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(Sorted Alphabetically by Author)

Douglas Adams –  The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (Hitchhiker’s Guide #1)

The Restaurant at the End of the Universe (Hitchhiker’s Guide #2)

Julia Ain-KrupaThe Upright Heart

Maha AkhtarFootprints in the Desert

Mitch AlbomThe Five People You Meet in Heaven

Laura AndersenThe Boleyn Trilogy (The Boleyn King Series #1-#3)

       – The Darkling Bride

The Virgin’s Daughter (Tudor Legacy #1)

The Virgin’s Spy (Tudor Legacy #2)

The Virgin’s War (Tudor Legacy #3)

Laurie Halse AndersonThe Impossible Knife of Memory


Sascha ArangoThe Truth and Other Lies

Katherine ArdenThe Bear and the Nightingale (Winternight Trilogy #1)

The Girl in the Tower (Winternight Trilogy #2)

       – The Winter of the Witch (Winternight Trilogy #3)

Jay AsherThirteen Reasons Why

Reza AslanZealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth

Margaret Atwood Alias Grace

– The Blind Assassin

The Handmaid’s Tale

The Year of the Flood (MaddAddam #2)

MaddAddam (MaddAddam #3)

Victoria AveyardRed Queen (Red Queen #1)

Glass Sword (Red Queen #2)

King’s Cage (Red Queen #3)

Tiffany Baker –  The Little Giant of Aberdeen County

Muriel BarberyThe Elegance of the Hedgehog

Annie BarrowsThe Truth According to Us

David BellSince She Went Away

Kendare BlakeThree Dark Crowns (Dark Crowns #1)

One Dark Throne (Dark Crowns #2)

Sande Boritz BergerThe Sweetness

Ann BrasharesThe Here and Now

Brom –  The Child Thief

Caroline BrothersThe Memory Stones

Carrie BrownThe Stargazer’s Sister

Cindy Brown – MacDeath (Ivy Meadows Mystery #1)

Dan BrownThe Lost Symbol

James William BrownMy Last Lament

Taylor BrownFallen Land

Octavia ButlerBloodchild and Other Stories

Rebecca Burns (feat. Shelly Davies)The Settling Earth

Susan CainQuiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking

Ian Caldwell and Dustin ThomasonThe Rule of Four

Kristin CashoreGraceling (Graceling #1)

Fire (Graceling #2)

Kiera CassThe Selection (Selection #1)

The Elite (Selection #2)

The One (Selection #3)

The Heir (Selection #4)

The Crown (Selection #5)

“Richard Castle”Heat Wave (Nikki Heat #1)

Naked Heat (Nikki Heat #2)

Stephen ChboskyThe Perks of Being a Wallflower

Jennifer ChiaveriniThe Enchantress of Numbers

Agatha ChristieThe Murder of Roger Ackroyd

Roshani ChokshiThe Star-Touched Queen (Start-Touched #1)

A Crown of Wishes (Star-Touched #2)

       – Star-Touched Stories (Star-Touched #2.5); Special Mini Q&A with the Author

The Gilded Wolves (Gilded Wolves #1)

Susannah ClarkeJonathan Strange and Mr Norrell

Emma ClineThe Girls

Paulo Coelho Aleph

Veronika Decides to Die

Suzanne CollinsMockingjay

Michael ConnellyThe Lincoln Lawyer

Anne CorlettThe Space Between the Stars

Nicola CornickThe Phantom Tree

James DashnerThe Maze Runner (Maze Runner Series #1)

Stacey D’ErasmoWonderland

Charles Dickens – Hard Times

Alexandre DumasThe Three Musketeers

Suzannah Dunn- The Queen of Subtleties

Jeffrey EugenidesMiddlesex

Siobhan FallonThe Confusion of Languages

Gustave FlaubertMadame Bovary

Gayle FormanIf I Stay (If I Stay #1)

Where She Went (If I Stay #2)

Gillian FlynnGone Girl

Neil GaimanAmerican Gods

The Ocean at the End of the Lane


Stephanie GarberCaraval

Lisa Gardner Alone (D.D. Warren #1)

