What 8 STYLECASTER Editors Are Reading This Spring

What 8 STYLECASTER Editors Are Reading This Spring
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There’s nothing like the feeling that comes from reading a really, really excellent book—one whose literary power is so strong that you miss your subway stop, stay up until dawn devouring, or forgo any semblance of a social life just because you’re so damn engrossed. Finding these gems aren’t easy—what makes an enjoyable story is largely relative—so to give you a few suggestions, here are the best books, both new and old, fiction and non-, that our editors are reading this spring.

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All Things Cease to Appear, a new novel by Elizabeth Brundage, is one of those books that have been keeping me up at night to finish just one more chapter. It's a complex story: One winter afternoon in upstate New York, a well-off college professor comes home to find his wife killed and their three-year-old daughter alone. He's, of course, the immediate suspect, but then we meet townies—specifically three brothers—who find themselves entangled in the mystery not least because the professor's family had moved into their childhood home, a once-thriving dairy farm. It's wintry, bleak, and gorgeously written. (Perrie Samotin, editorial director)

I’m just finishing up Between You & Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen by Mary Norris, a delightful little nonfiction book by the longtime copy editor of The New Yorker, and I can easily say it's the most fun I’ve ever had reading about grammar. Norris explores the cult of the Oxford comma, the disappearance of the apostrophe, and the ongoing competition between New Yorker writers to get as much profanity into a single piece as possible. She also answers a question that’s bugged me for ages—why Barneys New York isn’t Barney’s New York. (Blame the founder’s grandson.) Even if you’re not an out-and-out grammar nerd, it’s an entertaining read. (Hilary George-Parkin, fashion editor) 

I’m devouring Melissa Broder's So Sad Today so quickly that I need to slow my roll—a lot can get lost when you’re reading through it quickly, like one tends to do in the digital age. But the brevity makes sense with author Melissa Broder, who is also the voice behind the popular @sosadtoday Twitter account. These experimental essays are filled with the kind of dark humor that women of the late-millennial set can relate to—topics of anxiety, addiction, failed relationships, low self-esteem, and so on. I mean, you can’t go wrong with chapters that are titled “I Want to Be a Whole Person but Really Thin” and “Love Like You Are Trying to Fill an Insatiable Spiritual Hole with Another Person Who Will Suffocate in There." (Jinnie Lee, branded content editor) 

I’ve been reading Gretchen Rubin’s Better than Before for a while now because I have the attention span of a gnat, but just because I haven’t devoured it doesn’t mean it’s not thoroughly enjoyable. In fact, I find myself constantly referencing this book—which is all about the psychology of habit formation—in conversation. It’s that fascinating. Rubin’s well-researched insights have not only helped me learn tactics that enable me to personally GSD but also understand what motivates other personality types—crucial when you manage people for a living. (Cristina Velocci, managing editor)

After reading—and loving—several Margaret Atwood books in quick succession, I’ve taken a newfound interest in fiction by female authors (whereas before I had been reading a lot of nonfiction, mostly by men). This led me straight to Donna Tartt, and I finally picked up the highly recommended The Secret History a few days ago. I’m maybe 80 pages in and can’t get enough of it so far; it's slightly spooky and so compelling and even a little chilling, which is right in my wheelhouse. This book—a clique of shadowy, sophisticated, highbrow students who study classics at a Vermont liberal arts college—almost makes me wish my commute were a little longer so I could fit in a few more chapters every day. I still haven’t realized you don’t have to be on the subway to read a book. (Rachel Krause, beauty editor)

I’m currently making my way through On Beauty by Zadie Smith, which has been recommended to me time and again, and I’m glad that I’ve finally started reading it. The book focuses on family dynamics charged heavily by matters of fidelity, race, love, class, and academia. Smith’s strength is her character development—each and every character drives the narrative as a whole, which is quite the feat when you’re juggling as many characters as there are in On Beauty. Definitely one of the best books I’ve picked up this year, and I’m excited to finish reading it. (Cady Lang, social media editor) 

I’m currently reading Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay, the third book of four in Elena Ferrante’s addictive Neapolitan series. I can’t put this book down–and have literally missed my stop on the subway multiple times from being so engrossed in the story. It follows the life and friendship of two women who drift into each other’s worlds—Lina and Elena—and everything that happens (spoiler: everything you wouldn’t expect) in the time frame from when they met as children until they become old women. (Kristen Bateman, associate editor)

I  just ordered The Immortality Edge based on a suggestion from my acupuncturist. She exudes health, and her skin is always glowing so it was a no-brainer! (Melissa Medvedich, creative director)

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