Noah Kahan Songs as Book Recommendations

If you’re interested in sobbing your heart out then queue up songs by my indie folk king Noah Kahan and crack open one of these recs. He’s most famously known for his gut-wrenching seasonal depression album Stick Season, but his backlist also slaps. From his two other albums (I Was/ I Am & Busyhead) to his EP (Cape Elizabeth) you’ll be crying in the club to all his songs. Check out his music here and our books/ song pairings below! 

Glue Myself Shut & Normal People by Sally Rooney

Connell and Marianne grew up in the same small town, but the similarities end there. At school, Connell is popular and well liked, while Marianne is a loner. But when the two strike up a conversation–awkward but electrifying–something life changing begins.

A year later, they’re both studying at Trinity College in Dublin. Marianne has found her feet in a new social world while Connell hangs at the sidelines, shy and uncertain. Throughout their years at university, Marianne and Connell circle one another, straying toward other people and possibilities but always magnetically, irresistibly drawn back together. And as she veers into self-destruction and he begins to search for meaning elsewhere, each must confront how far they are willing to go to save the other.

Normal People is the story of mutual fascination, friendship and love. It takes us from that first conversation to the years beyond, in the company of two people who try to stay apart but find that they can’t.

Stick Season & Disappearing Earth by Julia Phillips

One August afternoon, two sisters–Sophia, eight, and Alyona, eleven–go missing from a beach on the far-flung Kamchatka Peninsula in northeastern Russia. Taking us through the year that follows, Disappearing Earth enters the lives of women and girls in this tightly knit community who are connected by the crime: a witness, a neighbor, a detective, a mother. We are transported to vistas of rugged beauty–open expanses of tundra, soaring volcanoes, dense forests, the glassy seas that border Japan and Alaska–and into a region as complex as it is alluring, where social and ethnic tensions have long simmered, and where outsiders are often the first to be accused.



Young Blood & They Can’t Kill Us Until They Kill Us by Hanif Abdurraqib

In an age of confusion, fear, and loss, Hanif Abdurraqib’s is a voice that matters. Whether he’s attending a Bruce Springsteen concert the day after visiting Michael Brown’s grave, or discussing public displays of affection at a Carly Rae Jepsen show, he writes with a poignancy and magnetism that resonates profoundly.

In the wake of the nightclub attacks in Paris, he recalls how he sought refuge as a teenager in music, at shows, and wonders whether the next generation of young Muslims will not be afforded that opportunity now. While discussing the everyday threat to the lives of Black Americans, Abdurraqib recounts the first time he was ordered to the ground by police officers: for attempting to enter his own car.

Northern Attitude & Migrations by Charlotte McConaghy

Franny Stone has always been the kind of woman who is able to love but unable to stay. Leaving behind everything but her research gear, she arrives in Greenland with a singular purpose: to follow the last Arctic terns in the world on what might be their final migration to Antarctica. Franny talks her way onto a fishing boat, and she and the crew set sail, traveling ever further from shore and safety. But as Franny’s history begins to unspool–a passionate love affair, an absent family, a devastating crime–it becomes clear that she is chasing more than just the birds. When Franny’s dark secrets catch up with her, how much is she willing to risk for one more chance at redemption?

Epic and intimate, heartbreaking and galvanizing, Charlotte McConaghy’s Migrations is an ode to a disappearing world and a breathtaking page-turner about the possibility of hope against all odds.

New Perspective & Men We Reaped by Jesmyn Ward

In five years, Jesmyn Ward lost five young men in her life–to drugs, accidents, suicide, and the bad luck that can follow people who live in poverty, particularly black men. Dealing with these losses, one after another, made Jesmyn ask the question: Why? And as she began to write about the experience of living through all the dying, she realized the truth–and it took her breath away. Her brother and her friends all died because of who they were and where they were from, because they lived with a history of racism and economic struggle that fostered drug addiction and the dissolution of family and relationships. Jesmyn says the answer was so obvious she felt stupid for not seeing it. But it nagged at her until she knew she had to write about her community, to write their stories and her own.

Jesmyn grew up in poverty in rural Mississippi. She writes powerfully about the pressures this brings, on the men who can do no right and the women who stand in for family in a society where the men are often absent. She bravely tells her story, revisiting the agonizing losses of her only brother and her friends. As the sole member of her family to leave home and pursue higher education, she writes about this parallel American universe with the objectivity distance provides and the intimacy of utter familiarity. A brutal world rendered beautifully, Jesmyn Ward’s memoir will sit comfortably alongside Edwidge Danticat’s Brother, I’m Dying, Tobias Wolff’s This Boy’s Life, and Maya Angelou’s I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.

Orange Juice & Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi 

Gifty is a sixth-year PhD candidate in neuroscience at the Stanford University School of Medicine studying reward-seeking behavior in mice and the neural circuits of depression and addiction. Her brother, Nana, was a gifted high school athlete who died of a heroin overdose after an ankle injury left him hooked on OxyContin. Her suicidal mother is living in her bed.

Gifty is determined to discover the scientific basis for the suffering she sees all around her. But even as she turns to the hard sciences to unlock the mystery of her family’s loss, she finds herself hungering for her childhood faith and grappling with the evangelical church in which she was raised, whose promise of salvation remains as tantalizing as it is elusive.


False Confidence & Black Buck by Mateo Askaripour

An unambitious twenty-two-year-old, Darren lives in a Bed-Stuy brownstone with his mother, who wants nothing more than to see him live up to his potential as the valedictorian of Bronx Science. But Darren is content working at Starbucks in the lobby of a Midtown office building, hanging out with his girlfriend, Soraya, and eating his mother’s home-cooked meals. All that changes when a chance encounter with Rhett Daniels, the silver-tongued CEO of Sumwun, NYC’s hottest tech startup, results in an exclusive invitation for Darren to join an elite sales team on the thirty-sixth floor.

After enduring a “hell week” of training, Darren, the only Black person in the company, reimagines himself as “Buck,” a ruthless salesman unrecognizable to his friends and family. But when things turn tragic at home and Buck feels he’s hit rock bottom, he begins to hatch a plan to help young people of color infiltrate America’s sales force, setting off a chain of events that forever changes the game.

