Sometimes, it can get overwhelming when deciding upon what to read. I know that as a reader of many book blogs, I don’t always know what a blogger REALLY thinks I should read.
I have compiled a listing of all of my 5-star reviews into a neat little list. I rarely rate books with 5 stars, so you know these are my favorites and ones I VERY highly recommend as a great place to start.
Listed in no particular order. . . (and linked if I reviewed them on the blog)
- The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
- The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
- Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford
- The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller – seriously, my review just yells at you to read it!
- The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker
- Songs of Willow Frost by Jamie Ford
- Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward
- The Flame Alphabet by Ben Marcus – kind of weird, but if you like weird, you’ll like it
- Girl in Translation by Jean Kwok
- The Long Walk by Stephen King (Richard Bachman)
- The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult
- The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis
- Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
- The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
- A Dog’s Purpose & A Dog’s Journey by W. Bruce Cameron – sooooo good for dog lovers, but you’ll need tissues
- Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See
- Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay
- The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
- Amity & Sorrow by Peggy Riley (only if you like dark and kind of disturbed)
- The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd
- Good Kings Bad Kings by Susan Nussbaum
- The Word Exchange by Alena Graedon
- Do One Green Thing by Mindy Pennybacker – a green book that isn’t a traditional read but SOOOO valuable!
- Garbology by Edward Humes – no lie, changed my life
- Unbearable Lightness by Portia de Rossi – best book about an eating disorder that I have ever read
- Packing for Mars by Mary Roach
- The World’s Strongest Librarian by Josh Hanagarne
- Say You’re One of Them by Uwem Akpan – tragic short stories
Hopefully this helps with your own choices! And of course, if you like a particular book or genre, I’d be more than happy to help try to make a recommendation of what else you might like.
And feel free to check out my Goodreads!
What do you think SHOULD be on my favorites list?
Thanks for reading,