Reader Recommended Books

You, dear readers, have spoken.  The list for favorite reads has been compiled and collected here for a quick print out to take to your bookstore, library, e-book download, or internet purchasing site.

This is a marvelous variety of titles.  And some books come recommended via the authors only.  Anything by Shakespeare, Janet Evanovich, Alice Hoffman, Sidney Sheldon, Rhonda Byrne, Dan Brown, Eoin Colfer, CS Lewis, Lemony Snickett, Holly Black, Neil Gaiman, William Goldman, Michael Connely, Robert Crais and of course, Charles Dickens.

One of our own tribe members, Melynda Fleury, has a book out if you like humor. 

“The Handmaid’s Tale” by Margaret Atwood.

“To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee.

“The Instruction; Living the Life Your Soul Intended” by Ainslie MacLeod

“Capitalism Hits the Fan; The Global Economic Meltdown and What to do About It” by Richard D. Wolff

“Boleto” by Alyson Hagy

“Trinity” by Leon Uris

“1Q84″ by Haruki Murakami

Thich Nhat Hanh book – I’m not sure which one as some are nonfiction based on mindfulness and the latest I found is a novel by this Monk from Vietnam.  I’d say you can’t go wrong with any of them.  But this is the novel:

Stephen King’s book on JFK.


“The Sense of An Ending” by Julian Barnes.

“Cures For Hunger” by Deni Bechard.

Madeline Miller’s “The Song of Achilles”

Ann Patchett’s “State of Wonder”.

Ursula K. LeGuin’s “EarthSea” series.

“The Help”by Kathryn Stockett

“The Time Traveler’s Wife” by Audrey Niffenegger

“Mrs. Kennedy and Me” by Clint Hill

“The Hunger Games” and “Mockingjay” by Suzanne Collins

“The Kite Runner” by Khaled Hosseini

“Geisha” by Jodi Cobb

“The Glass Castle” by Jeanette Walls – a truly great memoir about growing up with mentally unstable parents.

Hilary Mantel’s “A Place Of Greater Safety”

“They Fight Like Soldiers, They Die Like Children” by Romeo Dallaire

“The Bang Bang Club” by Steven Silver

“Steve Jobs” – biography

by Walter Isaacson

“Cognitive Surplus: Creativity and Generosity in a Connected Age” by Clay Shirky

Lonely Planet book on “Southeast Asia”

“David Copperfield” by Charles Dickens

“Wild Swans” by Jung Chang

Please add to this if you have thought of or discovered another favorite.



    1. Thank you! But I just compiled what you guys recommended, which is the best way to know that you are getting your hands on something that readers really like. A lot of copy and pasting going on here.

  1. Thank you lady! It is a pretty good book if I do say so myself. 🙂 I had to laugh when i saw David Copperfield by Charles Dickens. Those two names seem a bit of stretch together. haha..

      1. I have read to Kill a Mockingbird, a brilliant book.
        I have read a lot of Lonely Planet books and I have gone through their book on “Southeast Asia” I think their books are a must if you are visiting a particular country.
        I love anything that the Stephen King writes, I have not read his book on JFK though, so I will have to check that one out. 🙂

  2. Thanks for the list. I have a pile of books I want to read but I have already read many on your list. Books always makes an interesting topic for a blog post. I am going to do a couple of book reviews over the next couple of weeks. I always enjoy your posts! – Maureen

    1. I love that the readers responded with so many genres and a mixture of old and new, novel and nonfiction, biography and economics. Something for every mood.

  3. Great list, Renee! I already have some of these books in a pile by my bed, waiting…To Kill a Mockingbird is always a good recommendation. You can’t go wrong. Oh, and I see my all-time favorite, book is on your list, The Time Traveler’s Daughter. Absolutely loved it!

