Summer has floated away from us, and that means less time outdoors and more time indoors. For those chilly or rainy afternoons, I have compiled a varied list of book recommendations, including most genres… sorry, guys, I don’t read much fantasy but I’d love some recommendations from you in the comments section!

Here’s your list. Happy reading!

You want to read classic lit that won’t make you poke your eyes out from boredom:
The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

You want to read a funny book that literally will make you laugh out loud:
The Arrangement by Sarah Dunn

You want to read a post-apocalyptical novel that is written in a poetic, haunting, beautiful style with themes that will remain with you after you finish the last page:
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

You want to read a fascinating non-fiction book that is rich in description, adventure, and controversy:
Dark Summit by Nick Heil

You want to read a historical fiction book with an exceptionally unique narrator from an author who is economical yet very effective with his prose:
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

You want to read a dark mystery/thriller from an author who isn’t afraid to push the envelope (and then you want to watch a great TV mini-series adaptation of it):
Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn

You want to read a non-fiction book that is grounded in eye-opening scientific research:
Why We Sleep by Matthew Walker PhD

You want to read a moving love story where you aren’t sure what the ending will be:
The Last Letter to Your Lover by JoJo Moyes

You want to read a heartwrenching love story where you are guaranteed a happy ending (i.e. you want an actual romance novel and you don’t mind sometimes fluffy language):
Once In A Blue Moon by Penelope Williamson

You want to read the best tearjerker in young adult fiction:
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

You want to read a memoir that is very serious, fascinating, and hard to put down, and you are prepared to cry tears of tragedy… more than once:
When Broken Glass Floats by Chanrithy Him

You want to read a memoir that is sometimes sad but also sometimes funny (not as heavy as the aforementioned memoir):
Blackbird by Jennifer Lauck

You want to read an erotic novel with edgy, explicit sex scenes that doesn’t have the cheesy writing of Fifty Shades of Grey:
Stranger by Megan Hart

You want to read a beautifully written character story with a hero and heroine who are flawed in real and sympathetic ways:
April and Oliver by Tess Callahan

You want to read an inspirational non-fiction book that’s motivating instead of irritating:
Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert



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