Follower Book Recommendations

To make things easy, we have linked all of these books below to Amazon. But I’ve included a list of wonderful independent booksellers first, because in every situation (when you can) choose an independent bookstore. Please do!



CHICAGO, IL
ROSCOE BOOKS


MINNEAPOLIS, MN
MOON PALACE BOOKS


PORTLAND, OR
ANNIE BLOOM’S BOOKS






A Discovery of Witches 
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A Man Called Ove

There is a little sadness but it’s a precious story and one of my all-time faves.
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn


A classic from 1943 was so beautiful about a young girl coming of age. 
Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man

All the Ugly and Wonderful Things

Highly recommend!
Beach Music
So beautiful!
Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstances
Don’t let the title dissuade you. It’s one of those surprise books that is just full of wonder and joy and speaks to the child in all of us. Also, it’s one of the books Melissa Hartwig recommended.
Before We Were Yours
It’s amazing in many directions. By far the best book I’ve read in quite a while.
Behold the Dreamers
Being Mortal

Beneath a Marble Sky 
Beyond the Point
I loved the audiobook!
Brain on Fire 
A quick read and a true story.
Brooklyn
Beautiful story and very nice adaptation to film too.
Call Your Daughter Home
It’s a beau-tiful read.
Chasing Cupcakes
This book totally changed my life and gave me a whole new mindset.  Every choice is a chance, if you don’t challenge yourself, you won’t change yourself. 
Cinnamon and Gunpowder
Would not have been a usual read for me but I got sucked in and lost in the food and story.
Circe
SO good! Incredible adaptation on the Greek goddess and very female empowering!!! 10000/10 review
Come As You Are
 
Confessions of an Imaginary Friend
The most delightful book I have read this summer. My tween and teen daughters and I read it together. 
Crossing to Safety
A thought-provoking book about two couples’ friendship through the decades.
Cutting for Stone
Daisy Jones and the Six
It’s about a 70’s rock-band like Fleetwood Mac. I was very entertained; it was such a great story and on Audible. It’s an ensemble cast so there are several different voices. Loooooved it.
Daughter of Fortune by Isabel Allende
Educated
Everything I Never Told You 
 
Evvie Drake Starts Over
Cute romantic story if you’re into that. Lots is humor. 
Genius Food
He’s Just Not That into You
Honestly, We Meant Well
I Liked My Life
I was Emelia Earhart 
A magical book!
Imagine That
Short book but I fell in love with the kid.
Interpreter of Maladies 
Collection of short stories from so many different points of view. She writes like she’s lived a thousand lives.
It Ends With Us
Keeping Faith
Kitchen Confidential
I Just listened to the audio book, which he narrates, and it was delightful.
Kitchens of the Great Midwest
We read it for book club and did a whole themed dinner. We all loved it. 
Let’s Take the Long Way Home
Lilac Girls
Lilian Boxfish Takes a Walk
It’s about an octogenarian woman, who was a copywriter for advertising. It’s the mid80s and she spends New Year’s Eve reminiscing about her life, while walking around New York City. I found it absolutely charming.
Love and Gelato
 
