Of all the books I’ve read, these are the ones that stuck with me. If you’re looking for something to read, I hope you check them out.

I specialized in literary criticism in college, and I’ve written essays about compelling themes and stylistic choices in some of these books. You’ll find those essays linked beneath the titles.

(*) Complex writing style
(L) Long book – 800+ pages



The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling

Wool by Hugh Howey

The End of Eternity by Isaac Asimov

The Mistborn Trilogy by Brandon Sanderson

My Soul to Keep and The Living Blood by Tananarive Due

Stories of Your Life and Others by Ted Chiang

The Broken Earth Trilogy by N. K. Jemisin



The Chamber by John Grisham
Read my essay about this book.

The Fifth Witness by Michael Connelly



As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner (*)

Les Miserables by Victor Hugo (L)

The Dying Grass by William Vollmann (*)(L)
Read my essay about this book.

The Nix by Nathan Hill
Read my essay about this book.

Roots by Alex Haley (L)

Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel

Push by Sapphire (*)

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Read my essay about this book.

One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez

If on a winter’s night a traveler by Italo Calvino (*)

Worlds Within Worlds by Tahlia Newland
Read my essay about this book.

Recipe for a Dinner Party by Shauna Bickley (short story) (*)
Read my essay about this story.


Writing Books

How Not to Write a Novel by Howard Mittelmark and Sandra Newman

On Writing by Stephen King

3 thoughts on “Recommended Reading

  1. Amy, thank you so much for your very kind words. I am thrilled to find myself in such exalted company. Also thank you for sharing some of your favourite reads. I love checking out books on the recommendation of other readers and I’ve already downloaded a couple of books on your list that I hadn’t read.



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