Find Her (D.D. Warren #8)

Elizabeth Gaskell Cranford

North and South

Wives and Daughters

Lisa GenovaStill Alice

Arthur GoldenMemoirs of a Geisha

C. W. GortnerThe Vatican Princess

Alex GrecianThe Yard (Scotland Yard Murder Squad #1)

The Black Country (Scotland Yard Murder Squad #2)

Jocelyn GreenSpy of Richmond (Heroines Behind the Lines #4)

John GreenThe Fault in Our Stars

Lauren GroffFates and Furies

Lev GrossmanThe Magicians

Sara Gruen – At the Water’s Edge

Water for Elephants

Rene GutteridgeListen

Mark HaddonThe Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Thomas HardyFar From the Madding Crowd

– Tess of the D’Urbervilles

Deborah HarknessA Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy #1)

Shadow of Night (All Souls Trilogy #2)

The Book of Life (All Souls Trilogy #3)

Jonathan HarrThe Lost Painting

Joanne HarrisFive Quarters of the Orange

Paula HawkinsThe Girl on the Train

Emma HealeyElizabeth is Missing

Christina HenryLost Boy

Jnana HodsonHippie Drum *

Alice HoffmanPractical Magic

Ann HoodThe Knitting Circle

Something Blue

Katherine HoweThe Physick Book of Deliverance Dane

Irmgard A. HuntOn Hitler’s Mountain

Laird Hunt Neverhome

Sylvia Izzo HunterThe Midnight Queen

Kazuo Ishiguro Never Let Me Go

Seven JaneThe Isle of Gold

P.D. James Death Comes to Pemberley

Diane JohnsonLe Divorce

Linda KassTasa’s Song

Lauren KateFallen (Fallen Series #1)

Joshua KendallThe Man Who Made Lists

David I. KertzerThe Pope and Mussolini: The Secret History of Pius XI and the Rise of Fascism in Europe

Sue Monk KiddThe Invention of Wings

Stephen KingThe Shining

Lisa KoThe Leavers

Elizabeth KostovaThe Shadow Land

Jon KrakauerThree Cups of Deceit

Robert Kurson – Pirate Hunters: Treasure, Obsession, and the Search for a Legendary Pirate Ship

Jhumpa LahiriThe Interpreter of Maladies

Erik Larson Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania

In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and An American Family in Hitler’s Berlin


Stieg LarssonThe Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium Trilogy #1)

The Girl Who Played with Fire (Millennium Trilogy #2)

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest (Millennium Trilogy #3)

Owen LaukkanenThe Forgotten Girls (Stevens and Windermere #6)

Peter Lean The Guns of Napoleon *

Alice LePlanteComing of Age at the End of Days

C.S. LewisA Grief Observed

Pittacus LoreI Am Number Four (Lorien Legacies #1)

The Power of Six (Lorien Legacies #2)

The Rise of Nine (Lorien Legacies #3)

Sarah J. MaasA Court of Thorns and Roses (ACOTAR #1)

A Court of Mist and Fury (ACOTAR #2)

A Court of Wings and Ruin (ACOTAR #3)

A Court of Frost and Starlight (ACOTAR #3.5)

Clare MackintoshI Let You Go

       – Let Me Lie

Matt MarinovichThe Winter Girl

Yann MartelThe Life of Pi

Jennifer MathieuThe Truth About Alice

Ayana MathisThe Twelve Tribes of Hattie

Cormac McCarthyAll the Pretty Horses

The Road

Ian McEwan Amsterdam

On Chesil Beach

Marissa Meyer Heartless

Cinder (Lunar Chronicles #1)

– Scarlet (Lunar Chronicles #2)

Cress (Lunar Chronicles #3)

Winter (Lunar Chronicles #4)

Stars Above (Lunar Chronicles novellas)