It’s a story about young love set in the background of Florence/Tuscany. A young American girl is seeking to find out more about her mother. It’s cute and a quick read.
Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand
A really fun read.
Mama’s Boy
This is not a fiction but, but more a memoir! It’s about how his relationship evolved with his mom, growing up Mormon and gay. He is an incredible writer and speaker!
Maybe You Should Talk To Someone
It’s not my typical genre but I’m really liking it.
Me Before You
Amazing!
Modern Lovers
My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry
Outlander series
Pachinko
It is epic in scale and has romance and great characters.
Park Avenue Summer 
Rare Bird
Roses
It’s a story about love and work and spans three generations of women. Primarily how the decisions of the grandmother impact the granddaughter. It reads like a historical fiction and is my all time favorite.
Same Kinda Different Than Me
Scarlett
Searching for Sylvie Lee
Serena
Silent Waters 
It made me cry happy and sad tears at the same time. The relationship between the main character and her Father will give you goosebumps. Unconditional love is all I can say. It’s soooo goood!!!!
Sissy
An amazing book by 27-year old Jacob Tobia, who identifies as queer trans. Life changing for me.
Small Great Things 
So Big 
Great book about the life of a strong, hard-working, beautiful woman 
Someone Knows My Name
Southernmost
Very touching story of a parent’s love
Standard Deviation
Absolutely wonderful book with amazing insight into the human mind, sprite, and heart with laugh-out-loud moments and observations throughout. 
Stargirl
It’s a beautiful story about nonconformity, uniqueness, and kindness… it reads a little young but is a precious message and reminder.
Talking As Fast As I Can
Tell the Wolves I’m Home 
That Month in Tuscany
The Alchemist
Always a favorite.
The Art of Hearing Heartbeats 
The Art of Racing in the Rain
The Blue Castle
It’s such a satisfying read….and mostly skipped over but soo soo good.
The Book of Polly 
I still miss these characters and read it over a year ago. It was a great story!
The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek
The boys and the boat 
This book came out many, many years ago, and it is in my top five favorite books of all time. By far the best audiobook I’ve ever listened to. I recommend it so highly. 
The Bridge Across Forever
The Bronze Horseman
It is an epic rollercoaster of emotions. A romance set in Russia, WW2, family, love, loss, war. I had butterflies in my stomach, I cried, I stayed up very, very late to keep reading.
The Chaperone 
The Coincidence of Coconut Cake
The Count of Monte Cristo
 
Very soul redeeming feel to it. It is one of my favorite stories as the main character struggles with revenge and redemption.
The Friends We Keep
I just read Jane Green’s new book and it was perfect end of summer reading. 
The Glass Castle
One of my all-time faves. 
The God of Small Things
The Goldfinch
Very well written and a hell of a story.
The Great Alone
The Great Believers
The Guest Book 
The Heart’s Invisible Furies
Funny, sad, it was wonderful. About a gay man growing up in Ireland in the 1950s.
The Lacuna
The Language of Flowers
The Last Lecture
The Last Mrs. Parrish
The Light Between Us
I think you’ll love it!
The Light of the World 
The Long Walk to Freedom
The Lotus Eaters
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane
It’s a kids’ book that will only take a few hours, but it is MAGNIFICENT.
The Neapolitan Novels (A 4 novel saga)
Ferrante is a ghost writer and nobody knows who she truly is, but she is one of my favorite authors. The way she tells the lifelong story of two friends, is amazing. 
The Night Circus
The Night Circus is magical realism like Harry Potter, but in one of the most beautiful visually stunning books I’ve read/listened to. There is no real stress and no real suspense, but there are definitely surprises.
The Orchardist 
The Overstory 
An absolutely gorgeous book.
The Paris Architect
So good so far! I love WWII historical fiction.
The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake 
It’s wonderful!
The People We Hate at the Wedding
The Pillars of the Earth 
Great summer read.
The River
Beautifully written. Quick read.
The Rosie Project
The Secrets We Kept
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo
I really enjoyed it! It was a really beautiful story of a fascinating life, definitely recommend.
The Silent Patient
I’m reading The Silent Patient right now and it’s good
The Smell of Other People’s Houses 
This book was fabulous. I got completely lost in the characters. 
The Sound of Glass
The Spitfire Girls
The Storyteller’s Secret
The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck
The Vacationers
The Wedding Date
Such a feel-good book!
The Winter Sea
The Year of Yes
There There 

This Is How It Always Is

It’s the most beautiful book I’ve ever read. It’s a novel about revelations, transformations, fairy tales, and family.
Thrive

I’m loving this book!!! It’s all about the happiest people in the world. Kind of informational and story and documentation all at once.
Total Focus

Waiting for Tom Hanks

I promise some chuckles because there were times I laughed out loud on the train ride to work.

What Alice Forgot

Where the Crawdads Sing

Wild

I have read it five times! Completely changed my life and views about transformation, growth and moving on.
Women in Sunlight
Food. Women and travel all in one with love and kindness
Written on The Body
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Yesterday’s Sun
Beautiful read in my opinion. Sad in parts, but the overall story is just beautiful. I read it years ago and it has stuck with me. 
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