This was a fun one to come up with and made us unearth some books we haven’t thought about in years. Thanks to That Artsy Reader Girl for another great prompt!
The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury
My mom got me this book when I was in 8th grade, and it sparked a lifelong love of science fiction. It gets better on every reread.
Shopgirl by Steve Martin
Recommended by my late grandfather, this quirky story features an extremely memorable cast of characters. I just wish I’d read it before he passed so we could talk about it together.
The Magicians by Lev Grossman
My friend Jonathan suggested this one to me years ago, and it was the first fantasy book I’d read in a long time that really transported me to another place.
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Another recommendation from my mom—one of the most powerful books I’ve read in years.
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
Indi suggested this classic to me, and now I feel like it should be required reading. And of course, the Greta Gerwig movie is phenomenal.
A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
This one was recommended by someone in our book club and it was such a long, winding, delightful read.
Flora & Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo
My sister recommended this one to me and I’m so glad she did! It was such a joy to read this one.
The Raw Shark Texts by Steven Hall
This gift/recommendation from an old friend completely surprised me. I don’t think I’ve read anything like this and I somehow hadn’t heard of it before.
Radio Free Vermont: A Fable of Resistance by Bill McKibben
I can’t exactly remember what show it was . . . It was either on NPR or our local radio channel but I heard an interview with the author about this book and just knew that this was my kind of book.
Mortal Engines by Philip Reeve
Recommended by Pete (where I get a lot of my book recommendations from), this entire series was a blast. I think I read it in a week or so.