Bookshelf

Take a peek at our staff bookshelf to see what we're reading here at Out of Print.

Currently Reading:

The Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger; The Voyage Out by Virginia Woolf; The Storytelling Animal by Jonathan Gottschall; One More Thing by B.J. Novak; Haunted by Chuck Palahniuk; David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell; On the Road by Jack Kerouac; The Fault in Our Stars by John Green




Fans’ Picks

The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman. “This book is wonderfully written. It’s a story that deals with the innocence of children and how they perceive certain (possibly traumatic) events that take place in their lives. Filled with magical realism and fantastical events, this book kept me intrigued until the very last page – even then, I wanted to read more.” -Sammy H.

Hardboiled Wonderland and the End of the World by Haruki Murakami. “The surrealist, dream-like nature of Murakami’s writing transports you to a reality that feels like our own, and at the same time like a foreign planet. Beautiful.” -Hannalisa J.

Invisible Monsters by Chuck Palahniuk. “Every sentence Palahniuk writes makes you think and reevaluate your entire life and existence – and the multiple plot twists build to a climax that is utterly jaw dropping – no pun intended (see the book’s description to understand the pun). It’s definitely one that I’d recommend for the fearless reader!” -Kendell M.

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood. “I couldn’t put this one down! It is an incredible dystopian story that is so beautifully written. This novel was moving, heart wrenching, terrifying, and amazingly thought provoking. One of my favorite books of all time.” -Heather R.

The Chronicles of Thomas Cavenant the Unbeliever by Stephen R Donaldson. “The most intense heroic-fantasy epic work since Tolkien. Despite the setting, it’s real themes plumb the depths of human frailties and strengths – a fascinating journey through love, lust, revenge, faith and finally – victory and ascension.” -Joseph K.

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt. “It’s long. It’s going to take you at least a week to get through, probably longer. It’s more than worth it. Follow a boy from a traumatic loss at the age of thirteen to a man that is still reeling from the events of his childhood.” -Ashley

The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde. “Some of the most clever writing I’ve run across. The more you know of the classics, the funnier things get!” -Sandy

The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver. “I’d never had a favorite book until I read this.” -Heather F.

Stoner by John Williams. “This is a beautiful and stunningly written book. Every sentence is perfectly bound with the precision of words. Definitely one of the best books I’ve ever read. It is about the protagonist William Stoner, and the way his whole life is told, is breath-taking. Makes you really aware of the subtle beauty in ordinary lives. It will quietly stun you with its gorgeous writing.” -Selina B.

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt. “21st century Dickens, right down to the orphan boy. Plus a Pulitzer Prize.” -Judy M.

Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones. “This is an all time classic! I just love how I never grow tired of reading this book over and over and still get sucked into the Amazing world of Howl, Calcifer, Micheal, and Sophie as they make a wonderful Joureney together.” -Devan LJ

The Maze Runner by James Dashner. “It’s wonderful, really. Fast paced and action packed. It keeps your pages flipping.” -Vivian

Something Happened by Joseph Heller. “It is exquisitely human, and therefore unequivocally heart-wrenching.” -Alicia K.

The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner. “This book is a heartwarming, tragic, bold novel written in a stream-of-consciousness style. It follows the Compson family throughout their lifetime and deals with characters that are mentally challenged, depressed and suicidal, brave, fearless, and incredibly dynamic. It will forever be one of my favorite novels.” -Alexis P.

Thunderstruck by Erik Larson. “From the author of Devil in the White City, it’s a book that gets less recognition but tells a fascinating story. Stunning when you think about how far technology has come in such a short amount of time. It takes you to the time that started it all and gives you a glimpse into the moments when the world first became connected.” -Erin S.

Cheri and The Last of Cheri by Colette. “One of the most beautiful love stories I’ve ever read. The first part of their story is bitter sweet, the second is just tragic.” -Daisy W.

Total Chaos by Jean-Claude Izzo. “A wonderful and haunting picture of Marseille, like Camus’ Algeria. Classic noir, but a fascinating look at Mediterranean culture.” -John C.

