Lots of people, including myself, have included “read more books” on their list of New Year’s Resolutions. So I thought I’d compile some book recommendations to provide you guys with inspiration! In no particular order, here’s a list of 101 books I’ve read and loved.


  1. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee (my all-time favorite!)
  2. Ella Minnow Pea by Mark Dunn
  3. The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros
  4. Sabriel by Garth Nix
  5. Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
  6. Room by Emma Donoghue
  7. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle
  8. I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
  9. A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
  10. The Yellow Wallpaper and Other Stories by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
  11. The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto by Mitch Albom
  12. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
  13. Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill
  14. The Way We Live Now by Anthony Trollope
  15. Edgar Allan Poe: Complete Tales and Poems by Edgar Allan Poe
  16. Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
  17. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  18. Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai
  19. Animal Farm by George Orwell
  20. Wild Awake by Hilary T. Smith (an underrated but oh-so-beautiful book)
  21. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
  22. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
  23. The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
  24. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling (duh)
  25. Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
  26. Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
  27. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  28. Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell
  29. The Odyssey by Homer (I recommend the Robert Fagles translation)
  30. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  31. It by Stephen King
  32. Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
  33. All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
  34. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (even better if you can read it in the original French!)
  35. The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien
  36. Savvy by Ingrid Law
  37. The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket
  38. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
  39. Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
  40. The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne
  41. Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
  42. The Once and Future King by T.H. White
  43. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  44. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
  45. The Odds of Loving Grover Cleveland by Rebekah Crane
  46. The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
  47. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
  48. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
  49. Hunger by Knut Hamsun
  50. Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper
  51. The World According to Garp by John Irving
  52. Macbeth by William Shakespeare
  53. The Old Man and The Sea by Ernest Hemingway
  54. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell (love, love, love!)
  55. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
  56. All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque
  57. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
  58. The Help by Kathryn Stockett
  59. A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
  60. My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult
  61. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
  62. The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
  63. It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini
  64. 1984 by George Orwell
  65. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
  66. Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
  67. The Paper Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg
  68. The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen
  69. It Can’t Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis (a book whose message is especially relevant in light of the recent election)
  70. Lucky Boy by Shanthi Sekaran


  1. Born a Crime by Trevor Noah
  2. When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
  3. Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be by Frank Bruni (a must-read for anyone stressed out about college admissions and the Ivy League hype)
  4. Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow
  5. The Reason I Jump by Naoki Higashida
  6. salt. by Nayyirah Waheed
  7. Killing the Rising Sun by Bill O'Reilly
  8. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
  9. The Princess Saves Herself in this One by Amanda Lovelace
  10. The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
  11. Night by Elie Wiesel
  12. Ariel by Sylvia Plath
  13. Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance
  14. A People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn
  15. Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom (this is the memoir that baby memoirs want to be when they grow up)
  16. Cosmos by Carl Sagan
  17. Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
  18. The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
  19. The Ethics of Ambiguity by Simone de Beauvoir
  20. Black Skin, White Masks by Frantz Fanon
  21. How to Become a Straight‑A Student by Cal Newport
  22. The Color of Water by James McBride
  23. A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson
  24. Shoe Dog by Phil Knight
  25. We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  26. The Road to Character by David Brooks
  27. Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell (all of Gladwell’s books are great tbh)
  28. The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown
  29. Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
  30. No Matter the Wreckage by Sarah Kay
  31. Our Numbered Days by Neil Hilborn

P.S. If you’re trying to read more in 2017, check out my posts about goal-setting and habits!

Thanks for reading! If you have questions, feedback, or post requests, feel free to drop me an ask.

