Marlena by Julie Buntin

Feels like: reflecting on the female friendships that have shaped you while reading your “On This Day” feed on Facebook. Sounds like: “Glass” by Daughter πŸ‘―β€οΈπŸ‘―Β  “I made it out, just like I wanted, and not once have I stopped looking back.”Β  πŸ‘―β€οΈπŸ‘― Marlena is one of the best books I’ve read in 2017. I’ve […]

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Men Without Women by Haruki Murakami

Feels like: when your best friend tells you stories about someone she used to know. Song pairing: “Nobody Else Will Be There” by The National πŸš˜πŸš–πŸš—πŸš™πŸš•πŸš™πŸš—πŸš–πŸš˜πŸš–πŸš™πŸš—πŸš˜πŸš–πŸš˜ “It wasn’t easy,” Kafuku said, “It made me think things I would prefer to have ignored. Remember things I would rather have forgotten. But I was acting. That is […]

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Final Girls by Riley Sager

Feels like: A really fun episode of the podcast My Favorite Murder, but less real life murder and more slumber party murder.Β  Song pairing: β€œCaskets” by Party Favor & NJOMZA Β πŸ”ͺπŸ”ͺπŸ”ͺπŸ”ͺπŸ”ͺπŸ”ͺπŸ”ͺπŸ”ͺπŸ”ͺπŸ”ͺπŸ”ͺπŸ”ͺπŸ”ͺπŸ”ͺπŸ”ͺπŸ”ͺπŸ”ͺπŸ”ͺπŸ”ͺπŸ”ͺ β€œAnyhow,” Janelle said, β€œthey said the spirits of these Indians haunt the woods, ready to kill any white man they see. So watch your […]

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Long Black Veil by Jennifer Boylan

Feels like: Opening up a cheesy Hardy Boys book at the library and finding a heartfelt Post Secret postcard. Song pairing: “Mirror” by The Drums πŸ–€β€œThere was a sadness to her, but then, you don’t get to be a fifty-seven-year-old woman without bearing some sorrow. Really, if there wasn’t any melancholy in your heart by […]

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The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

Feels like: When everybody said “There’s no way that would actually happen!” and then it actually happened. Song pairing: “Til It Happens To You” by Lady Gaga The Handmaid’s Tale was a book on the summer reading list in high school that I never got to read. But looking back at the subject matter that […]

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Borne by Jeff VanderMeer

Feels like: The Blob meets Buffy. Song pairing: “The Only Way” by Tricky 🐻”We held eachother for a time in that hideaway, that unexpected sanctuary, while the city smoldered and the world went on changing without us.” 🐻 I read the Annihilation Series a few years ago, in a fanatic spiral of science fiction and […]

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