TBR: 12 Books Our Page Petal Community Recommends

TBR: 12 Books Our Page Petal Community Recommends

A week ago, we asked our Page Petal community on Instagram for book recommendations - and lets just say, our TBR is officially longer than ever! We were so excited by your wonderful suggestions, which ranged from thrillers to YA reads to romantic novels, we just had to put together a blog to share the book love beyond Instagram.  

If you have any book recommendations you'd like to share outside of this list, please drop them in the comments. We love hearing from our fellow book lovers.👇  

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12 Books Our Page Petal Community Recommends For Your TBR 

1. Daisy Jones & The Six

Daisy Jones & The Six

For lovers of iconic rock and roll, powerful women, and dynamic characters. This book by Taylor Jenkins Reid centers on how the rock group Daisy Jones & The Six got together... and eventually split. It's incredibly unique - not only in story but also in structure. The story is written like a fictional music documentary, so it's comprised entirely of dialogue. PS, we also hear the audio version of the book is fantastic.

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2. Such A Fun Age

Such a Fun Age

When a Black babysitter is accused of kidnapping, her world sets off on a completely different track. She is forced to grapple with evolving relationships, questions of what to do with her life, and how to move forward. You should expect this novel by Kiley Reid to be full of empathetic storytelling and social commentary. 

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3. If We Were Villains

If We Were Villains

What do you do when the person who put you in jail is the first person you see upon your release? That's the set up for this thriller by M.L. Rio. If We Were Villains is described as a tragedy within a tragedy- as Shakespeare actors are in a position of having to convince police of their own innocence. Sounds like a page turner to us! 

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4. The Spanish Love Deception

Fake-dating. Friends to more than friends. A wedding weekend. Spain. These are just some of the many aspects to The Spanish Love Deception by Elena Armas. Need we say more?  

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5. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

Yes, this is the second book Taylor Jenkins Reid on the list. But it was recommended multiple times - so we had to include it. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo is based on an aging and reclusive movie icon who tells her life story to an unknown magazine reporter. From there, stories unfold of show business in the '80s, friendships, and, of course, seven husbands.

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6. The Song of Achilles 

The Song of Achilles

The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller takes you back to Ancient Greece. It's described as an action-packed tale of gods, kings, immortal fame, and the human heart. Plus, Ann Patchett, the (brilliant) author of The Dutch House, describes it as "a starling original work of art." Sign us up! 

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7. Normal People

Normal People

Normal People by Sally Rooney centers on two characters, Connell and Marianne, who find their lives consistently intersecting - from small towns to universities. It's a story of a magnetic friendship, interwoven families, and the magic of a first love.  Added bonus: After you finish the book, you can then watch the characters come to life in the Hulu Original Series. 

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8. The Upside of Falling 

The Upside of Falling

If you love a good "fake relationship" storyline, The Upside of Falling is a must-read. Here's the gist: Becca, a 17-year-old who is sick of being teased for not having a boyfriend, makes up a love interest to her best friend. Brett, a football captain who is more focused on his future than prom dates, overhears the lie and sees the perfect opportunity to appear to be dating... without actual dating. What happens next? We'll have to read to find out!

PS, if this sounds like your kind of book, we'd also suggest The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory - as if you needed more book recs! 

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9. Verity


A struggling writer hired for a dream job takes a dark turn in Verity by Colleen Hoover.  There's a manuscript full of horrifying information that was never intended to be read and a writer who is left to make sense out of it all. Please note, due to extremely mature content, this book is recommended for readers 18+. 

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10. Tokyo Ever After

Tokyo Ever After

This is a story of Izzy, a Japanese-American, who travels to Japan to meet a father she never knew in a country she had only ever seen in daydreams. Oh, and did we mention Izzy is a princess? If you loved the Princess Diaries series - we have no doubt Tokyo Ever After by Emiko Jean will be a favorite! 

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11. It Happened One Summer

It happened one summer

It Happened One Summer is described as a Schitt's Creek inspired rom-com. There's an "It Girl" who gets cut off by her wealthy family and sent off to a small town in Washington to run a dive bar. From there, she meets a bearded sea captain who has little expectations of her ability to make it outside of her wealthy L.A. upbringing. Hooked? Us too. 

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12. The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender

the strange and the beautiful sorrows of Ava lavender

Ava Lavender is an all around "normal" girl - except for the fact that she was born with the wings of a bird. As she seeks to learn more about her peculiar disposition and, ultimately, fit in with others - she discovers the motives of others might not be what they seem. This novel by Leslye Walton combines magical realism and lyrical prose that will surely stretch the imagination.

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