Just Kids by Patti Smith. “It was Patti Smith’s unkempt hair on the cover of “Horses” that first got my attention years ago. I was 14 years old and attempting to work my way through all of the record store Punk Rock classics that I think every generation of wallflowers and anti-authoritarian adolescents inevitably seek out on their own: music by The Clash, The Ramones, The Sex Pistols, The Kinks, The New York Dolls.
Her music was emotional, scatterbrained and petulant, and ultimately unlike anything else on this earth. Also, if you ask me now, a female dreamer’s perspective was probably necessary to the angsty version of pubescent little me.
I really fell in love with Patti Smith, though, after I read her memoir “Just Kids.”
“Just Kids” tells the story of a young Smith and her best friend Robert Mapplethorpe, who in the late 1960’s each followed their dreams to New York City and lived on the streets and out of the Hotel Chelsea, dividing their dimes between art supplies and the occasional bite of greasy diner food.
A couple of scrappy and romantic kids, they made a pact to take care of and look after each other until each found their own unique, artistic voice: Mapplethorpe as a photographer and Smith as a poet and later as the godmother of punk rock.
Beautifully written, “Just Kids” is a very tender book—a kind of love letter to a friend she greatly admired (both as a person and as an artist), to art & writing and to youth. I’ve come to cherish it as one of my favorite books, one that I will read again and again and share with others for years to come.” -Caitlin F.

A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole. “This book is hilarious! Wonderfully written. You will never forget the main character.” – Nichole G

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. “It’s beautifully written, completely engrossing, and like nothing else I’ve ever read. It gave me a book hangover! When I was done, I didn’t want to read anything else, and when I did read a few other things, they were so disappointing in comparison.” -Megan J.

The Road by Cormac McCarthy. “This book is riveting and inspiring. If you ever need a little more appreciation for your children, or your parents, or just life in general, this is the book to read.” -Miola A.

The Crimson Petal and the White by Michel Faber. “A prostitute writing a book about her man slaying fantasies surrounded by Victorian atmosphere perfumed with lavender and sewers.” -Sugar

Summer of My German Soldier by Bette Greene. “I became obsessed with this book when I first read it- over 7 years ago- and every time I read it I find out something different.” -Akilah R.

Skeletons on the Zahara by Dean King. “This is one of my all-time favorite books and one which I recommend to people all the time. I understand that this story was Abraham Lincoln’s favorite as well. This true story grips your heart and the writing is wonderful. I’ve reread it several times and never tire of it. It still brings me to tears and thrills me to know how strong the human spirit is.” -Barbara P.

Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi. “It’s one of my favourites. I can’t do without reading this every alternate month- it’s that beautiful! A biographical book about a rebellious girl growing into a rebellious woman in Iran- a must-read for every teenager and/or lover of history. It’s also a graphic novel, and what’s wonderful is that the author manages to say so much without really writing much at all.” -Radhika S.

We the Animals by Justin Torres. “This book says it’s a novel, but it could be a memoir, a short story collection, or even a prose poem and you wouldn’t care, it’s prose is that thrilling, new and known at the same time, happy and heartbreaking, the kind of book that stays with you for a long time and proves to you that you are alive. :) ” -Anjanette D.

Book of Disquiet by Fernando Pessoa. “Lisbon’s premiere writer, famous for his heteronyms. This work raises objectivity to an artform and yet still manages to ooze empathy.” -Nicole D.

Cloudstreet by Tim Winton. “The evocative and lyrical Australian prose reads like liquid gold, and the spirited characters are absolutely fascinating. A modern classic for sure.” -Jane O’K

Fall on Your Knees by Ann-Marie MacDonald. “One of the best books of Canadian lit. The kind of book that will irrtate you till the end and stay with you afterword.” -Abdullah

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. “This book engulfs you entirely, absorbing you into Hazel’s life. It is also one of the few books written for young adults that truly seems to simultaneously understand and respect that perspective. It’s hilarious, while remaining profound and thought-provoking in a beautiful whirlwind of what it means to be remembered.” -Ella

Light of the World by James Lee Burke. “It’s another Dave Robicheaux novel, but it is probably the best I’ve read since Tin Roof Blowdown, which revolved around Hurricane Katrina. It is a perfect blend of literary descriptions that make you feel like you’re living the novel and high intensity action. I highly recommend.” -Erik R.

The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami. “Murakami is a literary genius. You’ll want to reenter Toru Okada’s dreamlike world again and again, and each time you do, you’ll continue to discover new elements that you had not previously caught. Simply genius.” -Sarah H.

