Community Post: Books Everyone Should Read

Happy Tuesday, Savvy Readers! A little while ago, I sent out a call to our community for help choosing a list of books that everyone absolutely must read at least once in their life. Tall order, right? Well, thankfully, Savvy Readers are the *best* readers around and I’m so happy to present to you the (totally incomplete) list that our community compiled together!

Tuesdays with Morrie or The Last Lecture – Cathy

The Nightingale – Sarah

1984 – Heather, Mary Kay

All the Light We Cannot See – Shani, Stephanie

To Kill A Mockingbird – Freda

The Little Paris Bookshop – Phreia

And The Birds Rained Down – Thelma

Anne of Green Gables – Natalie

The Book Thief – Victoria, Katherine

Night – Sarah, Jacqueline

Son of the Circus – Lisa

The Secret Garden – Jenn, Kylie

The Book of M – Dustin

The Four Agreements – Bridget

Man’s Search for Meaning – Kat

I Know This Much Is True – Jan

The Little Prince – Beth

The Best Laid Plans – Barbara

Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands – Jeanne

When Breath Becomes Air – Jen

The Stand – Janet

Ordinary Grace – Melissa

While I Was Sleeping – Michelle

A Fine Balance – Katherine

The Ten Thousand Doors of January – Kristen

The Handmaid’s Tale – Leigh Anne, LJ

A Man Called Ove – Dana

The Things They Carried – Jacqueline

Black Like Me – Gloria-Anne

No Is Not Enough – Kenneth

The Power of One – Kelly

Bear Town – Shannon

A Prayer for Owen Meany – Kelly

Ender’s Game – Kylie

A Thousand Splendid Suns – Dana

The Hate U Give – The Last Page Turned

Utopia – Pirkko

The Alchemist – Sue

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn – Yvonne, @thewindwas

White Fang – @rheereads

The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe – Cherie, Kat, @scseward

The Book of Negros – Kelly, Stephanie

The Giving Tree – @thewindwas

Pride and Prejudice – Viv

Ishmael – Sara

Count of Monte Cristo – Sharon

Johnny Got His Gun – Teri

Mourning Has Broken – Jeanette

Feeding My Mother – Jeanette

Speak – Lynn

Wonder – Tamara

Where the Crawdads Sing – Kay

The Pillars of the Earth – Debbie

Wuthering Heights – Terry

Animal Farm – Terry

And, our two favourite (and perhaps most truthful) answers, courtesy of Karen and Cherie: “It’s hard to pick just one!” and “As long as EVERYONE was reading something that they love, enjoy, and resonates with I think that’s a win regardless.”

As we all know, this is absolutely an incomplete list. Which means we have a challenge for you, Savvy Readers. Whether its in the comments below or on Facebook or Twitter @SavvyReader, we want YOU to continue adding to the list! Reach out to us with the one book that you absolutely think everyone should read at least once in their lifetime to keep the conversation (and recommendations!) going!

Happy reading,


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8 thoughts on “Community Post: Books Everyone Should Read

  1. I found ” The things they carried with them” at a dump salvage bin almost 10 years ago.
    I share it with whomever I can and tell them to read so maybe we wont make “those mistakes”.

    1. I read that book a couple of years ago in stages . It was so tough and real and the horrible truth about what really happens in war. It was incredibly heart breaking but beautifully written. I too share it with as many people as I can .

  2. PICKING COTTON: OUR MEMOIR OF INJUSTICE AND REDEMPTION- this book stayed with me long after
    reading it

  3. The Diviners by Margaret Lawrence
    Cat’s Eye and The Edible Woman by Margaret Atwood
    Sofia and Cecilia by Karen Ashberg
    Sweetness in the Belly by Camila Gibb

    oh, so many more!

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