Friday Book Debrief Vol 35

Every week we’re sharing what our some of our writers are currently reading.


For all of our US readers, we now have our own Bookshop! You can find the full list of the below books here and with every purchase you will be helping local independent bookstores! If you do not live in the US please support your local independent stores, lots are now doing local deliveries and they need your help more then ever in these uncertain times. - ❤️




Girl in Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow - Mel

Charlie is found barely alive and put into a ward for young women struggling with various forms of self-harm. Slowly the fog lifts and she remembers, and reveals, more about how she ended up in her present reality.

Buy it here.




The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett - Maggie

THIS BOOK IS AMAZING OMG. SO MANY TOPICS OF DISCUSSION. I LOVE IT.


Buy it here.




No Filter: The Inside Story of Instagram by Sarah Frier - Jessica


The real world is stranger than fiction at the moment, so I'm compelled to explore more about the things that rule our reality. Frier interviewed hundreds of people involved in the rise of everybody's favourite social network for this honest account, and it's a fascinating, in-depth read so far.


Buy it here.




The Leftovers by Tom Perrotta - Melissa


At first I didn't think I'd be into this dystopian idea of a large group of the population up and disappearing one day, but that's really not what the story is focused on. It plays a big part, but it's not the entire basis of the book. I'm really enjoying this one so far - and can't wait to watch the show on HBO once I finish!

Buy it here.



Heavy by Kiese Laymon - Nikki

From the weight of being born Black to the complex relationship between weight and body image, Kiese Laymon explores the nuances of the titular word Heavy in his lyrical, deeply affecting memoir. I'm so glad this hold finally came in from the library.

Buy it here.



Mouthful of Birds by Samanta Schweblin - Marian

I am about three stories into reading Samanta Schweblin's Mouthful of Birds and am utterly blown away by this magnificent book. The surreal stories written in pitch-perfect prose have zingers of endings. I cannot believe it took me this long to read Schweblin's work!

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The Death of Vivek Oji by Akwaeke Emezi - Karen

This is my first Emezi and I am floored by the writing. My heart has been shredded to pieces and I'm only about 20% of the way into this book. We follow the life and reckoning after the death of Vivek Oji. I truly love when a writer gives so much context between the lines and gives their characters a chance to show us their story so this book has been my reading dream. Highly recommend that you check this one out.

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Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead - Victoria

I finished this last night and it blew me to pieces. It's such a beautifully constructed novel, and it will make you FEEL.

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The Lying Life of Adults by Elena Ferrante - Jessica Maria

As I recently posted on my Goodreads status: Nothing like reading Ferrante when the world makes you simmer with rage but also you’re filled with intense self-loathing.

Pre-order it here.