John Green is a well-known author who has written several books that have been turned into movies. He has also written several articles and given many interviews in which he discusses his favorite books. The following is a list of some of the books that John Green has recommended.
A Beautifully Foolish Endeavor by Hank Green
In A Beautifully Foolish Endeavor, Hank Green has crafted a New Adult novel that is at once heart-wrenching and hopeful. Told in alternating points of view, the story follows two young people as they navigate love, loss, and learning to live with themselves.
Green has a gift for writing characters that feel like real people, and his use of humor and pop culture references will appeal to readers in their twenties and up.
A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James
Marlon James’ novel A Brief History of Seven Killings is a fictional account of the attempted assassination of Bob Marley in 1976. The book follows the lives of several characters leading up to and after the event, painting a picture of the political and social climate of Jamaica at the time.
The novel was inspired by a real-life incident, and James used interviews and research to bring authenticity to his story. The result is a complex and multi-layered tale that gives readers a glimpse into the country’s turbulent past.
A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara
Hanya Yanagihara’s A Little Life is a novel about four friends in New York City. The book follows their lives from college through their professional careers and into middle age. The novel examines the friends’ relationships with each other and with the world around them.
A Thousand Mornings by Mary Oliver
A Thousand Mornings is a collection of poems by Mary Oliver that was published in 2012. The book is divided into four sections, each containing a different season.
The first section, Spring, opens with the poem “First Poem of Spring.” In this poem, Oliver reflects on the joys of springtime, including the return of birds and flowers. She also celebrates the hope that springs eternal during this time of year.
Akata Warrior by Nnedi Okorafor
Nnedi Okorafor’s Akata Warrior is the story of a young girl named Sunny Nwazuruahu who discovers she has magical powers. Born in New York to Nigerian parents, Sunny always felt like she was different from other kids her age.
When she is accepted into a secret society of magicians, she finally feels like she belongs. With the help of her new friends, Orlu and Chima, Sunny must use her magic to stop an evil sorcerer who is terrorizing the city.
All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater
Since her debut novel in 2009, Maggie Stiefvater has enthralled readers with her stories of star-crossed love and unbreakable bonds.
In All the Crooked Saints, Stiefvater tells the story of a small town in Colorado called Bicho Raro whose residents have the ability to perform Miracles. When the Saint family moves to Bicho Raro, they are hoping to start fresh after a tragedy rocked their previous home.
But the Saints are not the only ones with secrets. The town is full of colorful characters who each have their own hidden pain. As the Saints try to help those around them, they begin to realize that even Miracles come at a cost.
All the Crooked Saints is a beautiful and heartbreaking novel about finding hope in dark places and learning to accept yourself for who you are.
Anastasia Krupnik (9 books) by Lois Lowry
Lois Lowry is the author of nine books in the Anastasia Krupnik series, which chronicles the life of a young girl growing up in 1970s and 1980s America.
Anastasia Krupnik is a precocious pre-teen who loves words, puns, and learning new things. She often gets lost in her own thoughts, and has a habit of asking people intrusive questions.
The first book in the series, Anastasia at This Address, was published in 1978. The most recent installment, Dreamland Social Club, was released in 2009.
Although the books are primarily aimed at children aged 9-12, they have been praised for their humor and wisdom by readers of all ages.
Are You My Mother? by Alison Bechdel
In Alison Bechdel’s “Are You My Mother?”, the author grapples with her complicated relationship with her mother.
Through a series of vignettes, Bechdel explores her mother’s life and their shared history. The result is a touching and nuanced portrait of a complex woman.
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe is a coming-of-age novel by Benjamin Alire Saenz.
The story follows Aristotle, a Mexican-American teenager, as he tries to figure out his place in the world. He befriends Dante, an Italian-American boy, and the two discover the secrets of the universe together.
Ball Don’t Lie by Matt de la Peña
In the novel Ball Don’t Lie, Matt de la Peña tells the story of a teenage boy named Starr who is trying to find his way in life.
Starr is a talented basketball player, but he has a lot of other things going on in his life that make it difficult for him to focus on basketball. The novel follows Starr as he tries to figure out what he wants to do with his life, and how he can use basketball to help him get there.
Beauty from Ashes by Eugenia Price
Eugenia Price’s novel, Beauty from Ashes, is the story of a woman’s journey to find herself. After a devastating fire destroys her home and all her possessions, she sets out on a quest to rebuild her life. Along the way, she discovers her true strength and beauty.
Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo
Katherine Boo’s Behind the Beautiful Forevers is an important book that sheds light on the realities of life in the slums of Mumbai.
The book tells the story of a group of people who live in a slum called Annawadi, and how they struggle to make ends meet. The book is eye-opening and provides insight into the lives of people who are often invisible to the rest of society.
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
In his book, Between the World and Me, Ta-Nehisi Coates explores what it means to be black in America. He delves into his own experiences growing up in Baltimore and how they have shaped his view of the world.
Coates also discusses how the history of racism in America has affected him and how it continues to affect black Americans today. This is an important book for anyone interested in exploring race relations in America.
Boot and Shoe by Marla Frazee
In “Boot and Shoe” by Marla Frazee, a dog and cat work together to open a shoe store. The dog, Boot, is the brains behind the operation, while the cat, Shoe, is the muscle. Together, they make a great team.
The story begins with Boot and Shoe finding a pair of shoes that are too big for them. They decide to open a store so that they can sell shoes to people who need them. They work hard to get the store up and running, and eventually, they become very successful.
Bossypants by Tina Fey
Tina Fey’s Bossypants is a hilarious and relatable book for anyone who has ever worked in an office. Fey uses her own life experiences to paint a picture of what it’s like to be a woman in a male-dominated industry.
