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28 Best Books for Normals

28 Best Books for Normals

I'm borrowing the phrase "for normals" from one of my favorite podcasts, because it just makes so much sense here. Good book lists are hard to find, and I usually have to search SEVERAL in order to get a good "to read" list going. The New York Times can be too pretentious, the prize winners can be a little too heady, Oprah's can be a little too woo-woo, and Us Weekly, People, and Buzzfeed don't have enough substance. So let me present to you a list of the books I, a normal human, non-English major, with complex interests, recommend from my 2017 reading:

* denotes my favorite of the category;

** denotes a lesser known book worth checking out!


My 2017 Favorites List


Historical Fiction (my favorite category):

Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald by Therese Ann Fowler

Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders

The Jane Austen Project by Kathleen Flynn**

Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan*

The Power by Naomi Alderman

The Heart's Invisible Furies by John Boyne


Contemporary Fiction:

My Name is Lucy Barton and Anything is Possible by Elizabeth Strout

A Man Called Ove by Fredrick Backmann

A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara*

Hello Sunshine by Laura Dave

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

Young Jane Young by Gabrielle Zevin

Sourdough by Robin Sloan**

Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance by Ruth Emmie Lang**



Finding God in the Waves by Mike McHargue

When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

At Home in the World by Tsh Oxenreider**

Tribe by Sebastian Junger

Born a Crime by Trevor Noah

Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann*



This is Where You Belong by Melody Warnick**

Braving the Wilderness by Brene Brown*


Young Adult/Middle Grade:

Dreamland Burning by Jennifer Latham**

Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas*

The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley*



A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway

Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie




How I Find Time to Read (or Things I Didn't Do Because I was Reading)

How I Find Time to Read (or Things I Didn't Do Because I was Reading)

What 78 Books in a Year Taught Me

What 78 Books in a Year Taught Me