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Rachel is Reading… is a weekly newsletter sharing my thoughts on what I have been reading that week (the good, the bad, and everything in between). You can subscribe here, or read from the archive below.

The trouble is, this is trouble that you welcomeOpen Water by Caleb Azumah Nelson

It's gluten-free pasta, thisSomeone Who Will Love You in All Your Damaged Glory: Stories by Raphael Bob-Waksberg

A Woman but Not, A Father but NotDetransition, Baby by Torrey Peters

What I Want and What I FearLet Me Tell You What I Mean by Joan Didion

Tiny Permanents, Gigantic Permanents | The Opposite of Loneliness: Essays and Stories by Marina Keegan

At the Height of a Potential CatastropheMemorial by Bryan Washington

It's a Harsh Form, the Short StoryA Swim in a Pond in the Rain: In Which Four Russians Give a Master Class on Writing, Reading, and Life by George Saunders

Truthful Emotions in False CircumstancesTrust Exercise by Susan Choi

Real Life—But Just a Little Bit BetterI'll Be There For You: The One about Friends by Kelsey Miller

there are some numbered lilac daysHow to Be a Good Girl: A Miscellany by Jamie Hood

A Chaotic WillingnessThe Ocean House by Mary-Beth Hughes

London's A Lot Closer than 17th Street84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff

Not the Worst Way to Begin to ForgetHeartburn by Nora Ephron

Scarred and Scared and Horny and Tired and In LoveThree Women by Lisa Taddeo

The Reading Year in Review

A Display of Careless PerfectIn a Holidaze by Christina Lauren

If Nothing's Changing, You're Not LivingThis Time Next Year by Sophie Cousens

Missed Opportunites and Second ChancesWe Met in December by Rosie Curtis

The Illusion of Comfort, Broken ForeverThe Harpy by Megan Hunter

To Struggle with Feeling OrdinaryAnd Then We Grew Up: On Creativity, Potential, and the Imperfect Art of Adulthood by Rachel Friedman

It wasn't love/I sufferedRomance or The end: Poems by Elaine Kahn

The Artist Manifesting a Political ViewThe Body Politic by Brian Platzer

A Critical Distance, A Life-Saving PerspectiveThe Beauty in Breaking: A Memoir by Michele Harper

The Pain of the Present, the Unhappiness of the PastDeath Comes to Pemberley by E.L. James

The Great Sorrow of Being a Horny Loser in Brooklyn | Going Dutch by James Gregor

An Advantageous Form of Sanity Scratched: A Memoir of Perfectionism by Elizabeth Tallent

What Is At Stake in the Invetion of Self | The Idiot by Elif Batuman

Which moves faster: Love or Death? This Really Isn't About You by Jean Hannah Edelstein

Love Shows Up Along the Way The Marriage Game by Sara Desai

When Home Breaks You Open | Crooked Hallelujah by Kelli Jo Ford

Yikes, Yes Please Wow, No Thank You: Essays by Samantha Irby

Tales From a Tragic Summer Private Means: A Novel by Cree LeFavour

Life in the Attention Economy Uncanny Valley: A Memoir by Sarah Weiner

Being Disbelieved or Bearing it Alone | What Red Was: A Novel by Rosie Price

Tell me a love story...or two...or forty-two | Modern Love: True Stories of Love, Loss, and Redemption Edited by Daniel Jones

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