14 Books Amber Tamblyn Recommends on Instagram

The actor-activist and poet-novelist is all about that #bookstagram.

Amber Tamblyn

Amber Tamblyn (@amberrosetamblyn) stole hearts worldwide in the movie adaptation of the popular novel The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, so it might come as no surprise that she loves to read. She’s also a poet and author: she recently debuted her first novel, Any Man. When she’s not busy writing or acting, she’s oh-so-kind enough to share what she’s reading on Instagram, and we can’t get enough of her recs.


Amber’s poetry is not only great to read, but gorgeous to look at. Here, she shares some imagery from her 2015 poetry collection, Dark Sparkler.

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This woman who I’ve known since I was 17 and these amazing voices celebrating her new book, “Make Trouble.” What an extraordinary afternoon with my friend @cecilerichards and I can’t wait to see what she does next! Shout out to @cindi_leive and @sarahjessicaparker for putting this intimate gathering together. Love these women! #Repost @cecilerichards ・・・ Can’t think of a better or more fitting way to launch #MakeTroubleBook, which comes out one week from today. (!!!) Thank you to the fierce and fabulous @sarahjessicaparker and @cindi_leive for hosting this incredible lunch with so many smart, passionate troublemakers! Feeling more inspired than ever, and looking forward to hitting the road on book tour. Don’t forget to pre-order your copy! ⭐💕📚#feminist #shepersisted #futureisfemale #squad

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What better way to celebrate a new book than lunch with the author and her close friends? Amber was so excited to get together with a group of fabulous ladies for her friend Cecile Richards’s book, Make Trouble.


As a poet herself, Amber’s a true advocate of the genre. Here she shares a copy of the collection How to Love the Empty Air by Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz. (Read the beautiful essay Cristin wrote about her mother for Read it Forward here.)

As promised, here’s the news. My novel ANY MAN is an unsettling story about a female serial rapist who attacks men, told through the first person narratives of the male victims. . Over the last several years, I’ve been consumed with writing one of the most difficult, complex, and disturbing works of my entire writing career, ANY MAN. I could’ve never predicted how timely the subject matter would someday become. While this novel is a story about survivors of rape and the commodification, denigration, and manipulation of their stories by everyone from the American media to the judicial system, it is also a story about how we dangerously demonize and mythologize women. As is most things I write, the book has dark subject matter but not without humor. . By flipping the gender norms of rape culture, I hope to elicit some fresh, challenging conversations and examinations of who we are as a society while also allowing readers to relish in what I hope will be one of the most vile, heartless, and haunting female protagonists in modern American fiction. . Out on June 26th. Pre-order link in my bio.

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In her announcement and first look at her debut novel, Any Man, Amber shared an eloquent statement about her impulse behind writing the book—a role reversal about a female serial rapist who targets men—and her hopes for the conversations it will spark.


Amber had the opportunity to share the stage with her fellow authors at Vulture Festival. Here, she poses with Tayari Jones and her novel Silver Sparrow, Airea D. Matthews and her poetry collection, Simulacra, and Difficult Women by Roxane Gay.


What’s better than a great new bag? One that’s toting a good book, of course! Amber was carrying around her copy of Hausfrau by Jill Alexander Essbaum—with a side of bacon.


We love when a book can blow your mind; The Book of Joan by Lidia Yuknavitch was that type of read for Amber. We also spy Poem for the End of Time and Other Poems by Noelle Kocot, The Art of Cruelty by Maggie Nelson, and The Notorious RBG by Irin Carmon and Shana Knizhnik.


It’s so exciting to receive an advanced copy of a book, and it’s even better when it’s by one of your friends. Amber was so excited to start reading The Girl With the Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer.


Not all of Amber’s fans give her the best gifts, but she was beyond excited to receive this signed first edition of Transformations by Anne Sexton.


Featured Images: @amberrosetamblyn/Instagram; BestStockFoto/Shutterstock

About Stella Spiegel

Stella Spiegel

STELLA SPIEGEL is the email marketer for Read It Forward. When she is not busy reading her favorite celebrities’ memoirs, she works on creating enough memories for her future memoir.

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