Fey is candid about the challenges she’s faced as a woman in comedy, and she offers up some great advice for anyone who wants to achieve success in their career. Her book is funny, insightful, and empowering – everything you could want in a light-hearted read.
Boy Proof by Cecil Castellucci
In her novel Boy Proof, Cecil Castellucci takes the classic coming-of-age story and gives it a fresh twist. The protagonist, Egg, is a teenage girl who is trying to find her place in the world.
She’s not interested in boys or dating, but she’s also not quite sure how to be herself. As she navigates her way through high school and friendships, she starts to realize that being different isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Boy Proof is a smart and funny novel about growing up and learning to be comfortable in your own skin.
Calling a Wolf a Wolf by Kaveh Akbar
Kaveh Akbar’s poem “Calling a Wolf a Wolf” is a haunting and beautiful exploration of the speaker’s relationship to addiction and sobriety.
The speaker begins by calling addiction a “wolf,” but quickly realizes that this is not an accurate metaphor. Addiction, the speaker says, is more like a “long-standing lover.”
It is something that the speaker has always been close to, something that has always been part of their life. But despite the familiarity, the speaker knows that addiction is dangerous and destructive.
Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
J.D. Salinger’s novel The Catcher in the Rye follows Holden Caulfield, a teenager from New York City, who is kicked out of his prep school and subsequently takes a journey around America.
The Catcher in the Rye was published in 1951 and became an instant bestseller. It has since been translated into almost every language and is required reading in many high schools and colleges.
City of Clowns by Daniel Alarcón and Sheila Alvarado
Sheila Alvarado and Daniel Alarcón’s City of Clowns is a novel about a young man’s journey to find himself. Oscar Martinez is fresh out of college and uninterested in the family business, so he decides to leave his small town in Peru for the big city. There, he finds a job as a clown in a traveling circus.
Although he is initially resistant to the idea of donning a red nose and oversized shoes, Oscar eventually comes to enjoy his new career.
He finds that being a clown allows him to be someone else, someone who is not burdened by the expectations of others. As he travels with the circus from town to town, Oscar begins to understand more about himself and what he wants out of life.
City of Light, City of Poison by Holly Tucker
In her new book, City of Light, City of Poison, historian Holly Tucker tells the story of Paris in the 17th century.
It was a time when the city was known for its beauty and its culture, but it was also a time when the city was plagued by disease and poverty. Tucker tells the story of how Paris became one of the most beautiful cities in the world, and how it became a city of poison.
City of Thorns by Ben Rawlence
In his book City of Thorns, Ben Rawlence gives readers a glimpse into the lives of nine refugees living in Dadaab, Kenya – the world’s largest refugee camp.
Rawlence focuses on the stories of Ahmed, Guled, Nadifa, Hawa, Ifra, Nisho, Kheyro, Filsan and Haji – all of whom have fled violence and conflict in their home countries of Somalia, Ethiopia and Sudan.
The book tells of the struggles and hardships faced by these refugees on a daily basis – from finding enough food to eat and clean water to drink, to dealing with disease and illness. But it also highlights the strength and resilience of the human spirit in the face of adversity.
Counting Descent by Clint Smith
In “Counting Descent,” Clint Smith writes about the importance of counting one’s ancestors – not just for black Americans, but for everyone.
He argues that by understanding our history and where we come from, we can better understand ourselves and the world around us. Smith’s piece is both personal and political, and it offers a powerful look at the way our past shapes our present.
Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather
Death Comes for the Archbishop is a novel by Willa Cather. It was first published in 1927. The novel tells the story of Father Jean Marie Latour, a Catholic bishop, and his friend, Father Vital Grace Roux, as they travel through New Mexico in the late 1800s.
They face many challenges, including hostility from the Native Americans and Mexicans who live there. Despite these obstacles, they persevere in their mission to build a cathedral in Santa Fe.
Divergent by Veronica Roth
Divergent is a novel by Veronica Roth that was first published in 2011. The novel is set in a dystopian Chicago and follows Beatrice “Tris” Prior as she chooses which of five factions to join and tries to survive an attack on her life.
The book has been praised for its strong female protagonist and its exploration of themes such as identity, love, and betrayal. Divergent was the first book in The Divergent Trilogy, followed by Insurgent and Allegiant.
Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
The novel is set in the 1980s and tells the story of two teenage misfits who fall in love with each other. Eleanor is a 16-year-old girl who is overweight and has red hair. Park is a 17-year-old boy who is half-Korean and half-white.
Eleanor and Park meet on the school bus one day and they become friends. They start to fall in love with each other, but they keep their relationship a secret from their families and friends.
Eleanor & Park is a touching, funny, and heartbreaking novel about first love and self-discovery. It will appeal to readers of all ages.
Everybody Sees the Ants by A.S. King
A.S. King’s “Everybody Sees the Ants” tells the story of a teenage boy named Lucky Linderman who is dealing with some difficult life circumstances. Despite all of the challenges he faces, Lucky finds a way to cope and even thrive.
Lucky Linderman is a 15-year-old boy who has been through a lot in his short life. His father was killed in the Vietnam War when Lucky was just a baby, and his mother died shortly after that. Lucky’s grandfather has been raising him since then, but he is a very unhappy man.
Faithful and Virtuous Night by Louise Gluck
Louise Gluck’s Faithful and Virtuous Night is a beautifully written book that tells the story of a woman’s journey through life.
The book follows the main character, Faith, from her birth in 1867 to her death in 1934. Gluck does an amazing job of bringing Faith’s story to life, and readers will feel as if they are right there with her on her journey.
The book is divided into four sections, each representing a different stage in Faith’s life. The first section, “The Girlhood of Mrs. Faithful,” covers Faith’s early years up until she marries Mr. Faithful. In the second section, “The Wifehood of Mrs. Faithful,” we see Faith as a wife and mother. The third section, “The Motherhood of Mrs.
