Want to get lost in a book, but you aren’t sure what to read? Let me help! Here’s a list of 10 book recommendations from every major genre. This list includes a few of my personal recommendations, diverse in genre and style, and perfect for a wide variety of readers.
1. Genre: Memoir
Title: “The Glass Castle” by Jeannette Walls
True stories add something special to a book. Walls’ account of her bizarre childhood will have you wondering how you got so lucky. This is a story of impoverished children learning to grow up with dysfunctional parents. While it may seem sad at times, it’s ultimately a journey with acceptance and happiness as the final destination.
2. Genre: Classics
Title: “The Outsiders” by S.E. Hinton
Want a look at the timeless social issues of society? Hinton’s novel deals with the rivalry between the rich kids, the “Socs” and the street-smart kids, the“Greasers.” Featuring a cast of memorable characters, Hinton’s novel will win your sympathy and leave you cheering for the main character, Ponyboy, a mature and good-hearted teenager, as he fights to overcome the stigma that comes with being the underdog.
3. Genre: Mystery/Crime
Title: “The Cuckoo’s Calling” by J.K. Rowling
J.K. Rowling, having ended the Harry Potter series, chose to start a new series without her famous name attached to it. However, this pseudonym did not last long as critics and audience alike speculated how a debut author could write such an intriguing crime story. Starring Detective Cormoran Strike, Rowling’s writing is as detailed and enthralling as ever. Follow Strike as he uncovers the mystery behind a famous model’s untimely death.
4. Genre: Fantasy
Title: “The Young Elites” by Marie Lu
Tired of the world you live in? Dive into Marie Lu’s fantasy world with Adelina Amouteru, a girl with silver hair and one eye, as she learns about the Dagger Society and her own mysterious powers. With her newfound powers, she must stop the people trying to kill her kind. This book, filled with action, adventure and romance, is a guaranteed page-turner.
5. Genre: Horror
Title: “The Shining” by Stephen King
You might have seen the movie, but you still need to read the book. Through his writing, King displays his talent in crafting suspense and doom. Join Jack Torrance and his family at the ghostly Overlook Hotel, where your night’s stay might become permanent. Does Jack escape the hotel or is he stuck, just as you will be in this page-turning novel?
6. Genre: Dystopian
Title: “5 To 1” by Holly Bodger
In the future, India changes a lot. Women are hard to find. In order to give the male population a chance to marry, a competition has been created. The prize for the winner? A wife. Journey alongside the unwilling bride, Sudasa, and the unwilling participant, Kiran. Told in two points of view, with one in prose and the other in verse, this dystopian world focuses on the individual’s desires versus the rest of society.
7. Genre: Romance
Title: “Something Borrowed” by Emily Giffin
Get entangled in Rachel White’s complicated love life. Adapted into a movie, Giffin’s novel centers on Rachel’s relationship with her vain best friend, Darcy, and her burgeoning romance with Darcy’s fiancé, Dex. In this story, lines will be crossed and hearts will break, but no matter the outcome, you will continue to turn the page until the very last.
8. Genre: Historical Fiction
Title: “The Book Thief” by Markus Zusak
In Zusak’s World War II story, Death is the voice of reason. The unique narrator focuses his attention on a young German girl, Liesel, and the Jewish man living in her basement. Through Liesel’s childhood, readers will learn the harmful effects of war on both prisoners and citizens. Book lovers will identify with Liesel and her meaningful bond with the written word.
9. Genre: Biography
Title: “Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption” by Laura Hillenbrand
Hillenbrand vividly writes about Louis Zamperini, a participant in the Olympics and a Japanese prisoner of war. This true story will have you rooting for Zamperini and his unbreakable will. It focuses on Zamperini’s life story and the crippling effects of the war long after he returned home. Give this story about love, loss and the power of the human spirit a try.
10. Genre: Children’s
Title: “Wonder” by R.J. Palacio
Palacio’s story about a boy with facial deformity will have every reader looking beyond a person’s physical appearance and to their actual character. August Pullman’s physical appearance has kept him from going to school with other kids. However, fifth grade is the year everything changes. What follows this school year is a lesson in acceptance and kindness.