Each month, Beyond The Page: A GBH Book Clubfeatures a notable author, who takes part in a live Q&A with a GBH personality to discuss the intricacies of that month's novel. With each monthly book selection, we also ask the author for a list of reading recommendations. For its Julyedition, Beyond The Page selected Emily Henry's People We Meet On Vacation, a novel that Google Books summarizes as "a love story for fans of When Harry Met Sally and One Day. Get ready to travel the world, snort with laughter and—most of all—lose your heart to Poppy and Alex."
Here are five reading suggestions from Emily Henry:
The View Was Exhausting by Mikaella Clements and Onjuli Datta: An actress and a playboy heir have a years-spanning, on-and-off fake relationship that might just be hiding some very real feelings. So angsty, and gorgeously written.
Last Night by Mhairi McFarlane: This book about the tangled web of unrequited love between long-term friends made me sob early on, and laugh hard enough to make up for it later. McFarlane is one of my all-time favorite writers now.
The Invisible Husband of Frick Island by Colleen Oakley: A quirky cast, a charming island, and a sweet, slow-burn love story make this one of the warmest, feel-good books of the summer. Reading it truly feels like a summery getaway.
So We Meet Again by Suzanne Park: This sits at that sweet spot between romance and women’s fiction, with an adorable relationship between newly unemployed Jess Kim and her childhood rival Daniel Choi, as well as a heart-stirring story of a woman chasing her dreams. Bonus points for how hungry it will make you.
Second First Impressions by Sally Thorne: Sally Thorne’s brain is a magical place, and this book feels like curling up inside it. There are feisty, fashionable old ladies and a sweet motorcycle-riding love interest, and lots and lots of cardigans. It is possibly the coziest book I've ever read.
What she's reading now:
A Lot like Adiós by Alexis Daria. I usually prefer a slow-burn romance, but Daria made me fall in love with—and feel the intense chemistry between—this lead couple from the jump. Sexy, satisfying, and heartwarming from so early on. It's got me hooked!
Next up on her "To Be Read" list:
Reel by Kennedy Ryan. I’m a Kennedy Ryan mega-fan. Her characters always feel 100% real to me, and I can’t wait to dive into her newest release, which follows a director and his lead actress falling in love while filming a biopic set in 1930s Harlem. (There are even excerpts from the screenplay within the book!)