Black Buck is a hilarious, razor-sharp skewering of America’s workforce; it is a propulsive, crackling debut that explores ambition and race, and makes way for a necessary new vision of the American dream.

Busyhead & A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki

In Tokyo, sixteen-year-old Nao has decided there’s only one escape from her aching loneliness and her classmates’ bullying. But before she ends it all, Nao first plans to document the life of her great grandmother, a Buddhist nun who’s lived more than a century. A diary is Nao’s only solace–and will touch lives in ways she can scarcely imagine. Across the Pacific, we meet Ruth, a novelist living on a remote island who discovers a collection of artifacts washed ashore in a Hello Kitty lunchbox–possibly debris from the devastating 2011 tsunami. As the mystery of its contents unfolds, Ruth is pulled into the past, into Nao’s drama and her unknown fate, and forward into her own future.

Full of Ozeki’s signature humor and deeply engaged with the relationship between writer and reader, past and present, fact and fiction, quantum physics, history, and myth, A Tale for the Time Being is a brilliantly inventive, beguiling story of our shared humanity and the search for home.

The View Between Villages & The Yellow House by Sarah M. Broom

In 1961, Sarah M. Broom’s mother Ivory Mae bought a shotgun house in the then-promising neighborhood of New Orleans East and built her world inside of it. It was the height of the Space Race and the neighborhood was home to a major NASA plant–the postwar optimism seemed assured. Widowed, Ivory Mae remarried Sarah’s father Simon Broom; their combined family would eventually number twelve children. But after Simon died, six months after Sarah’s birth, the Yellow House would become Ivory Mae’s thirteenth and most unruly child.

A book of great ambition, Sarah M. Broom’s The Yellow House tells a hundred years of her family and their relationship to home in a neglected area of one of America’s most mythologized cities. This is the story of a mother’s struggle against a house’s entropy, and that of a prodigal daughter who left home only to reckon with the pull that home exerts, even after the Yellow House was wiped off the map after Hurricane Katrina. The Yellow House expands the map of New Orleans to include the stories of its lesser known natives, guided deftly by one of its native daughters, to demonstrate how enduring drives of clan, pride, and familial love resist and defy erasure. Located in the gap between the “Big Easy” of tourist guides and the New Orleans in which Broom was raised, The Yellow House is a brilliant memoir of place, class, race, the seeping rot of inequality, and the internalized shame that often follows. It is a transformative, deeply moving story from an unparalleled new voice of startling clarity, authority, and power.

Growing Sideways & Maybe You Should Talk to Someone by Lori Gottlieb 

One day, Lori Gottlieb is a therapist who helps patients in her Los Angeles practice. The next, a crisis causes her world to come crashing down. Enter Wendell, the quirky but seasoned therapist in whose of­fice she suddenly lands. With his balding head, cardigan, and khakis, he seems to have come straight from Therapist Central Casting. Yet he will turn out to be anything but.

As Gottlieb explores the inner chambers of her patients’ lives — a self-absorbed Hollywood producer, a young newlywed diagnosed with a terminal illness, a senior citizen threatening to end her life on her birthday if nothing gets better, and a twenty-something who can’t stop hooking up with the wrong guys — she finds that the questions they are struggling with are the very ones she is now bringing to Wendell.

With startling wisdom and humor, Gottlieb invites us into her world as both clinician and patient, examining the truths and fictions we tell ourselves and others as we teeter on the tightrope between love and desire, meaning and mortality, guilt and redemption, terror and courage, hope and change.

Maybe You Should Talk to Someone is rev­olutionary in its candor, offering a deeply per­sonal yet universal tour of our hearts and minds and providing the rarest of gifts: a boldly reveal­ing portrait of what it means to be human, and a disarmingly funny and illuminating account of our own mysterious lives and our power to transform them.


Horror books to whet your appetite ahead of the Scream VI release

We’re getting excited for the next installment of slasher royalty, Scream VI. If you’re gearing up for another heart-pounding performance and are looking to get your pulse racing early, we’ve compiled a list of horror books to get your hands on. Enjoy reading with the lights on with these top tier horror recs! 

Hairspray and Switchblades by V. Castro

When Maya and Magdalena lose their parents to a home invasion, Magdalena puts her dreams on hold and turns to exotic dancing. Cash is what the sisters need to stay together and keep Maya in an elite catholic high school that has set her on the path for an athletic and academic college scholarship.These sisters come from a bloodline of Jaguar shifters from Mexico and have gained unwanted attention. The San Antonio Stripper Ripper is stalking the streets, out for a specific kind of blood. Though Magdalena trades in skin, there is no way she will allow anyone to own her. Steamy. Bloody. Dangerous. Hairspray and Switchblades, what more could a girl need to survive the hot streets?



The Last Final Girl by Stephen Graham Jones

Life in a slasher film is easy. You just have to know when to die.

Aerial View: A suburban town in Texas. Everyone’s got an automatic garage door opener. All the kids jump off a perilous cliff into a shallow river as a rite of passage. The sheriff is a local celebrity. You know this town. You’re from this town.

Zoom In: Homecoming princess, Lindsay. She’s just barely escaped death at the hands of a brutal, sadistic murderer in a Michael Jackson mask. Up on the cliff, she was rescued by a horse and bravely defeated the killer, alone, bra-less. Her story is already a legend. She’s this town’s heroic final girl, their virgin angel.

Monster Vision: Halloween masks floating down that same river the kids jump into. But just as one slaughter is not enough for Billie Jean, our masked killer, one victory is not enough for Lindsay. Her high school is full of final girls, and she’s not the only one who knows the rules of the game.

When Lindsay chooses a host of virgins, misfits, and former final girls to replace the slaughtered members of her original homecoming court, it’s not just a fight for survival-it’s a fight to become The Last Final Girl.

There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins

It’s been almost a year since Makani Young came to live with her grandmother and she’s still adjusting to her new life in rural Nebraska. Then, one by one, students at her high school begin to die in a series of gruesome murders, each with increasing and grotesque flair. As the body count rises and the terror grows closer, can Makani survive the killer’s twisted plan?