Falling In Love with Hominids by Nalo Hopkinson
Nalo Hopkinson’s “Falling In Love with Hominids” is a fascinating and humorous look at our human ancestors. Hopkinson offers a unique perspective on our shared history, one that is both insightful and delightful.
First & Then by Emma Mills
Emma Mills’s “First & Then” is a heartwarming story about family, love, and finding your place in the world. Devon Tennyson would rather spend her time reading Jane Austen and playing football with her best friend Cas, than worrying about boys and dating.
But when her older sister gets married and moves away, everything changes. Suddenly Devon is the only one left at home with her single dad–and she can’t help but feel a little lost.
Fly on the Wall by E. Lockhart
E. Lockhart’s Fly on the Wall follows the life of a high school student who is invisible. The student, who is never named, has the ability to fly and observe people without being seen. The story follows the student as they fly around their school and observe the people in their lives.
Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart
E. Lockhart’s Genuine Fraud is a story about con artists and the art of deception. The novel follows Jule, a young woman who has been trained by her adoptive father to be a master con artist.
When she meets Imogen, another con artist, the two women form a partnership that takes them on a wild ride of deceit and betrayal. While the novel is full of twists and turns, at its heart it is a story about friendship, trust, and the lengths we will go to for the people we love.
Gilead by Marilynne Robinson
Marilynne Robinson’s Gilead is a novel set in the fictional town of Gilead, Iowa, during the mid-twentieth century. The story is narrated by Reverend John Ames, a seventy-six-year-old Congregationalist minister who is dying of congestive heart failure.
Robinson explores themes of religion, morality, history, and family through Ames’s thoughts and memories.
Harry, A History by Melissa Anneli
Harry, A History is a book about the life of Harry Potter. The book starts with his early life, including his parents and their deaths, his years at Hogwarts, and his fight against Voldemort. Melissa Anneli does a great job of providing readers with an in-depth look at Harry’s life, both the good and the bad.
Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body by Roxane Gay
In her new memoir, “Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body,” Roxane Gay writes about her lifelong struggle with food and her body.
Gay’s memoir is both a harrowing and inspiring look at the way our society view’s women’s bodies, and how one woman has battled against the odds to love herself.
I Am Still Alive by Kate Alice Marshall
Kate Alice Marshall’s I Am Still Alive is a post-apocalyptic survival story about a teenage girl named Jess. Jess is stranded in the wilderness after her parents are killed by a bear, and she must use all her ingenuity and courage to stay alive.
The novel is both an exhilarating adventure and a thought-provoking examination of what it means to be human.
If I Stay by Gayle Forman
If I Stay is a young adult novel by Gayle Forman published in 2009. The story follows seventeen-year-old Mia Hall as she deals with the aftermath of a car accident that killed her parents and put her in a coma.
Mia is faced with a difficult decision: whether to wake up and live a life marked by her parent’s death or to “stay” with them in the afterlife. The novel explores themes of love, grief, and choice.
Immune by Philipp Dettmer
In his new book, Immune, Philipp Dettmer explores the topic of immunity in depth. He discusses how the immune system works and how it can be strengthened. He also covers the importance of good nutrition and exercise in maintaining a strong immune system.
Dettmer’s book is an excellent resource for anyone looking to learn more about immunity and how to keep their own immune system healthy. It is well-written and easy to understand, making it a great choice for both beginner and advanced readers alike.
Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace
David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest is a novel that has been both praised and critiqued for its length, depth, and density. For some, the book is a daunting task to undertake; for others, it is a beautifully written and rewarding work of fiction.
Regardless of where one falls on this spectrum, there are a few things that can be said about Infinite Jest with relative certainty.
Just Kids by Patti Smith
In her memoir Just Kids, Patti Smith chronicles her relationship with fellow artist Robert Mapplethorpe.
The two met as young adults in New York City in the 1960s and remained close friends until Mapplethorpe’s death in 1989.
Kendra by Coe Booth
Kendra by Coe Booth is a novel about a teenage girl living in the Bronx. Kendra is a smart and determined young woman, who is determined to make something of her life despite the challenges she faces.
The novel follows Kendra as she navigates her way through high school, dealing with issues like peer pressure, love, and family.
Kendra is an inspiring story about overcoming obstacles and following your dreams. It is sure to resonate with readers, especially those who are facing similar challenges in their own lives.
Leaving Atlanta by Tayari Jones
In Tayari Jones’s novel Leaving Atlanta, readers are introduced to a group of young friends growing up in Atlanta in the 1980s. The story centers on three main characters: narrator Atlanta native Radiance Johnson, her best friend Octavia Hendricks, and Octavia’s older brother Rodney.
Radiance, Octavia, and Rodney are all navigating the challenges of growing up in a city that is changing rapidly due to the influx of people moving there for work during the 1980s. The novel chronicles their friendships and how they change as they each face different obstacles.
Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
Celeste Ng’s novel, Little Fires Everywhere, tells the story of family, friendship, and secrets in a suburban town.
The book follows the lives of the Richardson family and their new tenant, Mia Warren. Mia is an artist and single mother who is struggling to make ends meet. She befriends the Richardsons’ daughter, Pearl, and they begin to form a close bond. However, when Pearl’s father finds out about Mia’s past, he sets out to destroy her.
Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
When it comes to Jane Austen’s novels, Mansfield Park is often overshadowed by the likes of Pride and Prejudice and Emma. However, Mansfield Park is a complex and nuanced story that deserves to be read and studied.
The novel tells the story of Fanny Price, a young girl who is sent to live with her wealthy relatives, the Bertrams, at their estate, Mansfield Park. Fanny is treated as inferior by most of the family, except for her cousin Edmund.
