Readers Suggest: 40+ Books to Read Next

Readers Suggest: 40+ Books to Read Next

When I asked you guys what I should read next, y’all came through in a big way!

Let me back up a second, though…

For those of you not playing the social media game with me, last week I asked my FB and IG followers to tell me what I should read next.  See, I had a great desire to read a book.  I just didn’t have any clue which book that should be!

After a massive month of reading in March, I only made it through two books in April.  And, unfortunately, nothing on my TBR list was really calling my name.  Basically, I needed some fresh ideas and I was truly blown away by all the books you guys suggested I read next!

Ask and you shall receive!

Please allow me to thank all of you who took the time to suggest a book (or three or four, for some of you!).  I feel like recommending books is a really personal thing.  When you recommend a book to someone, you’re telling them something about yourself, you know?  You’re saying, “Here, let me show you what I find entertaining/fulfilling/inspiring.  Maybe you will like it and maybe you won’t.  Maybe you will judge my for my opinion and maybe you won’t.  I hope that you value my opinion, because what I see in you makes me think you will get something out of this book, too.”

Or, maybe I just overthink things.  Anyway….

Since I asked for recommendations and you so graciously gave to me, I want to give a little back to you in return!

In response to several requests from Facebook-and-Insta-Land, I now give you —

The Great Book Suggestion List!

In no particular order, here are the book suggestions y’all made.  Compiled into one long list for your very much reading enjoyment — Here are the books you love!


Beneath a Scarlet Sky by Mark Sullivan

The Girl Who Wrote In Silk by Kelli Estes

The Tuscan Child by Rhys Bowen

Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah

The Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell by Robert Dugoni

The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris

The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah

Heaven Sent Rain by Lauraine Snelling

The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

Girls Burn Brighter by Shobha Rao

Finding Dorothy by Elizabeth Letts

The Cake Shop in the Garden by Carole Matthews

Caroline: Little House, Revisited by Sarah Miller

Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris

Cold Waters by Debbie Herbert

The Blue Castle by L.M. Montgomery

A Land of Permanent Goodbyes by Aria Abawi

Island of the World by Michael D O’Brien

Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate

Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine by Gail Honeyman

Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonson

The Summer Before the War by Helen Simonson

The Baker’s Secret by Stephen P. Kiernan

The Late Bloomers’ Club by Louise Miller

Zorro by Isabel Allende

The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan

And the Shofar Blew by Francine Rivers

The Seven Sisters by Lucinda Reilly

Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

The Last Mrs. Parrish by Liv Constantine


Black Heels to Tractor Wheels by Ree Drummond

When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom

Books on Faith

Searching For and Maintaining Peace by Fr. Jacques Philippe

Barking to the Choir by Gregory Boyle

The Grace of Enough by Haley Stewart


Devil in the White City by Erik Larson

Girls Club by Sally Clarkson

The Next Person You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom


When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead

This is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp

Refugee by Alan Gratz

So, what are we going to read?

First of all, I would love to know what you would choose to read from this list!  Then, I want you to tell me what of these you’ve already read.

As for me, I’m so grateful for all of these amazing recommendations!  After looking through each of them, and considering that some of them were suggested by multiple people, I’ve decided that my next book to read will be…

Happy reading, my friends!

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