Tastes Like Candy: A Slasher Novel by Ivy Tholen

Everyone at Pritchett High wants an invitation to the Senior Scavenge. In 2020, Violet Warren and her friends are the lucky ones. Eight girls will break into the Poison Apple Carnival after hours for a scavenger hunt, then at sunrise they’ll gather for a celebration in honor of their upcoming senior year.

But someone else has another game planned. Minutes after the girls sneak into the carnival, a madman in a rubber mask begins slashing his way through the group and Violet quickly realizes his motives are personal. As she watches her friends die in a series of increasingly bizarre attacks, she must fight to survive while trying to answer the question: What could she have done to earn a fast-pass for a roller coaster ride straight to hell?


The Murder Game by Carrie Doyle

What if your roommate is a murderer? Or what if he’s being framed and only you can save him?

Luke Chase made history as a child when he escaped a kidnapping. Now, all he wants is to be a normal teenager. So when he sneaks out to the woods one night to drink with friends and flirt with the new British girl at school, he’s excited to feel some freedom.Except the next morning, one of their teachers is found murdered — in the exact same spot where they had been partying. Soon, Luke’s roommate and best friend Oscar is the #1 suspect

As the evidence and list of suspects builds, Luke attempts to use his famous survival skills to find the killer and clear Oscar’s name. But as Luke gets closer to the truth, the killer is getting closer to Luke.

The Final Girl Support Group by Grady Hendrix

In horror movies, the final girls are the ones left standing when the credits roll. They made it through the worst night of their lives…but what happens after?

Lynnette Tarkington is a real-life final girl who survived a massacre. For more than a decade, she’s been meeting with five other final girls and their therapist in a support group for those who survived the unthinkable, working to put their lives back together. Then one woman misses a meeting, and their worst fears are realized — someone knows about the group and is determined to rip their lives apart again, piece by piece.

But the thing about final girls is that no matter how bad the odds, how dark the night, how sharp the knife, they will never, ever give up.


Under the Blade by Matt Serafini

It’s been twenty-five years since Cyrus Hoyt’s infamous killing spree at Camp Forest Grove. A quarter-century since teenage counselor Melanie Holden left him mortally wounded and escaped with her life.

Today, Melanie’s teaching career has bottomed out and left her with no choice but to return to the scene of the crime. Motivated by a lucrative publishing offer, as well as a desire to free herself from recurring nightmares, Melanie’s research into the murderer’s life brings resistance from all directions as she uncovers skeletons in Forest Grove’s past.

Because of Melanie, a long-held secret is about to be revealed–one that somebody is willing to kill for in order to protect. And Melanie is going to discover she has a lot more to lose than just her mind.

The stalk-and-slash suspense of Friday the 13th meets the small town mystery of Sharp Objects in this white-knuckle horror story of a final girl’s revenge.

Ring Shout by P. Djèlí Clark

In 1915, The Birth of a Nation cast a spell across America, swelling the Klan’s ranks and drinking deep from the darkest thoughts of white folk. All across the nation they ride, spreading fear and violence among the vulnerable. They plan to bring Hell to Earth. But even Ku Kluxes can die.

Standing in their way is Maryse Boudreaux and her fellow resistance fighters, a foul-mouthed sharpshooter and a Harlem Hellfighter. Armed with blade, bullet, and bomb, they hunt their hunters and send the Klan’s demons straight to Hell. But something awful’s brewing in Macon, and the war on Hell is about to heat up.

Can Maryse stop the Klan before it ends the world?


Manhunt by Gretchen Felker-Martin

Beth and Fran spend their days traveling the ravaged New England coast, hunting feral men and harvesting their organs in a gruesome effort to ensure they’ll never face the same fate.

Robbie lives by his gun and one hard-learned motto: other people aren’t safe.

After a brutal accident entwines the three of them, this found family of survivors must navigate murderous TERFs, a sociopathic billionaire bunker brat, and awkward relationship dynamics ― all while outrunning packs of feral men, and their own demons.



Reprieve by James Han Mattson

On April 27, 1997, four contestants make it to the final cell of the Quigley House, a full-contact haunted escape room in Lincoln, Nebraska, made famous for its monstrosities, booby-traps, and ghoulishly costumed actors. If the group can endure these horrors without shouting the safe word, “reprieve,” they’ll win a substantial cash prize — a startling feat accomplished only by one other group in the house’s long history. But before they can complete the challenge, a man breaks into the cell and kills one of the contestants.

Those who were present on that fateful night lend their points of view: Kendra Brown, a teenager who’s been uprooted from her childhood home after the sudden loss of her father; Leonard Grandton, a desperate and impressionable hotel manager caught in a series of toxic entanglements; and Jaidee Charoensuk, a gay international student who came to the United States in a besotted search for his former English teacher. As each character’s journey unfurls and overlaps, deceit and misunderstandings fueled by obsession and prejudice are revealed, forcing all to reckon with the ways in which their beliefs and actions contributed to a horrifying catastrophe.


Black History Month Spotlight

Black Books to Read All Year Long

February is Black History Month, and to celebrate we invited some of our favorite Black bookish influencers to share a book recommendation by a Black author. Check out these recommendations and give our featured influencers a follow! 

Ahtiya | @bookinitwithahtiya

I am a native New Yorker currently teaching ELA to middle schoolers as I build up my Etsy shop cliente and expand into other entrepreneurial avenues. I’ve been an avid reader since I was a child and always have a book with me in some format. My favorite genres include Fantasy, Historical Fiction, and Contemporary Romance, and I’ve been exploring my taste in Horror, as well. I don’t genre-discriminate, though; I’ll read just about anything if the plot interests me!

Take A Hint, Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert is one of my favorite books of all time because of how it deftly mixes hilarity, the fake dating trope, and depression and anxiety representation without missing a beat. My reading experience with this book was cathartic and filled with bellyaching laughs, as well as moments of contemplation and simply feeling seen. Take A Hint, Dani Brown is a gem of a book.

