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!

90 Books For Your Booklist

90 Books For Your Booklist

As I mentioned in Asha and my recent episode on media and entertainment favorites, I love getting big stacks of books at the library, particularly because a book needs to hook me within the first few pages or I give up on it (meaning, I tend to have a lot of false starts with books). A while back I asked on Facebook for book recommendations and per usual, my bookworm friends did not disappoint! Here are 90 crowd-sourced recommendations for you to consider. What I love is that this list isn't just new releases, which means you should be able to find lots of these titles in your library stacks (I have organized the list alphabetically by author to make your stack perusal easier!). But if you prefer, Amazon links are also included (they are affiliate links so if you shop via these links, you'll help support Boston Mamas -- thank you!). HAPPY READING! Oh, and also: I have indicated by first name who recommended the book because I often start my book collection with the titles where several people have made the same recommendation.

1) ALKON, Amy: Good Manners for Nice People Who Sometimes Say F*ck (recommended by Beth)

2) ANBINDER, Tyler: City of Dreams (recommended by Jessica)

3) ARNOLD, David: Kids of Appetite (recommended by Sandie)

4) ATKINSON, Kate: Anything by this author (recommended by Cynthia)

5) BACKMAN, Fredrik: Man Called Ove (recommended by Jennifer + Kristy)

6) BARDUGO, Leigh: Six of Crows + sequel Crooked Kingdom (recommended by Sandie)

7) BARRY, Dan: The Boys in the Bunkhouse: Servitude and Salvation in the Heartland (recommended by Jessica)

8) BASZILE, Natalie: Queen Sugar (recommended by A'Driane)

9) BERG, Elizabeth: Anything by this author (recommended by Melanie)

10) BERGNER, Daniel: Sing For Your Life: A Story of Race, Music & Family (recommended by Jessica)

11) BRYSON, Bill: A Walk in the Woods (recommended by Kaitlyn)

12) CAREY, M.R.: The Girl With All The Gifts (recommended by Lucrecer)

13) CLINE, Emma: The Girls (recommended by Sarah)

14) CLINE, Ernest: Ready Player One (recommended by Melanie)

15) CLINES, Peter: 14 (recommended by Lucrecer)

16) COLGAN, Jerry: Bookshop on the Corner (recommended by Anna)

17) DE ROSNAY, Tatiana: The House I Loved (recommended by Heather)

18) DIFFENBAUGH, Vanessa: The Language of Flowers (recommended by Melanie)

19) DOERR, Anthony: All the Light We Cannot See (recommended by Jessica + Heather)

20) DONOGHUE, Emma: Room (recommended by Melanie)

21) DOYLE MELTON, Glennon: Love Warrior (recommended by Lucrecer)

22) ELWES,Cary: As You Wish [Audiobook version] (recommended by Melanie)

23) FAYE, Lyndsay: Jane Steele (recommended by Cynthia)

24) FRENCH, Tara: Anything by this author (recommended by Cynthia)

25) GABALDON, Diana: Outlander Series (recommended by Liesbeth, Deborah, Melanie + Jessica)

26) GENOVA, Lisa: Love Anthony (recommended by Melanie)

27) GILBERT, Elizabeth: Big Magic (recommended by Jill, Asha + Lucrecer)

28) GRANT, Adam: Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World (recommended by Beth)

29) GREEN, Amy: Bloodroot (recommended by Melanie)

30) GRISSOM, Kathleen: The Kitchen House (recommended by Jessica)

31) HALL KELLY, Martha: Lilac Girls [Audiobook version] (recommended by Jessica)

32) HANNAH, Kristin: The Nightingale (recommended by Heather + Jessica)

33) HARDWICK, Chris: The Nerdist Way: How to Reach the Next Level (In Real Life) (recommended by Lucrecer)

34) HARKNESS, Deborah: All Souls Trilogy (A Discovery of Witches, Shadow of Night, The Book of Life) (recommended by Melanie)

35) HILL, Lawrence: Someone Knows My Name (recommended by Jessica)

36) IRVING, John: Prayer for Owen Meaney (recommended by Heather)

37) IVEY, Eowyn: The Snow Child (recommended by Sandie)

38) JACKSON, Joshilyn: Anything by this author (recommended by Melanie)

39) JUDSON, Olivia: Dr. Tatiana's Sex Advice to All Creation: The Definitive Guide to the Evolutionary Biology of Sex (recommended by Liesbeth)

40) KERASOTE, Ted: Merle's Door: Lessons From Free Thinking Dog (recommended by Beth)

