A favorite novel/fiction book for A-Z with short thoughts on why I love it, plus honorable mentions! Thanks for the request, sister!
  1. About a Boy by Nick Hornby
    Nick Hornby is a hilarious writer that just gets what it is to be a human in the late 20th/21st century and creates amazingly relatable characters you wish you could hang out with. I learned more about manhood from this book than from any non-fiction book about the topic. Honorable Mention: And The Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini
  2. (The) Book Thief by Markus Zusak
    I absolutely love the concept of this book; "Death" as the narrator in a WWII era novel. It's harrowing and beautiful and tear-jerking and SO well written. I cried. A lot. Honorable Mention: (The) Bone Clocks by David Mitchell
  3. Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
    This is always high on my all-time favorites list. David Mitchell seamlessly weaves stories and characters into this work of pure beauty. His range of writing is incredible, ranging from 18th Century journaling to post-apocalyptic ramblings all in one little package. This book is perfect. There is a suicide note at end of one of the storylines that made me cry for literally two hours. It's beautiful and everyone should read it. Honorable Mention: (The) Circle by Dave Eggers
  4. (Harry Potter and the) Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
    The epic conclusion to the Harry Potter series is devastating and perfect and tear-jerking and beautiful and perfect. You see again and again how the entire series ties itself together and it's one of those books where every time you read it you just need to take a few days afterwards to process everything.
  5. Everything is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer
    I know everyone loves this book. but I feel a deep connection to it because my Mom's family is from The Ukraine, and, like the protagonist/author, my Great-Grandfather was saved during WWII by a stranger. It's a beautiful book, extremely well-written and interesting.
  6. Funny Girl by Nick Hornby
    In his latest work, Nick Hornby once again creates these beautifully relatable characters that just capture an essence of humanity as you follow their dreams, loves, relationships, and lives. Honorable Mention: Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk, (The) First Phone Call From Heaven by Mitch Albom, (The) First Five People You Meet In Heaven by Mitch Albom, (The) Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien
  7. (The) Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
    Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, an intricately woven story of loss and purpose. It's so well-written. Honorable Mention: (The) Giver by Lois Lowry, (The) Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis
  8. (Harry Potter and the) Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling
    There were so many "H" books to choose from! So I'll just list other favorites here instead of talking about HBP cause we all know and love Harry Potter. Honorable Mention: (A) Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers, High Fidelity by Nick Hornby, (A) Hologram for the King by Dave Eggers, (The) Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien, Heaven's Wager by Ted Dekker, How To Be Good by Nick Hornby
  9. I Am The Messenger by Markus Zusak
    I related to the protagonist in this so much. It's classified as "Young Adult Fiction" but I think anyone would love it. It's got the intrigue of a mystery novel and a super cool concept. Always one of my first recommendations when people ask (especially people who don't read a lot)
  10. Juliet, Naked by Nick Hornby
    Nick Hornby, again, with perfect writing about love, loss, and most importantly the beauty and power of music.
  11. (The) Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
    Unless you want to cry the entire time you're reading, don't read this book. That being said it is one of the best things I've ever read, it's so heartbreaking in so many ways.
  12. (The) Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by Clive Staples Lewis
    I wasn't allowed to read Harry Potter or anything like that growing up but Narnia was okay cause C.S. Lewis was also a devout Christian. It's always been one of my favorite books. Honorable Mention: (A) Long Way Down by Nick Hornby, Looking for Alaska by John Green
  13. Moby Dick by Herman Melville
    One of the few "classics" I've actually read, I was attracted to the sense of adventure. Honorable Mention: (The) Magicians Nephew by C.S. Lewis, (The) Maze Runner by James Dashner
  14. Nobody Is Ever Missing by Catherine Lacey
    This is one of the most under-the-radar books I've read and it's SO good. Short and simple to read but so poignant and thought-provoking.
  15. One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories by @bjnovak
    I promise I'm not just sucking up to the List App founder, this is one of my favorite short-story collections out there. It's funny and interesting and some of them really make you think. Such interesting commentary on a lot of fascinating subjects.
  16. (The) Perks of Being a Wallflower by Steven Chobsky
    Cliche? Yes. But also so deserving of the status it's achieved.
  17. Quidditch Through the Ages by J.K. Rowling
    The only "Q" book I know I've read.
  18. Room by Emma Donaghue
    Written from the prospective of a sheltered five-year old boy, this book can be a little difficult to read but it's SO fucking good. An inspiring story about a mother's fierce love for her son. Honorable Mention: (The) Return of the King by J.R.R. Tolkien
  19. Someday, Someday, Maybe by Lauren Graham
    It's funny and a perfect encapsulation of who Lauren Graham is. Such a fun read! Honorable Mention: (The) Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis, Slam by Nick Hornby, Sophie's Choice by William Styron, (The) Silver Chair by C.S. Lewis, Slade House by David Mitchell
  20. (The) Thousand Autumns of Jacob De Zoet by David Mitchell
    One of the hands-down most beautiful books I've ever read. Mitchell's prose is truly inspirational. Honorable Mention: (A) Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini, (The) Two Towers by J.R.R. Tolkien
  21. Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
    Okay not technically fiction but it reads like fiction! Such an inspiring story.
  22. (The) Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C.S. Lewis
    One of the only "V" books I've read but stands a cut above the rest for the nostalgic value!
  23. (The) Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami
    Okay I'm actually in the middle of this one right now but it's so beautiful. Murakami produces some amazing quotes and his books are always thought-provoking and different and fascinating.
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  25. Your Fathers, Where Are They? and the Prophets, Do They Live Forever? by Dave Eggers
    A lot of people have hated on Eggers' recent work but I was a big fan of this. A scathing critique of modern manhood and how we handle issues like mental health. I was fascinated and read it in one short sitting.
  26. Zeno's Conscience by Italo Svevo
    My only "Z" book, a really interesting concept for a novel, it's written as a sort of "diary" by the protagonist. The plague of the "last cigarette" is a beautiful metaphor for so many things in life. I don't think I've ever met anyone else who has read it but it's so good!