An Incomplete List of Recommended Books Fall 2016

This list is primarily for those who seek recommendations. Reviews of more recently published works may appear as I expand my blog.

Give it a spin– these are books I’ve read from the last half-decade (or from my childhood) that stuck with me. Good writing feels sticky and you’ll still be chewing it for a while even after you’re done.

Short Story Collections

Close Range by E. Annie Proulx

Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri


The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

The Awakening by Kate Chopin

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz

Never Let me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy

The Surrendered by Chang Rae-Lee

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

Young Adult Books

Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince & Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling

Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech

The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

His Dark Materials Series by Philip Pullman

Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh by Robert C. O’Brien

Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine

The Giver by Lois Lowry


All in the Timing by David Ives


Edie: American Girl by Jean Stein

A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers

The Autobiography of Malcolm X as told to Alex Haley

The Emperor of All Maladies by Siddartha Mukherjee

The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion

Letters from No Man’s Land by Eula Biss

Children’s Books

The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint Exupéry

The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein


For Love by Robert Creeley

The Totality for Kids by Joshua Clover

Louder Walls by Briony Gylgayton

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