Wednesday, May 31, 2017

130 + Books I Personally Recommend

I love to read and when I've read a good book, I can't wait to share it.

Lately on Facebook I've seen friends posting questions like, "I need some new books to read- Help!". And as much as I want to help them, I have this problem where after I've read a book and I've gone on to the next one, I forget the title, or the name of the author, or even the synopsis of the book I've just finished!

So I decided to finally get around to compiling a list of books that I have personally read and would recommend to others. I'm only including books that I think are worthy of your time to read. If the book was a dud or just mediocre, in my opinion, I'm not including it. That's not to say my taste in books will be the same as your taste, but hopefully you'll find some titles in this list that you will enjoy!

I'm linking them to Amazon so that you can read the synopsis and reviews.

And if you're looking for some authors that in general write good, entertaining, easy-reading books, I have read pretty much everything by the following authors: Jennifer Weiner, Jodi Picoult, Emily Giffin, Sophia Kinsella, John Grisham, and Nicholas Sparks. Some of their books are better than others, but I usually get excited when they have a new book coming out!

Oh, and the books with an * next to it are books that have been made into movies (always fun to read the book and then see the movie)!

So here are 100+ books I have read and would recommend:


All the Light We Cannot See (Anthony Doerr)

The Pillars of the Earth (Ken Follett)

11 *Gone Girl  (Gillian Flynn)

18 Caleb's Crossing: A Novel (Geraldine Brooks)

19 Year of Wonders: A Novel of the Plague (Geraldine Brooks)

26 At the Water's Edge: A Novel (Sara Gruen)

38 Memoirs of a Geisha: A Novel (Arthur Golden)

41 *Snow Falling on Cedars: A Novel (David Guterson)

44 The Ship of Brides: A Novel (Jojo Moyes)

62 Dear Mr. Knightley: A Novel (Katherine Reay)

67 Who Do You Love: A Novel (Jennifer Weiner)

68 *In Her Shoes: A Novel (Jennifer Weiner)

71 *A Time to Kill  (John Grisham)

75 Sea Glass: A Novel (Anita Shreve)

76 The Kitchen House (Kathleen Grissom)

77 Glory over Everything: Beyond The Kitchen House (Kathleen Grissom)

78 The Husband's Secret (Liane Moriarty)

79 Truly Madly Guilty (Liane Moriarty)

80 The Snow Child: A Novel  (Eowyn Ivey)

81 The Midwife's Revolt (The Midwife Series) (Jodi Daynard)

82 The Forgotten Garden: A Novel (Kate Morton)

83 *The Mountain Between Us (Charles Martin)

84 The Nest (Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney)

85 Missing, Presumed (Susie Steiner)

86 Small Great Things (Jodi Picoult)

87 Before the Fall (Noah Hawley)

88 A Man Called Ove: a novel (Fredrik Backman)

89 Our Own Country: A Novel (The Midwife Series) (Jodi Daynard)

90 Rose Under Fire (Elizabeth Wein)

91 The Fever Tree (Jennifer McVeigh)

92 The Life We Bury (Allen Eskens)

93 Take Me With You (Catherine Ryan Hyde)

94 The Women in the Castle: A Novel (Jessica Shattuck)

95 Into the Water (Paula Hawkins)

96 My (Not So) Perfect Life (Sophie Kinsella)

97 A Piece of the World (Christina Baker Kline)

98 The Horse Dancer (JoJo Moyes)

99 Flight of the Sparrow: A Novel of Early America (Amy Belding Brown)

100 Swimming Lessons (Claire Fuller)

101 The Impossible Fortress (Jason Rekulak)

102 The Orphan's Tale (Pam Jenoff)

103 Ordinary Grace (William Kent Krueger)

104 The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper (Phaedra Patrick)

105 The Status of All Things (Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke)

106 The Two-Family House (Lynda Cohen Loigman)

107 We Were the Lucky Ones (Georgia Hunter)

11 Foreign Correspondence: A Pen Pal's Journey from Down Under to All Over (Geraldine Brooks)

12 The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America (Erik Larson) 

13 Love with a Chance of Drowning (Torre DeRoche)

14 Tuesdays with Morrie: An Old Man, a Young Man, and Life's Greatest Lesson (Mitch Albom)

15 *Heaven is for Real (Todd Burpo)

16 *Miracles from Heaven: A Little Girl and Her Amazing Story of Healing  (Christy Wilson Beam)

17 *90 Minutes in Heaven: A True Story of Death and Life (Don Piper)

18 *In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex (Nathaniel Philbrick)

19 Choosing to SEE: A Journey of Struggle and Hope (Mary Beth Chapman)

20 I Will Carry You: The Sacred Dance of Grief and Joy (Angie Smith)

21 *Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl (Anne Frank)

22 *The Perfect Storm: A True Story of Men Against the Sea (Sebastian Junger)

23 Same Kind of Different As Me: A Modern-Day Slave, an International Art Dealer, and the Unlikely Woman Who Bound Them Together (Ron Hall)

I'll keep adding to this list as I read more!  And if you have any recommendations for me, please leave a comment below! I know there are some books that I've read and loved, but I can't remember the names (and I've tried searching for them)-- so maybe you'll help me out and remind me of some!

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