Ready Player On by Ernest Cline. “Definitely compulsive reading whether you’re an 80s pop culture aficionado, avid gamer or not. Cline will make you laugh, nostalgic and blow your mind with his sheer storytelling brilliance in what is essentially a well-crafted bildungsroman set in a dystopia where the virtual has become reality.” -Camille

Shades of Grey by Jasper Fforde. “No, not that other ‘Grey’ book-this one is about a dystopian future where people are arranged in a hierarchy by how they perceive colors. Fforde is a master storyteller for people who love books (if you’ve never read his Thursday Next series – get thee to it!) and ‘Shades of Grey’ is a genuinely rich tale that makes you laugh as much as it makes you think. And, as Adams teaches you the importance of having a towel, Fforde adds a spoon.” – Elizabeth D.

The Women’s Room by Marilyn French. “Taught me more about feminism than Sheryl Sandberg ever will.” -Emily

Hypocrite in a Pouffy White Dress by Susan Jane Gilman. “Not only is this a great book, but it would make a fabulous t-shirt.” -Jill C.

The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger. “If I could forget anything it would be this book, only so I could read it again for the first time. It is beautifully written and I don’t think I’ll ever get over any of the characters.” -Jessica

The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor. “Amazing take on Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. It’s the first in a trilogy about the war between Alyss and Queen Redd. Definite must-read.” -Tanja

Atonement by Ian McKewan. “It’s one of those books that leaves you thinking how one simple action can change the course of several lives. Very powerful.” -Aly L.

That Was Then, This Is Now by S.E. Hinton. “I love how this book is real which can make you angry, but it’s a wonderful book that I will read over and over!” -Emma G.

The Troupe by Robert Jackson Bennett. “This is one of those books that sucks you in immediately & stays with you long after turning the last page. It resonates instantly.” -Jenny O.

The Executioner’s Song by Norman Mailer. “One of the most profound looks at an individual and his relationship to society, society’s relationship to the judicial system, and the death penalty. Detailed and hard-hitting.” -Katie H.

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith. “A captivating look into childhood, immigration, tradition, gender, class consciousness, parenting and morals in an earlier America. Every time I read or listen to this book (get the Kate Burton edition) I discover new ways to apply it to my stage-of-life. Much of it makes me laugh out loud (which scares the dog).” -Pat F.

Sherlock Holmes (Any!) “Absolutely riveting and captivating; it’s way too easy to knock out several stories in one sitting! The characters are clever and sassy – just the way I like them!” -Chelsea S.

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. “A beautiful book from start to finish. Though it bounces year to year almost every other chapter, it is easy to follow and even easier to love the characters Morgenstern has created. Enter a world of magic, illusion and love – enter The Night Circus.” -Meghan

Travels with Charley by John Steinbeck. “Maybe I love it because John and I are similar in our “Americanness,” but come on, it’s a book about the itch to travel, America in the 60s, and a dog is one of the main characters… it doesn’t get much better.” -Alexis

May We Shed These Human Bodies by Amber Sparks. “A collection of short stories that I could not put down. The description of the book was accurate when it said ‘a whole sideshow’s worth of oddballs and freaks’. I have told all of my book people about it and have offered to lend it out to multiple people. This is a must read for lovers of short stories, lovers of the strange and unusual, and lovers of clever words.” -Kelli

The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein. “A wonderful understanding of the foibles and journies through life from a canine perspective. Endearing and empathetic read.” -Linda S.

Rape: A Love Story by Joyce Carol Oates. “It’s not what you think.” -Daniel P.

The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. “An incredible atmospheric gothic mystery set in Barcelona. Includes a bookstore and the cemetery of forgotten books, perfect for book lovers!” -Melissa H.

Consider the Fork by Bee Wilson. “Fascinating book about the evolution of our eating and cooking implements, and our kitchens! I picked it up at the library on a whim, and enjoyed it immensely. Light, but very informative, well-written and researched. A real pleasure to read.” -Janine C.

The Thousand Autumns of Jacob De Zoet by David Mitchell. “A historical-fiction with such beautiful and unique writing, and a plot of romance and deceit that touches well on the reality of being human. My favorite book ever. Within the first page the (approximate) phrase ‘A cacophony of frogs detonated in the courtyard.’, which captured me for the rest of the book.” -Nicholas P.

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. “This story, as overproduced as it’s been in Hollywood, is a truly magnificent work. The writing is beautiful, while the subject matter, though dark, is both thought provoking and insightful. It truly encourages readers to reconsider what defines human life and happiness.”

