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The Unlikeable Female Characters’ Guide to Summer Thrillers

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Fill up your beach bag with Kristen and Layne’s summer reading recommendations, featuring shotgun-toting housewives, stabby backpackers, sexy ballerinas, and so much more. All books for sale at the official Unlikeable Female Characters Bookshop (or an indie bookstore near you!)

A few summer reading recommendations based on your mood: 

Dinner & a show:

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Arsenic and Adobo by Mia P. Manansala / The Turnout by Megan Abbott

A getaway (with murder):

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We Were Never Here by Andrea Bartz / Velvet Was the Night by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Eating the rich:

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The Hunting Wives by May Cobb / The Photographer by Mary Dixie Carter

Being gay & doing crimes:

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Trouble Girls by Julia Lynn Rubin / Bath Haus by P.J. Vernon

Reunions gone (very) wrong:

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In My Dreams I Hold a Knife by Ashley Winstead / The Family Plot by Megan Collins

From the episode:

KRISTEN: We’re calling this episode the summer reading preview, but it can also just be the summer book buying preview.


KRISTEN: Purchasing books and reading books are not entirely the same thing—and that’s fine.

LAYNE: That’s fine. You can just buy them, stack them up and look at them longingly. That’s also valid. That’s what I do with a lot of books.

KRISTEN: When you buy a book, you’re supporting the author, even if you never read it.

LAYNE: And you can tell yourself you’re gonna read it someday.

KRISTEN: And you will!

LAYNE: You will!

KRISTEN: Someday you will read all of those books.

LAYNE: All of them. Totally.

KRISTEN: So it’s fine to keep adding more books. Keep adding books until you live in a pile of books.

LAYNE: Yeah, absolutely. Co-signed.

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Michael Neff
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Author, Development Exec, Editor

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