What We’re Reading

We missed updating y’all with our “What We’re Reading” posts so we’re bringing this back! Expect reviews of all kinds: books you can buy immediately, books you can pre-order, fiction, nonfiction, anything goes!

The Haunting of Alejandra by V. Castro

“Visceral, in all the ways that also turn out to be therapeutic and revolutionary. Reading this felt like a screaming circle of women from past, present, and future. V. is quite simply my favorite contemporary author of the decade.

There are so many lines in this book that took my breath away, so many moments that helped soothe my own trauma. The connective tissue of learning about and utilizing therapy with magic for a Latinx woman was exceptionally represented, too.

I felt myself empathizing, screaming, crying, laughing, and loving Alejandra and her kids throughout the entire story. I hope V. continues to bend genres and represent all aspects of Latinx life.”

– Jessica M.

Romantic Comedy by Curtis Sittenfeld

“I loved this so much I read it in one sitting; it’s unputdownable with vibrant characters and sparkling sexual tension.

All of the interactions seem so unbelievably real, from Sally and Noah’s sometimes struggle to communicate to the way Sally and her friends text each other.

Romantic Comedy is a funny and glistening book about falling in love and making it through a pandemic.”

– Mallory

Flux by Jinwoo Chong

“After reading Flux, I thought, this is a book that does exactly what a book should do.

Chong has written an inventive, emotional novel that’s both totally new and undeniably familiar, equal parts suspenseful and sympathetic.

The first chapter from Bo’s point of view may well be the best piece of writing I’ve read in a long, long time, and the only one in recent memory that’s actually brought me to tears. Rarely is a book both so far out and so close to home — Flux is a must read for 2023 and beyond.”

– Ellie

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