Kat | @booksenvogue 

I’m just a MLIS (Master of Library and Information Science) grad student and book cosplayer sharing my favorite titles with representation online.  When I’m not studying, you can find me either reading aloud to my new puppy, Yemaya, or researching my ancestry. I read for self-care, and I aspire to one day serve as your go-to neighborhood librarian aiding in your reading enjoyment. 

Because there aren’t enough novels that deal with infertility and pregnancy loss in the Black community, I highly recommend Caul Baby by Morgan Jerkins. This fantasy book read like a contemporary story I was eager to believe and filled with the magical healing I was in denial about needing.

Cayla | @bookitqueen    

Hi everyone, my name is Cayla! From the time I was a kid, I’ve always looked forward to library trips where I could find books with characters who looked like me. I love highlighting books by Black authors and books that may not be popular at the time while tapping into 90s nostalgia. Outside of reading, I enjoy sending snail mail, cruising with my partner, and collecting enamel pins!

I love recommending The City We Became by Three-Time Hugo Award-Winning Author N.K. Jemisin to folks! The premise and characters are so fascinating to me that I constantly think about who would represent cities around the world. When I first read it during the pandemic, I couldn’t stop thinking or talking about it, and there’s a newly published sequel, The World We Make!

Deanna | @deannareadsandsleeps

Hi! I’m Deanna, I’m a late 20s girlie, and I love yelling about books! I’ve tried to be a little quieter but this passion of mine is quite serious, so I’ve moved on to acceptance. While I’m down for anything that catches my eye (send me recs please), you can mostly catch me reading fantasy, sci-fi, contemporary, manga, and a memoir here or there. Shoutout to naps and iced coffee for keeping me going.

The Fifth Season (Broken Earth Trilogy) by N.K. Jemisin is no secret but I still keep running into readers who haven’t jumped into that world yet! Why!? I’ve never seen characters grow (or break) like this, and along with world-building that’s unlike any other, it’s a tale that’s sat with me for YEARS and I can’t recommend it enough! I’m looking forward to rereading it and destroying myself within its pages once more!

Content warning for The Fifth Season: child death, graphic violence, and genocide.

Bri | @bookstarbri

My name is Bri and I’ve been a bookstagrammer for nearly 2 years! My favorite genres are fantasy, sci-fi, and horror. As well as reading, I love writing and pretty anything having to do with books. Sharing BIPOC books with readers is truly one of my favorite things to do!

A book I recommend to anyone who will listen is The Weight of Blood by Tiffany D. Jackson. It reshapes Stephen King’s Carrie into a nuanced story with compelling themes and a stunning narrative with a complex cast of characters!

Candace | @shygirlediting

Hi, my name is Candace and I live in a small town. So reading offers a way to explore without leaving the comfort of my home. My favorite genre is thrillers, in Adult and YA. But I have started branching into literary fiction, romance, and historical fiction. When I am not reading you can find me playing a game on my phone, watching a tv show, or watching a movie. 

An author that I always recommend is Nora Deloach. Her Mama Detective series is so good. This series is about a woman and her daughter that solves crimes in and around their hometown. My favorite part about these books is the endings. Everyone involved in the case, except the murderer, comes to her house for a home-cooked meal. The ending reminds me of my family on Sundays and the holidays. Sadly, the author is no longer with us, but I am so thankful that she created this series.

Alexia | @bookishends,

I’m a beta/sensitivity reader, book blogger, and bookstagrammer that loves highlighting Black and queer books and has a soft spot for anything mythology related.

We Deserve Monuments is one of my new favorites. It’s the kind of book that creeps up on you until you’re at the end and amazed at what you just read. The story is YA with a slow burn mystery, sweet and messy romance, and complicated family relationships.

Reneé | @rensbookishspace

Hi there! I’m Reneé, a Jamaican girl spreading my love for reading. My first loves are thrillers and mysteries but I’ll read just about anything. My platform, RensBookishSpace, was created out of a desire to interact with readers alike and to encourage others to start reading or to read more. 

My book recommendation is Island Queen by Vanessa Riley. This book tells the true life story of Dorothy Kirwan, a black woman who rose against the odds and became one of the wealthiest entrepreneurs in the colonial West Indies. Not only is her story inspiring, it’s a great way to learn about Caribbean history.

Naomie | @naesreadingnook

My name is Naomie and I’m a Haitian-American wife, mom, believer and bookstagrammer. I love reading from diverse authors with views and experiences that are different from mine. I also enjoy reading memoirs and some self-help books that challenge me to be and do better! I’m a bit of a bookaholic and can talk about books for hours if you let me. 

I’m recommending the book Playing a New Game A Black Woman’s Guide to Being Well and Thriving in the Workplace by  Tammy Lewis Wilborn, PhD. In it, Wilborn gives explicit examples of exactly how we can set boundaries and how to respond when others appear to try to overstep. She talks about how to best gain mental clarity and provides self-reflection exercises— which I personally found to be so helpful in all my relationships at work and even personally. 

Aisha | @aishathebibliophile

About me: I am an avid reader and blogger who enjoys critically engaging with books and reading widely. My favourite genres are literary fiction, poetry and short stories, and I am a big fan of reading backlist books.

The book I recommend is The Street by Ann Petry because the writing is stunning, and despite the time it was written, this devastating story holds a lot of relevance to the world we live in today. Its central character is a Black single mother, and we get an insight into navigating what life was like in 1940s America with all the implications and limitations attached to that.

Ashley | @strikingbooks_lover

Hello, my name is Ashley. I’m from Michigan. I’m a mom of a teenager (wish me luck 😂) and have been married to my high school sweetheart for seven years.  I love to read thrillers, and my new favorite genre is smut. I’m a big foodie. I love to try different food and restaurants, but nothing beats pizza 🍕

My favorite book is Take Hint Dani Brown. The book is hilarious and pretty steamy. It’s the perfect book to binge on a lazy day.

