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Interview with a bookworm recommendations: The complete list

One questions I asked all the interviewees in the Bookworm series was “what books do you always recommend?” because I like to know what books make other people happy. There were about 2 dozen (or more. I can’t count lately) to keep track of so I put them all in one place.

This is that place.

Prepare your Goodreads. 


Beach Music–Pat Conroy

The Poisonwood Bible–Barbara Kingsolver

Pride and Prejudice–Jane Austen

The Book Thief–Markus Zusak

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society–Annie Barrows and Mary Ann Shaffer

The Heroin  Diaries–Nikki Sixx

The Great Gatsby–F. Scott Fitzgerald

Slaughterhouse Five–Kurt Vonnegut



Shotgun Lovesongs – Nickolas Butler

The Piper’s Son–Melina Marchetta

Choke – Chuck Palahniuk

Jessica Darling series–Megan McCafferty

The Joy Luck Club–Amy Tan

Everything I Never Told You–Celeste Ng

Is Everyone Hanging Out with Me?–Mindy Kaling

martinaTuesdays with Morrie–Mitch Albom

The Rescue–Nicholas Sparks

Where the Heart Is–Billie Letts

Yes, Please–Amy Poehler

Stephanie Plum series–Janet Evanovich

Dharma Bums and On the Road–Jack Kerouac

Middlesex–Jeffrey Eugenides

art of racing

The Wilder Life–Wendy McClure

The Girl on the Train–Paula Hawkins

All the Bright Places–Jennifer Nevin

The Outsiders–SE Hinton

The Alchemist–Paolo Coehlo

For the Love–Jen Hatmaker

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking–Susan Cain

sisters brothers

Authors: Gretchen Rubin, Rainbow Rowell, Jodi Picoult, Michael Crichton, Dean Bakopoulos


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  1. lisacng @ expandng.com

    Great great list! Many of these I’ve already got on my list. You know that The Martian, to me, is one of the best books I’ve ever read.
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  2. Christina

    As if I don’t already have to enough to read! Haha! I’ve been meaning to read some of these for years. Better update my list!
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  3. SMD @ Life According to Steph

    You rock for assembling this!
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  4. kathy @ more coffee, less talky

    i totally agree with a lot of these!! also going to update my goodreads with some recos so thanks!
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  5. alyssa

    Love this!! Nice to see all the popular pics listed like this. I approve this list 🙂
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  6. Kristin

    If only there was more time in the day…
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  7. Erin of TexErin-in-SydneyLand

    I read every post of the series, so I added books all along. If I’m wrong, I don’t want to be right.
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  8. Kerry

    All The Bright Places was so good. I don’t think the Art of Racing in the Rain will ever leave me. It was just so good.
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  9. kristen

    love that you put it all together! i totally added the recommendations throughout the series though haha and hopefully one day i get to them!
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  10. Teh Megan

    I take great joy in the fact that I have read a majority of the books that are listed here. #win
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