“What Should I Read Next?” Part 1!

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Books For All Occasions

Many of us have a huge list or pile of books we want to read, and choosing the right one can be a bit of a challenge. Here are some catagories to think about in order to narrow down your next great read, along with some suggested books based on those I have enjoyed. Whether you are going on vacation or curled up at home this winter, if you let me know what types of stories you like to read, I have the perfect recommendations for you.

A Short Book…

The Swimmers

Mothers/Daughters/Dementia – The Swimmers by Julie Otsuka

The Last White Man

Reimagined Future – The Last White Man by Mohsin Hamid

to be a man

Short Stories – To Be A Man by Nicole Krauss

About Race…

The Violin Conspiracy

The Violin Conspiracy by Brendan Slocumb

Black Buck

Black Buck by Mateo Askaripour

The Vanishing Half

The Vanishing Half by Britt Bennett

Our Missing Hearts

Our Missing Hearts by Celeste Ng

Historical Fiction…

white houses

Eleanor Roosevelt and Loretta Hickok – White Houses by Amy Bloom

The Personal Librarian

J.P. Morgan’s librarian – The Personal Librarian by Marie Benedict and Victoria Cristopher Murray

The Yellow Wife

Child of a Black medicine woman and a white slave master – The Yellow Wife by Sadeqa Johnson

The Diamond Eye

Woman sharpshooter during World War 1 – The Diamond Eye by Kate Quinn

The world played chess

Man who fought in Vietnam War – The World Played Chess by Robert Dugoni


Left on Tenth

Left on Tenth by Delia Ephron

All In - Billie Jean King

All In by Billie Jean King

In Love

In Love by Amy Bloom

Going There

Going There by Katie Couric

Letters From Max

Letters From Max by Max Ritvo and Sarah Ruhl

World War ll…

yellow bird sings

The Yellow Bird Sings by Jennifer Rosner

The Forest of Vanishing Stars

The Forest of the Vanishing Stars by Kristin Harmel


Woman on Fire

USA/Europe – Woman On Fire by Lisa Barr

If You Want to make God Laugh

South Africa – If You Want to Make God Laugh by Bianca Marais


India – Honor by Thrity Umrigar

A Woman Is No Man by Etaf Rum

Palestine – A Woman is No Man by Etaf Rum

Fifty Words For Rain

Japan – Fifty Words For Rain by Asha Lemmie

Sparks Like Stars

Afghanistan – Sparks Like Stars by Nadia Hashimi

Family Saga…

Night Sleep Death the Stars

Night Sleep Death The Stars by Joyce Carol Oates


Pachinko by Min Jin Lee


Empire of Pain

Sackler family and opiod epidemic – Empire of Pain by Patrick Radden Keefe


Separate stories of contemporary mysterious cases – Rogues by Patrick Radden Keefe

the unanswered letter

Jewish family trying to escape during the Holocaust – The Unanswered Letter by Faris Cassell

A Book with a Sequel…

Colleen Hoover Books

It Ends With Us and It Starts With Us by Coleen Hoover

John Boyne Books

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas and All the Broken Places by John Boyne


Searching For Sylvie Lee by Jean Kwok

Searching for Sylvie Lee by Jean Kwok

Reef Road

Reef Road by Deborah Goodrich Royce

The Golden Couple

The Golden Couple by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkenen


Tin Man

Tin Man by Sarah Winman

the sight of you

The Sight of You by Holly Miller

Contemporary Stories…

Dear Edward by Ann Napolitano book cover

Sole survivor – Dear Edward by Ann Napolitano

One Two Three Cover

Disabled sisters – One Two Three by Laurie Frankel

True Biz

Deaf students – True Biz by Sara Novic

Remarkably Bright Creatures

Aging woman (and an octopus) – Remarkably Bright Creatures by Shelby Van Pelt

Once There Were Wolves

Abused woman – Once There Were Wolves by Charlotte McConaghy

Luis Velez

Teenage boy and older woman – Have You Seen Luis Velez? by Catherine Ryan Hyde

A Journey…

West With Giraffes

Giraffes transported from east to a west coast zoo – West With Giraffes by Lynda Rutledge

the lincoln highway

Boys searching for their mother – The Lincoln Highway by Amor Towles

People and Relationships Set in Another Country…

A Gentleman in Moscow

Russia – A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

Still Life

England and Italy –Still Life by Sarah Winman

The Color of Ice

Iceland – The Color of Ice by Barbara Lynn Probst

Quick Reads

The Last Thing He Told Me

With a little mystery…The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave

Hurricane Girl

With a little wackiness…Hurricane Girl by March Dermansky

The Guncle

With a little charm…The Guncle by Steven Rowley

The Options are Endless!

The list of great books is infinite and ever-changing. Not every book has to be considered a literary masterpiece; stories are enjoyable for all different reasons. Whether it is the writing that is stellar, the compelling plot, the lovable (or detestable) characters, the exotic setting or the chapter lengths and the fast paced dialog…I learn new things and find something to appreciate in all the recommended books above. Please let me know YOUR last great read in the comments!

Book Nation by Jen


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