Books I Love

What I’m Reading Now:

The Darlings by Christina Alger


Favorite novels (for book clubs or solo):

The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

The Rumor by Elin Hildebrand

The Matchmaker by Elin Hildrebrand

Beautiful Day by Elin Hilderbrand

The Vacationers by Emma Straub

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

Heartburn by Nora Ephron

Winter Street series by Elin Hildrebrand

The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty

Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter

Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline

Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple

The Book of Joe by Jonathan Tropper

The Love Song of Jonny Valentine by Teddy Wayne

Me Before You by JoJo Moyes

The Light Between Oceans by ML Stedman

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

The Round House by Louise Erdrich

Those Who Save Us by Jenna Blum

A Hologram for the King by Dave Eggers

Defending Jacob by William Landay

City of Thieves by David Benioff

The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh

What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty

This is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper

Zeitoun by David Eggers

A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan

The Red Thread by Ann Hood

The Last Time I Saw You by Elizabeth Berg

Room by Emma Donaghue

The Family Fang by Kevin Wilson

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll

The Island by Elin Hilderbrand

The Heights by Peter Hedges

Wifey by Judy Blume


Favorite books for Teens (and their parents) — Young Adult

Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

A Girl Named Digit by Annabel Monaghan

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Looking for Alaska also by John Green

Trapped by Michael Northrop

Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

The Book Thief by Markus Zusack

Favorite Memoirs (because one day, I’m gonna write one too…)

When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

Wild by Cheryl Strayed

Making Toast by Roger Rosenblatt

Mud Season by Ellen Stimson

The Slippery Year by Melanie Gideon

The Madwoman in the Volvo by Sandra Tsing Loh

Undress Me in the Temple of Heaven by Susan Jane Gilman

Devotion by Dani Shapiro

Slow Motion by Dani Shapiro

The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion

The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls

Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand (nonfiction, not memoir)

Favorite books for Middle Grades (and their parents/book clubs)
Savvy by Ingrid Law

Wonder by RJ Palacio

Powerless by Matthew Cody

The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick

The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo

Hatchet by Gary Paulsen (an oldie but a goodie)

The Lightening Thief by Rick Riordan

On my To-Read List:
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs (YA)
Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel

If you want to take a look at my Goodreads page (, you can check out what I’ve loved in the past.  (You need to have an account, but it’s free.)  I keep track of all my books there and like to see what others are reading, too.  It’s fun.  In a geeky sort of way.  And reading informs my writing, so I read both for pleasure and with purpose.

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