Romance, fiction and YA are my favorite genres! I also have a big love for feminist literature (it's the gender major in me!) and love to read about race, gender and sexuality. I have lots of recommendations to give!

The Hotel Nantucket By Elin Hilderbrand Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316258982
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Published: Back Bay Books - February 7th, 2023

 I loved every aspect of this book! As I followed these characters who are all so special to me now, I was swept out of my reading slump into the front lobby of the fictional hotel Hilderbrand brilliantly creates. I was genuinely invested in each and everyone's story, making the book nearly impossible to put down. From the ghost Grace, to Lizbet the GM, and everyone in between, this book does an exceptional job of making a story that was enjoyable, heartfelt and engaging. This has become one of my new favorite books!

Tweet Cute: A Novel By Emma Lord Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250750433
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Published: Wednesday Books - December 29th, 2020

One of the best romaces I've read! This book made me smile so much and I loved everything about it!

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The Bodyguard: A Novel By Katherine Center Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250219411
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - June 13th, 2023

This story is the perfect mix of adorable and entertaining. Center writes lovable characters that were very enjoyable to read. One of my new favorite romances of the year, this book transported me to a ranch in Texas where we watch as Hannah has to protect the famous actor Jack by posing as his girlfriend. This book made me shed a tear with its sweetness and I recommend it to anyone looking for an escape from their day!

The Unhoneymooners By Christina Lauren Cover Image
ISBN: 9781501128035
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Published: Gallery Books - May 14th, 2019

When Olive's twin sister and the entire wedding party gets food poisining, olive and her annoying future brother in law Ethan, get the opportuinity to travel to hawaii for a free trip. This book is fun, fast-paced and made me smile several time throughout reading it! Christina Lauren does a great job of having loveable characters and making a romance to root for!

My Dark Vanessa: A Novel By Kate Elizabeth Russell Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062941510
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - February 2nd, 2021

Captivating and emotional, I could not put this book down. This book is why I read; to find something that changes my life. 

Recitatif: A Story By Toni Morrison, Zadie Smith (Introduction by) Cover Image
By Toni Morrison, Zadie Smith (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9780593315033
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Published: Knopf - February 1st, 2022

Toni Morrison is an amazing writer and this short story of hers does not disappoint. Her only short story, Morrison writes about Roberta and Twyla. One girl is white and one black but Morrison never says which is which. Beautifully written and a unique way to read about race and begin an interesting conversation, I recommend this story to all. To top it all off, this book is complete with an introduction from Zadie Smith. 

My Year of Rest and Relaxation: A Novel By Ottessa Moshfegh Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525522133
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Published: Penguin Books - June 25th, 2019

I flew through this book because of the addicting way it was written. Even though I went into the book unsure, I came out so happy I read it. Writing an unlikeable protagonist can be difficult, but Moshfegh accomplishes this quiet well. This book was witty and clever and I found myself laughing out loud because of the brilliant way the characters are written. It was one of my favorite books I have read this year!

Where the Crawdads Sing: Reese's Book Club (A Novel) By Delia Owens Cover Image
ISBN: 9780735219106
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - March 30th, 2021

One of my favorite books of all time! An amazing story that weaves together the interesting story of a girl named Kya, living in the marsh of North Carolina. It has romance, mystery and great writing. A captivating read that is good for everyone!

Daisy Jones & The Six: A Novel By Taylor Jenkins Reid Cover Image
ISBN: 9781524798642
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Published: Ballantine Books - February 4th, 2020

Rock Paper Scissors: A Novel By Alice Feeney Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250266125
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Published: Flatiron Books - June 21st, 2022

A fast-pace thriller, this book is perfect for fans of Gone Girl. It had me intrigued the entire way through. Set in Scotland, a couple goes to an old church for a weekend away where nothing is as it seems and everyone is keeping secrets. Creative, chilling, and surprising, I recommend this book for everyone looking for a good read.

Sorrow and Bliss: A Novel By Meg Mason Cover Image
ISBN: 9780063049598
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Published: Harper Perennial - March 1st, 2022

Cinder: Book One of the Lunar Chronicles By Marissa Meyer Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250768889
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Published: Square Fish - February 4th, 2020

A retelling of the classic Cinderella story set years in the future in a dystopian world. Marissa Meyer does an amazing job creating the world as well as creating characters that are impossible not to root for. This is the first novel in my favorite series of all time!

The Bride Test By Helen Hoang Cover Image
ISBN: 9780451490827
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Published: Berkley - May 7th, 2019

My favorite of Helen Hoang's novel. This story follows a women flown out to California in order to try and get a man to fall in love with her so that she and her daughter can move to America. Hands down one of my favorite romance novels I have read (I have read a lot...) with characters that I have so much love for myself!

