Books to Love

There are lots of books to love out there in the world.  A small fraction of them rest on my mantlepiece and light up my life when I look at them. These are my favourite books – the ones I joyfully, lovingly recommend to you here.

Little Books

Things Fall Apart, Chinua Achebe

To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee

Franny & Zooey, J.D. Salinger

The Glass Menagerie, Tennessee Williams

Night, Elie Wiesel

As I Lay Dying, William Faulkner

The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald

Song of Solomon, Toni Morrison

One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

Big Books

Kafka on the Shore, Haruki Murakami

Alone In Berlin, Hans Fallada

Cat’s Eye, Margaret Atwood

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, Robert Pirsig

Thus Spoke Zarathustra, Friedrich Nietzsche

I Capture the Castle, Dodie Smith

The Brothers Karamazov, Fyodor Dostoevsky

Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy

Main Street, Sinclair Lewis

The Brooklyn Follies, Paul Auster

Dystopian Books

The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood

Oryx & Crake, Margaret Atwood

Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury

Animal Farm, George Orwell

1984, George Orwell

The Giver, Lois Lowry

Brave New World, Aldous Huxley

Non-fiction Books

What I Talk About When I Talk About Running, Haruki Murakami

What the Dog Saw, Malcolm Gladwell

Freakonomics, Steven Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner

How to be Alone, Jonathan Franzen

The Spirit Level, Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett

The Enormous Room, ee cummings

Changing My Mind: Occasional Essays, Zadie Smith

Short Story Books

Nine Stories, J.D. Salinger

What we talk about when we talk about love, Raymond Carver

Raise High the Roofbeams, Carpenter & Seymour: an Introduction, J.D. Salinger

The Tales of Ivan Belkin, Alexander Pushkin

Great Short Works of Dostoevsky, Fyodor Dostoevsky

Dubliners, James Joyce

No One Belongs Here More Than You, Miranda July

Poetry Books

100 Selected Poems, ee cummings

The Colossus, Sylvia Plath

Let Us Go There You and I, T.S. Eliot

Writing Books

Journal of a Novel, John Steinbeck

Why I Write, George Orwell

Negotiating with the Dead, Margaret Atwood

Zen in the Art of Writing, Ray Bradbury

On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft, Stephen King

The Ode Less Travelled, Stephen Fry

Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer within, Natalie Goldberg

Story, Robert McKee

The Elements of Style, Strunk & White

One thought on “Books to Love

  1. broadsideblog

    Love some of these as well, esp. the Great Gatsby and Cat’s Eye, which is set in her (and my) hometown of Toronto. I’d urge you to read Don’t Lets Go to the Dogs Tonight, a memoir of African childhood by Alexandra Fuller and The Imperfectionists, a treasure of a tale/novel about a dying small European newspaper (also written by a fellow U of T alum) Tom Rachmann.


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