Stephenie MeyerThe Short Second Life of Bree Tanner

Karen Marie MoningDarkfever

Liz MooreThe Unseen World

Robert MorganChasing the North Star

Erin MorgensternThe Night Circus

Toni MorrisonHome


Tar Baby

Bradford MorrowThe Forgers

Greg Mortenson and David Oliver RelinThree Cups of Tea

Azar NafisiReading Lolita in Tehran

Audrey NiffeneggerThe Time Traveler’s Wife

Anna NorthThe Life and Death of Sophie Stark

Claire NorthThe First Fifteen Lives of Harry August

The Sudden Appearance of Hope

S. Alexander O’Keefe – The Return of Sir Percival: Guinevere’s Prayer

Jenni OgdenA Drop in the Ocean

Aline OhanesianOrhan’s Inheritance

Lauren OliverDelirium (Delirium Trilogy #1)

Pandemonium (Delirium Trilogy #2)

Requiem (Delirium Trilogy #3)

Danielle PaigeDorothy Must Die

Mary Jennifer Payne – Since You’ve Been Gone

Matthew Pearl The Last Bookaneer

The Last Dickens

The Poe Shadow

Gregory Pence – What We Talk About When We Talk About Clone Club: Bioethics and Philosophy in Orphan Black

Arturo Perez-ReverteThe Club Dumas

The Siege

Sophie Perinot – Médicis Daughter

Nathaniel PhilbrickIn the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex

Jodi PicoultNineteen Minutes

Vanishing Acts

John PipkinThe Blind Astronomer’s Daughter

Amanda ProwseThe Art of Hiding

Mario PuzoThe Godfather

Matthew QuickThe Silver Linings Playbook

Helen RappaportThe Romanov Sisters: The Lost Lives of the Daughters of Nicholas and Alexandra

Dana Reinhardt – We Are the Goldens

Ted Richardson – Imposters of Patriotism

Susan Rivers – The Second Mrs. Hockaday

Cokie RobertsFounding Mothers

Lynn RosenA Man of Genius

Veronica RothAllegiant

J.K. RowlingThe Casual Vacancy

The Cuckoo’s Calling (Cormoran Strike series #1; published as Robert Galbraith)

The Silkworm (Cormoran Strike series #2; published as Robert Galbraith)

Career of Evil (Cormorant Strike series #3; published as Robert Galbraith)

Lori RoyLet Me Die in His Footsteps

Ron RushSerena

Angie SageSeptimus Heap Book One: Magyk

Radhika SanghaniVirgin (Virgin #1)

Not That Easy (Virgin #2)

Christina SchwarzDrowning Ruth

Alice SeboldThe Almost Moon

Diane SetterfieldThe Thirteenth Tale

Jeff ShaaraGods and Generals 

The Smoke at Dawn

Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie BarrowsThe Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

Leslie ShimotakaharaAfter the Bloom

Garth SteinA Sudden Light

John SteinbeckCannery Row

Maggie StiefvaterThe Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle #1)

Jessica StillingBetwixt and Between

Kathryn StockettThe Help

Sabaa Tahir An Ember in the Ashes (Ember in the Ashes #1)

A Torch Against the Night (Ember in the Ashes #2)

A Reaper at the Gates (Ember in the Ashes #3)

Janet B. TaylorInto the Dim

Nicole R. TaylorWhat Remains

Rosie ThomasThe Illusionists

Jack ThorneHarry Potter and the Cursed Child

Gail TsukiyamaThe Samurai’s Garden

Beth UnderdownThe Witchfinder’s Sister

Andés VidalThe Dream of the City

Saima Wahab – In My Father’s Country: An Afghan Woman Defies Her Fate

Alice WalkerThe Color Purple

M.O. Walsh – My Sunshine Away

Daren WangThe Hidden Light of Northern Fires

Evelyn WaughBrideshead Revisited

Helene WeckerThe Golem and the Jinni

Edith WhartonThe Glimpses of the Moon

Virginia WoolfMrs. Dalloway

Night and Day

The Voyage Out

Jennifer WrightIt Ended Badly: 13 of the Worst Breakups in History

Markus ZusakThe Book Thief


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