Matched by Ally Condie
In Matched, Ally Condie creates a dystopian world in which Society controls everything, even who you will love.
Cassia has always trusted Society to make the right choices for her: what to read, what to watch, and what to believe.
So when Xander’s face appears on-screen at her Matching ceremony, Cassia knows with complete certainty that he is her ideal mate…until she sees Ky Markham’s face flash for an instant before the screen fades to black.
Midnight Robber by Nalo Hopkinson
In “Midnight Robber,” Nalo Hopkinson tells the story of a young girl named Tan-Tan who is taken from her home on New Earth to be the new Midnight Robber.
The Midnight Robber is a figure who appears in carnival celebrations on New Earth, and Tan-Tan must learn the role quickly.
She is eager to please her father, who is the previous Midnight Robber, but she finds the role more difficult than she expected. Through her journey, Tan-Tan learns about herself and her place in the world.
Miracle’s Boys by Jacqueline Woodson
Woodson’s novel tells the story of three brothers living in Brooklyn, New York. Lafayette, Ty’ree, and Charlie are all trying to find their place in the world and figure out how to be a family again after their mother’s death.
The story follows them as they navigate life and try to find their way back to each other.
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
In Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, Ransom Riggs has created a fascinating and unique world. The book is told from the perspective of Jacob Portman, a 16-year-old boy who discovers a hidden world of children with special abilities living in a time loop.
The story is both exciting and heartwarming, and readers will be eager to see what happens next. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is the perfect blend of fantasy and reality, and it is sure to please readers of all ages.
My Wife Said You May Want to Marry Me by Jason B. Rosenthal
Jason B. Rosenthal’s book, “My Wife Said You May Want to Marry Me” is a heartwarming story about love and loss. Rosenthal’s wife, Amy Krouse Rosenthal, was diagnosed with cancer and given only a few months to live.
As she was nearing the end of her life, she asked her husband to write a dating profile for her, in case he decided to remarry after she was gone.
The book is equal parts moving and humorous, as Jason lovingly recounts his life with Amy and how their relationship changed after her diagnosis. He also writes honestly about the challenges of being a widower and single parent, and how he has navigated the dating world since Amy’s death.
No God but God by Reza Aslan
In his book, No God but God, Reza Aslan argues that Islam is not a religion of violence. He goes on to say that the Quran does not advocate for violence and that the Prophet Muhammad was a peaceful man.
Aslan also argues that there is a difference between Islam and Islamic extremism. He says that Islamic extremism is a political movement, not a religious one.
One of Us by Alice Domurat Dreger
Alice Domurat Dreger’s One of Us is a book about her experience as an intersex person. In it, she details her struggles with coming to terms with her body and her identity. She also discusses the social and medical treatment of intersex people, and how it has changed over the years.
One of Us is an important book for understanding the experience of intersex people, and the challenges they face in a society that often doesn’t understand or accept them.
Ordinary Beast by Nicole Sealey
In “Ordinary Beast,” Nicole Sealey offers readers a glimpse into the lives of three very different women. All three women are struggling with different aspects of their lives, but they all have one thing in common: they’re trying to find their way back to themselves.
They’re searching for something that’s been lost, and they’re not quite sure where to find it. But through their journey, they discover that the answer might be right in front of them all along.
Patina by Jason Reynolds
Jason Reynolds’s “Patina” tells the story of a twelve-year-old girl who is trying to find her place in the world. Patina is a track star and is determined to be the best.
However, she soon learns that there is more to life than just winning. Patina must learn to balance her love for running with her responsibilities at home and school. This coming-of-age story will inspire readers of all ages.
Persuasion by Jane Austen
In “Persuasion,” Jane Austen tells the story of Anne Elliott, a young woman who is persuaded by her family to reject the man she loves.
Through the course of the novel, Austen shows how persuasion can be used for both good and bad ends. In the end, Anne is able to find happiness despite the persuasive efforts of her family.
Piecing Me Together by Renée Watson
Renée Watson’s young adult novel, Piecing Me Together, is the story of Jade Butler, a black girl growing up in Portland, Oregon. Jade is a talented artist who has been accepted to a prestigious art school. However, she doesn’t feel like she fits in at her new school and is constantly feeling like an outsider.
Jade finds solace in her art and through her friendship with a boy named Mingus. Mingus helps Jade to see herself in a different light and to appreciate her own talent. Through their friendship, Jade begins to feel more confident about herself and her place in the world.
Playing the Moldovans at Tennis by Tony Hawks
In his book Playing the Moldovans at Tennis, Tony Hawks takes the reader on a hilarious journey as he sets out to play tennis against all of the countries in the world.
Hawks starts his quest in the tiny country of Moldova, where he quickly discovers that finding willing opponents is not going to be easy. Undeterred, he eventually finds a group of Moldovan men who are willing to take him on – even though they have never played tennis before.
Refugee by Alan Gratz
In his novel Refugee, Alan Gratz tells the stories of three different children forced to flee their homes. Josef is a Jewish boy living in 1930s Germany; Isabel is a Cuban girl in 1994, and Mahmoud is a Syrian boy in 2015. Though their situations are different, all three face danger and must find the courage to keep going.
Refugee is an important book for today’s readers. It shows us that the refugee experience is not one that only happens in other countries or to other people. It can happen anywhere, to anyone. And it reminds us of the importance of compassion and understanding.
Regarding the Pain of Others by Susan Sontag
In her book, Regarding the Pain of Others, Susan Sontag examines how people process and react to images of violence and suffering.
She looks at how our reactions are often shaped by cultural factors, such as whether we see the victims as part of our ingroup or outgroup. Sontag argues that we should be careful about how we use images of pain, lest we become desensitized to real suffering.