Sarah | @bookishandblack 

Sarah Coquillat is the bookstagrammer behind Bookish and Black. A lifelong reader, Sarah turned to social media as a place to build community and foster conversation around books, particularly those written by and featuring people of color. She has been featured on Girls Night In, TheEveryGirl, and more. You can find her on Instagram, subscribe to her newsletter or listen to her podcast, Bound to Happen.

I’m recommending Wash Day Diaries by Jamila Rowser and Robyn Smith. It’s a graphic novel that follows four best friends through several connected short story comics. It follows the four women through the ups and downs of their daily lives in the Bronx. The title and the stories come from the theme and thread found in each comic- the experience of Wash Day as a Black woman. The novel uses that experience to give us a window into the lives of each of the women. I don’t typically read graphic novels but as a Black woman, I absolutely loved this story and felt so seen in each of the characters.

Shonte | @mybookscafe_

My name is Shonte and I’m from Guyana. I first developed my love of reading back in high school and I’ve been reading ever since. Genres I like are romance, fantasy and mystery.

A book I recommend: Excuse Me While I Ugly Cry by Joya Goffney. This was one of the best books I read in 2022. It’s fun, nostalgic and inspiring

Amivi | Bookstagram: @amivireads, Booktok: @amivireads

Hi my name is Amivi, I’m a 24 and run a booktok account under the name amivireads. My account primarily focuses on black and sapphic books. 

D’Vaughn and Kris Plan A Wedding is one of my favorite black books especially since it has black lesbian representation. This book made me feel so seen because finding books that represent both of my identities can be hard at times.

Marissa | @marissareadsitall

My name is Marissa and I am a 24-year-old teacher and book lover residing in South Florida. My love for books is fueled by my love for learning. I believe we can learn so much about ourselves and others through reading everything from sociological nonfiction to our beloved spicy romances.

The Secret Lives of Church Ladies, a short story collection by Deesha Philyaw: These stories are tales of complicated women whose lives are plagued by dissatisfaction. Deesha’s prose is raw, pearl clutching, and calls the reader to consider how our inner desires, spirituality, and the values of the cultures we are raised in intersect to inform our public and private lives.


Books and bloggers to celebrate Latinx Heritage Month

Sept. 15 through Oct. 15 is Latinx Heritage Month and to celebrate we wanted to spotlight some Latinx book influencers who you should 100% be following! Keep reading to learn a little bit about each influencer and a book by a Latinx author that they would recommend!

Alicia | Blog:, Instagram: @akernelofnonsense

My name is Alicia. I am a Mexican-American Book Blogger. I believe we as readers need to be deliberate when it comes to our reading choices. Marginalized writers are often overlooked and I believe we can make a difference in whose books get attention. I have had the pleasure seeing more and more Latinx authors make their way into the publishing scene and I hope my voice can help lift theirs and show publishing that our communities are worth investing in.

Recommendation: The Lesbiana’s Guide to Catholic School by Sonora Reyes is my favorite debut this year. This YA contemporary follows a Mexican-American teen navigating tumultuous familial relationships, her queer identity and religion. Equal parts heartbreaking and hopeful, this novel is sure to resonate with queer Latinx teens.

Mel | The Steam Box:, Instagram @thesteamboxco, Instagram: @bookrecsbymel

Mel is a Peruvian bookish content creator and a small business owner. She has been creating bookish content for over two years and loves to use her platform to celebrate diversity in books. Her love for reading romance led to her starting The Steam Box – a romance book subscription box that promotes diversity and encourages self love. Mel is a navy veteran, a proud dog mom to two Rottweilers, and is constantly arguing with her husband that she in fact does need more books.

Recommendation: On The Hustle by Adriana Herrera – This is the perfect romance book! Not only is it the perfect combination of plot and steam but it highlights and discusses the “hustle” mindset we have as immigrants. The constant need to work and do more that really hit home for me. This is one of the best romance books coming out this fall!

Destiny | Blog:, Instagram: @myhoneyreads

My name is Destiny and I am a Mexican-American, Indigenous, disabled, and queer blogger who likes to scream about books with the aforementioned representation. I read across all genres and in all formats. My goal is to create a positive and cozy space on all my platforms where I can talk about the things I love with others.

Recommendation: I haven’t stopped recommending Lobizona by Romina Garber since the second I picked it up. An elaborate fantasy full of werewolves and witches, Lobizona also features immigration, family secrets, sports, and rich Argentinian culture. This is the book for anyone looking for their next favorite YA Fantasy.

Caro | Instagram: @_afrovegan

Caro is a social justice oriented Puerto Rican educator based in Santurce, Puerto Rico. She is currently a PhD student of Caribbean Literature.

Recommendation: Olga dies dreaming by Xochitl Gonzalez, an unapologetic *fictional* book about the Nuyorican. This book is Brooklyn but is also a protest to the yanki in Puerto Rico; is a full on schooling about Puerto Rican history to a reader that might not know about the hundreds of years we have endured under colonialism and the movements that have always fought to free the island.

“…as a brave young woman who knows that in a world of oppression, achieving liberation will require sacrifice.”

Cristina | Instagram: @2bookornot2book

Cristina (she/her) is a Puerto Rican bookstagrammer in NYC with a passion for strange, lyrical fantasy and sci-fi, literary fiction about dysfunctional families, and dark fairytale retellings. For her day job, she’s an archivist, which really means she gets paid to go on research tangents for other people, and she now knows way too much about 1930s NYC mobsters. Besides reading, she loves to play puzzle-based video games that don’t involve anyone dying, and she’s even published a few short stories. Her heritage is always on her mind and informs much of what she does, especially in regards to the books she reads.

Recommendation: I of course have loved many recently published books by Latinx authors, but I wanted to pick something a little less well known. I highly recommend Tears of the Trufflepig by Fernando A. Flores, a novel about a man living in a border town in Texas, in a world where narcotics are legal and a new kind of contraband exists: ancient Olmec artifacts, shrunken indigenous heads, and filtered animals—animals brought back from extinction to live short lives as entertainment to the rich. This book is magical and weird in the best way possible, and one of the most imaginative and unique books I’ve read by a Latinx author in a long time. I like Latinx books that could not exist without the ethnicity of the author and characters being that way, but are not stories where the characters reckon with it or come to terms with their identity. Those have their place but I much prefer a story like this—where they know who and what they are, they live it, and this is a story that wouldn’t exist without it.

