Christine Koh

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I'm Christine Koh, a music and brain neuroscientist turned multimedia creative. I'm the founder + editor of Boston Mamas, co-author of Minimalist Parenting, co-host of the Edit Your Life podcast, and creative director at Women Online. Drop me a line; I'd love to chat about how we can work together!

100 Books For Your Booklist

Crowdsourcing for book recommendations has become one of my favorite things to do via social media. I love hearing how passionate people are about books and over the last several years, these lists have been my go-to source for so many wonderful reads! Following last year's 80 books for your booklist, I decided to canvas again and received 100 recommendations in a few days -- bookmark or print this list out for your next bookstore or library visit!

I've included the name of the recommender(s) and any specific comments, to help guide your choices (I tend to start with books with multiple recommendations or enthusiastic comments!). If you have other recommendations not on this list, of course feel free to share via comment!

1. A Hundred Summers by Beatriz Williams (via Kris-Ann)

2. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr (via Morra)

3. A Long Time Gone by Karen White (via Kris-Ann)

4. Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (via Kaitlyn, Heather)

5. American Romantic by Ward (via Morra: ”Just like a modern day Graham Greene and really good.”)

6. An Abundance of Katherines by John Green (via Christina)

7. And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini (via Ana-Maria)

8. Attachments by Rainbow Rowell (via Lucrecer)

9. Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walters (via Sharon, Elena)

10. Born to Run by Christopher McDougall (via Amie)

11. Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling (via Sharon)

12-14. Century Trilogy: Fall of Giants, Winter of the World, Edge of Eternity by Ken Follett (via Amie)

15. China Dolls by Lisa See (via Sharon)

16. Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell (via Hillary)

17. Comfort Me with Apples by Ruth Reichl (via Morra)

18. Daily Rituals: How Artists Work by Mason Currey (via Lucrecer)

19. David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell (via Matt)

20. Dear Nobody: The True Diary of Mary Rose by Gillian McCain (via Ana-Maria)

21. Defending Jacob by William Landay (via Tara)

22. Die Empty: Unleash Your Best Work Every Day by Todd Henry (via Lucrecer)

23. Euphoria by Lily King (via Morra)

24. Family Life by Akhil Sharma (via @notabilia)

25. For You Mom, Finally (originally published as Not Becoming My Mother and Other Things She Taught Me Along the Way) by Ruth Reichl (via Morra)

26. Garlic and Sapphires: The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise by Ruth Reichl (via Morra)

27. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn (via Kaitlyn, Melissa)

28. His Dark Materials Trilogy by Philip Pullman (via Melissa: “Perfect amount of fantasy for summertime.”)

29. How the World Sees You by Sally Hogshead (via Lucrecer)

30. I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai and Christina Lamb (via Sharon)

31. I Heart My Little A-Holes by Karen Alpert (via Meredith)

32. In the Shadow of the Banyan by Vaddey Ratner (via Amie)

33. In the Time of Butterflies by Julia Alvarez (via Laura)

34. Jayber Crow by Wendell Berry (via @stephsday)

35. Journey to the River Sea by Eva Ibbotson (via Tara: “My daughter read this as part of book club, great for kids.”)

36. Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain (via Kaitlyn)

37. Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg (via @stephsday)

38. Lipshtick by Gwen Macsai (via Lindsey)

39. Love and Treasure by Ayelet Waldman (via Heather)

40. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes (via Kristy; Amie: “Made me cry, but I loved it!”)

41. Moloka’i by Alan Brennert (via Annie)

42. Mrs. Lincoln’s Rival by Jennifer Chiaverini (via Sharon)

43. My Salinger Year by Joanna Smith Rakoff (via Casey)

44. NurtureShock by Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman (via Matt)

45. One Summer: America, 1927 by Bill Bryson (via Kristy)

46. Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline (via Stacey, Sharon, Tara, Heather)

47. Our Boston: Writers Celebrate the City They Love by Andrew Blauner (via Heather: “Collection of essays and stories benefitting The One Fund.”)