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18 Sept 16 — messy messy non-desk desk. 2 weeks and I’ll be back in Cambridge after a stupid number of months off for summer. !!! Currently reading I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou and couldn’t recommend it more; I’m underlining and annotating like a possessed Lit student.

black literature, part 1 🌻

12 books by black authors to read this year:

1. their eyes were watching God by zora neale hurston

2. song of solomon by toni morrison

3. go tell it on the mountain by james baldwin

4. invisible man by ralph ellison

5. brown girl, brownstones by paule marshall

6. beloved by toni morrison

7. the souls of black folk by w.e.b. du bois

8. there is confusion by jessie redmon fauset

9. killing the black body by dorothy roberts

10. i know why the caged bird sings by maya angelou

11. moses, man of the mountain by zora neale hurston

12. native son by richard wright

note: some of these novels are very emotionally intense and mature in content. know your sensitivity level, and read at your will.

In Honor of #InternationalWomensDay

Some Recommendations for Books Written by Female Authors:

Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
The Color Purple by Alice Walker
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
This Bridge Called My Back edited by Gloria Anzaldúa and Cherríe Moraga
Autobiography of Red by Anne Carson
Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
Passing by Nella Larsen
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
Orlando by Virginia Woolf
Henry and June by Anaïs Nin
Emma by Jane Austen
The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys
Silas Marner by George Eliot
The History of Mary Prince by Mary Prince
My Ántonia by Willa Cather
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
Oroonoko by Aphra Behn
The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett 
The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
A Vindication of the Rights of Woman by Mary Wollstonecraft
I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
The Awakening by Kate Chopin 
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Feel free to add your own :)

Books about Women by Women for Women

Here’s a list of books that I have recently read (last year) about women for women by women! I thought this would be a fun post to share with you all, as I believe that women supporting other women should be a trend in 2018! Currently, there is a month long ‘Femmuary’ read-a-thon going on and you can learn more about it HERE

Here are my picks: 

All of these, except for ‘My Brilliant Friend’ by Elena Ferrante, where a 4 or 5 star read! I’m not including personal reviews because I would like this to be a reference list, rather than a book review blog post, but if you would like to discuss a particular book with me you can send me a private message (I always respond!).

 Also, this list includes memoirs and non-fiction books, as well as short stories, a poetry collection and a novel about female friendship that is a first book in a series. I have linked Goodreads pages for book descriptions! 

If you would like to friend me on Goodreads, you can find my page HERE

I’m sure this list will be updated eventually, as I cannot wait to read more books written about women by female authors! 

Sorry, I just found this …. so next year … 

but take a look …  and then ask yourself, 

if I turned my life into a memoir, 

Could it be on this list of life changing books?



Challenged and Banned Books by and about African Americans

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

1983 – 2009—Over thirty-five challenges in twenty states since the book’s publication.

2009—Challenged in the Newman-Crows Landing School District on a required reading list presented by the Orestimba High English Department.  A trustee questioned the qualifications of Orestimba staff to teach a novel depicting African American culture.  (CA)

A Hero Ain’t Nothin But a Sandwich by Alice Childress

1976 – 1994—Challenged five times in five states.  (NY, GA, TX, MD, SC)

1976—Removed from Island Trees School Union Free District High School library along with nine other titles because they were considered “immoral, anti-American, anti-Christian, or just plain filthy.”  (NY)

Rainbow Jordan by Alice Childress

1986—Challenged at the Gwinnett County public schools because of “foul language and sexual references.”  (GA)

1986—Banned from Spokane middle schools because the book’s storyline about a prostitute’s daughter was “too mature.”  (WA)

My House by Nikki Giovanni

1992—Challenged by the Duval County public school libraries because it contains the word “nigger” and was accused of containing excessive vulgarity, racism, and sex.  (FL)

A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry

1979—Responding to criticism from an anti-pornography organization, the Ogden School District restricted circulation of Hansberry’s play.  (UT)

Nappy Hair by Carolivia Herron

1998—Challenged in Brooklyn because it was considered racially insensitive.  (NY)

Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

1997—Challenged for sexual explicitness, but retained on the Stonewall Jackson High School’s academically advanced reading list in Brentsville.  A parent objected to the novel’s language and sexual explicitness.