Alexis | Instagram: @poppincurlsnprose

My name is Alexis (@PoppinCurlsNProse). I was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY and currently live in Austin, Texas. Thanks to my mom, I’ve been an avid reader all my life. Growing up I loved The Babysitter’s Club, Goosebumps and Fear Street novels. Now, I mostly read YA, Fantasy and a sprinkle of romance.

Recommendation: A book I would recommend is Clap When you Land by Elizabeth Acevedo. I’m a huge fan of anything she does. Clap When You Land is a YA novel, written in verse that as a Latina really resonated with me. It speaks to my heart with the love of culture, importance of family, and Acevedo never shies away from all the emotional baggage that young people carry around on a daily basis, that as an adult can be easy to forget or dismiss.

Francis | Instagram: @abookinbed

Hi! My name is Francis and I’m a proud Boricua that gets a little too emotionally attached to fictional characters. I love watching movies, reading books, and creating fake scenarios in my head. Representation and diverse stories are a priority for me. Also dessert, but that’s not important right now.

Recommendation: Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia. Fall is here and I think this is an excellent atmospheric read to really set the mood. The author did an incredible job of mixing fantastical elements with hard hitting topics to truly create a sinister experience. With that said, make sure to check out the content warnings. If you want a well written, strong, and witty Latina as the center of a story then this is the book for you.

Sharon | Instagram: @bookdragon217

My name is Sharon @bookdragon217 and I’m a voracious mood reader always looking to find myself in books. Growing up I never saw myself, my community or my culture represented in books and this is why I started my bookstagram page. I wanted to create a safe space where I could connect people to their next favorite read and amplify books written by marginalized identities and communities.

Recommendation: I always recommend The Taste of Sugar by Marisel Vera because it talks about important Puerto Rican history that many people don’t know about that is still relevant today. It was an emotional and beautiful read for me. The characters stay with you long after the story is finished.

Julith | Instagram: @nerdy_little_julith

I’m Julith, a plus size Latina who loves to scream about books I’m loving and Kpop. Fantasy and romance books have my entire heart and it’s what you’ll find the most on my page. Finding books where I see myself and others represented is my favorite thing so I do my best to promote diverse books in hopes that others find a book they can see themselves in.

Recommendation: Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Córdova is the first book in the Brooklyn Brujas series and it immediately pulls you in for a witchy read that is full of beautiful imagery and a spellbinding story! Fans of Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas will love this book!

Alessandra | Instagram: @naturemamareads

(She/they) I’m a chicana mama breaking down chancla culture in our home. I’m a nursing student, and an ultra runner living in the high desert of Arizona. If I’m not reading fantasy and sci-fi stories, you can find me in my garden with my son or playing Stardew Valley.

Recommendation: A Crash of Fate by Zoraida Cordova! I will read anything and everything this author puts out! A Crash of Fate is a story that takes place in the Star Wars world. I just loved everything about this book, friends to lovers, adventure, and Latinx representation in a super popular story scape. Everything I love about reading Zoraida Cordova hits every time!

Mariah | Instagram: @thekneadtoread

I’m a biracial Latina from the Bronx, NY who is obsessed with all things books and food. I started combining my hobby of books and food when I was a special education high school English teacher looking to include multiple ways for my students to connect to a story. Now I have the bookstagram and booktok TheKneadToRead where I love pushing and seeing Latine voices (and eating all food inspired by them)! I bake and read at my home in the Bronx with my husband, daughter, and cat.

Recommendation: I recommend you read The Hacienda by Isabel Cañas for all your spooky season vibes! The genre of gothic horror isn’t often associated with Latine voices but this novel proves that incorrect. It’s full of supernatural suspense, the foreboding hacienda is the perfect gothic backdrop, has Mexican politics in the background, and will have you going out in search of some pulque to drink.

Kristina | Instagram: @whenreadingattacks

I am Kristina (she/they). I’m a 34 year old queer Puerto Rican living in California. I’m a reader, writer, educator, zinester, and resident weirdo Aquarian. When I’m not reading, you can find me basking in the sun or playing TTRPGs online with my friends.

Recommendation: My book recommendation is A Caribbean Heiress in Paris by Adriana Herrera. I read it with my book club (@onlyloversbookclub) and it was delightful to see a protagonist from the Dominican Republic. It’s so meaningful to see Latinx people starring in historical fiction and achieving a happily ever after.

Adriana | Instagram: @bookish_aspirations

I was born in Mexico City, raised in Los Angeles, and living in Arizona for the last 12 years. I have been part of the bookstagram community for the past 6 years, but I’m really excited about the recent movements, the rising voices and emphasis on representation within the book community, and the way platforms are being used to amplify BIPOC voices. It has inspired me to be more open about my identity, culture and experience as an immigrant.

Recommendation: I recently read Coyote Songs by Gabino Iglesias and I was so haunted by the deeply painful but also familiar stories. I was so glad I was recommended that book through this community and in return I recommend it to everyone. I’m also picking up his new book The Devil Takes You Home.

Ivana | Instagram: @ivanainthecity

I’m a Puerto Rican bookstagrammer living in Boston. I primarily enjoy reading short, quirky books about women and sociological nonfiction books. Recently, I’ve gotten into poetry. In my free time, I enjoy running, playing with my cat, and eating breakfast sandwiches.

Recommendation: For Latinx Heritage Month, I recommend an underrated backlist short story collection by Sandra Cisneros, Woman Hollering Creek & Other Stories. What I loved most about this book is that the writing is simple yet gorgeous—Cisneros flawlessly integrates Spanish into her stories and has an uncanny ability to capture moments and people who are oddly specific and somehow so relatable.

Natalie | Instagram: @the.cozy.archives

Hello! I’m Natalie, a Puerto Rican bookstagrammer who loves reading fantasy and horror stories. I love recommending books and have amazed professors and friends alike with my extensive knowledge of new releases. You’ll often catch me reading at home with my dachshund, Walter, bundled up next to me. Besides reading, I enjoy journaling, thrifting, and cozy gaming.

