Book Recs & Must Reads

“There’s this book I have been meaning to read…”

Over the years I have taken peoples “book recommendations” fervently, but without much care. I believe book lovers genuinely care about sharing their favorite stories with one another, the types that engulf us into their pages and make us forget reality. I myself identify as a malicious reader, I always have been. I choose my victims, devour the ones I love and then tell all my closest friends and family, “This is a MUST” read, in which they respond, “You always say that.” 

So I have put together a list of “MUST READ” all in one place.

Disclaimer #1– I broke this list into 4 categories. “Books I Love”, “Series That I Will Love Forever, No Shame”,What I Love To Teach, But What You Should Also Read”, and, “Books That I Have Not Read, But Are On My List”. I am sure each book could be in many and/ or all categories.

Disclaimer #2- I know I am forgetting many, many incredible “must read” books that I know I have loved. I also know that I am missing many, many books that could be on any or all of these lists, that I have forgotten or not yet discovered. The quest for finding and falling in love with new books is a lifelong pursuit of mine, so I am sure this list will change and alter frequently. Please feel free to comment below this post with your favorites- we can keep the list growing!

Disclaimer #3- This list is in no particular order, other than, “An Uncommon Friendship” will always be towards the top of my list.

Without further adieu, light a candle, curl up with a cup of tea, a glass of wine, a cold beer, or your favorite kombucha (I believe those are the 4 types of humans, broken into beverage categories)…and enjoy. 

Books I Love:

  • An Uncommon Friendship- Bernat Rosner and Frederic Tubach
  • Nineteen Minutes- Jodi Picoult
  • Educated- Tara Westover
  • The Book of Joy- Desmond Tutu and Dalai Lama
  • Four Agreements- Don Miguel Ruiz
  • The Alchemist- Paulo Coelho
  • The Kite Runner- Khaleo Hosseini
  • Water For Elephants- Sara Gruen
  • The Road- Cormac McCarthy
  • Wild- Cheryl Strayed
  • A Million Pieces- James Frey
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray- Oscar Wilde
  • Small Great Things- Jodi Picoult
  • The Secret Life of Bees- Sue Monk Kidd
  • The Book Thief- Markus Zuzak
  • The Wisdom of Insecurity- Alan Watts
  • The Perks of Being A Wallflower- Stephen Chobsky
  • Leaving Time- Jodi Picoult

Series That I Will Love Forever, No Shame:

  • Harry Potter- J.K. Rowling
  • The Chronicles of Narnia- C.S. Lewis
  • Series of Unfortunate Events- Daniel Handler
  • The Hunger Games- Suzanne Collins
  • Twilight- Stephenie Myer
  • The Uglies- Scott Westerfield

What I Love To Teach, But What You Should Also Read:

  • The Hate U Give- Angie Thomas
  • Into the Wild- Jon Krakauer
  • To Kill a Mockingbird- Harper Lee
  • The Outsiders- S.E. Hinton
  • The House on Mango Street- Sandra Cisneros
  • Half of a Yellow Sun- Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter- Erika L. Sanchez
  • 1984- George Orwell
  • Percy Jackson Series- Rick Riordan

Books That I Have Not Read, But Are On My List:

  • Stranger in a Strange Land- Robert A. Heinlein
  • Where Reasons End- Yiyun Li
  • Becoming- Michelle Obama
  • Furious Hours- Casey Cep
  • The Sixth Man- Andre Iguodala and Andre Wallace
  • Little Fires Everywhere- Celeste Ng
  • Brain On Fire- Susannah Cahalan
  • All the Light We Cannot See- Anthony Doer
  • The Boy, The Mole, The Fox, and The Horse- Charlie Mackesy
  • The Husband’s Secret- Liane Moriarty
  • The Paris Wife- Paula McLain
  • The Color of Water- James McBride
  • Lord of the Rings- J.R.R. Tolkien

There you have a little glimpse into the random and extensive world of books worth reading. Please feel free to add to this list by commenting YOUR favorite reads below. 🙂

Thank you for being here.

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