Reader Recommends: Books Everyone Should Read

In my reverse reader Q&A you suggested a whole heap of books you think everyone should read. All the books marked with an asterisk...

Books Recommended By You

In my reverse reader Q&A you suggested a whole heap of books you think everyone should read. All the books marked with an asterisk are those I have already read and this year I will try to squeeze in the rest. If you're wondering what books I would recommend, here is a list of 50 books everyone should read.

Let me know which ones you have already read, loved or hated, and those you still wish to read.



BOOK & AUTHOR

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly
Matilda by Roahl Dahl*
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak*
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald*
Very Classy by Derek Blasberg
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë*
The Creative Habit by Twyla Tharp
The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery*
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky*
Submarine by Joe Dunthorne
Yes, Please by Amy Poehler*
The Man Who Wanted to be Happy by Laurent Gounelle
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley*
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green*
A Million Miles in a Thousand Years by Donald Miller
The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien*
The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle*
The Odyssey by Homer
The History Boys by Alan Bennett
Anything by Bukowski
Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
The Road Less Traveled by M.Scott Peck
The Forsyte Saga by John Galsworthy
The Rules of Attraction by Bret Easton Ellis*
The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee*
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons
Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov*
Naive. Super by Erlend Loe
Anything by Chuck Palanuik
A Color His Own by Leo Lionni
Vänner för livet by Per Hagman
The Road by Cormac McCarthy*
Twice Born by Margaret Mazzantini
The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides*
The Fabulous Girls Guide by Ceri Marsh and Kim Izzo
Perfume by Patrick Suskind*
A Tree Grows In Brooklyn by Betty Smith
The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood*
Anything by Haruki Murakama
Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
Faust by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Kensuke's Kingdom by Michael Morpurgo
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck*
Anything by Richard Yates
The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera*
The Elegance of a Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery*
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce
The End of Poverty by Jeff Sachs
The Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon
RECOMMENDED BY:

Claudia & Jana
Savannah
Aleah & Ellya
Monica
Clara
Clara
Heidi
Haley
Emily & Isabel
Mimmi
Grace
Kristine
Malonda
Joanna
Hannah
Autumn
Jana
Adela
Sarah
Tanya
Ann
Saoirse (Sterling)
Natalia
Carla
Christina
Vanessa
Erin
Fatema
Melissa
Tolly
Kendel
Vanessa
Lee
Gemma
Leila
Inez
Jessica
Leila
Noor
Amy
Claire
Catherine
Daniela
Jordyn
Jordan
Elina
Laura
Alexandra
Kat
Monica
Chelsea
Helen
Ashlee
Carina

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  1. I've just stumbled by your blog, and the first thing I thought when I looked at the blog layout was "this person's a designer". And in a way, you are. Love your blog, the jewelry you make and this reading list. I've read a handful of books here and thank you for the rest which I've not heard of until now. Keep on blogging!

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  3. Wow the only book I've read on this list is To Kill a Mockingbird. Half of them are on my to read list and I just haven't done it yet!

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  4. I would add Nicole Krauss to this list. my favourite writer. all books :)

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  5. This is an awesome list. I've only read some of them so far, and there's quite a few here that are on my list.

    Ling | The Cosmetic Critic

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  6. What a great selection to get started with! Can't wait to hear your thoughts on them x


    Gemma
    www.fadedwindmills.com

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  7. Great list of books, I've read some of them so it's nice to add some more to the to-read list!
    Hannah x
    Hanniemc.co.uk

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  8. Ahh this is such a great post! I like that I wasn't alone in my recommendation of The Little Prince. I agree with so many of these other suggestions (especially Jane Eyre & Matilda!), and have a bunch of new books to put on that never-ending 'to read' list!
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    Emily | MISS BLACK

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  9. Camille Beygui1/18/2015

    This is such an awesome post ! I think I'm going to print it out to have this list on my desk at any time

    Xoxo

    http://fashionbackyard.blogspot.fr

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  10. Oh goodness. We're reading Faust at school. And the second part of it is so confusing! After talking about it so much it's gotten really annoying :') This is such a great list, I'll have to make sure to check these babies out! I'm also recommending Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock (I wrote a review on my blog) by Matthew Quick and I've Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella (for a good laugh)!

    SOMETIMES I FEEL LIKE ALICE.

