A reading list that includes both the Obama memoir & 🌶️🌶️🌶️ romance novels
Suggestions for a holiday week
For a holiday week that feels a bit different than the usual Thanksgiving — a list of wildly varied suggestions for what to read, depending on what you’re in the mood for…
…A long-but-surprisingly-quick-to-read beautiful memoir from a former President (with the surprising undercurrent of “even a dream job is still a job and really sucks most of the time”): A Promised Land - Barack Obama
…A shorter-and-still-quick-to-read memoir about group therapy and how everyone’s a little bit crazy (so actually not that different from the Obama memoir, tbh): Group - Christie Tate
…A memoir about the Obama White House that reads more like a rom-com and feels like a distant alternate universe given the last four years we’ve been through: From the Corner of the Oval - Beck Dorey-Stein
…A 🌶️🌶️ romance novel that take place over the holidays that is supremely cozy with a hint of a Groundhog Day twist: In a Holidaze - Christina Lauren
…A 🌶️🌶️🌶️ romance novel about how opposites attract when two women (an astrologist & an actuary) get set up on a blind date, then fake a relationship to survive their families over Christmas: Written in the Stars - Alexandria Bellefleur
…A 🌶️🌶️🌶️+ romance novella about a hot pastry chef and a tech nerd who fall in love around Christmas: Wrapped - Rebekah Witherspoon
…A not-exactly-fun-but-definitely-important deep dive into white supremacy in America today, particularly examined through the lens of anti-Semitism as told by a funny Jewish queer woman who spent the last year pretending to be a Nazi on the internet: Culture Warlords - Talia Levin
…A four-book sci-fi/fantasy series in which teenagers are “unwound” if they become unwanted or unruley (meaning: harvested for parts) that has some stellar world-building and will suck you in for a few days: Unwind - Neal Shusterman (followed by UnWholly, UnSouled, and UnDivided).
…An engrossing multi-generational family saga about women in Erietown, Ohio, that will make you forget you’re missing your family this week: The Daughters of Erietown - Connie Schultz
…An engrossing multi-generational family saga about Cherokee women in Oklahoma that will also make you forget you’re missing your family this week, plus remind you of the roots of Thanksgiving as a problematic holiday: Crooked Hallelujah - Kelli Jo Ford
None of those appeal to you? My full reading list is here. Let me know what you like!
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