The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss. “I have never come across a story so excellently developed without being overly verbose. It is filled with beautiful and touching prose and is worth the hefty length and then some.” -Kristi E.

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy. “Great insight and description into the royalties of Russia.” -Caitlyn B.

Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut. “Very enlightening book! Makes you think about how precious time is and how it’s just a man-made system.” -Brittany N.

Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. “Adichie, often called the “daughter” of Chinue Achebe, created a literary masterpiece with Half of a Yellow Sun based around the Nigerian civil war in the ’60s. Adichie’s voice demands to be heard.” -Sarah H.

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. “It tells a lesson of what happens when you become consumed with technology and the search for money. It paints a realistic picture of how technology is slowly beginning to control the lives of hundreds of people.” -Sacha C.

Jitterbug Perfume by Tom Robbins. “This book is one I get out once a year…or twice…to reread. I love all his work-but this one is written in such an amazing way. It is really 4 separate stories that at the end come together to this amazing moment…I LOVE IT! Everytime I finish it and close this book- I sigh and smile.” -Amanda D.

The Penny by Joyce Meyers. “Both engaging and inspiring. Also wonderful as it had a strong spiritual presence without being preachy.” -Michelle P.

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath. “I don’t care what people say- I am not going to be put off reading this book, no matter how dark it gets. Bring it on. I have gin.” -Jonathan R.

Deathless by Catherynne M. Valente. “The protagonist, selfishly, ferociously loving Marya punches her way into your heart and refuses to leave, and ruthlessly makes you fall in love with her.” -Melanie H.

The Dark Flower by John Galsworthy. “This book is not what you might expect from Galsworthy, but he is always good at revealing the dark as well as the typical in life. It’s been a while since I read this, actually, so I need to pick it up again as well, but I just remember the feel of the book–layer after layer of depth and beauty of prose–it stuck with me.” -Hannah

And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie. “Who is the murderer? Is it the chivalrous Lombard? Hardened inspector Blore? Capable yet secretive Vera? The insights to each character’s mind do not eliminate them as suspects; instead, it makes everyone seem all the more guilty.”

Black Jewels Trilogy by Anne Bishop. “No matter how many times you read this book you realize something you didn’t before, every time you read it again. It draws you into it’s worlds. You live and breath the characters!” -Chris C.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. “It speaks the truth. You’ll always find that character you’ll connect with, as well.” -Nicole R.

Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver. “Kingsolver will change your life with every line. As a writer, she is powerful, lyrical and compassionate, and Prodigal Summer is one of her more ambitious works.” -Sabrina S.

The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde. “It’s very ‘book-nerdy’ with references to Shakespeare, Jane Eyre, and many other classics as the series progresses. The Thursday Next series is clever, funny, and absolutely captivating.” -Victoria

Lysistrata by Aristophanes. “Hilarious and can be found free online- the story of women on a sex strike to bring about the end of the Peloponnesian war. Many of my students still can’t believe it was written over 2000 years ago.” -Zach

Antigone by Sophocles. “It’s a book that asks important questions about civil obedience v. disobedience, natural law v. state law, and authority. It’s about questioning authority, and doing what’s right.” -Maddie G.

Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell. “C’mon, it’s a classic! Plus, Scarlett O’Hara is the original HBIC!” -Sara W.

Still Life With Woodpecker by Tom Robbins. “Though I love all of his stories, this one really stands out for me. It is deeply philosophical, but written in a way that is so highly hilarious, sexy, and witty that you hardly feel burdened with the intensity. Robbins uses great fictional stories involving bizarre characters and plots that sweep you right away. If I had to recommend any book to anyone, it would be this one – every time. The story has been called a “post modernist fairy tale”, dealing with a redhead and the search for love, as well as aliens, consumerism, and a pack of camel cigarettes. Check it out! And if reading this story doesn’t make you want to read all of his other works, too, then you’re doing it wrong.” -Laura C.

Zorro by Isabel Allende. “An adventure-packed, swashbuckling tale of the masked outlaw’s origins. Funny, romantic, and full of betrayal, revenge, and redemption.” -Christopher A.

Z, A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald by Therese Anne Fowler. “The way Fowler writes the famous Fitzgerald’s infamous wife is pure magic. Should be required reading before viewing Baz Luhrmann’s Gatsby and a companion book to the novel.” -Madelyne A.

