The books are in no particular order. The criteria is simple: I loved them, want to live inside the story, and would read them multiple times. Ok now I am feeling anxious because I love so many books. What If I forget a book? Where do I start? List anxiety is real.
  1. The Dark Tower series by Stephen King
    Stephen King is the master of writing. I cannot begin to tell you how much I love this series.
  2. Oh, Kentucky! By Betty Layman Receveur
    I read this book as a teen. It is the perfect mix of historical fiction, romance, and action. Every time I read it I feel like I'm meeting up with old friends.
  3. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
    No explanation needed.
  4. Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
    The thoughts we all have about what our life could have been if we made different choices was expertly explored in this book. I read it and immediately re-read it. Brilliantly written.
  5. Fingersmith by Sarah Waters
    I don't want to give anything away. The turns will leave you reeling.
  6. Harry Potter series by JK Rowling
    I mean wizards, magic, boarding school. Who doesn't want to discover they are magical?
  7. The All Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness
    Witches, vampires, and daemons oh my! Throw in history set against modern day Oxford. It involves mystery, history, and a whole lot of magical battles.
  8. World War Z
    I love a good zombie novel. What sets this apart is it reports on what happened after the zombies have finally been contained.
  9. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
    Don't let the horrible name fool you. This book is charming, written excellently, and taught me about the occupation of Guernsey during WW2.
  10. The House at Riverton by Kate Morton
    Set amongst the backdrop of an English estate lies the mystery of a death during the summer of 1924. Wha happened at Riverton?
  11. The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman
    The Dovekeepers centers around a group of woman living at Masada in 70 CE. There, 900 Jews held out against the Romans for months. Alice Hoffman imagines the lives of these women during a famous historical period.
  12. The Passage by Justin Cronin
    I can't even explain it, but do yourself a favor and read it.