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  11. I've read four of these... Not many haha! The Goldfinch is our April book club read so I'll be on to that one next (it's a big one for me!)

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  12. Shani Parkman1/18/2015

    I've read 4 (The Hobbit, Of Mice & Men, The Hunger Games, and The Alchemist), and I've begin 2 over the last few months (Perfume and The Book Thief) but haven't had much chance to read over the last year or so and haven't gotten very far. Honestly, 4-6 out of this list isn't bad for me!!

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  13. What a great list! I can definitely attest to anything by Haruki Murakami, and I'd really recommend checking out the rest of Margaret Atwood's work too, she's incredible!

    Tessa at Bramble & Thorn

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  14. Ahh, didn't expect to see my name on the list, so thank you haha :)
    Xx

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  15. I have heard of many of the books that are on the list, bu I haven't read as many as I would have wanted. I have to start with it right now. The bok thief, I see you read it and I can't say enough good words to describe that book, it is indeed so beautiful. And if you haven't watch the movie you should, it is one of the few times I really liked how the movie of a book was done.


    xx, and it kinda made my day to see my name and the book I recommended on the list :)


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  16. Awesome recap, can't wait to check off some of these books from my 2015 reading goals! And yeyy The Little Prince got 2 votes, lol!

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  17. I have read and/or watched several of the books listed. As a big fantasy fan, I love The Hobbit. But my favorite since I was a teen is Brave New World. Such great book.
    Great list! :)

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  18. Sofie bollen1/18/2015

    There are some amazing books in this list, it makes me wanne read :) A single man and The catcher in the rye are also really great books!

    Sofie xx

    http://my--socalledlife.blogspot.com.es

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  19. Great list. My favourite is Jane Eyre, such a great book!

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  20. Wonderful list! I'm glad you decided to share everyone's recommendations :) I've read about a third of them, and I definitely want to read the rest.


    xx Mimmi, Muted Mornings

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  21. Lovely list, with some great books. Especially The Virgin Suicides and Brave New World. I would also personally recommend Ian McEwan's Atonement...it's wonderful.

    lifeofsinead.wordpress.com

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  22. Shannon Clark1/18/2015

    Such a great selection, I definitely plan to work my way through this list!

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  23. I love this post! It's given be some great book recommendations- it's not as if my list is long enough already haha :-)

    Sarah x

    http://www.saraheliza.co.uk/

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  24. Claire Boushew1/18/2015

    Completely agree with this list of recommendation, already most are on my bookshelf!

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  25. I absolutely love the hobbit.

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  26. This is so stunning. Every book is perfectly chosen and I will definitely read a lot of them in the upcoming years. To be honest, I am very very proud and smiling about that I have read almost every book of them! :) Very very good post.


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  27. No way!!! Thanks so much for adding my suggestions!

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  28. Oh hey, guess what, I'm on that list! How cool is that! Thank you!

    I'm currently digging into the Hobbit after watching the trilogy out of curiosity because I wanted to know how much was changed and I found it to be really good so far! The Great Gatsby is also on my reading list for 2015, as is the Alchemist by Coelho. Let's see how many titles I can squeeze in.

    Elina

    MISS BLUE EYES

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  29. Oh that's such a cool idea, it's great to see a list of the books everyone should read. Thank you for putting us on the list. That must have been so much work! All the links...

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  30. This is a great list that I will definitely be referring back to, thanks!!x

    Abbie|Thoughtsandthunder

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  31. OH yes. This is a great post. And I've read quite a few of these, so it looks like I'm doing good! I could list all the ones that I've loved on the list but it would be too many, haha. And you should add 1984 and (if you're looking for a nice humor book) Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy, both great books!

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  32. Abby Smith1/18/2015

    Ah such a great idea! I've read a few from this list - my favourite being The Hobbit, my blog name is actually after a character from one of Tolkein's storys who loved the sea! I think if I could add anything to the list I would say to read 'Breakfast of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut' - it's absolutely my favourite book of all time. xx

    Eärendil

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  33. Ah, the Great Gatsby. Such a memorable book. And The Perks of Being a Wallflower too! Awesome list, I don't even know where I'll get the time to read them all. With love,
    Vera

    http://theflashwindow.weebly.com/

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  34. I've read most of this books, this post made me feel really proud of myself!! However I've watched The Reader's movie instead of reading the book, does that count? hahaha


    xx Cecil

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  35. Sarah Campbell1/18/2015

    I've read a fair few but this last had added even more to my must-read list! I really need to learn to read faster!