To The Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf. “I can go back to it a thousand times and always find something new.” -Cassie

And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini. “I didn’t think Hosseini would take my breath away yet again, but here he goes diving into the missing pieces of our own hearts and souls.” Paige E.

One Thousand Splendid Suns by Kahled Hoessini. “I never cry over books, except One Thousand Splendid Suns.” -Courtney M.

Fragile Things by Neil Gaiman. “I have never loved and been scared by a book so much. I’m always amazed how beautifully Gaiman writes about such dark things. This is a book I can read over and over.” -Jessica B.

The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver. “The book gives the history of the Congo through unique perspectives. It’s fun to find allusions to the real Bible in the novel, as well. It definitely provides an interesting outlook on grief.” -Emma E.

As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner. “It’s tragically funny. If you read it objectively and don’t try to associate with the characters, it’s one of the most twisted and hilarious books.” -Emma E.

Blood Orange by Drusilla Campbell. “My must read pick! A great mystery.” -Cherie

Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes. “Birth of the modern novel? Whatever it is, how can you go wrong with fart jokes and laughing at others’ follies?” -Zach

Three Men in a Boat (To Say Nothing of the Dog) by Jerome K. Jerome. “A ‘holiday’ on the Thames with 3 friends and the dog is as humorous now as when it was written 124 years ago. Timeless comedy mixed with beautiful poetic descriptive verses make it a must read.” -Eric T.

Straight Man by Richard Russo. “Smart, dry, great dialogue. Laugh-out-loud funny that leaves you smiling when you think about the book.” -Greg O.

If On a Winter’s Night a Traveler by Italo Calvino. “A crazy fragmented book that follows you as you read through the book, pursue the girl and try to find the endings to stories that are continually left interrupted and unfinished. A difficult and rewarding piece.” -Zach

The Elegance of Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery. “It is a NYT bestseller that is set in Paris, and it intersperses lovely philosophical tidbits throughout the book (the author is also a philosopher). It is a beautiful and poignant novel–I promise it will be well worth your time!” -Ayah R.

The Elegance of Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery. “It is absolutely lovely- erudite, and ethereal… a must-read!” -Sophia O.

Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen. “This book was magical! It takes the reader on a journey into the exciting past of an old man, the journey of a traveling circus, and the crazy twists of love! It’s hard to put down! It’s extremely well paced, and will take you into the book the way the main character is taken in by the circus life!” -Adam S.

The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux. “Paris? Romance? Creepy stalker with a killing streak?! This is a classic that still makes a splash!” -Kendra S.

The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand. “It may seem long, but it was impossible to put this book down.” -Joseph R.

The Orphan Master’s Son by Adam Johnson. “I’m not surprised that, Lit Camp faculty member, Adam Johnson, won the Pulitzer. This is an amazing novel.” -Matthew D.

The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck. “I love this book…it has stuck with me over the years in a way that not many books do. It is so wonderfully written that I found myself truly involved in the plight of the family and characters. You will find yourself, at the same time haunted, disturbed, and filled with hope.” -Heather R.

Zorba the Greek by Nikos Kazantzakis. “A wonderful story, capturing the fascinating beauty of Crete and bringing closer the culture of its people. At the same time, its being deeply philosophical. Finishing this book, the first thing you’ll want to do is book a flight there and read it again in the Mediterranean sun.” -Michael O.

In the Woods by Tana French. “It’s one of the few books that kept me super-glued to my seat. I read it in like a day, two tops. It has a fantastic story line, and the emotions are so human.” -Emily B.

The Odyssey by Homer. “It’s the original road trip! Kidding, but it’s a classic Greek myth that’s still analyzed and redone and talked about today! It’s the classic quest archetype, with a badass hero who, by his own human error, must correct his mistakes and bring back order.” -Maddie G.

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce. “A totally unexpected pleasure. Wonderful writing, and an engaging main character. You will love it.” -Cindy S.

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy by John le Carré. “A classic British espionage novel-dry wit and dialogue-driven storyline-and for all that, it’s a fascinating peek into the lives of Cold War era spies. I’d recommend reading the entire George Smiley series, not just this particular title.” -Kerri

Third Policeman by Flann O’Brien. “This is Alice in Wonderland on crack, or more specifically from the brilliant mind of a drunk Irishman.” -Zach

This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald. “Amory Blaine’s adventure to self-discovery is one we can all relate to as he finds himself amongst the roaring twenties. Written in true Fitzgerald style this novel is compelling and and an amazing insight to find out why we are who we are now and who we become.” -Seth B.

