read these things.

To those who know me, it is no secret that I love reading. For nearly four years, I wrote and managed a blog dedicated to it. People often ask me for book recommendations. Sometimes it makes me feel like an amateur Nancy Pearl, which, of course, I don't mind at all. When I find a book I really enjoy, I gush. I desperately want to share my love of reading and writing with everyone I meet.

These are some books that have made some kind of (good) impact on me and are in no particular order.


The Woman in the Dunes - Kobo Abe

The Island of Sea Women - Lisa See

How to Sit - Tyrese Coleman

White is for Witching - Helen Oyeyemi

Washington Black - Esi Edugyan

Convenience Store Woman - Sayaka Murada

The Girl Who Smiled Beads - Clemantine Wamariya

Heads of the Colored People - Nafissa Thompson-Spires

There There - Tommy Orange

Welcome to Lagos - Chibundu Onuzo

Paper is White - Hilary Zaid

Red Clocks - Leni Zumas

No One is Here Except All of Us - Ramona Ausubel

Her Body and Other Parties - Carmen Maria Machado

Another Brooklyn - Jacqueline Woodson

Insomniac City - Bill Hayes

Meaty - Samantha Irby

We Are Never Meeting in Real Life - Samantha Irby

Exit West - Mohsin Hamid

White Tears - Hari Kunzru

We the Animals - Justin Torres

How to Set a Fire and Why - Jesse Ball

Long Division - Kiese Laymon

Willful Creatures - Aimee Bender

Man v. Nature - Diane Cook

Loving Day - Mat Johnson

Brown Girl in the Ring - Nalo Hopkinson

As She Climbed Across the Table - Jonathan Lethem

Glaciers - Alexis M. Smith

The Twelve Tribes of Hattie - Ayana Mathis
All the Little Live Things - Wallace Stegner
The Spectator Bird - Wallace Stegner

Crossing to Safety - Wallace Stegner
Veronica - Nicholas Christopher

A Trip to the Stars - Nicholas Christopher

Time and Again - Jack Finney

The Sisters Brothers - Patrick deWitt

A Tale for the Time Being - Ruth Ozeki

Train Dreams - Denis Johnson

Alif the Unseen - G. Willow Wilson

Emily, Alone - Stewart O'Nan

Ready Player One - Ernest Cline

The Invisible Bridge - Julie Orringer

Kitchen Confidential - Anthony Bourdain

Bird by Bird - Anne Lamott

The Beach - Alex Garland

A Year in Provence - Peter Mayle

Everything is Illuminated - Jonathan Safran Foer

Winnie - Gwendolyn Brooks

Krakatoa - Simon Winchester

The Professor and the Madman - Simon Winchester

Unbroken - Laura Hillenbrand

All the Roads that Lead from Home - Anne Leigh Parrish

Born to Run - Christopher McDougall

Under the Banner of Heaven - Jon Krakauer

Jazz - Toni Morrison

We Wish to Inform You that Tomorrow We Will be Killed with our Families - Philip Gourevitch

Suite Francaise - Irene Nemirovsky
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks - Rebecca Skloot

Persepolis - Marjane Satrapi

Let it Be Morning - Sayed Kashua

Harry Potter - J.K. Rowling

Winter's Tale - Mark Helprin

The Devil in the White City - Erik Larson

The Golden Spruce - John Vaillant

Mango Elephants in the Sun - Susana Herrera

From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler - E.L. Konigsburg

Oryx and Crake - Margaret Atwood

The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood

The Trial - Franz Kafka

Candide - Voltaire

Dark Star Safari - Paul Theroux
Set This House in Order - Matt Ruff

Motherless Brooklyn - Jonathan Lethem

Blindness - Jose Saramago

The Alienist - Caleb Carr

City of Dreams - Beverly Swerling

Mrs. Piggle Wiggle - Betty MacDonald

Cutting for Stone - Abraham Verghese

The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay - Michael Chabon

All Other Nights - Dara Horn

The Kindness of Strangers - Katrina Kittle
Bee Season - Myla Goldberg

The Hare with Amber Eyes - Edmund de Waal

A Separate Peace - John Knowles

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children - Ransom Riggs

They Cage the Animals at Night - Jennings Michael Burch

Old School - Tobias Wolff

Any Human Heart - William Boyd

My Traitor's Heart - Rian Malan

The Borrower - Rebecca Makkai

In Patagonia - Bruce Chatwin

An Unexpected Light - Jason Elliot

The Cruelest Miles - Gay Salisbury

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet - Jamie Ford

Shantaram - Gregory David Roberts

Papillon - Henri Charriere
The Gate - Francois Bizot

The Eight - Katherine Neville

1 Dead in Attic - Chris Rose

The Secret History - Donna Tartt