Recommendation: Witchlings by Claribel A. Ortega. This magical middle-grade book has a great cast of characters and fantastic world-building. Witchlings has it all: a Spanish-based magic system, coven sorting, toad races, monster hunting, and great friendships. One of my favorites this year, and I cannot wait for the sequel.

Angie | Instagram: @angiesreading

My name is Angie and I live in the DC area. I love reading almost everything under the sun, from lit fic to memoirs to romance to sci fi.

I’m a huge fan of spooky season and love to read horror. It’s a very, very white genre, though. I’ve loved reading recent books from Silvia Moreno Garcia, Tiffany Jackson, and Stephen Graham Jones who are authors of color completely transforming the genre with terrifying stories that go beyond ghosts and ghouls, shedding light on the horrors of racism and colonialism. My most recent favorite horror book that I highly recommend checking out this month is The Hacienda by Isabel Cañas. It’s an eerie gothic tale that takes place in 1800’s Mexico. It checks all the boxes!

✔️ strong female lead
✔️ ghosts
✔️ hot priest

Seeing Mexican rep in one of my favorite genres means so much to me, especially as someone who grew up hearing ghost stories from Mexico. Happy Latinx Heritage Month and Happy Spooky Season, book friends 🖤

Dark psychological thrillers to read before the release of Don’t Worry Darling

Harry Styles and Florence Pugh starring in dark, dystopian, domestic thriller? HOLD. MY. BEER. I am running to the theaters to see Don’t Worry Darling on Sept. 23. But if you, like me, simply cannot get the trailer out of your mind (seriously it’s on repeat in my brain cinema) then here are some dark and twisty books that will have you looking over your shoulder while you wait.

The School for Good Mothers by Jessamine Chan

Frida Liu is struggling. She doesn’t have a career worthy of her Chinese immigrant parents’ sacrifices. What’s worse is she can’t persuade her husband, Gust, to give up his wellness-obsessed younger mistress. Only with their angelic daughter Harriet does Frida finally feel she’s attained the perfection expected of her. Harriet may be all she has, but she’s just enough. Until Frida has a horrible day. The state has its eyes on mothers like Frida — ones who check their phones while their kids are on the playground; who let their children walk home alone; in other words, mothers who only have one lapse of judgment. Now, a host of government officials will determine if Frida is a candidate for a Big Brother-like institution that measures the success or failure of a mother’s devotion. Faced with the possibility of losing Harriet, Frida must prove that she can live up to the standards set for mothers — that she can learn to be good.

When No One is Watching by Alyssa Cole

Sydney Green is Brooklyn born and raised, but her beloved neighborhood seems to change every time she blinks. Condos are sprouting like weeds, FOR SALE signs are popping up overnight, and the neighbors she’s known all her life are disappearing. To hold onto her community’s past and present, Sydney channels her frustration into a walking tour and finds an unlikely and unwanted assistant in one of the new arrivals to the block—her neighbor Theo. But Sydney and Theo’s deep dive into history quickly becomes a dizzying descent into paranoia and fear. Their neighbors may not have moved to the suburbs after all, and the push to revitalize the community may be more deadly than advertised. When does coincidence become a conspiracy? Where do people go when gentrification pushes them out? Can Sydney and Theo trust each other—or themselves—long enough to find out before they too disappear?

Good Neighbors by Sarah Langan

Welcome to Maple Street, a picture-perfect slice of suburban Long Island, its residents bound by their children, their work, and their illusion of safety in a rapidly changing world. But menace skulks beneath the surface of this exclusive enclave, making its residents prone to outrage. When the Wilde family moves in, they trigger their neighbors’ worst fears. Dad Arlo’s a gruff has-been rock star with track marks. Mom Gertie’s got a thick Brooklyn accent, with high heels and tube tops to match. Their weird kids cuss like sailors. They don’t fit with the way Maple Street sees itself. Though Maple Street’s Queen Bee, Rhea Schroeder–a lonely college professor repressing a dark past–welcomed Gertie and her family at first, relations went south during one spritzer-fueled summer evening, when the new best friends shared too much, too soon. By the time the story opens, the Wildes are outcasts.
As tensions mount, a sinkhole opens in a nearby park, and Rhea’s daughter Shelly falls inside. The search for Shelly brings a shocking accusation against the Wildes. Suddenly, it is one mom’s word against the other’s in a court of public opinion that can end only in blood.

Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn

Fresh from a brief stay at a psych hospital, reporter Camille Preaker faces a troubling assignment: she must return to her tiny hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls. For years, Camille has hardly spoken to her neurotic, hypochondriac mother or to the half-sister she barely knows: a beautiful thirteen-year-old with an eerie grip on the town. Now, installed in her old bedroom in her family’s Victorian mansion, Camille finds herself identifying with the young victims—a bit too strongly. Dogged by her own demons, she must unravel the psychological puzzle of her own past if she wants to get the story—and survive this homecoming.

The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena

Anne and Marco Conti seem to have it all–a loving relationship, a wonderful home, and their beautiful baby, Cora. But one night when they are at a dinner party next door, a terrible crime is committed. Suspicion immediately focuses on the parents. But the truth is a much more complicated story. Inside the curtained house, an unsettling account of what actually happened unfolds. Detective Rasbach knows that the panicked couple is hiding something. Both Anne and Marco soon discover that the other is keeping secrets, secrets they’ve kept for years.

Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris

Everyone knows a couple like Jack and Grace. He has looks and wealth; she has charm and elegance. He’s a dedicated attorney who has never lost a case; she is a flawless homemaker, a masterful gardener and cook, and dotes on her disabled younger sister. Though they are still newlyweds, they seem to have it all. You might not want to like them, but you do. You’re hopelessly charmed by the ease and comfort of their home, by the graciousness of the dinner parties they throw. You’d like to get to know Grace better. But it’s difficult, because you realize Jack and Grace are inseparable. Some might call this true love. Others might wonder why Grace never answers the phone. Or why she can never meet for coffee, even though she doesn’t work. How she can cook such elaborate meals but remain so slim. Or why she never seems to take anything with her when she leaves the house, not even a pen. Or why there are such high-security metal shutters on all the downstairs windows. Some might wonder what’s really going on once the dinner party is over, and the front door has closed.

