Eileen (she/her)

My three loves in life are books, coffee, and drinking coffee while reading a book. Bonus points if the book includes any of the following: unhinged female main characters, murder in an academic setting, or enemies-to-lovers slow-burn smut. Come find me for lit-fic recs or bird facts!


The Tusks of Extinction By Ray Nayler Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250855527
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Published: Tordotcom - January 16th, 2024

Such a fantastically creative way to explore poaching and de-extinction. Nayler is gifted at layering storylines and complex concepts with ease and without losing momentum. The result is a richly told novella that, although a quick read, has lingered with me for a while now.

The Soul of an Octopus: A Surprising Exploration into the Wonder of Consciousness By Sy Montgomery Cover Image
ISBN: 9781451697728
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Published: Washington Square Press - April 5th, 2016

What a charming and incredibly well-written little read. Sy Montgomery makes every encounter with the natural world fascinating, even interactions with seemingly personality-less fish. (Spoiler alert: It turns out nearly every individual animal has a unique personality.) This was a quick read and such a welcome break from the heaviness of every day life. 

Everything I Know About Love: A Memoir By Dolly Alderton Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062968791
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Published: Harper Perennial - February 9th, 2021

"For two decades of her life, Dolly Alderton lived wildly and dysfunctionally, drinking heavily, going out until all hours of the night, and bouncing from fling to fling. But despite her riotous and chaotic lifestyle, she clearly did something right, because never have I read a memoir written by someone so young with quite so much wisdom and poise. She is sharp, sparkling, simultaneously hilarious and tender. Reading this book felt exactly like what Dolly loved best: Sitting on the couch in a pile of your best girlfriends on Sunday morning, gabbing about everything that went wrong (and right) the night before."

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My Brilliant Friend: Neapolitan Novels, Book One By Elena Ferrante, Ann Goldstein Cover Image
ISBN: 9781609450786
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Published: Europa Editions - September 25th, 2012

"I know we throw around this phrase loosely these days, but I genuinely think Elena Ferrante altered my brain chemistry with the Neapolitan Novels (of which My Brilliant Friend is the first). Complex female friendship, class, suppressed envy and rage, and the formation of the self are the stakes, and Ferrante writes them as if she alone has been granted the power to see the minute threads that form the fabric of a relationship, or the inner workings of the mind. Genius, showstopping, brilliant. I will never be the same."

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Intimacies: A Novel By Katie Kitamura Cover Image
ISBN: 9780399576171
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Published: Riverhead Books - July 19th, 2022

"Kitamura has an astounding gift for examining motives with a forensic lens, charging even the most innocuous actions with (oftentimes sinister) meaning. In Intimacies, her critically acclaimed fourth novel, she applies this lens to her female protagonist, an unnamed interpreter who has fled New York to work at the Hague and interpret for war criminals on trial in the international court. Spooky, thought-provoking, and technically masterful, this book will stay with you long after you finish it."