What To Read If

What To Read If

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Where book lovers find their next great read.

What To Read If is a weekly newsletter full of book recommendations. Elizabeth Held handpicks book titles that reflect the news of the day, pop culture, and her own whims. With an aim to help people find books they actually want to read, she goes beyond the bestselling book lists to highlight diverse writers and genres. All the issues consist of three book recs and are extensions of “What to read if…” - if you're bingeing holiday RomComs, if you’re obsessed with Wordle, or if you just want some good books. The recommendations include Elizabeth’s original thoughts providing context to the topic and explaining the plot of the book. 

P.S. If you’d like a personalized recommendation, just reach out by replying to the welcome email or on substack and get a custom one depending on what other books/movies you like or just on what you're in the mood for. Just subscribe and find your next great read!




Elizabeth Held is a “writer by day and by night” and an avid reader, who has contributed to Time, Slate, and USA Today, among others. She runs a romance book club and is a member of at least three more. Elizabeth is working on (what she hopes will be) her first book.


What To Read If is a free, weekly newsletter. You’ll get book recommendations every Monday, and an interview with a ‘bookish’ person every other Thursday. 

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