Round Ireland with a Fridge by Tony Hawks
In his book Round Ireland with a Fridge, Tony Hawks chronicles his hilarious journey around the Emerald Isle with a fridge in tow.
It all started as a drunken bet. Hawks bet his friend that he could circumnavigate Ireland within a month, with the added challenge of bringing a fridge along for the ride.
What ensues is a madcap adventure filled with interesting characters, close calls, and plenty of Guinness. Hawks’s account of his journey is laugh-out-loud funny and sure to appeal to anyone who enjoys travel tales with a side of humor.
Show Way by Jacqueline Woodson
In Jacqueline Woodson’s novel Show Way, the author tells the story of a family of women who are all connected by the quilts they make.
The quilts become a symbol of their love and strength, and a way for them to express themselves. The book follows the lives of these women through history, from slavery to the present day.
Woodson’s novel is not only a story about the strength of women, but also about the power of tradition.
The quilts in the novel are more than just pieces of fabric; they represent the history and culture of the African-American community. By telling this story, Woodson shows us the importance of keeping our traditions alive.
Solo by Kwame Alexander and Mary Rand Hess
Kwame Alexander’s Solo is a novel in verse about a teenage boy named Blade, who is grappling with the recent death of his father. Hess’s book is a collection of essays about her experience as a solo parent. Both authors explore the challenges and joys of raising children on their own.
Alexander and Hess offer readers a unique perspective on parenting. Their stories are both personal and relatable, and provide insight into the challenges and rewards of raising children alone.
Space Struck by Paige Lewis
In her new book, “Space Struck,” Paige Lewis tells the story of her experience with anxiety and how it has affected her life.
Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
It’s been over a decade since Laurie Halse Anderson’s young adult novel Speak was first published, yet its message is still as relevant and important as ever.
The story follows Melinda Sordino, a high school freshman who is raped at a party and then ostracized by her classmates. Through Melinda’s eyes, Anderson shows the reader the harsh reality of rape and its aftermath.
SPQR: A History History of Ancient Rome by Mary Beard
In her book SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome, Mary Beard tells the story of Rome from its humble beginnings as a small village on the Tiber River to its rise as one of the most powerful empires in history.
She chronicles the city’s transformation from a republic ruled by elected officials to an empire ruled by a single ruler, and the many challenges it faced along the way.
Story of a Girl by Sara Zarr
Sara Zarr’s novel, Story of a Girl, is the story of 13-year-old Deanna Lambert, who is trying to navigate the complicated world of adolescence.
After she is caught performing oral s^x on her older brother’s friend, she becomes an outcast at school and in her small town.
As Deanna struggles to find her place in the world, she must also deal with her family’s dysfunction and her own emerging sexuality.
Sula by Toni Morrison
Sula is a novel by Toni Morrison that was first published in 1973. The book tells the story of two African-American friends, Nel and Sula, who live in the fictional town of Medallion, Ohio.
The novel explores the themes of friendship, betrayal, and guilt. It is considered to be one of Morrison’s most important works.
Symphony for the City of the Dead by M.T. Anderson
M.T. Anderson’s Symphony for the City of the Dead is a powerful and moving work that explores the human capacity for hope and resilience in the face of tragedy.
The book tells the story of the Siege of Leningrad during World War II, when Nazi Germany blockaded the city for over two years, leading to the deaths of hundreds of thousands of civilians from starvation and exposure.
Against this backdrop, Anderson chronicles the efforts of Dmitri Shostakovich, one of Russia’s most celebrated composers, to write a symphony that would honor the memory of those who had perished.
The result was his Seventh Symphony, which was performed by an orchestra made up of survivors of the siege in front of a massive crowd in 1942.
Telegraph Avenue by Michael Chabon
In Telegraph Avenue, Michael Chabon tells the story of two friends who own a used record store in Berkeley, California.
The book is set in 2004, and follows the lives of the store’s owners, Archy Stallings and Nat Jaffe, as they try to keep their business afloat amid changing times.
Telegraph Avenue is a nostalgic look at a bygone era, when record stores were a haven for music lovers and a place where people could connect with others who shared their passion. It’s also a sad tale of friendship and betrayal, as Archy and Nat’s relationship is tested by both personal and professional rivals.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes is a collection of twelve short stories by Arthur Conan Doyle, first published on 14 October 1892. It contains the first eleven stories featuring the detective Sherlock Holmes which had been published in The Strand Magazine from July 1891 to June 1892.
The last story, “The Adventure of the Final Problem”, features Holmes’s nemesis Professor Moriarty and leads directly to Holmes’s apparent death at Reichenbach Falls.
While all the stories are interesting and suspenseful, a few are particularly memorable. In “A Scandal in Bohemia”, we are introduced to Irene Adler, the only woman who has ever bested Holmes.
In “The Red-Headed League”, an unlikely criminal scheme is uncovered. And in “The Adventure of the Speckled Band”, one of fiction’s most diabolical villains meets his match.
The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach
Chad Harback’s novel The Art of Fielding is a coming-of-age story about a young man named Henry who attends a small college in Wisconsin on a baseball scholarship.
The book follows Henry as he deals with the pressure of being a star player, the death of his father, and his romantic feelings for his teammate, Mike. The Art of Fielding is a touching and funny novel that will resonate with anyone who has ever played or loved baseball.
The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing by M.T. Anderson
In The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, M.T. Anderson tells the story of a young African-American boy who is raised as part of a scientific experiment in the late 18th century.
Octavian is born into slavery, but he is different from other slaves because he is educated and has a special relationship with his owner, Mrs. Wheatley. When the American Revolution begins, Octavian’s world is turned upside down and he must find his own way in a new world that does not value him as a human being.
The Bad Food Bible by Aaron Carroll
There are a lot of food rules out there. Some say you should never eat after 7pm. Others say breakfast is the most important meal of the day.