Beloved by Toni Morrison

1995 – 2007—Challenged seven times in six states since its publication.  (FL, TX, ME, IL, ID, & KY)

2007—Challenged in the Coeur d’Alene School District.  Some parents say the book along with five others should require parental permission for students to read them.  (ID)

2013—Parent wants the book removed because she believes it depicts scenes of bestiality, gang rape and an infant’s gruesome murder, content she believes could be too intense for teenage readers.

The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

1994 – 2007—Challenged eleven times in nine states since publication.  (AK, PA, FL, MA, MD, NH, CA, CO, MI)

2005—Banned from the Littleton curriculum and library shelves after complaints about its explicit sex, including the rape of an eleven-year-old girl by her father.  (CO)

2013— The board of education president in Ohio is criticizing the inclusion of the book on the Common Core Standard’s recommended reading list for 11th-graders, labeling the controversial work “pornographic,” and wishes to ban it from the classroom.

Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison

1993 – 2009—Challenged in five states due to its sexually explicitly language.  (OH, GA, FL, MD, MI)

1998—Removed from the St. Mary’s County Schools’ approved text list by the school superintendent overruling a faculty committee recommendation.  Complaints referred to the novel as “filth,” “trash,” and “repulsive.”  (MD)

Sula by Toni Morrison

2000—Challenged on the Poolesville High School reading list because of the book’s sexual content and language.  On October 5, 2000, Montgomery County Circuit Court Judge Paul McGuckian dismissed the bid to band the work from the curriculum.  The school, however, decided to remove the book from the summer reading list.  (MD)

Push by Sapphire

2005—Challenged, but retained at Fayetteville High School despite a parent’s complaint that it was sexually explicit.  The complainant also submitted a list of more than fifty books, citing the books as too sexually explicit and promoting homosexuality.  (AL)

enroutetospace  asked:

Hi Ijeoma! I genuinely love love love your writings. I feel as if they just... speak to me. Could you please share some of your favourite books?

These are some I could think of quickly. Enjoy the list:

1. Create Dangerously: The immigrant Artist at Work by Edwidge Danticat

2. A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

3. Brother, I am Dying by Edwidge Danticat

4. The Four Agreements by Miguel Ruiz

5. The Gift. Poems by Hafiz, translated by Daniel Ladinsky

6. I Know why The Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

7. Shake loose my Skin by Sonia Sanchez

8. I Have Been a Woman by Sonia Sanchez

9. For Colored Girls who have Considered Suicide by Ntozake Shange

10. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

11. Bad News: Last Journalists in a Dictatorship by Anjan Sundaram.

12. James Baldwin: The Last Interview: And Other Conversations

13. The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison.

14. There was a Country by Chinua Achebe.

15. The Lion and the Jewel by Wole Soyinka.

16. The Concubine by Elechi Amadi.

17. Fela: This Bitch of a life by Moore Carlos.

18. The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga. 

19. A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Child Solider by Ishmael Beah.

20. Letter to my Daughter by Maya Angelou. 

P.S. Thank you for your kind kind words. Thank you.

threehoursfromlondon  asked:

What are some of your favorite novels written by women?

  • Jane Eyre, Charlotte Brontë
  • The God of Small Things, Arundhati Roy
  • Wuthering Heights, Emily Brontë
  • Wide Sargasso Sea, Jean Rhys
  • The Color Purple, Alice Walker
  • The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood
  • Henry and June, Anaïs Nin
  • My Ántonia, Willa Cather
  • I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou
  • Their Eyes Were Watching God, Zora Neale Hurston
  • The Awakening, Kate Chopin
  • Ethan Frome, Edith Wharton
  • Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit, Jeanette Winterson

Jane Austen:

  • Emma
  • Pride and Prejudice
  • Sense and Sensibility

Virginia Woolf:

  • The Waves
  • To the Lighthouse
  • Mrs. Dalloway

Anne Carson:

  • The Autobiography of Red
  • Red Doc>
  • Antigonick

Toni Morrison:

  • The Bluest Eye
  • Song of Solomon
  • Beloved
Instead, pursue the things you love doing, and then do them so well that people can’t take their eyes off you.
—  Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

anonymous asked:

What are some books every girl should read before she's 25?