41) LARSON, Erik: Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania (recommended by Kristy)

42) LAWSON, Jenny: Furiously Happy (recommended by Heather)

43) LIVESEY, Margot: Mercury (recommended by Morra)

44) MACKINTOSH, Clare: I Let You Go(recommended by Jessica)

45) MARX FITZGERALD, Laura: Under the Egg (recommended by Kristy)

46) MCLAIN, Paula: Paris Wife (recommended by Heather)

47) MCLEMORE, Anna-Marie: The Weight of Feathers (recommended by Sandie)

48) MORAN, Caitlin: How to Build a Girl (recommended by Sandie)

49) MORGENSTERN, Erin: The Night Circus (recommended by Cynthia, Sandie, Melanie + Jessica)

50) MORIARTY, Liane: Anything by this author (recommended by Becky)

51) MUNRO, Alice: Anything by this author (recommended by Morra)

52) NELSON, Jandy: I'll Give You the Sun (recommended by Heather)

53) NETZER, Lydia: Shine, Shine, Shine (recommended by Cynthia)

54) NG, Celeste: Everything I Never Told You (recommended by Kristy)

55) NGOZI ADICHIE, Chimamanda: Americanah (recommended by Morra + Cynthia)

56) PATCHETT, Ann: Commonwealth (recommended by Morra, Cynthia + Laurie)

57) PATCHETT, Ann: State of Wonder (recommended by Cynthia + Laurie)

58) PATCHETT, Ann: This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage (recommended by Kristy, Cynthia + Laurie)

59) POEHLER, Amy: Yes, Please [Audiobook version] (recommended by Melanie)

60) RIFKA BRUNT Carol: Tell the Wolves I'm Home (recommended by Melanie)

61) SEMPLE, Maria: Today Will Be Different (recommended by Lucrecer)

62) SEMPLE, Maria: Where'd You Go Bernadette (recommended by Cynthia + Melanie)

63) SIMSION, Graeme: Rosie Project (recommended by Cynthia + Heather)

64) SITTENFELD, Curtis: Eligible: A Modern Retelling of Pride and Prejudice (recommended by Cynthia)

65) SMITH,Patti: Just Kids (recommended by Paige + Laurie)

66) SMITH, Zadie: Anything by this author (recommended by Morra)

67) SOLOMON, Anna: Leaving Lucy Pear (recommended by Jessica)

68) SPALDING, Nick: Bricking It (recommended by Lucrecer)

69) ST. JOHN MANDEL, Emily: Station Eleven or anything else by this author (recommended by Laurie, Kelby + Melanie)

70) STABENOW, Dana: The Kate Shugak Series (recommended by Cynthia)

71) STEIN, Garth: Art of Racing In The Rain (recommended by Beth + Heather)

72) STRAYED, Cheryl: Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Life and Love from Dear Sugar (recommended by Kaitlyn)

73) STRAYED, Cheryl: Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail (recommended by Kaitlyn)

74) SWIFT, Graham: Mothering Sunday (recommended by Cynthia)

75) TANABE, Karin: The Gilded Years (recommended by Rebecca)

76) THOMPSON, Laura: The Six: The Lives of the Mitford Sisters (recommended by Morra)

77) TOWLES, Amor: A Gentleman in Moscow (recommended by Morra)

78) TROPPER, Jonathan: This is Where I Leave You (recommended by Heather)

79) TYLER, Aisha: Self Inflicted Wounds: Heartwarming Tales of Epic Humiliation [Audiobook version] (recommended by Melanie)

80) VALENTI, Jessica: Sex Object: A Memoir (recommended by Kaitlyn)

81) WATERS,Sarah: Fingersmith (recommended by Cat)

82) WELLS, Rebecca: Secret of the Ya Ya Sisterhood (recommended by Heather)

83) WEST, Lindy: Shrill: Notes From a Loud Woman (recommended by Kaitlyn)

84) WHALEN TURNER, Meghan: The Thief (The Queen's Thief Book 1) (recommended by Cynthia)

85) WHITEHEAD, Colson: The Underground Railroad (recommended by Sandie, Wendi + A'Driane)

86) WILLIAMS, Beatriz: Anything by this author (recommended by Liz)

87) WOOD, Monica: The One-in-a-Million Boy (recommended by Kristy)

88) YANAGIHARA, Hanya: A Little Life (recommended by Sarah)

89) YOURCENAR, Marguerite + FRICK, Grace: Memoirs of Hadrian (recommended by Adam)

90) ZENTNER, Jeff: The Serpent King (recommended by Sandie)


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