Then there are those who swear by cutting out carbs or eating only organic foods. With so many conflicting messages, it’s hard to know what to believe.
In his book The Bad Food Bible, Dr. Aaron Carroll takes a closer look at some of the most popular food rules to see if there’s any scientific evidence to support them.
The Ballad of the Whiskey Robber by Julian Rubinstein
Julian Rubenstein’s The Ballad of the Whiskey Robber is the story of Attila Ambrus, a Hungarian immigrant who became a notorious bank robber in the early 1990s. Rubenstein chronicles Ambrus’s life of crime, from his first robbery to his eventual capture and imprisonment.
The Ballad of the Whiskey Robber is an amusing and fascinating read, due in large part to Rubenstein’s skillful storytelling. He paints a vivid picture of Ambrus and his criminal exploits, making for a page-turning read. In addition, Rubenstein provides readers with an insight into the mind of a criminal, which makes for an interesting psychological study.
Overall, The Ballad of the Whiskey Robber is a well-written and enjoyable book that is sure to appeal to fans of true crime stories.
The Blinding Absence of Light by Tahar Ben Jelloun
In “This Blinding Absence of Light,” Tahar Ben Jelloun tells the story of a man who is imprisoned in total darkness. The man, who is not named, is put in a cell with no windows and no light. He is given food and water, but he is not allowed to speak to anyone.
The only human contact he has is with the guards who take him to the bathroom and give him his meals. The man slowly goes mad in the darkness and starts to believe that he is made of light.
The Blood of the Lamb by Peter De Vries
The Blood of the Lamb is a moving and powerful story that will stay with readers long after they have finished it. De Vries has created a complex and unforgettable cast of characters who are all struggling to survive in a time of great turmoil.
The novel is an important work of historical fiction that sheds light on a little-known period in history.
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
The Book Thief is a historical fiction novel by Markus Zusak. The book is set in Nazi Germany during World War II. The story is narrated by Death and follows the story of Liesel Meminger, a young girl who is taken in by a foster family after her parents are killed.
Liesel becomes a thief and starts stealing books from the Nazis, which she then shares with her neighbors. The book has been praised for its use of language, characters, and historical setting.
The Boy in the Black Suit by Jason Reynolds
In “The Boy in the Black Suit,” Jason Reynolds tells the story of a teenage boy named Steve who is trying to grapple with the death of his mother. Steve finds solace in working at a local funeral home, where he learns about the importance of honoring those who have passed away.
Ultimately, Steve comes to terms with his mother’s death and finds a way to move forward. Reynolds’ novel is a touching and insightful exploration of grief, love, and hope.
The Cholera Years by Charles E. Rosenberg
Charles E. Rosenberg’s book The Cholera Years is a detailed account of the cholera pandemics that struck North America in the early 19th century. Rosenberg draws on a wealth of primary sources to paint a vivid picture of the devastation caused by the disease, as well as the heroic efforts of medical professionals and ordinary citizens to combat it.
The first cholera pandemic hit New York City in 1832, and within weeks had spread to other major cities along the East Coast.
The disease rapidly claimed the lives of thousands of people, including many who were previously healthy and robust. The scenes of death and suffering that resulted were unlike anything that had been seen before.
The Color Purple by Alice Walker
Alice Walker’s The Color Purple is a novel about an African American woman’s journey to find her identity.
The story follows Celie, a young girl who is abused by her father and married off to a man she doesn’t love. Through the course of the novel, Celie grows and learns to love herself. The Color Purple is a story of hope and resilience in the face of adversity.
The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart
Frankie Landau-Banks is a book by E. Lockhart that tells the story of a teenage girl who rebels against the expectations of her wealthy, preppy family.
Frankie becomes a master manipulator and prankster, using her wit and charm to get what she wants. While the book has been praised for its funny and relatable characters, it has also been criticized for its depiction of teenage girls.
The Emperor of all Maladies by Siddhartha Mukherjee
The Emperor of all Maladies is a biography of cancer by Siddhartha Mukherjee. The book was published in 2010 and won the Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction in 2011.
The book chronicles the history of cancer from its earliest known origins to the present day. Mukherjee draws on his own experience as a cancer doctor to provide a unique perspective on the disease.
The Emperor of all Maladies is an important book for anyone interested in the history of cancer or in understanding the current state of cancer research.
The Enormous Room by E.E. Cummings
In 1922, E.E. Cummings published The Enormous Room, a semi-autobiographical account of his experience in a French World War I internment camp. The book was met with critical acclaim and established Cummings as an important voice in American literature.
The Enormous Room is set in the summer of 1917, when Cummings was 20 years old and living in Paris. He was arrested by the French authorities on suspicion of being a spy and interned in a detention camp outside the city.
Cummings spent nearly three months in the camp, during which time he experienced firsthand the brutality and inhumanity of war.
The First Rule of Punk by Celia C. Pérez
Celia C. Perez’s The First Rule of Punk is a book about a young girl learning to be herself and finding her place in the world. It’s a coming-of-age story with a punk rock twist, and it’s sure to resonate with anyone who’s ever felt like they didn’t quite fit in.
Perez weaves a relatable tale of self-discovery, complete with all the ups and downs that come with it. The First Rule of Punk is an important book for today’s youth, and one that should be required reading for anyone who’s ever felt lost or alone.
The Flamethrowers by Rachel Kushner
The Flamethrowers, by Rachel Kushner, is a novel set in the late 1970s about a young woman named Reno who arrives in New York City from the West Coast. She is drawn into the art world and the world of underground racing. The novel explores themes of identity, sexuality, feminism, and violence.
Kushner’s writing has been praised for its lyrical style and for its insights into the human condition. The Flamethrowers has been compared to the work of Vladimir Nabokov and Milan Kundera.
