“There's nothing wrong with reading a book you love over and over. When you do, the words get inside you, become a part of you, in a way that words in a book you've read only once can't.” - Gail Carson Levine
Terrible Virtue: A Novel, Ellen Feldman: It felt timely to read a book about one of the major crusaders in the fight for women's reproductive rights. This (fictional-ish) tale of Margaret Sanger was a fantastic read...I've seen it compared to "Loving Frank" and "The Paris Wife," which I also loved.
The Names They Gave Us, Emery Lord: This sits solidly in the young adult readership camp, but I've loved Emery Lord's writing since she wrote for a website I follow like...eight years ago. This story of cancer and faith and finding one's own way was so light, quick and beautifully written. Totally recommend for any age.
Diana in Search of Herself, Sally Bedell Smith: I went on a royals biography kick and thought this biography of Princess Diana handled a really complex woman with candor and impartiality. Definitely recommend, especially in light of the 20th anniversary of her death this summer.
It Seemed Important at the Time, Gloria Vanderbilt: Oh god this was just obnoxious. A totally self-serving account of how awesome heiress Gloria Vanderbilt is and how many men she's slept with, basically. Waste of about two hours of my life.
The Night Circus, Erin Morgenstern: Magic and a circus at the end of the 19th century. I've read this about half a dozen times in the last five-ish years and I still love it every time.
The White Queen, Philippa Gregory: Plantagenets doing duplicitous things. Very fictionalized, and not as fun as her Tudor works, in my opinion.
The Red Queen, Philippa Gregory: Lancasters doing duplicitous things to Plantagenets. Again, not my favorite (If I'm going to read really fictional historical fiction, I want it to be sexier and really lean into the fictional aspect, HA.).
The Royal We, Jessica Morgan and Heather Cocks: Another perennial fave - an imagined depiction of a fictional "William" and "Kate," but Kate (Bex) is American. I've read it about five times and it's still so fun.
Love the One You're With, Emily Giffin: She wrote "Something Borrowed" and "Something Blue," and this one, about the trials of old and new loves, is a quick, good beach read.
Baby Proof, Emily Giffin: Ditto above, only with babies and whether or not people should/can/want to have them.
The Debutante Divorcée, Plum Sykes: The frothiest, silliest mid-2000s romp through upper upper class Manhattan. Super fast, super perfect for a beach or poolside (with a cocktail mandatory).
Bergdorf Blondes, Plum Sykes: See above, minus the divorce stuff, plus falling in love adorably and a little bit of England, OOH!