Books I Love

As someone who reads several books a week, and has done so for years, I’m often asked for book recommendations.

Most of the books I read are pretty good. I get really excited about books I actually love.

How does a book reach “love” status for me? It might be terrific writing, a fantastic plot, surprise twist, interesting setting, great dialogue, unique characters — or all of those things!

Since it’s so hard to find books we love, I thought I’d share my list of favorites with you. Some are new, and some are oldies but goodies.

By clicking on each title below, you can read the summary on Amazon.

If you’d like to read more in-depth thoughts about the books I recommend, sign up for my updates, here.

I continually add to this list, so check back often to see updates.

Please let me know your thoughts in the comments section below. I’d especially like to hear your book recommendations, as I’m always on the lookout for great books to read.


Book Club Picks:

A Gentleman in Moscow – Amor Towles

A Man Called Ove – Fredrik Backman

Beartown – Fredrik Backman

Before We Were Yours – Lisa Wingate

Big Sky – Kate Atkinson

City of Girls – Elizabeth Gilbert

Life After Life – Kate Atkinson

Little Fires Everywhere – Celeste Ng

Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand – Helen Simonson

Olive, Again – Elizabeth Strout

Once Upon a River – Diane Setterfield

On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous – Ocean Vuong

Orphan Train – Christina Baker Kline

Pachinko – Min Jin Lee

Saint X – Alexis Schaitkin

Searching for Sylvie Lee – Jean Kwok

Small Great Things – Jodi Picoult

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan – Lisa See

The Bridal Chair – by Gloria Goldreich

The Great Alone – Kristin Hannah

The Guest Book – Sarah Blake

The Island of Sea Women – Lisa See

The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini

The Lager Queen of Minnesota – J. Ryan Stradal

The Language of Flowers – Vanessa Diffenbaugh

The Secret Life of Bees – Sue Monk Kidd

The Song of the Jade Lily – Kirsty Manning

The Storyteller’s Secret – Sejal Badani

The Red Tent – Anita Diamant

The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane – Lisa See

The Testaments – Margaret Atwood

Us Against You – Fredrik Backman (sequel to Beartown)

Where the Crawdads Sing – Delia Owens



Begging to Die – Graham Masterton

Disappearing Earth – Julia Phillips

I Am Pilgrim – Terry Hayes

Lady in the Lake – Laura Lippman

Never Tell – Lisa Gardner

Orphan X – Gregg Hurwitz – and all the other titles in this series

Scrublands – Chris Hammer

The Butterfly Garden – Dot Hutchison

The Current – Tim Johnston

The Escape Artist – Brad Meltzer

The Girl in the Moon – Terry Goodkind

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo – Stieg Larsson

The Husband’s Secret – Liane Moriarty

The Snowman – Jo Nesbo

Watching You – Lisa Jewell



A Chance in the World – Stephen J. Pemberton

Content Chemistry – Andy Crestodina

It’s Great to Suck at Something – Karen Rinaldi

The Art of Gathering – Priya Parker