Celebrate National Book Lovers Day with These Editors’ Picks

National Book Lovers Day
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Celebrate every book worm's favorite holiday by getting lost in a new story (or, you know...8). Whether you're into cheesy romance novels or the occasional dark thriller, our editorial team shares their reading recommendations to help you soak up the last remaining bit of summer:


Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel García Márquez

“I started this book prior to a trip I took this summer to Colombia. I figured it was the perfect time to read one of the best love stories ever written since it was inspired by the beauty and culture of Cartagena! The story itself is beautifully told, even despite being translated from its original Spanish, and it added to my travel experience by being able to feel like part of the story as I discovered city by foot and by page."- Jamie Miles, Assistant Managing Editor

Someday, Someday, Maybe by Lauren Graham

“If you're seriously missing Gilmore Girls like I am, actress Lauren Graham's debut novel is the perfect fix. Her sharp, witty and honest writing style (much like Lorelei Gilmore's personality) paints a vivid twenty-something's view of the New York City acting scene in the '90s. Trust me, you'll love it." - Ivy Jacobson, Assistant Editor


The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

“In honor of the movie release, I decided to finally read TFIOS this summer. It may have caused me to have a bit of an existential crisis, but I couldn't put the book down! John Green's writing is super easy to read but make sure you have a box of tissues handy." - Francesca Leite, Editorial Intern

One Plus One by Jojo Moyes

“After reading Me Before You, another of Moyes's novels, I was hooked on this author! One Plus One though is a great read post Me Before You as it's lighter and less heart-breaking. But I would actually recommend both for summer." - Kellee Kratzer, Managing Editor


The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami

“I just read The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami. It's not a new book -- it was published 20 years ago -- but it somehow found its way into my lap. I loved it because it's so demanding -- you can't just skim it on the subway and expect to get anything out of it. That being said, it was totally engrossing and I became a bit obsessed with it; it's a detective story, a love story and a war story all in one." - Madeline Schmitz, Editorial Intern

The Secret History by Donna Tartt

“I just finished The Goldfinch (a little late to the game, I know), and decided to pick up another one of Donna Tartt's novels. It's a dark thriller and the complete opposite of a fun, easy beach read; but the suspense is so worth it." - Rachel Sylvester, Associate Editor


Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling

“I kicked off this summer with Mindy Kaling's book Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns). If you want to sit on the subway giggling to yourself, this book is perfect for you. It's no Bossypants, but Mindy pretty much admits that from the start, which I appreciate." Anisa Arsenault, Editorial Assistant

I Didn't Come Here to Make Friends: Confessions of a Reality Show Villain by Courtney Robertson

“For Bachelor fans and reality TV junkies like myself, I Didn't Come Here to Make Friends: Confessions of a Reality Show Villain is the perfect summer beach read! It's funny, filled to the brim with gossip and tells you exactly what it's like to be a contestant on The Bachelor (and the grueling aftermath of winning)." - Kristin Cimonetti, Online Producer

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