Here at espressOh we’re avid readers so we thought we would put together our top reads to give you some inspo. There’s something for everyone, from easy-to-read fun novels to Astro-sexism and bunnies (just keep reading and it will make sense!)

Chiara, espressOh founder

All About Love – Bell Hooks It’s deep, and brutally honest at times. Some of the concepts / recommendations are probably a bit extreme but true in an ideal world.  I guess it also depends on the moment of life you are going through when you read it but it definitely opens your eyes about things in life that really matter. I had to read some of the sentences twice or more just to stick them into my head.

Frank and Cleopatra – Coco Mellors definitely not the best novel I have ever read but an easy and fun read overall, if you are into novels it’s worth a shot!

Just Kids – Patti Smith This is not a book I read recently but it is definitely one of my favorite books. It’s a memoir from Patti Smith, she talks about love, art, friendship, and New York city in the 70s. Loved discovering Patti’s artistic and personal life throughout the book, I honestly did know her story and was surprised!

Diana, Brand Marketing Manager

Americanah – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie this novel tells the story of a woman who emigrates from Nigeria to America where she deals with the racism and inequality. It’s a tough read but it’s incredibly warm and moving and changes the way you look at the world.

Good Material – Dolly Alderton, queen of friendship and love, comes back with a story told through a different perspective: a man’s one. The protagonist, Andy, is a stand-up comedian doing not so well, especially as he is going through the toughest break up of his life. Tender and deep, but also very funny, this book is the perfect read to remind us we grow and learn even through pain.

Cose spiegate bene: Questioni di un certo genere – Il Post – This is for our Italian readers! This little manual published by the online newspaper Il Post explores concepts such as gender identity, sexual orientation and the importance of inclusive language. Very insightful!

Giada, Social Media Manager

Tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow – Gabrielle Zevin – I’ve just finished to read this novel, and I really enjoyed it! It’s about a love story, but it’s not a romance. It’s about love between friends, going through ups and downs in their relationship. There is much more than this, a lot of touching topics are involved in this book, like disability and mental health. A powerful and emotional story that I recommend reading asap!

Bunny – Mona Award – If you’re looking for metaphoric stories and disturbing as well, this book may dazzle you. Bunny is not my fav reading, but the weirdest, honestly. Bunnies, cute guys and bizarre rituals are the funny ingredients of this novel by Mona Award.

Yellowface – Rebecca F.Kuang – Tik Tok is becoming my go-to source for digging up new gems in contemporary literature, and I’m glad I found it! This is a thriller set in the publishing world, that kept me glued to every single page. This author is a total genius!

Federica, Marketing Specialist

The Passenger: Space – Did you know that Nasa sent a woman into space for only six days and gave her 100 tampons, asking “Are they enough?”Dive into the universe’s mysteries with tales of the space race from the 60s to today, including astro-sexism insights.

My Year of Rest and Relaxation – Ottessa Moshfegh – Raise your hands who’s tired of social media FOMO! This is a book about a young woman who prefers sleeping over living despite her many privileges. Cynical pages filled with misanthropy and existential emptiness that describe one year of narcotic hibernation

Trainwreck: The Women We Love to Hate, Mock and Fear – Jude Doyle – The historical fear of women through legends, from witches to T-Rex, shedding light on our fascination with true crime.

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