Today I am overjoyed to be hosting the first ever guest post on Bubbly Design Co. and its about one of my favorite topics — books!
While I was writing for Glitter Guide last year and sharing monthly must-read lists, I was lucky enough to connect with fellow avid readers and even a few authors. One of the people who reached out to connect with me was Christine Reilly. She’s a fellow NYC-er, a teacher at Sarah Lawrence College and the Gotham Writers Workshop and just so happens to be debuting her first literary novel this week! I just got my hands on her book, titled Sunday’s on the Phone to Monday, and cannot wait to dive in. You can find out more and order her book here.
But before you go, Christine’s going to share her take on the Book Swap List — where we take popular books you may’ve already read and suggest something similar you might also enjoy.
If You Liked Jane Eyre, Downton Abbey, or any kind of historical fiction then try Mrs. Engels by Gavin McCrea. Fans of the Victorian era will adore this one. Lizzie and Mary, two Irish sisters, are struggling to survive in England when they both get jobs at a mill in Manchester owned by a wealthy family. One of the family members turns out to be a very relevant person in world history, which I won’t give away… A love and family story about social class, independent women, and London.
If You Liked Sex and the City, Beautiful Disaster, or Friends, then try the Brooklyn Girls series by Gemma Burgess. Gemma Burgess helped establish and define the “New Adult” genre, which is, to quote Britney, for the young twenty-something who is “not a girl…not yet a woman.” I always wondered why there weren’t more fiction books out there for the post-college girls starting their first jobs, living on their own, moving to new cities, and going through major life overhauls. Reading the Brooklyn Girls series feels like cuddling up on your couch with hot chocolate (perhaps spiked with Bailey’s..) after a hard day of work. I got to know the five main characters really quickly, and felt for them on every page.
If You Liked A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara or The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien, then try The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen. This debut novel shows the effects of the Vietnam War through the eyes of a Vietnamese narrator in 1975. This author has one of the most unique voices I have ever read, and the story examines the themes of ethnic identity, moral dilemmas, and espionage. Read with a box of tissues!
I hope you enjoyed today’s little takeover and are inspired to get reading this month!