Book Club Reads + Recipe Pairings: Critical Linking: August 2, 2020

Critical Linking is a daily roundup of the most interesting bookish links from around the web, is sponsored by Flatiron Books, publisher of His & Hers by Alice Feeney.


“You know what will really take your book club to the next level, especially if you’re meeting virtually? Adding a complimentary recipe to make the pages sing and your taste buds flutter. So before your next digital gathering of the minds, plan to come to the table with both your passages underlined and your plate piled high. Click each tile below to reveal the recipe that will pair perfectly with whatever genre your group has landed on.”

Risotto does pair well with romance if you ask me.


“Over the past five years, the feminist movement has shifted and evolved at breakneck pace. From the 2016 election and the start of the Me Too movement to the midterm elections and the Black Lives Matter protests we’re seeing this summer, there’s a lot to take in when it comes to where modern feminism stands now.”

I see women of color, self care, women’s friendships, and romance on this list, and that’s my kind of feminism.


As it is now, we’re spending a bit more time on our couches instead of in the sand while we continue to practice social distancing. The upside? We’ve had more time to wade through our TBRs—and thank GOD, because this summer has had some truly fire releases. However, our current reads do have us missing something in particular about summers: the beach read.

There’s just something about having our feet in the sand while we devour a fantastic new book, and taking breaks to dive into the water. Well on Day 2658* of quaranlife (*or whatever), we’re trying something new: why not try to fake a beach day at home? Let’s see how this goes…

My kiddie pool + cocktail station by the window idea suddenly seems less ridiculous!