The Spanish Love Deception: A Novel By Elena Armas Cover Image
ISBN: 9781668002520
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Published: Atria Books - February 8th, 2022

Elena Armas did not disappoint with this novel. A fake dating trope, Catalina brings her coworker Aaron as her date to her sister's wedding in Spain. This book was adorable and one of the best romance books I have read this year! I fell in love with the characters and their relationships!

Five Survive By Holly Jackson Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593374160
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Published: Delacorte Press - November 29th, 2022

 What a rollercoaster of a read. I tore through this book in only about a day and it was genuinely one of, if not the, scariest books I have ever read. 6 kids are trapped in an RV overnight, a killer outside waiting for them. The only way to survive is to share their secrets in hopes that they will be free to go and have everyone able to make it until the morning. Holly Jackson knows how to write a YA thriller and I will continue to read everything she writes! 

Ace of Spades By Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250800800
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Published: Square Fish - June 27th, 2023

This is hands down one of my favorite books ever. Set in an elite private school, we see as the only two black students in the grade are targeted by mysterious notes. This is a mix of Pretty Little Lairs and Get Out and is an amazing read that I speed through in almost one day. A must read for any YA fan!

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes (A Hunger Games Novel) (The Hunger Games) By Suzanne Collins Cover Image
ISBN: 9781339016573
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Published: Scholastic Press - August 1st, 2023

The best of The Hunger Games novel! This is a beautiful story that weaves together love, suspense and drama while making a strong commentary on the world. Taking place in Snow's heads, I was on the edge of my seat this whole novel.

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Hamnet By Maggie O'Farrell Cover Image
ISBN: 9781984898876
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Published: Vintage - May 18th, 2021

As a Shakespeare fan, I was extremely excited to read this book. Set in 1850, this story follows the life of Shakespeare's wife Agnes and their family. I enjoyed how much of the story was centered around people other than Shakespeare himself. It is beautifully written and a worthwhile read for anyone who calls themselves a fan of Shakespeare and his work.

Excuse Me While I Ugly Cry By Joya Goffney Cover Image
ISBN: 9780063024809
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Published: HarperTeen - February 1st, 2022

YA at its finest! Round of applause for Joya Goffney and her novel that had me smiling from cover to cover.

A Good Girl's Guide to Murder By Holly Jackson Cover Image
ISBN: 9781984896391
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Published: Ember - January 5th, 2021

I am always a fan of a YA murder mysterys and this perfectly fullfilled what I was wishing for! The fist novel in a triology, we as readers watch Pip become such a selfless person who believes so much in the importance of solving an old mystery in her town.

Kingdom of the Wicked By Kerri Maniscalco Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316428453
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Published: Jimmy Patterson - September 7th, 2021

A classic YA fantasy novel with all the tropes

What We Don't Talk About When We Talk About Fat By Aubrey Gordon Cover Image
ISBN: 9780807014776
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Published: Beacon Press - November 16th, 2021

This book is a brilliant book that is both upsetting and eye-opening. Gordon weaves her personal stories with that of her peers to tell the story of a world that continues to blame people for the way their bodies are made. Throughout the book you read about the blatant fat-phobia that is ever present in todays era and how we are in a world where anti-fatness is deadly. I recommend this book to everyone interested social justice.

Hood Feminism: Notes from the Women That a Movement Forgot By Mikki Kendall Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525560562
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Published: Penguin Books - February 23rd, 2021

Maybe my favorite nonfiction books I have ever read. This book is very helpful in understanding how white feminism has often left black women out of the movement. By exploring what it means to be a black women in America, kendall highlights many societal issues and the way these issues effect black women in the country.

Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body By Roxane Gay Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062420718
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Published: Harper Perennial - June 12th, 2018

Slouching Towards Bethlehem: Essays (FSG Classics) By Joan Didion Cover Image
ISBN: 9780374531386
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - October 28th, 2008

Oh the joys of 1960s feminist literature! This collection of stories were all enjoyable in their own way. I enjoyed the first collection of stories the best. However, I think anyone reading this book could get a variety of lessons from each story and could enjoy a large range of them depending on who they are and where they are in their life. 

My Body By Emily Ratajkowski Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250848932
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Published: Metropolitan Books - September 13th, 2022

This is a great read for anyone interested in getting into feminist literature! Ratajkowski's tale of life in the spotlight and the constant objectification and unending sexualizing she faces because of her body is intriguing but also upsetting to read about. I think all women will be able to relate with some of what she is saying as she talks about having to try and succeed in a man's world.

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