The General in His Labyrinth by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s The General in His Labyrinth is a story about a man who is trying to come to terms with his past. The general is an aging, former dictator who is dying of cancer. He decides to retrace his life by taking a journey down the river that runs through his country.
Along the way, he meets people who knew him when he was young and they help him to remember his life. The general comes to realize that he has made many mistakes and that he is not the hero that he thought he was.
The Golden Rule by Ilene Cooper
It’s never too late to learn The Golden Rule. That’s the message of Ilene Cooper’s new book, which explores the history and meaning of the popular saying.
The Golden Rule is a simple but powerful idea that has been around for centuries. It says that we should treat others the way we want to be treated. This simple message has been interpreted in many different ways, but it always comes back to treating others with kindness and respect.
The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling
The Harry Potter series is one of the most popular book series of all time. The books follow the adventures of young wizard Harry Potter as he attends Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, makes close friends and powerful enemies and struggles against the evil forces that seek to defeat him and conquer the wizarding world.
The series has been praised for its imaginative story, complex characters, and suspenseful plot. It has also won numerous awards, including the British Book Award, the Hugo Award, and the Carnegie Medal.
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
The Hate U Give is a YA novel by Angie Thomas. It was published in February of 2017 by HarperCollins.
The book is inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement and tells the story of a black girl who witnesses the shooting of her unarmed friend by a police officer.
The book has received critical acclaim, with many reviewers calling it a must-read for teens and adults alike. The Hate U Give has also been praised for its realistic portrayal of police violence and its exploration of race relations in America.
The Inexplicable Logic of My Life by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
In his new novel, “The Inexplicable Logic of My Life,” Benjamin Alire Sáenz explores the coming-of-age of Sal Garcia, a gay Mexican-American teenager in El Paso, Texas.
Sáenz’s novel is a poignant and often funny exploration of what it means to be a teenager searching for identity. Sal is a complex and fully realized character who readers will instantly recognize and empathize with.
Sáenz expertly captures the feeling of being an outsider in both the Hispanic and LGBT communities. Sal is constantly struggling to find where he belongs, and this struggle is at the heart of the novel.
The King Is Always Above the People by Daniel Alarcón
Daniel Alarcón’s The King Is Always Above the People is a collection of stories about life in an unnamed South American country that is struggling to recover from years of dictatorship.
The book offers a glimpse into the everyday lives of the country’s citizens, from the point of view of those who are trying to rebuild their lives after the regime has fallen.
Alarcón paints a picture of a country where the lines between right and wrong are often blurred, and where people are struggling to find their footing in a new, uncertain world.
The stories in the book range from humorous to tragic, but all offer a glimpse into the complex reality of life in a country that is still coming to terms with its past.
The Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Peña
CJ and his grandma take the bus every Sunday after church. It’s their time together. Even though CJ doesn’t like riding the bus, he knows that his grandma does. So he goes along with it.
One day, after church, they get on the bus as usual. But this time, CJ notices things he’s never noticed before. He sees the people who ride the bus every day and how they interact with each other. He also notices the things around him that he’s never paid attention to before.
The Last Summer of Reason by Tahar Djaout
In “The Last Summer of Reason”, Tahar Djaout tells the story of a man’s journey to find meaning in a world that is increasingly difficult to understand.
The protagonist, Algerian-born French journalist Malik El Djamil, is struggling to make sense of the terrorist attacks that have rocked Paris and his homeland.
Malik turns to his friend, Rachid, for guidance, but Rachid has become a recluse since the death of his wife.
The Magicians by Lev Grossman
The Magicians is a book by Lev Grossman that was first published in 2009. The book follows the story of Quentin Coldwater, a young man who discovers he has the ability to do magic.
Quentin joins a secret society of magicians and attends a school for magicians, where he learns about the dark side of magic. The Magicians is a fantasy novel that has been compared to the Harry Potter series.
The Man Who Couldn’t Stop by David Adam
In “The Man Who Couldn’t Stop,” David Adam tells the story of his lifelong battle with obsessive-compulsive disorder.
Adam’s OCD manifests itself in a need to perform compulsive rituals, which can be both physical and mental.
These rituals can be as simple as washing his hands or as complex as spending hours each day meticulously planning his schedule.
Adam has spent much of his life trying to hide his disorder from others, but it has always been a struggle.
The Matchstick Castle by Keir Graff
The Matchstick Castle is a book by Keir Graff. It is a story about a boy who finds a castle made out of matchsticks.
The boy decides to take the castle home and live in it. The book is illustrated with pictures of the castle and the boy living in it.
The Optimist’s Daughter by Eudora Welty
The Optimist’s Daughter is a novel by Eudora Welty, published in 1972. It tells the story of Laurel Hand, a young woman who returns to her hometown of Mississippi after her father, a judge, dies. The novel won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1973.
The People in the Trees by Hanya Yanagihara
The People in the Trees is a novel by Hanya Yanagihara that was published in 2013. The book tells the story of Norton Perina, a scientist who discovers a new fungus on a remote Micronesian island that has the ability to prolong life. Despite his success, Norton’s life is fraught with tragedy and heartbreak.
The novel has been praised for its complex characters and emotionally charged storytelling. Yanagihara’s debut novel received widespread critical acclaim and was named one of the best books of the year by several publications.
The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen
In her novel The Truth About Forever, Sarah Dessen explores the idea of what it means to be forever changed by the loss.
Macy is a high school senior who has been trying to numb herself to the pain of her mother’s death for the past year.
She numbs herself through work, food, and keeping busy. When she meets Wes, a boy who has been through his own tragedy, Macy starts to see that maybe numbing herself is not the answer. Maybe learning to live with the pain is the key to moving on.
