Here at Quirk Books, we have a lot of feelings about the seventh (and final) season of Pretty Little Liars. Before we send the Liars on their final season, we put together a list of book recommendations for our favorite Rosewood residents.
Aria – Single, Carefree, Mellow by Katherine Heiny
If Winesburg, Ohio is any indication, we know Aria loves a good short story collection – especially when those short stories are linked. Single, Carefree, Mellow is a fantastic recent addition to the genre, with three primary short stories chronicling three distinct periods in the protagonist’s life. Interspersed are thematically related stories about women in nearly every status of relationship. This collection feels like a secret that should be shared with best girlfriends, so we’re confident that Aria will be passing this book along to the other Liars as soon as she’s done with it.
Spencer – The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
With the kind of things A has pulled, Spencer would definitely find it difficult to fully immerse herself in a fictional world that feels “normal.” Luckily, Margaret Atwood has her covered. As relevant today as it was in 1985, The Handmaid’s Tale tells the story of a near future where lower class women are forced to produce heirs for the ruling class. Part psychological thriller, part feminist allegory, this novel is sure to satisfy Spencer’s literary thirst.
Hanna – The Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll
We know that Hanna loves a good mystery novel – sometimes reading several in a week. But Hanna’s reading bouts are rare and it takes a real page-turner to get the ball rolling. The Luckiest Girl Alive is guaranteed to keep Hanna’s eyes glued to the page.
Emily – Wild by Cheryl Strayed
As an athlete, we know Emily would absolutely love Cheryl Strayed’s memoir of resilience, reinvention, and self-discovery on the Pacific Crest Trail. Wild is a wonderful documentation of Strayed’s 1,100-mile hike and we’re confident that between Emily’s high school swim career and her love for her bike, this memoir will strike a chord. It may even inspire Emily to embark on a similar journey of her own. As soon as she finds out who A is.
Ezra – Men Explain Things to Me by Rebecca Solnit
It’s hard to find Ezra without a book in his hand, but we can’t help but notice that he doesn’t read books by female authors. He’s also king of the mansplainers. Do you think he’ll notice that we’re making a commentary on his behavior when we recommend Rebecca Solnit’s fantastic (and frustrating) collection of feminist essays?