I think I’ll jump on the A-Z book recommendations bandwagon started by @macrolit. It seems fun and challenging since it’s hard to find a book of each letter that I actually like enough to recommend but let’s see how it goes..
All the Light We Cannot See - Anthoney Doerr
Behind the Scenes at the Museum - Kate Atkinson
Cat’s Eye - Margaret Atwood
Dracula - Bram Stoker
Emma - Jane Austen
The Fountainhead - Ayn Rand
Gentlemen and Players - Joanne Harris
Hyperbole and a Half - Allie Brosh
Interpreter of Maladies - Jhumpa Lahiri
Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
Kartography - Kamila Shamsie
Love in Small Letters - Francesc Miralles
Murder on the Orient Express - Agatha Christie
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
Of Human Bondage - W. Somerset Maugham
The Picture of Dorian Gray - Oscar Wilde
The Quick - Lauren Owen
Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
The Secret History - Donna Tartt
To Kill A Mocking Bird - Harper Lee
The Unexpected Everything - Morgan Matson
A Visit From the Goon Squad - Jennifer Egan
White Teeth - Zadie Smith
The Year of the Rat - Claire Furniss
The Prisoner of Zenda - Anthony Hope
..And we’re done. This was fun! And I’d love for more people to join in so I’ll tag a bunch of people to come up with their A-Z recommendations:
I’ve been AWOL for a while on booklr while I finished up at uni, but now I’m back and to celebrate I am giving you a WHOLE 26 BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS by doing @macrolit‘s A-Z of book recs! Click on the links to read me reviews! Here we go:
An Abundance of Katherines by John Green- his best book in my opinion, showing a generation of young people that it’s perfectly okay not to be a genius.
Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson- a poignant and beautiful poetic memoir of growing up black in America.
Court of Mist and Fury (A) by Sarah J Maas- the second in a series but a fantastic read of overcoming loss and trauma while kicking serious ass and saving the world.
Dream Thieves(The) by Maggie Stiefvater- also the second in a series, but the best one in this quartet of friendship, magic, and history.
Eragon by Christopher Paolini- somewhat of a pastiche of high fantasy but still a fabulous read.
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell- a great college-set read for the Potter generation about overcoming anxiety, finding your voice, and making new friends.
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn- a gripping twist-filled crime thriller.
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by JK Rowling- my favourite of this phenomenal series!
I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai- an inspiring non-fiction account of an incredible life.
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte- my favourite classic novel, very accessible and perfect for curling up with in the winter!
Kite Runner (The) by Khaled Hosseini- a fantastic and emotional panoramic view of Afghanistan.
Little Princess (A) by Frances Hodgson Burnett- my favourite children’s classic!
Martian (The) by Andy Weir- OMG THIS IS FABULOUS GO READ IT
Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen- the protagonist is the original fangirl and this short classic is so worth your time!
One by Sarah Crossan- get ready to ugly-cry, a perfect YA verse novel
Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie- a beautifully intricate novel set in Nigeria.
QI: The Book of General Ignorance by John Lloyd- I’m somewhat of a QI nerd and this book of fun facts is interspersed with jokes from the show!
Room With A View (A) by EM Forester- a gorgeous novel from the early twentieth century.
Six of Crowsby Leigh Bardugo- a fantasy novel combined with a heist novel with brilliant characters! Go read!
Tar Baby by Toni Morrison- set in a sultry, humid atmosphere, romantic, dark, and full of beautiful writing, I highly recommend.
Under the Hawthorn Tree by Marita Conlon-McKenna- a children’s book set in Ireland during the famine in the mid-nineteenth century.
Voyage of the Sable Venus and Other Poems by Robin Coste Lewis- a poetry anthology celebrating the black female body and reclaming beauty.
@macrolit’s A–Z book recommendations seemed like a challenge and like a lot of fun, so here we go! I thought it would be hard to find each letter, but honestly it turned out to be more difficult to narrow it down for some of them. Where it was contentious, I chose the lesser-known, under-appreciated of the books up for each letter.
Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman – for people who loved American Gods, read this semi-sequel about the sons of Mr. Nancy.
The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro – a story about memory and love set in a foggy, post-Arthur England.
The Complete Cosmicomics by Italo Calvino – a collection of trippy, speculative fiction short stories.
Dictionary of the Khazars by Milorad Pavić – for lovers of twisty, magical realist, tales who love Borges and are willing to put in some work.
Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire – a quick novella with excellent world building.
Ficciones by Jorge Luis Borges – my favorite short story collection of all time—the inventor’s spec fic and magical realist tales.
The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker – fans of The Night Circus and American Gods will enjoy this fantastical romance set in New York City.
Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened by Allie Brosh – hilarious and so relatable, especially for anyone who’s been through depression.
Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine – a magnificent, fun alternative world about the power of books and the danger of centralizing knowledge.
Just Kids by Patti Smith – a dark tale of artists falling in love in the artistic backchannels of the Village.
The Last Report of the Miracles at Little No Horse by Louise Erdrich – a magical realist tale by an own voices author.
Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town by Jon Krakauer – rough, but vital—Krakauer picks apart rape culture by telling the stories of women who tried to get justice.
Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman – probably my favorite book of all time. an urban fantasy set in the underground of London.
Orlando by Virginia Woolf – in the 1920s, Woolf wrote a magical realist tale about with a gender-fluid MC. iconic.
Paradise by Toni Morrison – one of morrison’s most underrated novels. a masterpiece about women sticking together.
Deltora Quest by Emily Rodda – I struggled to find a Q ahaha, but I loved these books when I was younger!
The Refrigerator Monologues by Catherynne Valente – interconnected short stories about the women whose stories are refrigerated to further those of men in a comic books setting.
The Shell Collector by Anthony Doerr – short stories that changed the way i think about writing. they’re beautiful, magical realist, and haunting.
Things We Lost in the Fire: Stories by Mariana Enríquez – I didn’t sleep for days after reading these translated gothic horror tales.
Uprooted by Naomi Novik – a magical standalone about female friendship and an ancient power.
Van Gogh: The Life by Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith – a magnificent biography that speaks to the genius and madness of the artist.
Who Fears Death by Nnedi Okorafor – brilliant, and was just optioned to become an HBO show!
Yes Please by Amy Poehler – this was a fun and funny memoir by Poehler that encourages the reader to be unabashedly themselves.
Zombies vs. Unicorns ed. by Holly Black – this book was fun. the title says it all: it’s full of stories about either zombies or unicorns.
A - Albertine Disparue, Marcel Proust: The Fugitive, penultimate book of La Recherche, and among Proust’s best work.
B - Berezina, Sylvain Tesson: 200 years later, Tesson and his friends decide to follow the steps of Napoleon’s army from Moscow to Paris. Both funny and poignant at the same time.
C - Chartreuse de Parme, La, Stendhal (The Charterhouse of Parma): somewhat similar to The Red and the Black, but set in Italy, and even better.
D - Doctor Zhivago, Boris Pasternak: my favourite Russian novel, probably. Tragic, epic, sad. Perfect.
E - Eugene Onegin, Alexander Pushkin: forget it, this is my favourite Russian novel. Tragic, epic, sad. Perfect.
F - Flucht nach Oben, Annemarie Schwarzenbach: Schwarzenbach may be better known for her non-fiction work, but this novel is one of her most amazing pieces of writing.
G - Giovanni’s Room, James Baldwin: everything has already been said about this book. What can I add? Read it.
H - Have his Carcase, Dorothy L. Sayers: one of my favourite detective novels, (my very favourite being Gaudy Night, of course.) If you haven’t read Sayers yet, please do. She’s too wonderful for words.
I - Immoraliste, L’, André Gide: the story of Michel, a Frenchman confronted to his homosexuality in the 1900s. Read it for Gide’s incredible writing and stunning descriptions.
J - Jean de Florette, Marcel Pagnol: a small Provencal village torn apart by the arrival of Jean de Florette, a city man who wants to settle down in a farm in ruins. One of Pagnol’s best works.
K - K, Le, Dino Buzzati: a short story collection. Not among my favourites, but the only book I could think of for this letter.
L - Liaisons Dangereuses, Les, Choderlos de Laclos: forget the Stephen Frears movie, the book is way better.
M - Maurice, E. M. Forster: one of my favourite authors. One of my favourite books.
N - Nuit sera calme, La, Romain Gary: a long interview between Gary and one of his childhood friends. A must to understand Gary and his work.
O - Other Voices, Other Rooms, Truman Capote: Capote is at his best when he talks about the South, and his first novel remains one of his finest.
P - Price of Salt, The, Patricia Highsmith: once again, forget the movie. The book is way better.
Q - Quatrième Mur, Le, Sorj Chalandon: not translated in English, Le Quatrième Mur is a pretty good novel about theatre, war, and love.
R - Rebecca, Daphne du Maurier: “Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again.” Need I say more?
S - Sido, Colette: Colette at her very best. A tribute to her mother and her childhood.
T - Tender is the Night, F. Scott Fitzgerald: maybe not the best of Fitzgerald’s novels, but my favourite. I re-read it every year, and love it a little more each time.
U - Ungeduld der Herzens, Stefan Zweig (Beware of Pity): ah, Zweig. The more I read his books, the more I love him. Beware of Pity remains one of my favourites.
V - Vie, Une, Guy de Maupassant (A Woman’s Life): Maupassant’s realism can be harsh at times, but it’s always beautiful. A wonderfully written, heart-wrenching book.
W - Wendepunkt, Der, Klaus Mann (The Turning Point): Klaus Mann’s autobiography, from his childhood and teenage years to his exile, first in Europe, then in the US. Beautiful, illuminating, and heartbreaking.
X - I tried and tried but couldn’t find something for this one!
Y - Years, The, Virginia Woolf: not her best, but still wonderful.
Z - Zauberberg, Der, Thomas Mann (The Magic Mountain): one of the best novels I’ve ever read. Wunderbar.