The Untelling by Tayari Jones
The Untelling is a novel by Tayari Jones that was published in 2005. It tells the story of a woman named Celestial who is struggling to come to terms with her role in a tragic event from her past.
The novel has been praised for its complex and nuanced exploration of race, gender, and class in America.
The Unthinkable Thoughts of Jacob Green by Joshua Braff
Joshua Braff’s novel, The Unthinkable Thoughts of Jacob Green, follows the life of its titular character as he tries to make sense of his place in the world.
Jacob is a young man with autism spectrum disorder who has a prodigious memory and an affinity for numbers. He spends his days working at his father’s accounting firm and the rest of his time obsessively cataloging everything he knows in a series of notebooks.
The Water Will Come by Jeff Goodell
In his book, “The Water Will Come,” Jeff Goodell paints a stark picture of the future of our planet.
The title refers to the rising seas that will inundate coastal cities around the world, and Goodell makes it clear that this is not just a problem for the future – it’s happening now.
The White Boy Shuffle by Paul Beatty
In “The White Boy Shuffle,” Paul Beatty tells the story of how he, a black boy growing up in Los Angeles, comes to learn and adopt the white boy shuffle.
Thirsty by M.T. Anderson
M.T. Anderson’s “Thirsty” is a dark and twisted tale of a vampire’s insatiable hunger for blood. The story follows the vampire as he hunts for his next victim, and the gruesome details of his kills are sure to send chills down your spine.
If you’re looking for a horror story that will keep you up at night, “Thirsty” is definitely one to check out.
This Bloody Mary Is The Last Thing I Own by Jonathan Rendall
Jonathan Rendall was born in England and moved to Australia when he was six years old. He is the author of This Bloody Mary Is The Last Thing I Own, a book about his experience of moving back to England and trying to find a place to call home.
Rendall writes about his experiences with humor and candor, and his book is full of observations about British culture and the differences between England and Australia. He also shares his struggles with mental health, addiction, and relationships.
To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis
The book is set in the time-traveling Oxford of 2054, where historian Ned Henry is sent on a series of short trips to gather material for his work on The Victorian Age in 20th-century England.
However, Ned’s research is disrupted by a series of mishaps, which eventually lead him and his colleagues to investigate a mystery surrounding the death of an important figure from Victorian times.
To Say Nothing of the Dog is a witty and charming novel that combines elements of science fiction, mystery, and romance.
Tyrell by Coe Booth
Tyrell is a novel by Coe Booth that was published in 2006. The book follows the story of Tyrell, a 16-year-old boy who is trying to survive on the streets of New York City.
Tyrell has been in and out of foster care for most of his life, and he’s never really had a place to call home. He’s constantly hustling just to get by, and he’s not sure if he can ever make it out of the ghetto alive.
Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
Uglies is a book series by Scott Westerfeld. It is set in a future world where everyone is considered ugly until they turn 16 when they are given an operation to become pretty.
The main character of the series is Tally Youngblood. She is just about to turn 16, and is looking forward to her operation. However, she soon discovers that there is more to being pretty than she thought.
Valiant: A Modern Tale of Faerie by Holly Black
Valiant is a modern tale of Faerie by Holly Black. It tells the story of Val, a faerie who is taken in by a human family after she is orphaned.
Val is determined to find her place in the world and to prove that she is just as good as any other faerie. Along the way, she makes friends and enemies, and learns about the true nature of faeries.
We Are Okay by Nina LaCour
Nina LaCour’s “We Are Okay” is a heart-wrenching story about loss, love, and moving on. Marin has just lost her grandfather, the only family she’s ever known.
She’s about to start her freshman year of college, far away from home. And she’s struggling to cope with it all. LaCour captures the raw emotion of grief and the power of human connection in this beautifully written novel.
Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple
In Where’d You Go, Bernadette, Maria Semple tells the story of Bernadette Fox, a brilliant architect and dedicated mother who mysteriously disappears just before a family trip to Antarctica.
As the novel unfolds through a series of emails, letters, and journal entries, it becomes clear that Bernadette is a woman who is deeply unhappy with her life.
She’s struggling to find meaning in her work as an architect and feeling overwhelmed by the demands of motherhood.
Why Fish Don’t Exist by Lulu Miller
Lulu Miller’s book “Why Fish Don’t Exist” is a fascinating read that explores the world of ichthyology, or the study of fish.
The book dives into the history of this field of science and how it has changed over time. It also looks at some of the most famous ichthyologists and their discoveries.
Will You Miss Me When I’m Gone by Mark Zwonitzer
It’s been said that we never truly appreciate what we have until it’s gone. This certainly rings true when it comes to the people in our lives. We often take for granted the relationships we have with family, friends, and even co-workers. But what happens when one of these people is no longer there? Will you miss them when they’re gone?
Mark Zwonitzer’s book, “Will You Miss Me When I’m Gone?”, explores this question through a series of interviews with those who have lost someone close to them. The book gives readers an intimate look at how different people deal with grief and how they cope with the loss of a loved one.
Zwonitzer shares the stories of both famous and ordinary people who have experienced this type of loss. He also includes his own personal story of losing his father.
Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
The novel begins in 1527 when King Henry VIII of England has been married to Catherine of Aragon for 18 years and has only one child, a daughter named Mary.
Henry is desperate for a son, but Catherine is unable to have any more children. Henry asks his advisors if there is anything that can be done, and they tell him that he can either get a divorce or an annulment.
You Are an Artist by Sarah Urist Green
Sarah Urist Green is an artist, and she believes that everyone is an artist. She says that art is not just about painting or sculpting – it’s about creativity and self-expression.
Everyone has their own unique way of seeing the world, and their own creative voice. It’s up to each individual to find their own way of expressing it. Sarah urges people to be brave and try new things because that’s how we grow as artists.