Darling Rose Gold by Stephanie Wrobel

For the first eighteen years of her life, Rose Gold Watts believed she was seriously ill. She was allergic to everything, used a wheelchair and practically lived at the hospital. Neighbors did all they could, holding fundraisers but no matter how many doctors, tests, or surgeries, no one could figure out what was wrong with Rose Gold. Turns out her mom, Patty Watts, was just a really good liar. After serving five years in prison, Patty begs her daughter to take her in. The entire community is shocked when Rose Gold says yes. And Rose Gold is no longer her weak little darling…And she’s waited such a long time for her mother to come home.

The Other Black Girl by Zakiya Dalila Harris

Twenty-six-year-old editorial assistant Nella Rogers is tired of being the only Black employee at Wagner Books. Fed up with the isolation and microaggressions, she’s thrilled when Harlem-born and bred Hazel starts working in the cubicle beside hers. They’ve only just started comparing natural hair care regimens, though, when a string of uncomfortable events elevates Hazel to Office Darling, and Nella is left in the dust. Then the notes begin to appear on Nella’s desk: LEAVE WAGNER. NOW. It’s hard to believe Hazel is behind these hostile messages. But as Nella starts to spiral and obsess over the sinister forces at play, she soon realizes that there’s a lot more at stake than just her career. A whip-smart and dynamic thriller and sly social commentary that is perfect for anyone who has ever felt manipulated, threatened, or overlooked in the workplace, The Other Black Girl will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very last twist.

Lakewood by Megan Giddings

When Lena Johnson’s beloved grandmother dies, and the full extent of the family debt is revealed, the black millennial drops out of college to support her family and takes a job in the mysterious and remote town of Lakewood, Michigan. On paper, her new job is too good to be true. High paying. No out of pocket medical expenses. A free place to live. All Lena has to do is participate in a secret program—and lie to her friends and family about the research being done in Lakewood. An eye drop that makes brown eyes blue, a medication that could be a cure for dementia, golden pills promised to make all bad thoughts go away. The discoveries made in Lakewood, Lena is told, will change the world—but the consequences for the subjects involved could be devastating. As the truths of the program reveal themselves, Lena learns how much she’s willing to sacrifice for the sake of her family.

Ace of Spades by Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé

Welcome to Niveus Private Academy, where money paves the hallways, and the students are never less than perfect. Until now. Because anonymous texter, Aces, is bringing two students’ dark secrets to light. Talented musician Devon buries himself in rehearsals, but he can’t escape the spotlight when his private photos go public. Head girl Chiamaka isn’t afraid to get what she wants, but soon everyone will know the price she has paid for power. Someone is out to get them both. Someone who holds all the aces. And they’re planning much more than a high-school game…

Book recommendations from nurses of bookstagram

Nurses are an essential part of our healthcare system and should be celebrated all the time, but especially in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Nurses and other healthcare professionals stepped up to the plate during truly unprecedented times and have provided our communities with life saving medical practice. To celebrate nurses we asked some of our favorite bookish nurses to share a beloved book recommendation – check out their picks below!

Happy National Nurses Day! Don’t forget to show a nurse how much you appreciate them today and every day!

Courtney, @courtneycanread: Tuesday Mooney Talks to Ghosts by Kate Racculia
“When I really love a book it can be hard to form words and not just squeal and exclaim “you HAVE to read it, I LOVED it!!!!” and for me Tuesday Mooney Talks to Ghosts is one of those books. I read it at a time that I needed a fun escape from reality and while it gave me that I also got so much more. It’s a heartfelt read about an eccentric billionaire who dies and leaves behind clues to his fortune creating enemies and unlikely friends as they all try to confront their own ghosts and solve the mystery. Okay I’m at the point where I’ve convinced myself to do a reread so I hope that I’ve convinced you to pick it up!”

Shannon, @workreadsleeprepeat: Part of Your World by Abby Jimenez
“Abby Jimenez is always my go-to for books that I can literally never forget. Her latest release, Part of Your World, is an age gap romance featuring a woman in STEM! The steam is perfectly done, every chapter has you laughing out loud (the ring light scene, IYKYA) and she brings such tough topics to her books while guiding you through them in such a perfect way. The main character had me wanting to be an even better nurse and work more on community outreach. I could go on and on about all of Abby’s books but definitely check this one out for Nurse’s Day!”

Lauren, @nightnursereads: Lease on Love by Falon Ballard
“I absolutely adore Lease on Love! Sadie is a firecracker and Jack is our cinnamon roll hero, they are so different yet find a connection with each other. This forced proximity, hilarious, slow burn romance will keep you laughing and falling hard for this book!”

Abby, @abbyturnsthepage: The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
“The Count of Monte Cristo is my annual go-to. I’ve recommended it endlessly and made it my mission to gift it to every reader friend. It’s a savory slow burn of betrayal and revenge with a lingering feeling of hope. Hope for justice, hope for joy, and a hope for peace in the heart of a man who had his whole life stripped away from him.”

Maggie, @magsisreadingagain: Greenwood by Michael Christie
I am a big fan of Canadian authors, and books that look at family histories, and this book delivers in spades. A story that spans one Canadian family’s experience with the forestry industry, its environmental impact, and family dynamics that echo loneliness and disconnection. Patterned after the rings of a tree, the timelines flow from 2034 to 1934 and back again. The perfect immersive read after a chaotic workday.

Joslyn, @betruetoyourshelf: You Had Me At Hola by Alexis Daria
The pandemic of course has been hard on everyone and in these difficult times romance novels have been a saving grace for me. While I picked it up because it was a romance, it was really the relationship between the cousins (Primas of Power) that drew me in!

Thank you again, nurses of bookstagram, for your fabulous recommendations, but also for all you do for your communities! We appreciate you so much!