The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova. “Vampires meet The DaVinci Code. Enough said.” -Mandy B.

The Recognitions by William Gaddis. “A monster of a modern masterpiece, misunderstood in its time, but a major influence on the great writers of today. So many layers to dig into.” -William G.

Fictions by Jorge Luis Borges. “Often called a labyrinth of the mind.” -Zach

Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier. “One of my favorites. I could read this book over many times and immensely enjoy it each time.” -Jude G.

A Spy in the House of Love by Anais Nin. “Dark but uplifting. Has been a fav since I first read it. It’s one of those books I always have around.” -Jan

The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger. “Holden Caulfield is the embodiment of teen angst. A must read.” -Christi R.

A Fire Upon The Deep by Vernor Vinge. “One of my sci-fi faves – imaginative and exciting!” -Kristen P.

Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury. “An incredible view into the human psyche – disturbing, thrilling, and gripping from the beginning. Read it in grade school and again as an adult. Amazing story!” -Heather R.

The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner. “Teaching it now and falling in love all over again! Good stuff!” -Melanie H.

Map of Time by Felix J. Palma. “Fantasy/Sci-fi/Steampunkish time travel that includes HG Wells among its characters. How could it be bad? :-) ” -Dawn B.

The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger. “I know that a book is powerful when I can’t get it out of my mind. The characters are so vivid, and the story so moving, that I couldn’t stop worrying about Henry and Clare long after I put the book back on the shelf.” -Laura S.

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. “Fun, fast-paced and full of pop culture references perfect for life-long nerds like me.” -Amy

Special Topics in Calamity Physics by Marisha Pessl. “Pessl’s style for writing is more like reading a movie than a book. She captures high school in all its glorious awfulness and enraptures readers with a mystery to boggle the mind. Hard to put down, and even harder to forget.” -Alexandra M.

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. “I’m not really one to cry, but when reading this book, it is impossible not to.” -Dean G.

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. “Your life is simply incomplete if you have never read this.” -Courtney M.

Alone in Berlin by Hans Fallada. “An incredibly, and I thought surprisingly, moving book,all the more so because it is based on a true story. Possibly the only book I have ever read that I can truly use the phrase ‘I couldn’t put it down’. The final chapters are hauntingly beautiful.” -Liam A.

American Gods by Neil Gaiman. “Gaiman always entertains with his humor, imagination and empathy. I have read and listened to American Gods several times, and it remains, with Anansi Boys, a favorite.” -Caryn

When She Woke by Hillary Jordan. “A homage to The Scarlet Letter with contemporary religious and political themes that give one pause when thinking about where our society is heading.” -Vivian T.

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde. “Narcissism at its best.” -Lisette S.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon. “Christopher is such a magnificent character, so real and so funny, that I sometimes forget that I can’t just fly to England to visit him. He is my favorite literary character, and I think his point-of-view helps illuminate the struggles Autistic children can undergo. It is a great chance to see through someone else’s eyes.” -Ashly S.

Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke. “Over 1000 pages and I would have gladly read twice that or more. Clarke’s world building and the way she blends the fantasy into real history is amazing.” -Chris S.

The Last Policeman: A Novel by Ben H. Winters. “What’s the point in solving murders if we’re all going to die soon, anyway?” A wonderful mystery set in a PRE-apocalyptic world full of twists that kept me guessing wrong at every turn. Loved it!” -Erin D.

Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese. “It’s one of those books that carries you away for a lifetime and the characters stay inside you.” -Heather T.

Still Life With Woodpecker by Tom Robbins. “Though I love all of his stories, this one really stands out for me. It is deeply philosophical, but written in a way that is so highly hilarious, sexy, and witty that you hardly feel burdened with the intensity. Robbins uses great fictional stories involving bizarre characters and plots that sweep you right away. If I had to recommend any book to anyone, it would be this one – every time. The story has been called a “post modernist fairy tale”, dealing with a redhead and the search for love, as well as aliens, consumerism, and a pack of camel cigarettes. Check it out! And if reading this story doesn’t make you want to read all of his other works, too, then you’re doing it wrong.” -Laura C.

