Books That Every Reader Needs to Read

I was combing through my list of potential blog posts and stopped on this one today because I’m feeling really nostalgic right now.

I’m sure everyone does this at some point, but have you ever scrolled through your Goodreads books and thought, “Why haven’t more people read this book?” because I do and I can honestly say that it leaves me a bit frustrated at times.


Well, it’s simple. We often get so focused on the books that publishers are shoving under our noses that we forget that there are lesser known books out there that are begging for our love.

So, today, I thought I would live the books that I think every reader needs to read at some point in their lives.

The Awakening by Kate Chopin

  • Based on a woman in the 19th century struggling with her sexuality, The Awakening is a book that you either absolutely love or completely hate. But, no matter what, you have an opinion when you’re finished with it.

I Am the Messenger by Markus Zusak

  • This is easily one of my favorite books and unfortunately one of Zusak’s more looked over novels since The Book Thief is so massively popular. Zusak’s a beautiful writer with a beautiful story to tell in I Am the Messenger.

Made You Up by Francesca Zappia

  • Zappia is an author that I associate a lot with Mindy McGinnis. She gets the human psyche and manages to create a world crafted specifically around it. Honestly, Zappia is an instant buy for me at this point.

A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park

  • Based on a true story of a lost boy named Salva Dut, it’s well written and a horrifying story of a young boy try to survive in Sudan during the civil war. I read this every year with my students because they absolutely love it, but also, so do I. It all works out.

Seconds by Bryan Lee O’Malley

  • You know, I put this one here because it’s probably my favorite graphic novel that I’ve read, but also because I think it has a good moral. Give it a read. If you weren’t a fan of the Scott Pilgrim graphic novels, than I suspect this one will be more up your alley.

M. Butterfly by David Henry Hwang

  • A story about love and deceit. I will never not love this play. It’s got everything you could hope in a good story. This one is also based on a true story which makes it a thousand times crazier when you learn about the twist.

What’s a book you believe ever reader should read at some point?


8 thoughts on “Books That Every Reader Needs to Read

  1. Outstanding list! Thanks for reminding me about Kate Chopin’s The Awakening. I just moved it to the top of my TBR. I’m a little more conflicted about Made You Up, though. The theme, writing style, and story potential were there, but the plot was weak. Maybe I’m being picky, but a good book should hit all the marks.


  2. Great list!

    For me, I agree with The Awakening. I need to read the others you listed.

    Also, here’s mine. I’ll do a longer post this weekend!

    1. The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald
    2. To Kill A Mockingbird, Harper Lee
    3. The Notebook, Nicholas Sparks
    4. The Diary of a Young Girl, Anne Frank
    5. The Giver, Lois Lowry
    6. Harry Potter and the Sorceror’s Stone, J.K. Rowling
    7. The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins
    8. The Help, Kathryn Stockett
    9. The Glass Castle, Jeanette Walls
    10. Little Women, Louisa May Alcott
    11. Night, Elie Wiesel
    12. The Outsiders, S.E. Hinton

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  3. This is the second time today I have seen I Am the Messenger recommended. Perhaps I should take it as a message. I loved The Book Thief.


  4. Lesser known books I adore, and wish I knew other people who had read them so we could discuss:

    1. & Sons by David Gilbert
    2. The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart
    3. Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
    4. The Crane Wife by Patrick Ness
    5. The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

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