    Sarah :)
    Saloca in Wonderland

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  36. Nancy Wilde1/18/2015

    My goodreads account is now enriched by many suggestions of books seen here. Lolita and The Great Gatsby are on my top 10! xx

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  37. Yay! The Forsyte Saga made it on your list! Hopefully you'll get a chance to pick it up this year. It's not the quickest read, but it's well worth anyone's time x

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  38. Tahira1/18/2015

    I've only read The Alchemist and Kensuke's Kingdom. I recommend my two favourite books: The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns both by Khaled Hosseini. Although both books are quite sad and you'll need a tissue box near you - not sure if that's your taste :)

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  39. awesome! you can never have enough reading inspiration. :)
    xo, cheyenne

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  40. I tried to include everyone :))

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  41. Thank you for the recommendations! :))

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  42. I will check it out.. although I'm already concerned I'm going to fall behind on my reading, since I'm travelling for 10 days and I never read that much on holiday!

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  43. Awesome - so glad to hear it!

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  44. The more you read, the faster you get :))

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  45. That's so awesome to hear :)) You should definitely read The Reader, it's amazing.

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  46. I hope to squeeze a few of them in..!

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  47. The Hobbit is an awesome fantasy book, I really enjoy reading it but the LoTR series makes me SO BORED.

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  48. 1984 is awesome but I wasn't so keen on Hitchhiker's Guide.

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  49. So glad to hear it :))

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  50. Haha, yeah.. it was quite a chore!

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  51. I really enjoy reading The Hobbit, it's a lovely little story but I'm not so keen on seeing the films..

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  52. I tried to include everyone :)) Thank you for leaving a suggestion!

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  53. That's awesome :))

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  54. It's such a great story!

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  55. I've read a few.. but not as many as I thought I might have!

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  56. I feel the same way! I have so many books I want to read..

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  57. I'm hoping to read some of them this year :))

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  58. Atonement is good.. but I found it a little boring.

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  59. I thought it would be a nice thing to do :))

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  60. I'm not a huge fan of "classics" although some I like, others bore me.. like Jane Eyre! :))

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  61. The Catcher in the Rye is one of my all time favourite, I love it.

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  62. I love The Little Prince! It's so good; I want to see the film.

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  63. The Book Thief is AMAZING and it brings me to tears!

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  64. Thank YOU for suggesting a book :))

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  65. UGH I really don't like Haruki Murakami.. well, ok, that might be a little unfair.. I hated Norwegian Wood. I was SO BORED. But I still want to try some of his other works. Margaret Atwood is one of my favourite authors, she is such a beautiful writer.

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  66. Perfume is a good book.. although very strange!

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  67. I really didn't like The Elegance of a Hedgehog!

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  68. I haven't read that many.. and I have read A LOT of books!
    I have read all three of those books you suggested and I enjoyed them all; We Need To Talk About Kevin provoked a really strong reaction to me, I love it when books do that.

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  69. I tried to read The Goldfinch last year.. and.. well.. I gave up. It was quite tedious - I hope you enjoy it more than I did!

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  70. Thank you for the suggestions :))

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  71. The Little Prince is such a wonderful book!

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  72. I've added LOADS to my to-read list.. it's so long now it's ridiculous!

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  73. I will definitely be sharing my reviews :))

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  74. Same - I have read a few but there are loads left to get through :))

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  75. Thank you for the suggestion :))

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  76. I haven't read that many of them; I really want to read a few more from the list this year :))

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  77. Thank you - I am a designer-maker, so you were right ;))


    Thank you for your lovely compliments and for reading the blog!

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  78. Me too! I literally cried when I saw the trailer!

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  79. Definitely saving this for future reference! Thank you for the recommendations. :)

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  80. Emma Hope Newitt1/20/2015

    You can never have enough 'to read books' on your list! I wish I could read faster sometimes! :(


    Em xx

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  81. Tanya Golubeva1/20/2015

    Lovely post!!!! Great photos. Would you like to follow each other on GFC?! Let me know and follow me on my blog, I will follow you right back on both GFC and Bloglovin!

    xx

    Tanya

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  82. The Hobbit was the first book I've read! It's very special to me.

    xoxo,
    Gabi Barbará
    Barbaridades!

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