Here’s What’s On The Evie Team’s Reading List This Spring

Tired of BookTok shoving woke or near-pornographic novel suggestions down your throat? You can breathe a sigh of relief with our reading list, curated by real Evie girls.

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If you’re searching for your next great read to enjoy under the newfound spring sunshine, you’ve come to the right place. Some of us on the Evie team are avid readers, and others are, well, just happy to log that one book of the year into their Goodreads. No matter where you fall on the spectrum, there’s something on this list for every Evie girl, from self-help books to classic novels we can’t get enough of. 

Here are the books on the Evie team’s reading list this spring. 

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The Housemaid’s Secret, by Freida McFadden

“I read ‘The Housemaid’ by Freida McFadden a couple of weeks ago, and it was a really fast-paced thriller. So my first spring book will be the sequel ‘The Housemaid’s Secret.’ - Brittany Martinez, Editor-In-Chief

What it’s about: “It's hard to find an employer who doesn't ask too many questions about my past. So I thank my lucky stars that the Garricks miraculously give me a job, cleaning their stunning penthouse with views across the city and preparing fancy meals in their shiny kitchen. I can work here for a while, stay quiet until I get what I want. It's almost perfect. But I still haven't met Mrs. Garrick, or seen inside the guest bedroom. I'm sure I hear her crying. I notice spots of blood around the neck of her white nightgowns when I'm doing laundry. And one day I can't help but knock on the door. When it gently swings open, what I see inside changes everything...”

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The Art of Letting Go: How to Let Go of the Past, Look Forward to the Future, and Finally Enjoy the Emotional Freedom You Deserve! by Damon Zahariades

“I’m a big ‘what if’ girl. I’ve spent countless hours of my life thinking about the past and the choices I’ve made, what I would do now, and the different outcomes I might’ve experienced had I chosen something different. I love my life and have so much to be thankful for, yet regrets still weigh deeply on my heart. It’s definitely one of my worst qualities. I had no idea there was a book focused solely on this topic, so I’m excited to dive in and see if it helps shift my mindset a bit and allow me to finally let go of the past.” - Anna Hartman, Managing Editor

What it’s about: “Imagine being able to let go of the emotional turmoil that's burdening you. Imagine being able to finally release the negative thoughts and painful memories that are weighing you down. You'll learn numerous strategies you can employ to reverse years of negative mental conditioning. You'll discover how to retrain your brain and jettison crippling thought patterns. You'll receive all of the tools you need to finally let go of the emotional anchors that are preventing you from enjoying life to its fullest.”

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The Odyssey, by Homer

“My husband and I are obsessed with the in-progress Epic the Musical by Jorge Rivera-Herrans, which portrays the Ancient Greek hero Odysseus and his arduous trip home from the Trojan War to regain his throne in Ithaca. I'm rereading Homer's The Odyssey (translated by Robert Fagles) to refresh my memory on what happens in the original epic that the future Broadway play is based on.” - Paula Gallagher, Senior Editor

What it’s about: “Homer's Odyssey recounts the arduous journey of Odysseus as he strives to return home after the Trojan War. Facing mythical creatures and divine challenges, Odysseus demonstrates resilience and cunning during his ten-year odyssey. Meanwhile, in Ithaca, his wife Penelope contends with persistent suitors. The epic explores themes of loyalty, perseverance, and the influence of gods on mortal lives, crafting a tale of the hero's challenging journey and the enduring power of homecoming.”

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A Strange Habit of Mind, by Andrew Klavan

“Another book on my bedside table is A Strange Habit of Mind by Andrew Klavan, which is the sequel to When Christmas Comes that I read a couple years ago. The series features Cameron Winter, who is an English professor, ex-spy, and amateur detective. I really enjoyed the first one, which was more of a novel than a traditional detective story, and my husband has already bought me the third one in the series, so I need to get cracking on book two!” - Paula Gallagher, Senior Editor

What it’s about:The world of Big Tech is full of eccentric characters, but shamanic billionaire Gerald Byrne may be the strangest of the bunch. The founder of Byrner, a global social media platform, Byrne is known for speaking with vague profundity and for dabbling in esoteric spiritual practices; he wears his hair in a long black ponytail to reveal a large flower tattooed on his neck; he’s universally admired as a visionary, a philanthropist, and a devoted husband and father. And every person who gets in the way of his good work seems to die. When a former student commits suicide, English professor and ex-spy Cameron Winter takes it upon himself to understand why. The young man was expelled from the university in an unfortunate episode that left Winter sympathetic to his plight; after a prolonged silence, he reached out to his teacher with two words just before taking the fatal plunge from the roof of his San Francisco apartment: ‘Help me.’”

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The Unfair Sex, by Nina Farewell

“I just started reading The Unfair Sex by Nina Farewell. It's refreshing and hilarious, mainly because it was written in the 1950s, so it's not politically correct at all. Farewell is brutally honest about sexual dynamics between modern men and women, which makes her insights a little bit uncomfy but uniquely helpful.” - Carmen Schober, Culture Commentator

What it’s about: All is fair in love and war...and the two are more similar than you might think in this facsimile of a 1950s guide to the battle of the sexes. This timeless guide reveals the arsenal of devices, techniques and approaches a man deploys to get what he wants and details the countermeasures a woman can take to come out on top. Learn how to get all that you want without giving men the one thing that they want. Irreverent and witty, this enduring volume is essential reading for any woman who wants to protect her virtue - or appear to!”

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The Artist’s Way: A Spiritual Call to Higher Creativity, by Julia Cameron

“I started The Artist’s Way: A Spiritual Call to Higher Creativity, which is a guidebook with practices and tips to help people harness their creativity. I’d like to improve my imagination, and I want to draw and write more.” - Nicole Dominique, Culture Commentator

What it’s about: “This book has been around for a long time, and I hope it sticks around forever. It guides the reader through a fascinating (and fun) 12-week-long program of exercises and explorations that help loosen up one’s artistic self. It takes you on a journey that will cost you nothing (aside from the guidebook), and it brings much insight, gently helping you see what is holding you back and showing you how to move forward. Three times in the last decade, I've committed to doing The Artist's Way's program, and each time, I've learned something important and surprising about myself and my work. Just to show how influential it's been to me – the first time I did the program, I had decided by end of it that I wanted to 1) Travel to Italy and learn Italian, 2) Go to an Ashram in India, and 3) Return to Indonesia to study with the old medicine man I'd once met there. We all know what THAT decision led to… Without The Artist's Way, there would have been no Eat, Pray, Love.” – Elizabeth Gilbert

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All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr

“It's one of my sister's favorite books that she keeps recommending I read, so when I saw it at a yard sale recently, I had to grab it! I tend to enjoy anything set during World War II, so I'm excited to read this one. I also want to watch the Netflix series, but not until I read the book!” - Rachel Squier, Social Media Manager

What it’s about: “Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When she is 6, Marie-Laure goes blind, and her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighborhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. When she is 12, the Nazis occupy Paris, and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them, they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel.”

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