To read my review of these books, just click on the title. 


One Hundred Books I Think Everyone Should Read.


Biographies and Memoirs

And Then I Became a Mother (Robin Kramer)

Bringing up Bebe: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting (Pamela Druckerman)

The Dirty Life:  A Memoir of Farming, Food, and Love(Kristin Kimball)

Educating ESME: Diary of a Teacher’s First Year (Esme Raji Codell)

Growing a Farmer: How I Learned to Live Off the Land (Kurt Timmermeister)

Love in a Time of Homeschooling: a Mother and Daughter’s Uncommon Year (Laurie Brodie)

On Writing (Stephen King)

Such a Pretty Fat (Jennifer Lancaster)

The Quarter-Acre Farm (Spring Warren)

Waiting for Birdy: A Year of Frantic Tedium, Neurotic Angst, and the Wild Magic of Growing a Family (Catherine Newman)


Children’s books

Anne of Green Gables (L. M. Montgomery)

Ballet Shoes (Noel Streatfeild)

Chains (Lauri Halse Anderson)

Charlotte’s Web (E.B. White)

Emily of New Moon (L. M. Montgomery)

The Graveyard Book (Neil Gaiman)

The Great Brain (John. D. Fitzgerald)

Greenglass House (Kate Milford)

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (J.K. Rowling)

Holes (Louis Sachar)

How Your Body Works: The Ultimate Guide (Thomas Canavan)

Island of the Blue Dolphins (Scott O’Dell)

James and the Giant Peach (Roald Dahl)

Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus (Barbara Park)

Little House in the Big Woods (Laura Ingalls Wilder)

The Real Boy (Anne Ursu)

The Wind in the Willows (Kenneth Grahame)

Witch of Blackbird Pond (Elizabeth George Speare)



The Count of Monte Cristo (Alexandre Dumas)

East of Eden (John Steinbeck)

How Green was my Valley (Richard Llewellyn)

Northanger Abbey (Jane Austen)


Contemporary Fiction

Attachments (Rainbow Rowell)

Big Little Lies (Liane Moriarty)

The Borrower (Rebecca Makkai)

Ella Minnow Pea (Mark Dunn)

Elizabeth is Missing (Emma Healey)

Gone Girl (Gillian Flynn)

Joy for Beginners (Erica Bauermeister)

One Day (David Nicholls)

One for the Money (Janet Evanovich)

The Prince of Tides (Pat Conroy)

Revenge of the Middle Aged Woman (Elizabeth Buchan)

The Shell Seekers (Rosamunde Pilcher)

The Spellman Files (Lisa Lutz)

Standing in the Rainbow (Fannie Flagg)

Tell the Wolves I’m Home (Carol Rifka Brunt)

The Third Wife (Lisa Jewell)

Texts From Jane Eyre (Mallory Ortberg)

Three Wishes (Liane Moriarty)

Wishful Thinking (Kamy Wiscoff)


Historical Fiction

And Ladies of the Club (Helen Hoover Santmyer)

An Inquiry into Love and Death (Simone St. James)

The Buddha in the Attic (Julie Otsuka)

Edenbrooke (Julianne Donaldson)

Family Album (Danielle Steele)

The Forgotten Garden (Kate Morton)

The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox (Maggie O’Farrell)



The Beautiful Mystery (Louise Penny)

Still Life (and others in the Inspector Armand Gamache series) (Louise Penny)

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie (Alan Bradley) and don’t forget the other Flavia de Luce  books:  The Weed that Strings the Hangman’s BagA Red Herring Without Mustard, and I am Half-Sick of Shadows.



Columbine (Dave Cullens)

Fast Food Nation (Eric Schlosser)

Home Dairy with Ashley English (Ashley English)

The Homemade Pantry: 101 Foods You Can Stop Buying & Start Making (Alana Chernila)

NurtureShock: New Thinking About Children (Po Bronson, Ashley Merryman)

Pick Another Checkout Lane, Honey (Joanie Demer & Heather Wheeler)

The Poisoner’s Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York (Deborah Blum)


Salt, Sugar, Fat (Michael Moss)

Young House Love (Sherry & John Petersik)


Picture Books

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (Judith Viorst)

Alice the Fairy (David Shannon)

Bad Kitty (Nick Bruel)

Betty Bunny Loves Chocolate Cake (Michael B. Kaplan)

Click Clack Moo:  Cows That Type (Doreen Cronin)

Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! (Mo Willems)

How Santa Got His Job (Stephen Krensky)

The Invisible Boy (Trudy Ludwig)

I Was So Mad (Mercer Mayer)

King Bidgood’s in the Bathtub (Audrey Wood)

The Paper Bag Princess (Robert Munsch)

Pete and Pickles (Berkeley Breathed)

Prudence Wants a Pet (Cathleen Daly)

Rules of Summer (Shaun Tan)

The Santa Trap (Jonathan Emmett)

Unicorn Thinks He’s Pretty Great (Bob Shea)



Supernatural or Magical Realism

The Peach Keeper (by Sarah Addison Allen)

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (Seth Grahame-Smith)

Chicagoland Vampire series (Chloe Neill)

Chocolat (Joanne Harris)

Dead Witch Walking (Kim Harrison)

The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August (Claire North)

The Historian (Elizabeth Kostova)

The House on Tradd Street (Karen White)

It (Stephen King)

The Kate Daniel Series/ Magic Bites (Ilona Andrews)

The Mercedes Thompson series (Patricia Briggs)

The Morganville Vampire series (Rachel Caine)

The Passage (Justin Cronin)

The River of No Return (Bee Ridgway)

‘Salem’s Lot (Stephen King)

The Stand (Stephen King)

Soulless (Gail Carriger)

The Strange Angels series (Lili St. Crow)

Sunshine (Robin McKinley)

Tam Lin (Pamela Dean)

The Winter Witch (Paula Brackston)

The Woman in Black (Susan Hill)

Written in Red (Anne Bishop)


Young Adult novels

A Little Something Different (Sandy Hall)

Are You in the House Alone? (Richard Peck)

Beauty Queens (Libba Bray)

Before I Fall (Lauren Oliver)

Curtsies & Conspiracies (Gail Carriger)

Department Nineteen (Will Hill)

Eleanor and Park (Rainbow Rowell)

Elsewhere (Gabrielle Zevin)

Etiquette and Espionage (Gail Carriger)

The Fault in Our Stars (John Green)

The Giver (Lois Lowry)

Hex Hall (Rachel Hawkins)

Hunger Games (Suzanne Collins)

Read Between the Lines (Jo Knowles)

The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place (Julie Berry)

Thirteen Reasons Why (Jay Asher)

Throne of Glass series (Sarah J. Maas)

Twilight series (Stephanie Meyers)

Unspoken (Sarah Rees Brennan)






One Response to Books

  1. Brandi Melton says:

    I hate the “It”

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