There’s a book for every mood.
84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff… if you would enjoy a short series of witty letters written between a feisty lady in New York City and a stodgy bookseller in London, England following WWII.
The Blue Castle by L.M. Montgomery… if you’re craving a quirky, old-fashioned, happily-ever-after romance.
Chasing Redbird by Sharon Creech… if you need a fresh children’s book about a girl named Zinnia who spends the summer clearing a 200-year-old trail.
The Chosen by Chaim Potok… if you’re ready for a deep, complex novel about family, community, and religion.
Digging to America by Anne Tyler… if you’d like to contemplate what it means to be an outsider through a story of two families who each adopt a baby girl from Korea.
From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg… if you wonder what it would be like to run away from home and live in the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Gone-Away Lake by Elizabeth Enright… if you need a nostalgic children’s book about two kids who discover a row of abandoned Victorian houses (with two inhabitants) alongside a swamp.
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Annie Barrows & Mary Ann Shaffer… if you want to read a witty epistolary novel set in the aftermath of WWII.
Jayber Crow by Wendell Berry… if you’re in the mood for a novel about a bachelor barber that reads like a poetic, philosophical autobiography.
Miss Buncle’s Book by D.E. Stevenson… if you crave a light read about a frumpy spinster who uses a pseudonym to publish a satire about all the people in her town.
My Antonia by Willa Cather… if you’re looking for a character-driven story of immigrants in the American West.
Peace Like a River by Leif Enger… if you feel like a story of a fugitive brother, a precocious sister, and a father who works miracles without noticing.
The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro… if you want to immerse yourself in a subtle unreliable narrative with a nostalgic feel.
A Room with a View by E.M. Forster… if you’d like to read a thought-provoking yet amusing novel about social conventions at the turn of the 20th century.
The Truth According to Us by Annie Barrows… if you’re ready for a long, multiple-viewpoint tale of Great Depression West Virginia peopled by characters you won’t be able to stop thinking about.
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee… if you’re looking for a tried-and-true story full of important lessons and memorable scenes.
The View from Saturday by E.L. Konigsburg… if you’re intrigued by the intertwined lives of four sixth-graders who team up to enter a trivia competition.
Watership Down by Richard Adams… if you need reminding that a novel about rabbits can be as realistic and heart-wrenching as one about people.
The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin… if you want to watch sixteen miscellaneous characters solve a puzzle left to them in a millionaire’s will.
Wrack and Rune by Charlotte MacLeod… if you feel like a mystery set at a fictional college and full of eccentric characters and entertaining dialogue.