Julia is one of those people whose passion for reading was recently reignited by the powers of #Booktok. Though she'll give any book a chance, her reading diet mainly consists of romance (she WILL recommend you something with a cartoon cover) and women-centric literary fiction with some poetry and short stories sprinkled in. If she hasn't read the book, she's probably seen the movie/TV adaptation and is ready to talk about it! When not reading, she can be found thrifting, spending too much time on Twitter, or watching something from Kirsten Dunst's filmography.


Luster: A Novel By Raven Leilani Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250798671
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Published: Picador - June 8th, 2021

This is a study of a short but bizarre period of struggle and growth in a young black woman's life. Though the main character starts as the other woman to a fortysomething married man, strange circumstances lead to her being part of the family. The twisted domestic dynamic is puzzling, touching, and endlessly interesting. I would describe Leilani's writing in this novel to be beautifully "zoomed in". Listening to the audiobook, I wished I had the book in front of me so I wouldn't miss the small, unique details.

Seven Days in June By Tia Williams Cover Image
ISBN: 9781538719091
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - June 7th, 2022

One of my favorite romances! "Seven Days in June" tells the story of fantasy romance author Eva Mercy and reclusive literary celebrity Shane Hall who, twenty years earlier, met and developed an intense bond over the course of seven, drug-filled and emotionally-charged days. Now they're at the same literary conference, and it's time to confront the truth: they've both been writing about each other ever since. This beautiful story balances humor and spice with heavy emotional moments to create a perfect summer romance!

Beach Read By Emily Henry Cover Image
ISBN: 9781984806734
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Published: Berkley - May 19th, 2020

The book that got me back into reading! Emily Henry defeated the romance skeptic in me with this literary rivals-to-lovers story, made rich by complicated family history and a small town backdrop. Deeply moving, funny, and addictive. Gus and January forever!

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The Song of Achilles: A Novel By Madeline Miller Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062060624
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Published: Ecco - August 28th, 2012

As good as everyone says it is! This "Iliad" retelling is heralded across the internet as THE book to make you cry. And while any reader familiar with Achilles' story will have an idea of how it ends, the story of Achilles and Patroclus, told from Patroclus' POV, feels completely new and moving. I am one of the few people that finds the ending of this untold love story to be more comforting than devastating-- read it so we can discuss!

Woman, Eating: A Literary Vampire Novel By Claire Kohda Cover Image
ISBN: 9780063140882
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Published: HarperVia - April 12th, 2022

Lydia is a young artist struggling with her cultural identity, her strained relationship with her mother, and her eating habits. On top of that, she's a half-human/half-demon vampire.

An interesting read that explores hunger (in the literal and figurative sense), morality, and otherness! Lyd is not your typical unlikable "unhinged" narrator in that she desperately wants to be human and to eat like the Youtubers whose mukbangs she consumes. A literary vampire novel about art, belonging, and womanhood.

The Dead Romantics By Ashley Poston Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593336489
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Published: Berkley - June 28th, 2022

My current favorite rom-com! Florence is the ghostwriter for a famous romance author. After a big breakup, she tells her new editor, the Adam Driver lookalike Benji, that she can't deliver the last manuscript of her contract because romance is dead. When Florence has to return to the small hometown she's been running from for her father's funeral, Benji appears on her doorstep as a ghost, proving that maybe she was right!

Romantic, heartwarming, with a healthy dose of paranormal, Poston writes about death with love--a truly feel-good read!

Just by Looking at Him: A Novel By Ryan O'Connell Cover Image
ISBN: 9781982178581
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Published: Atria Books - June 7th, 2022

Literary fiction for the Twitter and "Real Housewives" obsessed! This is a hilarious, morally grey novel following Elliot, a TV writer with a job he hates and a doting boyfriend he's starting to resent. Elliot is a gay man with cerebral palsy, and the reader can see, through his destructive behavior and harsh inner monologue, the discomfort he still has with those aspects of his identity. Elliot narrates with a biting, superior yet self-deprecating tone, and the writing is dense with humor and pop culture references. A surprisingly hopeful and entertaining examination of the intersection of identity!

Pretty Baby: A Memoir By Chris Belcher Cover Image
ISBN: 9781982175825
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Published: Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster - July 12th, 2022

An engrossing and thoughtful memoir that thoroughly tracks Belcher's life from childhood in rural Appalachia to a lesbian dominatrix career in LA. Super entertaining and juicy read that examines shame v. guilt, power dynamics, and masculinity v. femininity through a sociological lens. Belcher's academic career adds an interesting layer to the story of how she fell into (and eventually embraced) sex work. Highly recommend to anyone interested in the topic of sexuality, gender identity, sex work, BDSM, etc!