26 Ridiculously Good Books

When I look back, I am so impressed again with the life-giving power of literature. If I were a young person today, trying to gain a sense of myself in the world, I would do that again by reading, just as I did when I was young

Maya Angelou

If you’ve been following my posts for a while you will undoubtedly know that I adore reading. In fact, adore really isn’t a strong enough word for how much I love reading. It’s an escape, a learning experience, a way to experience a variety of sounds/smells/places in a new, unique way. I can pick up a book and immediately be transported to another town or universe.

Lately, a few friends came to me asking for book recommendations and I thought, why not just make a giant list of my 4 or 5 star reads (in my opinion) for everyone to see? So, I did and here they are! I limited myself to what I’ve read in the last 3-ish years which makes this list just one of many that will probably find their way onto a list on my blog eventually. Happy reading friends!

  1. The Whisper Man — Alex North
  2. Home Before Dark — Riley Sager
  3. Let’s Pretend This Never Happened — Jenny Lawson
  4. The Return — Rachel Harrison
  5. Accidental Adventurer — Ben Fogle
  6. Born a Crime — Trevor Noah
  7. Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs? — Caitlin Doughty
  8. The Night Circus — Erin Morgenstern
  9. Cabinet of Curiosities — Preston & Child
  10. The Breakdown — B.A. Paris
  11. A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier — Ishmael Beah
  12. The Moment of Lift — Melinda Gates
  13. Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear — Elizabeth Gilbert
  14. Powder Mage Trilogy — Brian McClellan
  15. Norse Mythology — Neil Gaiman
  16. Behind Closed Doors — B.A. Paris
  17. Eeny Meeny — MJ Arlidge
  18. The Silent Patient — Alex Michaelides
  19. The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared — Jonas Jonasson
  20. The Little Old Lady Who Broke All the Rules — Catharina Ingelman-Sundberg
  21. Whatever You Do, Don’t Run — Peter Allison
  22. The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat — Oliver Sacks
  23. Murder in Time — Julie McElwain
  24. A Darker Shade of Magic — VE Schwab
  25. The Invisible Library — Genevieve Cogman
  26. Mortal Instruments Series — Cassandra Clare

Have you read any of these books or others by these authors? I’ve read almost everything written by all of these authors or plan to. Comment below with any questions about any of them! I love talking about books almost as much as I love reading them. As always, book recommendations are always welcome too!

Published by Emma Browning

Hey everyone, my name is Emma Browning. Thanks for stopping by. I like to think of myself as a modern day renaissance woman since I basically do a little bit of everything. Here's a few of my jobs/hobbies in case you're curious: Group Fitness Instructor (Zumba, BodyStep and BodyPump), small business owner (string art& travel photography), archaeologist/anthropologist, actress, SCUBA dive master, reading addict, dog mom, cellist, and of course travel enthusiast. I've traveled to over 21 countries and speak French fluently and am learning Spanish. Traveling is one of my all time favorite things to do whether it be a day trip with my dog or a massive international adventure. I created this blog to help others see the world vicariously through my wanderings and also to give useful tips and essential information that will hopefully inspire more people to travel. Hopefully you have as much fun reading these posts and get a lot of useful information from them!

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