Sunday, October 7, 2018

190 + Books I Personally Recommend (updated)

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)

108 Before We Were Yours (Lisa Wingate)

109 The Life She Was Given (Ellen Marie Wiseman)

110 The Rooster Bar (John Grisham)

111 Camino Island (John Grisham)

112 *Wonder (R.J. Palacio)

113 Big Little Lies (Liane Moriarty)

114 Little Fires Everywhere (Celeste Ng)

115 Column of Fire (Ken Follett)

116 The Other Alcott (Elise Hooper)

117 Manhattan Beach (Jennifer Egan)

118 The Necklace (Claire McMillan)

119 When I'm Gone (Emily Bleeker) 

120 Sulfar Springs (William Kent Krueger)

121 The Child (Fiona Barton) 

122 Beartown (Fredrick Backman) 

123 Ginny Moon (Benjamin Ludwig) 

124 Burntown (Jennifer McMahon)

125 The Stars are Fire (Anita Shreve)

126 Half-Broke Horses (Jennifer Walls)

127 These Is My Words: The Diary of Sarah Agnes Prine, 1881-1901 (Nancy Turner)

128 Sarah's quilt : the novel of Sarah Agnes Prine and the Arizona territories, 1906 (Nancy E. Turner)

129 Star Garden: a novel of Sarah Agnes Prine (Nancy E. Turner)

130 The House Girl (Tara Conklin)

131 The House at Riverton (Kate Morton)

132 My Name is Resolute (Nancy E. Turner)

133 The Diplomat's Wife (Pam Jenoff)

134 The Alice Network (Kate Quinn)

135 The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane (Lisa See)

136 A More Perfect Union (Jodi Daynard)

137 America's First Daughter (Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie)

138 The Kommandant's Girl (Pam Jenoff)

139 *The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows)

140  *The Thirteenth Tale (Diane Setterfield)

141 Beneath a Scarlet Sky (Mark Sullivan)

142 Shelter (Jung Yun)

143 The Summer Wives (Beatriz Williams)

144 The Other Einstein (Marie Benedict)

145 Elinor Oliphant is Completely Fine (Gail Honeyman)

146 Clock Dance (Anne Tyler)

147 The Tattooist of Auschwitz (Heather Morris)

148 Surprise Me (Sophie Kinsella)

149 Pachinko (Min Jin Lee)

150 All We Ever Wanted (Emily Giffin)

151 The hidden light of Northern fires : a novel /(Daren Wang)

152 My Dear Hamilton: A Novel of Eliza Schuyler Hamilton (Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie)

153 The Mountain Story (Lori Lansens)

154 Gateway to the Moon (Mary Morris)

155 The Perfect Mother (Aimee Molloy)

156 The Woman in the Window (A.J. Finn)

157 Still Me: A Novel -Me Before You Trilogy (JoJo Moyes)

158 The Wife Between Us (Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen)

159 The Keeper of Lost Things (Ruth Hogan)

160 The Great Alone (Kristin Hannah)

161 A Boy in Winter (Rachel Seiffert)

162 Love and other Consolation Prizes (Jamie Ford)

163 All the Missing Girls (Megan Miranda)

164 Salt to the Sea (Ruta Sepetys)

165 See What I Have Done (Sarah Schmidt)

166 The Lido (Libby Page)

167 White Chrysanthemum (Mary Lynn Bracht)

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)

24 Educated: a Memoir (Tara Westover)

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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  2. If you like Jennifer Weiner, I recommend "Good in Bed". I adored that one. Sophie Kinsella does the Shopaholic series and I really enjoyed those as well. I discovered Lori Wick in the last year or so and I have been borrowing her books from the library regularly. If you like historical romance with a Christian base, these are really good. I just finished reading The Knight and the Dove which takes place in 1500's England. Plymouth Library has a lot of her books!

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