Readers told me 3 books they loved, 1 book they hated, and what they’re reading right now. In turn, I’m choosing 1 mainstream pick, 1 eccentric pick, and 1 YA pick for each reader. (Or more, if I can’t help myself.)
This week we’re choosing books for Natalie, Robin, and Beth.
The Girl You Left Behind, by JoJo Moyes, incorporates elements from the books on Natalie’s Love List: mystery, World War II, and shifting personal relationships. The Engagements is a wild card here–it’s the Pick Most Likely to Flop. The Uncommon Reader is a charming novella that seems perfect for any Guernsey lover, and The Age of Miracles is an obvious companion to Flight Behavior, Barbara Kingsolver’s novel about butterflies, climate change, and finding your way.
I can’t help throwing in Princess Academy, which is on my to-read list, and The Search for Delicious, one of my Kid Lit favorites. And I would highly recommend The Poisonwood Bible and Animal, Vegetable, Miracle to any reader who enjoyed Flight Behavior.
Robin’s picks tell me she wants pageturners, not literary fiction, and that she likes mysteries. What Alice Forgot readers are likely to love The Rosie Project. (Plus, both books include mild language and a few racy scenes, so I’m comfortable with that recommendation.) The Likeness is part of Tana French’s fabulous but gritty Dublin Murder Squad series. It’s a psychological thriller that you can’t put down. (Serious language warning.) When You Reach Me has a strong plot, good characters, and sci-fi and mystery elements.
Beth is happy reading old books and nonfiction. I chose Sherlock Holmes because it’s a classic mystery, appealing (I hope!) to Dorothy Sayers fans. Plus, Sherlock is hot right now! And Elizabeth Gaskell is a solid choice after Austen. Miss Pettigrew (which I can’t stop recommending) is a 1938 novel that’s likely to appeal to P&P and Sayers fans. A Jane Austen Education is one of my favorite memoirs–a nonfiction pick since Beth named Crunchy Cons as a fave. Code Name Verity is a good YA companion to Sayers’ crime writing.
What books would YOU recommend to Natalie, Robin, and Beth?
PS. Grown-ups shouldn’t finish books they’re not enjoying, and the 5 possible reactions you can have to any book.
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