Recommended Reading

I have a lot of favorite books. Whenever someone asks me, “what is your favorite book?” I can’t name just one. In fact, I usually have to categorize favorites into genres. And even within genres I have more than one favorite. So what I’d like to do on this page is create a list of my favorite books — the books that I will forever be recommending to other people. The page will be organized by genre & subgenre.

Please note that this page will be constantly in revision.

The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins | dystopian
Life As We Knew It, Susan Beth Pfeffer | apocalyptic
The Book Thief, Markus Zusak | Holocaust
Anna and the French Kiss, Stephanie Perkins | contemporary
Cinder, Marissa Meyer | futuristic
The Fault in Our Stars, John Green | contemporary
Code Name Verity, Elizabeth Wein | historical, WWII
Wonder, RJ Palacio | contemporary
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, Benjamin Alire Sáenz | contemporary
Eleanor & Park, Rainbow Rowell | contemporary

Skippyjon Jones, Judy Schachner | picture book
Harry Potter series, JK Rowling | middle grade
Percy Jackson series, Rick Riordan | middle grade

The Namesake, Jhumpa Lahiri | contemporary, Indian-American
The Forgotten Garden, Kate Morton | historical of sorts
The Secret Keeper, Kate Morton | historical of sorts
The Help, Kathryn Stockett | historical
When She Woke, Hilary Jordan | dystopian
Red Water, Judith Freeman | religious, historical
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, Michael Chabon | contemporary
The Art of Fielding, Chad Harbach | baseball

Romancing Mr. Bridgerton, Julia Quinn | regency
Vision in White, Nora Roberts | contemporary
First Lady, Susan Elizabeth Phillips | contemporary

The House of Mirth, Edith Wharton
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, James Joyce

Maid to Match, Deeanne Gist
Redeeming Love, Francine Rivers
Save the Date, Jenny B. Jones

Girl Meets God, Lauren B. Winner
Mere Christianity, C. S. Lewis
Crazylove, Francis Chan

Spoken From the Heart, Laura Bush | memoir, political
No Man Knows My History, Fawn Brodie | biography, religious

Secret Society Girl, Diana Peterfreund
Attachments, Rainbow Rowell

Notes From a Small Island, Bill Bryson | travel
The Writing Life, Annie Dillard | writing
On Writing, Stephen King | writing

Blackout, Connie Willis
Passage, Connie Willis
The Martian, Andy Weir

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  1. writer, reader, dreamer » book blogger hop & follow friday: october 28

    […] impact on me. Louis Sachar’s Wayside School series as well. And, eventually, anything on my Recommended Reading list, which is ever-growing and changing. In fact, I’m feeling it might need an update soon […]

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