Watership Down by Richard Adams. “Epic rabbit adventure. Adams’s ability to make these rabbits human without sacrificing their actual behavior is a feat of genius.” -Julie J.

The Gates and The Infernals by John Connolly. “They’re listed as YA but they’re for adults as well. Perfect for fans of Good Omens.” -Mary K.

The Border Trilogy by Cormac McCarthy. “These 3 novels are great reads to themselves, but as a trilogy it is outstanding. Some of the most beautifully written passages I have ever read. Multiple times I found myself on the verge of tears.” -Grant W.

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz. “It is a gorgeous book. The story is not beautiful or haunting because of the content, it is a must-read because of the way it unfolds. Like a sweater becoming undone by a simple pull of the thread, the book takes something complex and changes it. For lovers of any type of book, this is an indelible read.” -Naomi M.

Neither Wolf nor Dog; On Forgotten Roads with an Indian Elder by Kent Nerburn. “Tears aplenty!” -Rachel S.

The Sheltering Sky by Paul Bowles. “It is an incredibly eerie, almost ethereal read describing the landscapes of South Africa and a group of Americans – all of whom have complex emotional relationships to one another, and plenty of problems themselves – who are diving into its depths. It was one of those books that I randomly found on a used bookstore’s bookshelf, picked up because I thought the cover was a lovely shade of blue, and then couldn’t put down until I finished it.” -Shannon M.

Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky. “One of my favorites; brilliant, haunting, thought-provoking.” -Heather R.

You or Someone Like You by Chandler Burr. “It’s incredibly well written, thought provoking and begs to be read again and again.” -Brenda D.

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath. “Unfortunately that was the only novel she ever wrote before her suicide in 1963 but it is a captivating book. I couldn’t put it down once I had started it. Her vivid descriptions and blunt, raw narrative style really allows you to feel all the emotions that she intended. She was such an interesting woman and that is very much evident from her book. Though it is officially a work of fiction, the book is actually quite autobiographical in the sense that many of Plath’s own life experiences have been incorporated into the story. It is honestly a book that I could re-read about 50 times and still learn something new, pick up on a little detail that I had missed the time before. It is most definitely my favourite book at the moment.” -Anya P.

1Q84 by Haruki Murakami. “It’s quietly disturbing with a great, subtle pacing and a mystery at the heart of it that I wouldn’t mind reading on indefinitely to figure out. Also, it would look great on your bookshelf.” -Claire S.

Skippy Dies by Paul Murray. “I know, the title is a bit strange but it has a lot of interesting and honest things to say about the toils of youth and the regrets of adulthood. One of the best books I’ve read in a while.” -Andrew B.

The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon. “It’s the best example of an American epoch mixed with meta-fiction I could ever hope for.” -Danielle S.

Villa Incognito by Tom Robbins. “It’s a humorous tale involving a lustful tanuki, an ambitious circus performer, and MIAs from the Vietnam War who chose to stay MIA. It’s undoubtedly a wild book, but for a book written by Robbins, it’s definitely standard. I recommend it if you can make the time. It’s a hilarious story.” -Brianna P.

Her by Christa Parravani. “Just breathtaking…” -Deborah D.

Written on the Body by Jeanette Winterson. It iss a beautiful and thought provoking book. It resonates with all of the depth of a much longer novel, and clocking in at under 200 pages, can easily be imbibed in a single sitting. I’m on my third copy, from loaning out prior copies to folks who’ve happily adopted those copies into their own fold for frequent re-reading. -Vera

One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez. “I honestly can not find the right words to describe my feelings towards that book! It was Original, hilarious, sad, amusing, unforgettable and more!!! But it requires time; not a book to finish in a week! I spent about a month on it and it was all worth it!” -Elina T.

Anathem by Neal Stephenson. “My must-read pick!” -Sarah D.

My Year of Meats by Ruth L. Ozeki. “It recounts a year in the life of a half-Japanese documentarian as she travels around the United States filming episodes of My American Wife!, a new TV show designed to bolster US meat sales in Japan. The book manages to tackle some tough topics (everything from gender roles to culture clashes to the bloodier side of the meat industry) while remaining entertaining and downright funny. It’s a fantastic read.” -Katie K.

State of Wonder by Ann Patchett. “It’s about science in the Amazon. The experiment be conducting was a little far out, but the description of the Amazon is riveting.” -Sonja B.

