The Ultimate List of Book Recommendations

The Ultimate List of Book Recommendations

Who’s got “read more books” as a new year’s resolution? Did you set a goal on Goodreads? Are you excited to get started? The trouble is, now you have to decide what books to read. You’ve got a whole year though. You can decide as you go. But goals man, they’re easier to achieve with a plan. So, to help you make your plan, I’ve put together a list of lists. The following is a list of 6 of book recommendation lists that combine to form a comprehensive, master book recommendation list.

1.  This is Writing's Ultimate List of Fiction Books

This list is its own list of lists. It is an exhaustive fiction book recommendation list. There’s historical fiction, romance, horror, thrillers, mystery, and more. This is Writing breaks each genre into more specific categories including novels with creepy kids, paranormal romance, conspiracy books, fabulist fiction, and historical horror. If your reading goal includes reading lots of fiction, check out this list!

2.  Joel Patrick's 100 Books to Read Before You Die

This list of classics, published on Medium by Joel Patrick, nails it. It was the only list of classic books I found with The Great Gatsby listed first. I kid you not, The Great Gatsby changed my life. The list of 100 books published in the article is amazing, but open that spreadsheet at the bottom of the article. The rest of the list is awesome too. Patrick’s list also includes classics like Lord of the Rings and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, so it’s not all stuffy snobbery.  

3. The Harvard Classics

If you’re into stuffy snobbery, the Harvard classics list is for you. I’m joking of course, but if you want to use reading as a tool to inspire higher-order thinking, you might want to check it out. According to Project Gutenberg, 

The Harvard Classics, originally known as Dr. Eliot's Five Foot Shelf, is a 51-volume anthology of classic works from world literature, compiled and edited by Harvard University president Charles W. Eliot, that was first published in 1909. Dr. Eliot, then President of Harvard University, had stated in speeches that the elements of a liberal education could be obtained by spending 15 minutes a day reading from a collection of books that could fit on a five-foot shelf. (Originally he had said a three-foot shelf.) The publisher P. F. Collier and Son saw an opportunity, and challenged him to make good on this statement by selecting an appropriate collection of works; the Harvard Classics was the result.

The best part about the Harvard Classics reading list is that it’s part of Project Gutenberg so you can read all the books for free.

4. The Housework Can Wait's Book Suggestions for Reluctant Adult Readers

This list from The Housework Can Wait is full of entertaining books from a few different genres. There’s something here for everyone and if you’re apprehensive about picking up a book, use this list. My only qualm is its inclusion of the Game of Thrones books. Each book is a commitment. They are long and drawn out. They aren't bad, but they also aren't for reluctant readers—unless, you're into epic fantasy and were at least a little bit emo in high school.

5. Bookpage's 2018 Preview

I’ll admit that I’m not great about keeping up with new releases of anything let alone books. (I’m not “hip” or “with it,” sorry.) But this is the list I’m going to use this year. Plus, thanks to the ARC I received from Net Galley, I’ve already read White Houses by Amy bloom. Check out my review.

6. My Nonfiction and Self-Improvement Book Recommendations

I have a dirty secret: I'm a huge fan of self-improvement books, so this list has more than its fair share of them. I included books I read in 2017 that influenced me. I don’t know what this list says about me, and I’m not going to analyze it. You shouldn’t either. Just read these excellent books.

  • Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth

  • Succeed: How We Can Reach Our Goals by Heidi Grant Halvorson

  • The Life changing Magic of Not Giving a F**k by Sarah Knight

  • Get Your Sh*t Together by Sarah Knight

  • Carpe Diem: Seizing the Day in a Distracted World by Roman Krznaric

  • The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls

  • Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance

  • Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell

Any special books already on your to-read list for 2018? Comment and tell me about them!

'White Houses' Review

'White Houses' Review

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