23 Books Authors Are Reading On Instagram this Winter

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Alison Doherty

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Alison Doherty is a writing teacher and part time assistant professor living in Brooklyn, New York. She has an MFA from The New School in writing for children and teenagers. She loves writing about books on the Internet, listening to audiobooks on the subway, and reading anything with a twisty plot or a happily ever after.

There are so many authors on Instagram now. And besides just lurking, hoping for clues about my favorite writers lifestyles/routines/next stories, I love to see what they are reading. Winter is the coziest time of year to curl up with a good book. And these 23 authors have been taking advantage of the season and recording their recent reads on instagram!

Becky Albertalli is reading Infinity Son by Adam Silvera

Angie Thomas is (Also) Reading Infinity Son by Adam Silvera

Taylor Jenkins Reid is Reading Recipe for a Perfect Wife by Karma Brown

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CLOSED How about a giveaway to kick off the new year? . My girl Karma Brown has a new book out and it is GOOOOOOOD. This book is mysterious and dark and fun and smart. I loved it. . From the book jacket: "A modern-day woman finds inspiration in hidden notes left by her home’s previous owner, a quintessential 1950s housewife. As she discovers remarkable parallels between this woman’s life and her own, it causes her to question the foundation of her own relationship with her husband–and what it means to be a wife fighting for her place in a patriarchal society." . @duttonbooks is letting me give away two copies to celebrate! Here's how to enter for a chance to win: 1. Like this photo 2. Follow @tjenkinsreid and @karmakbrown 3. Tag a friend in the comments Good luck! . . US residents only. Two (2) winners will win one (1) copy each. Entries close Wednesday, January 8, 2020, 11:59 pm PST. Not affiliated with Instagram. Winners will be contacted via DM. . . . . . #recipeforaperfectwife #karmabrown #strongrecommendxtjr #mustreadbooks #bookgiveaway #bookstagram #bookish #bibliophile #authorsofinstagram #writersofinstagram #womenwhowrite #nonfiction #booksofinstagram #authorsofig #writersofig

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Jasmine Guillory is Reading We Used to Be Friends by Amy Spalding

Rainbow Rowell is Reading Wow, No Thank You. by Samantha Irby

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YES, thank you!

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Megan Stielstra is (Also) Reading Wow, No Thank You. by Samantha Irby

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Dahlia Adler is reading Throw Like a Girl by Sarah Henning

Ta-Nehisi Coates is Reading Ashanti to Zulu: African Traditions by Margaret Musgrove, And the Sun God Said: That’s Hip by Ernest Greg, The Legend of Tarik by Walter Dean Myers, and Walk Home Tired, Billy Jenkins by Ianthe Thomas

Emily Nagoski Is Reading The Queen V by Dr. Jackie Walters and Pleasure Activism: The Politics of Feeling Good by Adrienne Maree Brown

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Coupla books to compare! First of all, you should read both these books, if you're into books about sexuality. The Queen V by Dr. Jackie Walters and Pleasure Activism, written and gathered by adrienne maree brown. If you're like "Super Emily, but I'm busy, I'm only going to read one, so which should it be?" this is for you: IF YOU are about "just the facts, ma'am," you like sass and a playful sense of humor but also, you know what, CATEGORIES, ORGANIZATION, AND LISTS, Queen V is for you. The very first sentence made me laugh and Dr W makes everything approachable and easy. IF YOU are about poetry, community, and the connected exploration of the body through ideas, Pleasure Activism is for you. It's not so much how-to as WHY-TO, what does pleasure mean, how can we love our way to a civilization built on sensuality and the erotic, who is the erotic for and where do we find it? It's a REM dream of a book. I know you were looking for a #firstreadof2020 and I'm here to help. #books #booksofinstagram #selfcare #sexbooks #womenauthors #shelfie #bookrecommendations #bookrecs

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Kiley Reid is Reading Followers by Megan Angelo

Kelly deVos is Reading Every Other Weekend by Abigail Johnson

Gabe Habash is Reading The Driver’s Seat by Muriel Spark

Jill Santopolo Is Reading Before and After the Book Deal by Courtney Maum

ZOraida Córdova is Reading Dark and Deepest Red by Anna-Marie McLemore, A Breath Too Late by Rocky Callen, Infinity Son by Adam Silvera, Woven in Moonlight by Isabel Ibañez, All These Monsters by Amy Tintera, and Diamond City by Francesca Flores

Rebekah Weatherspoon Is Reading You Were Born For This: Astrology for Radical Self-Acceptance by Chani Nicholas

Gayle Forman Is Reading Frozen Beauty by Lexa Hillyer

Karen M. McManus is Reading Woven in Moonlight by Isabel Ibañez

Susan Dennard Is Reading The Beast of Beswick by Amalie Howard

Stephanie Danler is reading Life With Picasso by Françoise Gilot and Carlton Lake

Elizabeth Gilbert is reading Me and White Supremacy by Layla F. Saad

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Dear Ones: Today a world-changing book was published. This is ME AND WHITE SUPREMACY, by the brilliant and giant-hearted @laylafsaad. As I wrote in my blurb on the cover: “Buy this book for yourself, your family, your students. Don’t put it off and don’t look away. It’s time.” If you don’t know about Layla Saad, here’s the story: She woke up one day in 2017 to see images on TV of White Supremacists (or as Trump called them that day “very fine people”) marching through Charlottesville, Virginia in broad daylight—their arms raised in Nazi salutes. Her heart broke. Into that broken heart poured sudden instructions from the divine: She was given to understand that actively combatting White Supremacy was now her life’s work. Layla immediately sat down and began creating a workbook called ME AND WHITE SUPREMACY—a free educational resource, intended to teach white people all about White Supremacy (where it comes from; how it destroys lives; how it continues to benefit people with white skin; and how to combat it). Layla put this wise and heartfelt workbook on the internet, open to anyone who wanted it. The workbook became an overnight global phenomenon. Tens of thousands of people downloaded it and studied it. I was one of them. As a result of Layla’s work, I can never again see the world the same way. And now FINALLY that workbook has been expanded into a proper book! My wish is that all of you will buy this book, read it, discuss it, and teach your children what you learn. My dearest hope is that this book will put you to work to help change culture. And please follow Layla’s Instagram page—to see her tour schedule and to support her work. Layla: I’m so proud of you and so honored to call you my friend and teacher. Thank you for this gift to the world. Onward. ❤️LG #meandwhitesupremacy #laylasaad

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Christina Lauren is Reading Boyfriend Material by Alexis Hall and A Taste of Sage by Yaffa S. Santos

Samantha Irby is Reading Children of the Land by Marcelo Hernandez Castillo

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yes! yes! yes!

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Hopefully you found some inspiration for your TBR lists! If you still want more bookish Instagram content, try reading:

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