48. Play It Away: A Workaholic’s Cure for Anxiety by Charlie Hoehn (via Lucrecer)

49. Prep by Curtis Sittenfeld (via Jen)

50. Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver (via Kaitlyn)

51. Profit First by Mike Michalowicz (via Lucrecer)

52. Protecting the Gift: Keeping Children and Teenagers Safe (and Parents Sane) by Gavin De Becker (via @stephsday)

53. Save the Date by Mary Kay Andrews (via Kris-Ann)

54. Seating Arrangements by Maggie Shipstead (via Heather)

55. Serena by Ron Rash (via Kaitlyn)

56. Tell No One by Harlan Coben (via Andrea)

57. Tender at the Bone by Ruth Reichl (via Morra)

58. Testimony by Anita Shreve (via Kris-Ann)

59. The Art of Hearing Heartbeats by Jan Philipp-Sendker (via Heather: “Loved, loved, LOVED.”)

60. The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein (via Christine)

61. The Atlantis Gene by A.G. Riddle (via Kris-Ann)

62. The Bell Ringers by Henry Porter (via Sharon)

63. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (via Laura)

64. The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty (via Heather)

65. The Circle by Dave Eggers (via Stefania)

66. The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith (via Melissa: ”Read in 2 days, couldn’t put it down. Very old school noir mystery like Raymond Chandler.”)

67. The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery (via Laura)

68. The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe (via Heather: “Loved it!”)

69. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green (via Laura, Tara, Christine; Jessica: “I just finished The Fault in Our Stars, probably the last American mom to read it. But it was a quick, delightful, heartbreaking, beautiful read and I am so glad I finally got to it.”)

70. The Girl You Left Behind by Jojo Moyes (via Stefania)

71. The Gold Coast by Nelson DeMille (via Amie: “Good beach read.”)

72. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt (via Heather, Amie)

73. The Hundred Foot Journey by Richard C. Morais (via Tara)

74. The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer (via @courtneytheduke)

75. The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd (via Sharon)

76. The Knitting Circle by Ann Hood (via Christy: “Heartbreaking, but so beautifully crafted.”)

77. The Hurricane Sisters by Dorothea Benton Frank (via Kris-Ann)

78. The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh (via Elena)

79. The Magic Room: A Story About the Love We Wish for Our Daughters by Jeffrey Zaslow (via Kris-Ann)

80. The Matchmaker by Elin Hilderbrand (via Ryan, Heather)

81. The Orchardist by Amanda Coplin (via Close Buy Catalog)

82. The Nobodies Album by Carolyn Parkhurst (via Jessica: “Perfect novel for a cross-country flight.”)

83. The Pearl That Broke Its Shell by Nadia Hashimi (via Thien-Kim)

84. The Red Thread by Ann Hood (via Christy)

85. The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion (via Kristy, Tara)

86. The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert (via Heather)

87. The Sleepwalker’s Guide to Dancing by Mira Jacob (via Karen)

88. The Vacationers by Emma Straub (via Heather)

89. The Valley of Amazement by Amy Tan (via Sharon)

90. This Is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper (via Meredith: “Provided much needed laughter.”)

91. Till We Have Faces by C.S. Lewis (via Elaine)

92. Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand (via Lindsay: “INCREDIBLE. Life changing.”)

93. Visible City by Tova Mervis (via Lisa:“It’s a best seller and was written by a parent at my son’s school in Watertown.”)

94. Wave by Sonali Deraniyagala (via @notabilia)

95. What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty (via Laura)

96. Where’d You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple (via Sharon: “LOVED. Funny, funny.”)

97. White Teeth by Zadie Smith (via Kaitlyn)

98. Wild by Cheryl Strayed (via Elena)

99. Yes, Chef: A Memoir by Marcus Samuelsson (via Thien-Kim: “I’m listening to this. It’s eloquent and he’s got a great voice!”)

100. Z: A Novel of Zelda Scott Fitzgerald by Therese Anne Fowler (via Sharon)


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