News Pop Culture and Entertainment 5 New Books You Need to Read in April By Claire Stern Claire Stern Claire Stern is the Deputy Editor of ELLE.com. Previously, she served as Editor at Bergdorf Goodman and was the Associate Editor at InStyle. Her interests include fashion, food, travel, music, Peloton, and The Hills—not necessarily in that order. InStyle's editorial guidelines Updated on April 9, 2018 @ 04:45PM Pin Share Tweet Email Trending Videos Photo: Getty Since April is synonymous with rain (and lots of it), why not wait out the torrential downpour with a good book in hand? Consider it the perfect fallback excuse for staying indoors instead of trudging around soaking wet with a flailing umbrella. If you need a recommendation, we rounded up five page-turners that'll keep you occupied until those long-awaited flowers arrive. VIDEO: Top Bestselling Fiction Novels of All Time 01 of 05 THE FEMALE PERSUASION BY MEG WOLITZER Courtesy Buy Now Meg Wolitzer's female-centric novel about a college freshman who gets mentored by a prominent women's rights activist while navigating the pitfalls of campus life (including unwanted groping) is perfectly timed to the #MeToo area. 02 of 05 YOU THINK IT, I'LL SAY IT BY CURTIS SITTENFELD Courtesy Buy Now Sittenfeld's short story collection includes 10 wildly entertaining tales, including one about a housewife who once had a brief girl-on-girl fling with a social-media celebrity at summer camp. 03 of 05 OTHER PEOPLE'S HOUSES BY ABBI WAXMAN Courtesy Buy Now The town's resident carpool mom is faced with drama head-on when she accidentally walks in on her neighbors having an affair in the midst of picking up a school project that was left behind. 04 of 05 LOOK ALIVE OUT THERE BY SLOANE CROSLEY Courtesy Buy Now A whip-smart, laugh-out-loud collection of essays that cover everything from egg freezing to short-lived Gossip Girl cameos (remember when Crosley made an appearance at Dan's book party?!). 05 of 05 SOPHIA OF SILICON VALLEY BY ANNA YEN Courtesy Buy Now The founder of several successful Silicon Valley startups pens a strong debut about a young woman trying to make headway in the male-dominated world of tech. Think: The Devil Wears Prada, but with hoodies.