OOOH I love these questions. Be prepared for an extensive list, I have loads of recs since I’m 25 in a year and a half and I’ve read a lot. I’m going to include like kid-lit, YA books, non-fiction, and classics that I think young women should read. Just be warned they’re out of order and there are some I would definitely not give to an 9-year-old although lbr I probably read them at that age. 

  • Ella Enchanted and The Two Princesses of Bamarre by Gail Carson Levine 
  • The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale 
  • The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by e. Lockhart (I prefer this one to We Were Liars since that one made me cry too much but if that’s your cup of tea, go for it)
  • Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling (I know JKR has been cancelled but like death of the author, her books are eternal, just be critical)
  • Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell 
  • Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy (one of the few men on this list. After the first time I read it, I skim the Levin chapters because I don’t care about potato farming but I’m just that kind of person haha)
  • Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky (too much of my morality comes from this book)
  • Pride and Prejudice and Emma by Jane Austen (I prefer the latter personally but the former is like required reading)
  • Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte (skip Jane Eyre unless you’re really hell bent on outdated white feminist rhetoric)
  • Henry and June by Anais Nin (her diaries are also excellent)
  • The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath (her diaries are essential as is her poetry but start with this one)
  • Anything by Virginia Woolf, I prefer her letters to Vita Sackville-West but you can’t go wrong with The Waves or Mrs. Dalloway)
  • The Awakening by Kate Chopin (My friend Jess read this book when she was 16 and immediately dumped her boyfriend which is a #mood)
  • Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston (I read this book when I was 16 and became resolute that I wasn’t going to ever marry my boyfriend)
  • The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir 
  • Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery (I get bored once Anne starts popping out babies but the first few books are worth a read)
  • The Beautiful and the Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald (you’ll read Gatsby in school at some point I’m sure so I’m going for this one instead)
  • Franny and Zooey by J.D. Salinger (better than Catcher in my opinion)
  • Americanah by Chimimanda Ngozi Adichie 
  • White is for Witching by Helen Oyeyemi 
  • Romeo and Juliet, King Lear, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Othello, and Titus Andronicus by William Shakespeare 
  • The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer 
  • Frankenstein by Mary Shelley 
  • The Babysitter’s Club Series by Ann M. Martin
  • Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
  • Call Me By Your Name by Andre Aciman 
  • The End of the Affair by Graham Greene
  • The Color Purple by Alice Walker 
  • Beloved by Toni Morrison (I haven’t read it yet but I’ve also heard from a reputable source aka Robyn that Song of Solomon is amazing)
  • White Oleander by Janet Fitch 
  • The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton (I bawled the first time I read it when I was 18)
  • Cracked Up To Be and Some Girls Are by Courtney Summers
  • East of Eden by John Steinbeck
  • Woman Hollering Creek and Loose Woman and The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros
  • Hunger and Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay 
  • Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn (Sharp Objects too if you’re into female violence but I’d skip Dark Places since it’s just not as good)
  • Gossip Girl Series by Cecily von Zeigesar (I mean, Blair Waldorf in all her glory was formative for me. I skipped the Dan, Vanessa, and Jenny chapters after like the first book but that’s just me)
  • Vanity Fair by William Mackepeace Thackeray
  • White Teeth by Zadie Smith (the first “adult” book I read back in the fifth grade)
  • The Chronology of Water by Lidia Yuknavitch 
  • The Stranger by Albert Camus 
  • Why be Happy When You Could be Normal? by Jeanette Winterson
  • Slouching Towards Bethlehem by Joan Didion
  • Wasted by Marya Hornbacher 
  •  Unspeakable Things by Laurie Penny
  • I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou 
  • The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
  • The Empathy Exams by Leslie Jamison but in particular, “The Grand Unified Theory of Female Pain”

That’s a good list to begin with and pretty much includes all my favorites.