I love to read. A perfect book for me is somewhat literary, has an irresistible premise or fascinating setting, contains a love story, and forces me to stay up all night against my will. Here are some of my favorite types of books and titles.

Anything Gilded Age

Edith Wharton’s The House of Mirth, Laura Moriarty’s The Chaperone, Daisy Goodwin’s The American Heiress

Smart but smooth (young) women’s fiction

Allie Larkin’s Stay, Emily Giffin’s Something Blue, Laura Dave’s The First Husband

Irreverent parenting books

Sh*tty Mom (multiple authors), Bunmi Laditan’s Honest Toddler, Anne Lamott’s Operating Instructions

New Adult

Megan McCafferty’s Jessica Darling series, Cora Carmack’s Finding It/Seeking Her duo, Jamie McGuire’s Beautiful Disaster

Hysterical fiction where I can’t resist reading passages aloud to my poor husband

Graeme Stimson’s The Rosie Project, Kristan Higgins’s The Next Best Thing, Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

Some of my other all-time favorite books, in no particular order

  • Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins
  • Scorpio Races by Maggie Steifvater
  • American Wife by Curtis Sittenfeld
  • Everyone Worth Knowing by Lauren Weisberger
  • A Sudden Country by Karen Fischer
  • Caleb’s Crossing by Gearldine Brooks
  • Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich
  • Under the Banner of Heaven by Jon Krakauer
  • A Thousand Acres by Jane Smiley
  • Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
  • You Know When the Men Are Gone by Siobhan Fallon
  • Bringing Up Bebe by Pamela Druckerman
  • Little Children by Tom Perrotta
  • Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen