Sometimes I feel like I’m just constantly recommending the same few books and I desperately need a new bag of tricks. But there is some truth to that whole not broke/don’t fix it thing, at least when it comes to great books. Maybe, rather than new bag of tricks, I need a standard one; a starter pack made up of my most recommended reads, wrapped up and ready to hand over at a moments notice.
Devil in the White City by Erik Larson
This is my go-to pick for readers looking to give nonfiction a shot. Larson blends history and true crime in a way that reads like fiction, with a triple dose of random facts and fascinating information.
A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra
This book has so many elements that make it a great piece for pairing. The writing is gorgeous and the setting is unique, but it falls in with a long line of brilliant war novels.
The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell
Science and religion and space and everything that shouldn’t fit together but somehow does makes The Sparrow one I have to throw at everyone looking for something eye-opening or different.
Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed
There are a million and one reasons to read Tiny Beautiful Things and if you can’t think of one I will find it for you.
The Wife by Meg Wolitzer
There’s just something about a great short novel with a feminist voice and a fantastic twist at the end that makes it super easy to recommend.
What would you include in your recommendation starter pack?