Can You Suggest A Good Book To Read?



The most asked question from readers and want-to-be readers alike: Can you recommend a good book for me to read?



There are lots of great sources for finding a good book to read. I often turn to the NY Times Best Selling List or the USA Today Best Selling List, and to my favorite source on line, Good Reads. These resources focus primarily on what is most popular which may or may not be a good thing (Can we say 50 Shades of Gray? No thank you).

Reading a best seller is easy to do. What about all those good books that don’t get a lot of attention? While I was at the LA Times Festival of Books, I asked random people (all wildly mad about books of course), “What is your favorite read that has been ‘under the radar’?” In other words, what good book did they absolutely love that was not on a best seller list. Here are their seven good book suggestions:

Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay. “Beautiful story, emotionally strenuous but uplifting at the same time. First book by the author and self-published. A five star book on Good Reads.” (Jessica-Literary Agent)Sea of Tranquility

Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell.  “Even though I read it in fourth grade, it brings back such happy memories.  And it was where I learned all about tsunamis.”  (Gini-Jessica’s Mom)Island of the Blue Dolphins

Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine. “A twist on Cinderella where Ella has to break the spell on her own. Ella is definitely not a pushover. Very funny.” (Lauren-PhD student doing cancer research and “very picky” about what she reads)Ella_enchanted_(book_cover)

All books by Dallas Willard, an American Philosopher who writes Christian Spiritual Development and The World According to Mr. Rogers: Important Things to Remember by Fred Rogers. (Deb, Lauren’s mom and graduate student at USC).   Mr. Rogers

Ella Minnow Pea by Mark Dunn. “Cute story with a very different premise.” (Jennifer-Teacher)EllaMinnowPea

Summer at Tiffany by Marjorie Hart. “Set in World War II about women working at Tiffany’s for the first time. Sweet, coming of age story as well as historical fiction.” (Teri-Flight Attendant)Summer at Tiffany

Precious Bane by Mary Webb. “Beautiful language and writing. Touching story of how love can overcome any difficulty.” (Sally-Middle School Teacher)  Precious Bane

I’ve added these good books to my “to read” list. What about you?

Is there a good book you would add?