Recommended Reads


I’m often asked what my favorite book is. That’s a hard question to answer because I have many favorites and I’m always adding to the list. Also, it depends on my mood on any particular day. I read books in multiple genres, for children, teens, and adults, binging out as I discover new authors or revisit old favorites. That said, here is a partial list:

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Ms. Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Paper Towns, Looking for Alaska, The Fault in Our Stars, and everything else by John Green

The White Cat (Curse Workers) trilogy by Holly Black

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

The Blue Envelope Series by Maureen Johnson

The Kite Runner, A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

American Gods, Anansi Boys, The Graveyard Book, and anything else by Neil Gaiman

Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman

Witches Abroad by Terry Pratchett

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Tortilla Flat, Cannery Row and anything else by John Steinbeck

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares

Me Talk Pretty One Day and anything else by David Sedaris

The Thief Lord by Cornelia Funke

Nick and Nora’s Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan

Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

The Hangman’s Daughter by Oliver Potzsch

The Story of Holly and Ivy by Rumer Godden

Bellwether by Connie Willis

Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Dracula by Bram Stoker

Holes by Louis Sachar

Uglies by Scott Westerfeld

Spring Reading List:

Babylon Rising by Tim Lahaye and Greg Dinallo

The Europa Conspiracy by Tim Lahaye and Bob Phillips

The Edge of Darkness by Tim LaHaye and Bob Phillips

Heaven is for Real by Todd Burpo

Seconds by Bryan Lee O’Malley

Family–The Ties That Bind and Gag! by Erma Bombeck

Scott Pilgrim vs the World by Bryan Lee O’Malley

True Blue by David Baldacci

American Thighs by Jill Conner Browne

When You are Engulfed in Flames by David Sedaris

Winter Reading List:

Killing Reagan by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard

Twelve Years a Slave by Solomon Northup

Carrying Albert Home by Homer Hickam

The Sweet Potato Queens’ guide to Raising Children for Fun & Profit by Jill Conner Browne

The Sweet Potato Queens’ Wedding Planner & Divorce Guide by Jill Conner Browne

Illusion by Frank Peretti

Prom Nights From Hell by Stephanie Meyer, Kim Harrison, Meg Cabot, Lauren Myracle, and Michele Jaffe

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

Reckless by Cornelia Funke

Wheat Belly 10-Day Grain Detox by William Davis

Fall reading list:

Fat is the New 30 by Jill Conner Browne

The Key to the Golden Firebird by Maureen Johnson

The Visitation by Frank Peretti

Oath by Frank Peretti

Don’t Stand Too Close to a Naked Man by Tim Allen

Dave Barry Turns 40 by Dave Barry

Dave Barry Turns 50 by Dave Barry

Hacking Harvard by Robin Wasserman

Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins

Summer reading list:

Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee

Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

Kissing Ted Callahan (and Other Guys) by Amy Spalding

Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim by David Sedaris

Naked by David Sedaris

Dad is Fat by Jim Gaffigan

3 Willows by Ann Brashares

Killing Patton by Bill O’Reilly

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee (One of my favorites. I reread it every few years.)

On Writing by Stephen King

Switched by Jessica Wollman

David Copperfield by Charles Dickens

The Books of Magic by Neil Gaiman

Coraline by Neil Gaiman

Diamonds are a Teen’s Best Friend by Allison Rushby

Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen




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