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This is a heartbreaking story about four college classmates in New York, who are all brought together by their friend Jude: a loveable main character who has suffered through severe trauma. This book is undeniably the saddest thing I have ever read, but changed me for the better in many ways. The writing is incredibly moving and shows an unrelenting take on friendship, love, anxiety, and all that comes with it. I do, however, urge anyone interested in this book to look into the list of trigger warnings before reading.
Taylor Jenkins Reid always writes the most gripping stories! Malibu Rising takes place over the course of just one day in the summer of 1983. The famous Riva family are throwing their annual summer party. Everyone wants to be around the infamous Riva children, but they're each struggling in their own lives. As they continue to keep secrets from each other, everything begins burning down around them. It's a great fast-paced story about siblings, family, and fame. I read this book in one day because I just couldn't put it down!
Book Lovers is my all time favorite Emily Henry book. This is a playful and clever story about the balance between family, love, and work. The story focuses on a city literary agent in a small town, and pokes fun at the usual romance tropes. The characters are witty and layered. Between the sister sibling dynamic and the discussions of women in working environments, I found this book to be very relatable.
This book is the perfect balance between funny and sad. It is the story about a cranky old man and the neighborhood he lives in. I think anyone regardless of age can take away something from this book. It has also recently been adapted into a movie!
This story tells the wistful tale of a magical coffee shop, where you can time travel to speak to anyone you choose. But, the catch is you only have the time it takes for your coffee to get cold. This book follows multiple different peoples stories and is a great, quick read.
Nightcrawling is a fantastically written story about the exploitation of a young black girl, police brutality, power, and corruption. Every sentence is incredibly well thought out and moving. The main character is very likeable and shares an important story for all to hear. I can't recommend this book enough.
Babel: Or the Necessity of Violence: An Arcane History of the Oxford Translators' Revolution (Hardcover)
This is perfect for anyone interested in dark academia. Children are taken from all over the world to study at Babel, the school of translation. Babel focuses on so many topics without being overwhelming. Kuang blends the dark academia aesthetic with grim themes of racism and imperialism. It is a story I think every single person should read and anyone can learn from.
This is my favorite Jane Austen classic and I think it deserves to be talked about more. I love reading about an unlikable, morally grey character. If you're looking to get into Jane Austen, this is a great book to start with. The story follows the life of Emma and her different courtships as she grows through her vanity. And of course, like every Jane Austen book, the writing is incredible.