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JS Editors’ Travel Book Club: 10 Great Reads We’re Loving Now

Whether you're headed for the beach or hunkering down at home, nothing passes the time like diving into a new book. Whatever your preference—be it a juicy romance or a dark thriller—these are the 10 books we're reading this month.

1

Asymmetry by Lisa Halliday

"I was thrilled when my book club chose Asymmetry to read this month. It's Lisa Halliday's first novel, and the writing and prose is fantastic. The book is told in three parts, all of which tackle differences in age, power, wealth, geography and more. I highly recommend it." 

Clara Sedlak, Executive Editor

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2

Call Me By Your Name by André Aciman

"I absolutely fell in love with the Call Me By Your Name film last year, so I decided to finally read the highly-praised book, too. Set in the summertime in 1980s Italy, the book’s vivid scenes of romance on the sun-soaked countryside are everything I need to get through the final weeks of winter in NYC."

Jackie Homan, Editorial Assistant

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3

I'll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara

"I spend, admittedly, too much of my day listening to true crime podcasts and nearly all of them have praised I’ll Be Gone in the Dark.  The posthumously released memoir covers writer Michelle McNamara’s obsessive investigation of The Golden State Killer. I’m sure this book will cause many sleepless nights, but I'm willing to take the risk."

David Hattan, Photo Editor

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4

My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite

"I can’t wait to get my hands on this darkly funny debut novel from Nigeria-based writer Oyinkan Braithwaite, which follows two sisters Ayoola and Korede. Ayoola has developed a nasty habit of killing off boyfriends, and Korede is the only one that knows. She (begrudgingly) keeps her younger sister’s secret safe—that is, until Korede’s crush becomes Ayoola’s newest beau. If that plot doesn’t pull you in, I don’t know what will!"

Lindsey Olander, Editor

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5

One Day in December by Josie Silver

"This cozy read is a great one to curl up with on a chilly day. It’s a quirky rom-com with just a dash of gravitas that follows Laurie, Jack, and Sarah over the course of ten years, and explores fate, choices, friendship, and love triangles. It captures your attention, but doesn’t make you think too hard."

Elizabeth Mullen, Associate Marketing Manager

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7

Chronicle of a Death Foretold by Gabriel García Márquez

"Lately I’ve been really into the classics, and a few months ago I finally read One Hundred Years of Solitude. Not knowing much about the book I was expecting something serious and tedious, and I was pleasantly surprised to find just the opposite. I loved the element of magical realism, how suddenly something fantastical would take place like it was nothing out of the ordinary. Next on my list is another Gabriel García Márquez novel, Chronicle of a Death Foretold, a non-linear story of a not-so-secret murder committed by two brothers."

Gretchen Dorosz, Senior Photo Editor

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8

Suspects by Ben Evans

"Although there is minimal reading to be done in this book, I can't wait to get my hands on Ben Evans’ new art tome “Suspects”. Witty, satirical, and dark, the book uses various characters to light-heartedly poke fun at people from all walks of life. It’ll be a unique addition to my coffee table."

Tyler Schoeber, Photo Intern

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9

My Year of Rest and Relaxtion by Otessa Moshfegh

"I’m about to finish Otessa Moshfegh’s My Year of Rest and Relaxation, which I picked up after seeing it on numerous 'Must Read' roundups from last year. The narrator is very unlikable, and the story is darkly funny. I’m planning to read her 2015 novel, Eileen, next."

Saman Westberg, Style Correspondent

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10

The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin

"Buy. This. Book. The story chronicles the lives of the four Gold children in NYC’s Lower East Side. One day, they visit a psychic who predicts the dates of their death. As the four navigate the next few decades, they struggle with whether or not to let the reading dictate their lives. You’ll walk away with one lingering question: how would your life change if you knew when you would die?"

Cara Sweeney

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