20 Books I Think You’ll Like

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I picked out some books I thought you might like. These aren’t the most obvious classics that I’m sure you’ve heard of before, not anything particularly traumatizing (no Hubert Selby Jr.), the ones on my list with the widest appeal. The crowd pleasers, if you will.

Here’s a mix of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry that I just bet you’ll like.

Novels I Think You’ll Like

All the King’s Men by Robert Penn Warren

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

Everything is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer

Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson

Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden

Steppenwolf by Hermann Hesse

The Known World by Edward P. Jones

Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

Trainspotting by Irvine Welsh

White Noise by Don DeLillo

Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout

Short Story Collections I Think You’ll Like

Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri

Tenth Of December by George Saunders

Jesus’ Son by Denis Johnson

Memoirs and Nonfiction I Think You’ll Like

Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer

Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt

Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo

Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris

Books of Poetry I Think You’ll Like

Like a Beggar by Ellen Bass

Slow Lightning by Eduardo C. Corral

I personally guarantee you cannot go wrong on this list.

What’s your go-to crowd pleaser, a favorite book you think almost everyone would like?


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