Book Recommendation/Reading List

One of my favorite things to do in the world is reading. Spending copious amount of time investigating crimes, learning about a new culture and traveling to someplace new brings me so much joy. In my younger days, I used to read a new book every two days. However, due to things like university, Netflix and social media I kind of lost that habit. This year I had a goal of reading 40 new books excluding the books I read for school or to teach. I have now read 17 books and need to step it up a bit. 😉 In order to meet this challenge, I have compiled a list of books and am going through them piece by piece. Some of them are also impulsive purchases like Circe by Madeline Miller (Which was fabulous btw) or books I bought second hand. This list, however, is written down in various places like my phone, journal, notebooks or my Amazon wishlist. Therefore, I thought I would compile the whole thing together and post it up here for anyone who wants to join me (Summer is here after all). Since I have had a 6-month head start please don’t feel the need to have a goal of 40 books. This is mostly to keep me accountable and to give you all some inspiration in case you need to get some books. 🙂 

This list is a combination of books I’ve read and books I Can’t wait to read. I will italicize the books I’ve already read. 



Circe by Madeline Miller 

The Lying Game by Ruth Ware 

In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware 

The Illegal by Lawrence Hill 

The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

Sula by Toni Morrison

Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

The Iliad by Homer

Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë



The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson

Narrative of the life of Frederick Douglass by Frederick Douglass

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

The Inconvenient Indian by Thomas King

Barracoon Story of the Last Black Cargo by Zora Neale Hurston

I was Told to Come Alone by Souad Mekhennet

Down Girl: The Logic of Misogyny by Kate Manne

(This was recommended to me by one of my professors)

The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg

Overdressed by Elizabeth L. Cline



Everybody Always by Bob Goff

Uninvited by Lysa Terkeurst

Come Matter Here by Hannah Brencher 

Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis

The Confessions of St. Augustine by St. Augustine

Celebration of Discipline by Richard J. Foster

Knowledge of the Holy by A.W. Tozer

A Prayer Journal by Flannery O’Connor



I have not included everything on my list. There are also a few books I am not sure about buying this year yet as I want to wait and see if I can find them second hand. However, if you have any book suggestions let me know. I am always on the hunt for a great book!




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