  4. I am about to finish State of Wonder–really enjoying it. The Hunger Games (Books 1 and 2), The Help, The Handmaid’s Tale–great. To Kill A Mockingbird, The Glass Castle, David Copperfield–GREAT. Some of my favorites: Beloved, The Red Tent, Poisonwood Bible, The History of Love, City of Thieves, Everything is Illuminated, The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down, anything by Donald Harington, Lamb, To the End of the Land, What is the What, The Crying Heart Tattoo.

    1. Don’t you find that reading the classics now, as opposed to being a teen in high school, allows so much more depth and meaning to come through the story? Glad to hear you enjoyed this one.

  5. Wow! What a great list of books! Some of these books are my favorite and in my reading list. But, unfortunately, I have not yet been able to go through these books. I wish one day I can manage my time to go through these books. I love reading, and I am so grateful to you for sharing this. 🙂

    I am going to bookmark this page. 🙂

    1. That’s why I copied and pasted all of the books recommended on the previous post to this one page – to make a nice list for bookmarking or printing. Makes it easy to find something good to read. Thanks.

  6. Yeah! A list! Cool.
    I’m right in the middle of a good book, it’s called: The Dogs of Bedlam Farm by Jon Katz.
    I bet you’ve either read it or have heard of it. I’m liking it a lot.
    I liked “The Secret Life of Bees'” by Sue Monk Kid.. Oh, and I loved “The Help” too.
    Have a great week!

  7. Oh my, what a wonderful list! Thank you for taking the time to compile such a varied and comprehensive grouping. I’ve read a few of those titles, and really enjoyed them. Looks like you picked some great ones, and I can’t wait to check them out!

  8. Great list Renee! I am going to save this list, so that in this life time I can finish all these books. I am a really slow reader, so It will take a lot of time, to finish all these books. Thanks for sharing this list.

    1. It is a long list, but I wanted to get as much variety as possible so that there is something for everyone. Plus, I didn’t want to leave out anyone’s favorite. Just report back, or do a review on your site as you read one or two of them. I’d be interested in your wonderful opinion.

  9. Renee, and what a wonderful list it is! With my trip to Spain coming up, this post couldn’t have come at a better time! I’ve read many of the books on your list and I highly recommend “The Handmaid’s Tale” and the classic, “To Kill a Mockingbird,” the latter being the Son’s favorite book of all time. Do you have any recommendations for books on writing? Thank you! 🙂

    1. Yes Bella, I do have a few that I have found helpful. Anne Lamott’s ‘Bird by Bird’, Stephen King’s ‘On Writing’, and anything by Julia Cameron such as ‘The Artist’s Way’ or ‘Vein of Gold’. Julia Cameron has a lot of exercises to inspire your writing and Stephen King gives a lot of tips about editing. I hope you’ll find these helpful. And enjoy your trip to Spain! Wow! How long will you be there?

      1. Renee, thank you for the recommendations! I’m sure I will find them very helpful. I’ve heard a lot of Stephen King’s book and frankly, I’m intrigued. Thank you for your well wishes. I hope to enjoy myself this summer! I’ll be there for six weeks! 🙂

  10. ~~~~Superb LIst. I’ve read several of those.
    Loooved “To Kill A Mockingbird & The Help.”

    Some of my faves are Lolita, Evening, Ariel, Pull of the Moon, & The Book Of Ruth.

    Thank You.

  11. As so many have said, great list, and thanks for all the suggestions. Let’s see, I love the Jan Karon books, “the Mitford series,” regency novels by Georgette Heyer (an amazing writer, these are not bodice rippers, but great fun historical fiction books) anything by CS Lewis, the Williamsburg novels by Elswyth Thane (these are old, maybe even out of print, but lovely books), love, love, love…anything by Jane Austen, Bill Bryson’s books, pretty much any of them…I could go on and on, but instead, I need to be buying a few of these books on your list for summer reading! ~ Sheila

  12. For decades I had been focused on non-fiction exclusively until I read To Kill A Mockingbird with my son a couple of years ago. What an amazing piece of writing. Since then, I’ve read several dozen novels.

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