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A favorite doughnut is like a good book: exciting, dependable, and absolutely delicious. It’s the perfect balance of sweet and savory, as cakey or as doughy as you desire – and okay, now we’re just talking about doughnuts. But can you blame us? Doughnuts are the best! Which is why,we’re bringing you a host of book recommendations, inspired by your favorite doughnut. Let’s dig in!

 

Jelly Filled

If you have a hankering for a jelly filled doughnut, chances are you’re not afraid to get a little messy. Which is why we’re recommending The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix to pair with that oozing strawberry jelly. Once you sink your teeth into that jelly, it’ll be hard to tell if you’re on team vampire or team vampire slayer. Make sure you’re on the right side of the fight because once you dive into Hendrix’s world – the subsequent doughnut sugar coma – it’ll be difficult to know fact from fiction.

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Old Fashioned

If your doughnut of choice is an old fashioned, we know diving into the world of Jane Austen will be a real treat, especially if her heroines are familiar. We recommend keeping it super classic with Pride & Prejudice, pairing the world of balls and long walks across the moors and botched proposals with this steady and reliable doughnut. You might even find yourself wondering: how would the Lizzie/Darcy story be different if they knew about the wonder of doughnuts?

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Frosted with Sprinkles

We’re here to tell you that doughnuts that are frosted with sprinkles are more complex than they seem. But of course, we’re not ignoring the sprinkles of it all. These doughnuts are incredibly sweet and fun. They remind us of childhood, but we’re not afraid to eat them as fully-grown adults. Which is why we’re recommending pairing this book with a comforting and addicting young adult novel like Bookish and the Beast by Ashley Poston. It’s as familiar as a fairy tale, with some modern surprises – just like this delicious doughnut!

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Cream Filled

If you’re a fan of cream filled doughnuts, chances are you’re a lover all things sweet. Fingers crossed that extends right down to your reading material because we think that a sweet and chewy romance novel, like Red, White, and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston, is just the ticket. And just like reading a romance novel, with its wealth of frustrating obstacles to keep the leads apart, eating a cream filled doughnut can be a messy experience. But we’ll be right here with a stack of napkins – and maybe a tissue or two, for the happy tears.

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Doughnut Holes

If you’re always reaching for doughnut holes for the variety and bite sized satisfaction, we know you’re going to love the short stories in Carmen Maria Machado’s Her Body and Other Parties. These stories range from retellings of campfire tales to meditations on the state of Law and Order: SVU – and everything in between. It’s a wild ride and you never know what you’re going to get, much like in a delicious mixed dozen of doughnut holes.

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Danielle Mohlman

Danielle Mohlman is a playwright, bookworm, and library connoisseur. You can find her on Twitter and Tumblr. (She has a lot to say.) And on Instagram. (She never foodstagrams.) When she grows up, she wants to be Leslie Knope.