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Rachel’s Reads – Tie The Knot 2020

Deep breath – it’s over. Between the vows, cake, and dancing, you got married. Now, it’s time for the romance and relaxation of the honeymoon. The best part of packing for the honeymoon (even if it’s currently a staycation) is picking out what to read. Here are some fun and fabulous honeymoon reads:

  • Recipe for Persuasion by Sonali Dev
  • The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary
  • The Book of Longings by Sue Monk Kidd
  • Party of Two by Jasmine Guillory
  • Saint X by Alexis Schaitkin
  • We Ride Upon Sticks by Quan Barry
  • Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
  • The Guest List by Lucy Foley
  • Wishful Drinking by Carrie Fisher
  • Furious Love: Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, and the Marriage of the Century by Nancy Schoenberger and Sam Kashner
  • A Good Marriage by Kimberly McCreight
  • Why Fish Don’t Exist: A Story of Loss, Love, and the Hidden Order of Life by Lulu Miller
  • The Hidden Girl and Other Stories by Ken Liu
  • Qualityland by Marc-Uwe Kling
  • Blue Flowers by Carola Saavedra
  • Loves You: Poems by Sarah Gambito
  • The Language of Baklava by Diana Abu-Jaber
  • The Mistress of Paris: The 19th-Century Courtesan Who Built an Empire on a Secret by Catherine Hewitt
  • One to Watch by Kate Stayman-London
  • The Boyfriend Project by Farrah Rochon


Rachel became the publisher of The Independent in March of 2017 and then married her husband Jake in May. Their goldendoodle Einstein joined the family last year. Rachel is an avid reader and loves to share book recommendations. (Don’t miss her column, Rachel’s Reads in the Magazine!) She can always be found with a book nearby, especially while traveling (another of her favorite things).


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