyline may sound, for those who love a good thrill, this one is at the top of my list.

Blake Chamberlain, Graphic Designer

The Midnight Library

by Matt Haig

The best kind of fiction novels are the ones that make you think. A modern play on the time machine effect, this one got me thinking. In Haig’s universe, all the decisions made in your life exist in an infinite number of books, each exploring what your life is + what could have been. This story follows Nora Seed as she entertains the possibility of changing her life as she travels through the Midnight Library. An ode to the over-thinkers + 5-year life planners, if you’ve found yourself asking ‘what if?’ – this one’s for you.

— Ella Ruth Hill, Contributor 

Emotional Inheritance

by Dr. Galit Atlas

I’d give this read a 6 out of 5 stars if I could. Written by a therapist & psychoanalyst, Atlas uses her patients’ stories, as well as her own experiences, to illustrate how generational trauma impacts our lives in both known x unknown ways. I laughed, cried, and quite literally gasped out loud reading these stories – so moving x beautiful.

  — Madi Rinaldi, Contributor