Thursday, August 8, 2013

the ever-updating ultimate list of really good books


My family and friends always always always asking me for book recommendations and I always blank so here it is, for my reference and yours, the ultimate list of really good things (from memoirs to graphic novels) that I've read:

REALISTIC/HISTORICAL FICTION (adult)
  • Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer
  • Everything Is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer
  • The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides
  • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Play It As It Lays by Joan Didion
  • This Is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz
  • Invisible Monsters by Chuck Palahniuk
  • In The Lake of the Woods by Tim O'Brien
  • If on a winter's night a traveler by Italo Calvino
  • A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan
  • The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides
  • The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien
  • The Last Temptation of Christ by Nikos Kazantzakis
  • Saturday by Ian McEwan
  • The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera
  • Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
  • The Color Purple by Alice Walker
  • Beloved by Toni Morrison
  • The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
  • The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  • Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
  • Remember Me by Sophie Kinsella
  • The Basic Eight by Daniel Handler
  • To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf
  • Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See
  • The Secret History by Donna Tartt
  • This Is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper
  • A Mercy by Toni Morrison
  • White Teeth by Zadie Smith
  • The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse by Louise Erdrich
DYSTOPIAN/SCI FI/FANTASY FICTION (adult)
  • The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
  • The Sirens of Titan by Kurt Vonnegut
  • Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
  • Deathless by Catherynne M. Valente
  • Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  • The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon
  • The Princess Bride by William Goldman
REALISTIC FICTION (young adult/children's)
  • The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
  • Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler
  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  • I am the Messenger by Markus Zusak
  • A Separate Peace by John Knowles
  • Mick Harte Was Here by Barbara Park
  • The Devil's Arithmetic by Jane Yolen
  • Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
  • Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech
  • The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton
  • Crank by Ellen Hopkins
  • Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
  • The Spectacular Now by Tim Tharp
  • Let's Get Lost by Adi Alsaid
  • A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket
  • The Disenchantments by Nina LaCour
  • How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff
  • Maggot Moon by Sally Gardner
  • The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider
  • The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson
  • Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira
  • The Last Days of Summer by Steve Kluger
  • Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
  • My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick
  • Since You've Been Gone by Morgan Matson
  • Amy & Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson
  • To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han
  • Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
DYSTOPIAN/SCI FI/FANTASY FICTION (young adult/children's)
  • A Wrinkle In Time by Madeleine L'Engle
  • His Dark Materials (trilogy: The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife, The Amber Spyglass) by Phillip Pullman
  • The Grisha (trilogy: Shadow & Bone, Siege & Storm, Ruin & Rising) by Leigh Bardugo
  • The Diviners (trilogy) by Libba Bray
  • The Gemma Doyle Trilogy (A Great and Terrible Beauty, Rebel Angels, The Sweet Far Thing) by Libba Bray
  •  Divergent (trilogy: Divergent, Insurgent, Allegiant) by Veronica Roth
  • Jinx by Meg Cabot
  • Avalon High by Meg Cabot
  • The Giver by Lois Lowry
  • Uglies (series: Uglies, Pretties, Specials, Extras) by Scott Westerfeld
  • The Hunger Games (trilogy: The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, Mockingjay) by Suzanne Collins
  • Inkheart (trilogy: Inkheart, Inkspell, Inkdeath) by Cordelia Funke
  • Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
  • The Lunar Chronicles (series: Cinder, Scarlet, Cress) by Marissa Meyer
  • Across the Universe by Beth Revis
  • The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer (trilogy) by Michelle Hodkin
ESSAYS/NONFICTION
  • Slouching Towards Bethlehem by Joan Didion (essays)
  • The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion
  • Bossypants by Tina Fey
  • Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom
  • The Opposite of Loneliness by Marina Keegan
  • I Feel Bad About My Neck by Nora Ephron
  • Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling
SHORT STORIES/COLLECTIONS
  • Will You Please be Quiet Please? by Raymond Carver (collection of short stories)
  • Pastoralia by George Saunders (collection of short stories)
  • A Good Man is Hard to Find by Flannery O'Connor (collection of short stories)
  • Twelve Impossible Things Before Breakfast by Jane Yolen (collection of short stories)
  • "A Temporary Matter" by Jhumpa Lahiri (from Interpreter of Maladies)
  • "On Seeing the 100% Perfect Girl One April Morning" by Haruki Murakami
  • "We Didn't" by Stuart Dybek
  • St. Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves by Karen Russell
POEMS
  • Crush by Richard Siken (collection of poems)
  • "Sonnet XVII" by Pablo Neruda
  • "somewhere I have never travelled, gladly beyond" by E. E. Cummings
  • "for women who are 'difficult' to love" by Warsan Shire
  • "Helen of Troy Does Countertop Dancing" by Margaret Atwood
  • "Every Thing On It" by Shel Silverstein
  • "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" by T. S. Eliot
  • "Lies I've Told My 3 Year Old Recently" by Raul Gutierrez
  • "Scars" by Rudy Francisco
  • "Having a Coke With You" by Frank O'Hara
  • "Mrs. Dahmer" by Sierra DeMulder
  • "Mad Girls Love" by Sylvia Plath
  • "Come Closer" by Anis Mojgani
  • "The Shipfitter's Wife" by Dorianne Laux
  • "Not Doing Something Wrong Isn't the Same as Doing Something Right" by Cristin O'Keefe
  • "Unrequited Love Poem" by Sierra DeMulder
  • "The Second Coming" by W.B. Yeats
  • "Hurling Crowbirds at Mockingbars" by Buddy Wakefield
  • "Beginning in an Ice Cream Truck and Ending in a Court Room" by Megan Falley
GRAPHIC NOVELS/MEMOIRS
  • Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel
  • Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh

1 comment:

  1. wow, this is so helpful thank you!! I feel really uneducated now because I haven't read very many books. Chuck Palahniuk is probably my favourite author, and I like the poem Porphyria's Lover by Robert Browning.
    Emilie x

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