Hey, bookworms! I know we all love a book with an amazing plot, a complex bunch of characters, and great writing, but have you ever bought a book simply because of its gorgeous cover? I know I have. In honor of National Pink Day, we’re taking a look at 10 books with pretty-in-pink covers. Anyone aspiring to have an aesthetic pink bookshelf needs to keep an eye out for these.
1. The Wedding Party by Jasmine Guillory
Maddie and Theo’s mutual friend, Alexa, is getting married, and they are both involved in her wedding party. There are only two problems with this situation: 1. They absolutely hate each other, and 2. Their attraction to one another is growing rapidly. Their #1 rule for some casual fun? Do not fall in love. What could possibly go wrong?
2. Playing With Matches by Hannah Orenstein
As a matchmaker at an elite NYC dating service, Sasha’s clients are strictly off-limits. Her boyfriend Jonathan makes respecting this boundary easy. She works hard to find matches for her clients, which led her to meet a charming writer. But when Jonathan betrays her, it’s hard to remember those boundaries she had once decided on.
3. In the Neighborhood of True by Susan Kaplan Carlton
After moving from NYC to Atlanta in 1958, Ruth discovers she can be Jewish or popular but definitely not both. To many people, especially a teen, fitting in is important. So, Ruth decides to hide her religion and ends up in an all-white, all-Christian club sipping on soda with the charming Davis. However, at synagogue, she meets Max, who is passionate about social justice. When a hate crime occurs, Ruth is forced to confront her decisions and choose between fitting in and standing up for what she believes in.
4. The Ex Talk by Rachel Lynn Solomon
Shay Goldstein has been a producer at her Seattle public radio for almost ten years, so she knows what she’s doing. Dominic Yun just finished his master’s in journalism, so he knows what he’s doing. However, when Dominic gets hired at Shay’s station, the two immediately begin to clash. But who better to pretend to be exes on a new show than two people who already hate each other? But lying in journalism can have consequences- especially when the two ‘exes’ begin to fall for each other. With a pretty pastel pink, a cartoonish flare, and a fun concept, this is a great book for any kind of romance reader.
5. The Two Lives of Lydia Bird by Josie Silver
Lydia and Freddie have been together for over a decade, but everything comes crashing down when Freddie is killed on Lydia’s twenty-eighth birthday. The grief is unbearable, so Lydia decides to try sleeping pills. But the pills do not just let her sleep…they seem to bring her to an alternate dimension- one where Freddie is alive and well. Lydia is ecstatic, but as she begins to ‘visit’ Freddie more and more, she finds that her dream reality is not so perfect, and her real-reality isn’t so horrible after all.
6. Finlay Donovan Is Killing It by Elle Cosimano
Finlay Donovan is a suspense novelist, not a hitman. In fact, she’s a single mom of two and struggling to write her next crime-filled novel. But when she’s overheard discussing the plot, she’s mistaken for a contract killer and accidentally agrees to get rid of a problematic husband. Crime is more difficult in real life and a lot harder to get out of unscathed.
7. It’s Not Like It’s a Secret by Misa Sugiura
Sana Kiyohara’s life is full of hard-to-keep secrets. Jealousy with her friends, her suspicion that her dad is having an affair, and the fact that she might just crush on girls. After moving to Los Angeles, Sana’s life gets a bit more complicated. As she makes new friends and meets a beautiful and smart girl, her dad’s actions become hard to ignore. Although sharing her secrets once seemed impossible, Sana learns that telling the truth can be easy. What comes next, now, that’s a different story.
8. A Beautiful Work In Progress by Mirna Valerio
In this body-positive memoir, Mirna Valerio has one goal for running: don’t quit. As a non-white, non-skinny runner, Valerio does not fit the stereotype of a successful athlete. Join Mirna on her journey from beginner status to ultramarathoner. Along with a sharp sense of humor, Valerio proves that anyone can be an athlete.
9. A Quiet Kind of Thunder by Sara Barnard
This coming-of-age novel follows Steffi, an anxious teen that has trouble speaking in public. She knows a little bit of British Sign Language, so she is assigned to look after a new student, Rhys, who is deaf. As their friendship grows and they learn how to communicate with each other, Steffi’s social life begins to expand. Rhys does not care that Steffi does not talk, and Steffi feels like she has finally found someone that understands her. Through this growing bond, Steffi might be able to finally find her voice.
10. All-American Muslim Girl by Nadine Jolie Courtney
Allie is the all-American girl. She’s a straight-A student with a close-knit family and an amazing boyfriend- her life seems perfect. It’s not a secret that she’s Muslim, but it’s not exactly out in the open either. Her dad encourages her to take advantage of her white-passing, but Allie doesn’t want to hide. As she begins to witness a growing amount of islamophobia in her community- including her boyfriend’s dad – she yearns to reconnect with her Muslim heritage. But who is Allie without the ‘All-American’ facade?
I know everyone says not to judge a book by its cover, but with a pink cover, it’s hard not to. Thankfully, these books have great premises as well! Which one caught your eye?
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