100 books

I’m a professional book person, and I like recommending books to people, so here’s a list. I’ve listed 40 fiction books and 40 non-fiction, plus 10 poetry/drama/miscellany titles. This list is extremely subject to change, of course, so keep checking back.


Louisa May Alcott, Little Women
Charlotte Bronte, Jane Eyre
Michael Chabon, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay
G.K. Chesterton, The Man Who Was Thursday
Sandra Cisneros, The House on Mango Street
Suzanna Clark, Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell
Patrick DeWitt, The Sisters Brothers
Junot Diaz, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
Arthur Conan Doyle, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
Umberto Eco, The Name of the Rose
Jennifer Egan, A Visit From the Goon Squad
Leif Enger, Peace Like a River and So Brave, Young, and Handsome
Michel Faber, The Book of Strange New Things
Greg Garrett, Free Bird
John Green, The Fault In Our Stars and An Abundance of Katherines
Zora Neale Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God
Stephen King, The Stand
Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird
Madeleine L’Engle, A Wrinkle In Time
C.S. Lewis, That Hideous Strength and Till We Have Faces
Lois Lowry, The Giver
Emily St. John Mandel, Station Eleven
Cormac McCarthy, The Road
David Mitchell, Cloud Atlas
Audrey Niffenegger, The Time Traveler’s Wife
Tim O’Brien, The Things They Carried
Flannery O’Connor, The Violent Bear It Away
Walker Percy, The Moviegoer
Andrew Peterson, The Wingfeather Saga (On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness, North! or Be Eaten, The Monster in the Hollows, The Warden and the Wolf King [I haven’t actually read the last one yet, but I’m sure it’s brilliant])
Marilynne Robinson, Gilead
Patrick Rothfuss, the Kingkiller Chronicles series (so far: The Name of the Wind and The Wise Man’s Fear; he’s in the process of writing the third)
Rainbow Rowell, Eleanor and Park
J.K. Rowling, the Harry Potter septology
J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings trilogy
Walter Wangerin, Jr., The Book of God
Andy Weir, The Martian
Virginia Woolf, Mrs. Dalloway

Athanasius, On the Incarnation
Augustine, Confessions
Dietrich Bonhoeffer, The Cost of Discipleship
Joseph Campbell, The Hero With a Thousand Faces
Robert Farrar Capon, The Supper of the Lamb
Francis Chan, Forgotten God
G.K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy
Mike Cosper, Rhythms of Grace and Recapturing the Wonder
Daniel Coyle, The Talent Code
Annie Dillard, The Writing Life
Bernard Le Bovier de Fontenelle, Conversations on the Plurality of Worlds
Jen Hatmaker, 7
Marilyn Johnson, This Book is Overdue!
Bob Kauflin, Worship Matters
Tim Keller, Prayer and Center Church
Stephen King, On Writing
Barbara Kingsolver, Animal, Vegetable, Miracle
Chuck Klosterman, Killing Yourself to Live
C.S. Lewis, God in the Dock and The Screwtape Letters
Donald Miller, A Million Miles in A Thousand Years
Kathleen Norris, The Cloister Walk and Acedia & Me
J.I. Packer, Knowing God
Matt Perman, What’s Best Next
Eugene Peterson, Christ Plays in Ten Thousand Places and Eat This Book
Mike Peterson, Matt Kronberg, Jedd Medefind, and Trey Sklar, Four Souls
John Piper, When I Don’t Desire God
Mary Roach, Stiff
James K.A. Smith, Desiring the Kingdom and Imagining the Kingdom
Paul David Tripp, Instruments in the Redeemer’s Hands
Michael Ward, Planet Narnia
Tish Harrison Warren, Liturgy of the Ordinary
Edward T. Welch, When People are Big and God is Small
Lauren Winner, Girl Meets God and Mudhouse Sabbath
N.T. Wright, Surprised By Hope
Jeffrey Yamaguchi, 52 Projects

Margaret Edson, W;t
Homer, The Odyssey
Mary Karr, Sinners Welcome
John Lewis et al., March (Parts 1 & 2)
Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jeremy McCarter, Hamilton: The Revolution
Lonely Planet, The Travel Book
Yotam Ottolenghi, Jerusalem
William Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing and Hamlet
Thornton Wilder, Our Town

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