Old Man’s War by John Scalzi -Tyler L.

Blue Highways by William Least-Heat Moon. -Frank G.

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, The Keep by Jennifer Egan, The Submission by Amy Waldman, Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt. -Dinna F.

The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers, In Cold Blood by Truman Capote, The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien, Wonderland by Joyce Carol Oates -Cristina B.

“Anything by Jo Nesbo (Norwegian Author). This author is an amazing, gripping thriller writer. This year I read, Snowman, Leopard, Headhunters, (brilliant) and The Redeemer. Also, do you read graphic novels, try the Walking Dead: Compendium One & Two. The best selling novels that inspired the TV show and just as gripping.” -Romeo

War and Peace, Middlemarch, Our Town, Heart of Darkness, The Jungle, Bonfire of the Vanities, Armies of the Night, A Doll’s House, Anna Karenina, To Kill A Mockingbird, In Cold Blood -Barbara S.

Midnight In The Garden Of Good And Evil, The Picture Of Dorian Grey, I Capture The Castle, Looking For Alaska, An Abundance Of Katherine’s, The Golden Compass, Fried Green Tomatoes At The Whistle Stop Cafe, Silver Linings Playbook, If I Stay, Where She Went, Matched Trilogy, The Farie Path Series by Fredwin Jones, Mrs. Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children, Wicked Trilogy by Gregory Maguire, Wither (The Chemical Garden Trilogy), Divergent series, Vampire Academy Series, The Peach Keeper, The Girl Who Chased The Moon, The Sugar Queen, Garden Spells -Stephanie H.

Some of the books we’ve read in 2014

1984 by George Orwell
2BR02B Kurt Vonnegut
A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin
A Fine Balance Rohinton Mistry
A Hologram for the King by Dave Eggers
A is for Alibi by Sue Grafton
A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway
A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
Anthem Ayn Rand
As I Lay Dying William Faulkner
Beer School by Steve Hindy and Tom Potter
Bella Summer Takes a Chance by Michele Gorman
Brewing Up a Business: Adventures in Entrepreneurship by Sam Calagione
Bringing Up Bebe by Pamela Druckerman
Cat’s Cradle Kurt Vonnegut
De Profundis by Oscar Wilde
Detroit: An American Autopsy by Charlie LeDuff
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson
For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway
Gone Girl Gillian Flynn
Goodbye, Columbus by Philip Roth
How Music Works by David Byrne
How to Win at the Sport of Business Mark Cuban
I Know This Much is True by Wally Lamb
I’ll Walk Alone by Mark Higgins Clark
I’ve Got You Under My Skin by Mark Higgins Clark
Inferno Dan Brown
Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg
Let Me Off at the Top!: My Classy Life and Other Musings by Ron Burgandy
Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish by David Rackoff
Love in the Time of Cholera Gabriel García Márquez
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs;
Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan
Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan
Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell
Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids by Dr. Laura Markham
Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
Peter Pan by J.M Barrie
Physics of the Future by Michio Kaku
Point of Retreat by Colleen Hoover
Retromania: Pop Culture’s Addiction to Its Own Past by Simon Reynolds
Slammed by Colleen Hoover
Space Chronicles: Facing the Ultimate Frontier by Neil deGrasse Tyson
Star Wars Omnibus: Boba Fett by various authors
STRAIGHTRAZOR by Lemon Andersen
Sutton by J.R. Moehringer
Tender is the Night F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Big Trip Up Yonder Kurt Vonnegut
The Book Thief Markus Zusak
The Brooklyn Follies by Paul Auster
The Complete Joy of Homebrewing by Charlie Papazian
The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith
The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson
The Dog Stars by Peter Heller
The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test by Tom Wolfe
The Ghost Runner by Bill Jones
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
The Illustrated Man Ray Bradbury
The Little Prince Antoine de Saint-Exupery
The Maltese Falcon Dashiell Hammett
The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes
The Snowman by Jo Nesbø
The Swerve: How the World Became Modern by Stephen Greenblatt
This Girl by Colleen Hoover
This Side of Paradise F. Scott Fitzgerald
Twelve Days of Christmas Trisha Ashley
Uganda Be Kidding Me by Chelsea Handler
Where Are You Now? by Mark Higgins Clark
Where We Belong by Emily Giffin
Wild by Cheryl Strayed
Wonder Boys by Michael Chabon