Kaitlyn Hill, a graduate of Transylvania University, is an avid reader and writer. Her passion for words led her to start a book blog, Hilliterate, where she shares recommendations and reviews. Keep scrolling to see which 10 books she thinks you should read!
Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld
“This is the sweetest, funniest modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice. Liz is just as strong-willed and snarky as she is in the original, Darcy as standoffish and problematically dreamy, the Bennet family as completely ridiculous… and it’s set in nearby Cincinnati! Romantic moments at Skyline Chili abound. The city of Lexington also makes a cameo.”
Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling
“Mindy is probably my biggest celebrity crush. She is so witty and down to earth while also being a total boss. In her second book — the only non-fiction on my list because I have a type, sorry — she talks a lot about running her own show, The Mindy Project, and gives readers a funny, honest glimpse into the trials and triumphs of day to day life as a successful woman.”
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
“This is one of my all-time favorite pieces of historical fiction, but I especially recommend it this year because there’s a Netflix movie version coming out! To me, this novel reads like a hug. So many lovable characters and a heartwarming story all set on a picturesque English island — I could read this one over and over again.”
Attachments by Rainbow Rowell
“While Rowell is primarily known for her young adult fiction, this was her first adult novel. It is essentially a rom-com that takes place at the beginning of the internet age. You’ll find yourself rooting for Lincoln, the unlikely romantic hero who is hired to read a company’s emails to flag them for non-work-related content, and soon finds himself getting a little too…attached.”
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
“Eleanor is, in fact, not fine. For reasons not immediately clear to the reader, she has very stunted social skills that lead her to all kinds of misunderstandings and awkward situations. When she’s determined that she has found the love of her life in the form of a handsome stranger, her pursuit of him introduces her to new sides of the world and of herself that she never saw coming. Hard to describe, but Eleanor will make you laugh, maybe cry, and definitely fall in love with her.”
Can You Keep A Secret? by Sophie Kinsella
“Kinsella is known for her “Confessions of a Shopaholic” series, but I can’t get enough of her standalone, rom-com-ish novels. This one tells the story of a young woman who, thinking her plane is about to crash, starts revealing all her darkest secrets to her seatmate (yes, this is an odd way to react to near-death experiences). The plane lands just fine, however, and she returns to work on Monday to find that the seatmate who now knows way too much about her was in fact the CEO of her company.”
The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan
“This is for everyone mourning the end of The Greatest Wedding of Our Time. An American girl goes for a semester abroad and ends up meeting and falling in love with the future king of England. Sounds like it could be cheesy, but the relationship is so messy, dramatic, and seemingly realistic that any royals fan will be hooked.”
The Lido by Libby Page
“Just released this month, this novel is about an unlikely friendship between a 20-something reporter and a woman 60 years her senior as they try to save a community swimming pool (lido) in London. It has one of the most realistic depictions of anxiety that I’ve read in a while, bittersweet reflections on aging, and it will probably make you cry — but in a good way.”
Dear Mrs. Bird by A.J. Pearce
“Another July release, this WWII England-set novel follows a plucky young typist who starts work at a Ladies Magazine for their advice columnist. When she realizes that her stodgy boss ignores any letters containing “Unpleasantness” (think marital problems, teen pregnancy, politics), the woman decides to start responding herself. So, so much humor and sweetness!”
Ghosted by Rosie Walsh
“I got to read an advanced copy of this book, coming out July 24th, and I could not. Put. It. Down. After seven perfect days spent constantly together, Sarah thinks Eddie might be The One. Then…he disappears. No calls, texts, emails, even when she sees that he is receiving hers. She realizes early on that this is not as simple as “he’s not that interested” and the ensuing romance-turned-mystery-turned-??? will make you feel all the feels.”
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