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Instant Reads: Books for Every Instant Hotel

by  | June 3

Deep within the recesses of Netflix is a true hidden gem hailing from the sunny isle of Australia. Instant Hotel (the Aussie way to describe an AirBnB) finds five couples competing to discover who has the coolest rentable home. Each house has its own special flair: an homage to the American rockin’ 60s, a wooded oasis, a giant shrine to the margarita…but which is best? Honestly, you come for the interior design but you stay for the insane personalities and absolute shade they throw at each other. It’s as if House Hunters met Real Housewives, and I am here for it. Of course, every home isn’t complete without books, so here’s some reads that would really accentuate the room. As Leroy would say, “the devil is in the details.”

Where'd You Go, Bernadette

Where'd You Go, Bernadette

by Maria Semple

Babe and Bondi’s Bondi Beachy Ode to the Margarita  

This mom and daughter duo have a home just as over-the-top and wild as they are. I’m talking a Fifty Shades of Grey room. I’m talking stuffed peacocks. I’m talking a shirtless hunk bartender hired to shake your margarita. But still, at the heart of it all is a mother and daughter who are incredibly close and who really rely on each other. A perfect addition for their home is Maria Semple’s novel, Where’d You Go, Bernadette, which also deals with an unconventional family and the unshakable bond between mother and daughter. Plus, that gorgeous cover will look especially nice in the Peacock Room.

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The Devil Wears Prada

The Devil Wears Prada

by Lauren Weisberger

Brent and Leroy’s Port Douglas Suburban Pad

One of history’s most iconic villains, Leroy, and his relatively nice partner, Brent, shared with us their suburban digs, stuffed to the literal gills with all things Port Douglas. I think if there was any space left in that house, the perfect addition would be The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger. If there is anything Leroy has, it is side-eye, eye rolls, and shade to spare, and it was giving me ALL the Miranda Priestly vibes. I mean, they even kind of have the same haircut. Unfortunately, it’s all the Priestly attitude and none of the talent in this particular Instant Hotel.

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To All the Boys I've Loved Before (Media Tie-In Edition)

To All the Boys I've Loved Before (Media Tie-In Edition)

by Jenny Han

Samantha and James’s North Byron Bay Luxury Den

Young and in love, Samantha and James may secretly be the worst contestants on the show, but they definitely love each other. Their gorgeous home with a luxury pool, an outdoor brick pizza oven, and both fancy and not fancy plates (there is a real difference apparently) may have been way too expensive for them to own on their own, but it was one of the more impressive homes that season. For these two high school sweethearts turned newlyweds, a perfect addition to their home would be the equally sweet love story in To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han. An engaging and character-driven love story, it’s the perfect addition to the newlyweds’ (and now newly parents’!) home.

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The Birth of Loud

The Birth of Loud

by Ian S. Port

Mark and Jannine’s Barossa Valley American Museum

The sweetest couple to ever grace television, Mark and Jannine also had the most themed Instant Hotel as they transformed their space into a giant museum dedicated to 1950/60s America. Despite never actually visiting America, their memorabilia-filled space nailed the aesthetic of a soda-pop throwback and gave viewers one of the coolest Instant Hotels of the season. A perfect addition to their American time capsule would be The Birth of Loud by Ian S. Port. Chronicling the evolution of rock ’n’ roll through the lens of the guitar rivalry that brought the sound to life, it is a new perspective on the history that Mark and Jannine both love so much.

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Beach House for Rent

Beach House for Rent

by Mary Alice Monroe

Adam and Kathy’s Humpty Doo Oasis

A couple too sweet for this cut-throat business, Adam and Kathy had one of the most gorgeous family homes of the season. With a beautiful oasis pool and huge acre-spanning property, the theme for their hotel was isolation and relaxation. Still, the highlight of the property is the fact that it was all built by the family. I can’t imagine anything more relaxing than reading a book poolside with a glass of wine, and no better read comes to mind than Beach House for Rent by Mary Alice Monroe. After rebuilding her family beach house, protagonist Cara opens her home to a young artist, Heather, for the summer. As the two women, generations apart, get to know each other they find a unique friendship blossoming along the scenic beachfront. With moving characters and a heartfelt story, it’s a perfect read while enjoying a family home built with love.

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Amy is a Legal Contracts Assistant at Simon & Schuster. She loves thrillers, contemporary fiction, and all things Stephen King! If she isn’t talking about her obsession with true crime podcasts like Last Podcast on the Left she is gabbing on about any and all things film. She loves reading in her favorite NYC bars, which you can see on her bookstagram, @boozehoundbookclub