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There were a couple of reasons I wanted to publish this post. For one, Friday was international book day, and yesterday was National Independent book story day… and I always love a reason to celebrate anything!

And secondly, we’re all in need of some good book recommendations right now. It’s still unclear what lies ahead in the coming weeks, as we may or may not resume parts of “normal life”…but regardless of whether you’re trying to pass the time, or looking for a mental break… reading is the perfect escape. Plus, no pesky side effects of blue light.

You can find book recs out the wazoo online… no matter what you’re in the mood for. I tend towards fiction, love stories, and historical novels… with a good thriller or two mixed in.

Below, I’ve compiled my must read list — my top 15 favorite books of all time…including links so you can purchase them.

So let’s go old school together. Grab your favorite, pour a cup of coffee (or a glass of wine😎🍷) and curl up somewhere cozy.


Pride & Prejudice
Jane Austen

Basically my all time favorite novel. The ultimate classic from Jane Austen. I love her writing style, her witty humor, and her absolutely spot on take on the superficialities of social life. I swear I’ve read it 10 times.

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The Great Gatsby
F. Scott Fitzgerald

Another one you’ll find at the top of almost any list of classics. Jay Gatsby & Daisy Buchanan are seductively irresistible characters & Fitzgerald’s storytelling is gorgeous.

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To Kill A Mockingbird
Harper Lee

This is a story that everyone should read as soon as possible. 60 years later, the message is still so relevant. I first read this book in the 7th grade & so many times since. It never gets old.

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My Brilliant Friend
Elena Ferrante

The first book in my all-time favorite book series. It follows the lifelong friendship of 2 girls in Napoli in the 1950’s. Ferrante’s prose is magical and her storytelling powers are unmatched.

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The Story of a New Name
Elena Ferrante

Book two continues the story as the two main characters continue to get older. Ferrante has such a power to be relatable in her writing. I could not stop turning the pages until I finished the entire book.

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Those Who Leave & Those Who Stay
Elena Ferrante

The stakes get even higher in book three as Ferrante continues to weave her brilliant metaphor about life, equality and western society.

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The Story of the Lost Child
Elena Ferrante

The final, perhaps the best, definitely the hardest book in the series to read. The ending will leave you feeling and thinking hard…my favorite kind of story.

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The Dressmaker
Kate Alcott

I’m a nut for historical fiction. I’m also OBSESSED with the Titanic so I was bound to love this book. It’s a page-turner with tons of fascinating details about the ship.

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The Paris Wife
Paula McLain

Another fantastic piece of historical fiction. This book imagines the adult life of Ernest Hemingway’s first wife, Hadley Richardson. It’s such a rich and well-developed story.

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Big Magic
Elizabeth Gilbert

This book radically and fundamentally changed my perspective on creativity and believing in yourself. It had a huge influence in my journey towards creating ETL. I Highly recommend this for anyone looking for inspiration.

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Something Borrowed
Emily Giffin

I love every single one of Emily Giffin’s books, but her debut novel is still my favorite. It’s a compulsively readable book about friendship and true love and figuring yourself out. And the book is way better than the movie!

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Gone Girl
Gillian Flynn

Another one in which I think the book is so much better than the movie. You won’t be able to put it down. The perspectives are SO interesting in this book…and it made me think so hard about men and women and how we are in relationships.

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The Assistants
Camille Perri

This novel is so cute and so witty. I read it when I myself was an assistant in the world of media, so it really resonated with me at the time. But it’s a super fun read for anyone in their 20’s who knows what it’s like working from the bottom up.

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Brain on Fire
Susannah Cahalan

Okay this memoir is utterly terrifying and fascinating, especially because it’s all true. This woman details the progression of an aggressive mental disorder that almost destroys her entire life. The power of the human brain in absolutely fascinating.

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Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald
Therese Anne Fowler

Much like The Paris Wife, this is another remarkable piece of historical fiction following the life of a famous wife. This time, the glamorous and dramatic life of Zelda Fitzgerald. I couldn’t put it down.

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Leave me a comment below if you’ve read any of these, or if you have any other favorites to share! I’m always looking for new recommendations to add to my list!


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