Recommended Reading

** Fair notice**

This list is completely subjective and limited by my experience as a reader. As a kid. I read a lot of Garfield comic books, like every single one published ever. And I think they’re waiting for me in my mother’s attic. I loved being surrounded by books and the rare times I found myself being swept up in one. I remember reading the biography of Harriet Tubman, Freedom Train when I was in fourth grade and not being able to put it down. I craved for that feeling with more books, but rarely had success. Sometimes that still happens. So, here’s a list of books I find unputdownable. That is a word. It’s my word.

And it is skewed through my interests or from books I see my children unable to put down or dragging me to the library to check out.

And I always support the amazing writers in my writer’s circle here in Champaign-Urbana, of which there are several.

On to my lists . . .


Historical Fiction

  • Number the Stars – Lois Lowry
  • Bud, Not Buddy – Christopher Paul Curtis
  • The War that Saved My Life – Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
  • Breaking Stalin’s Nose – Eugene Velchin
  • Okay for Now – Gary D Schmidt

Novels in Verse

  • Inside out and Back Again- Thanhai Lai
  • Rhyme Schemer – K.A. Holt
  • Crossover – Kwame Alexander
  • Burn – Alma Fullerton
  • Loving vs. Virginia – Patricia Hruby Powell

Chapter Books

Middle Grade Fiction

  • The One and Only Ivan – Katherine Applegate
  • Mockingbird – Kathy Erskine

Picture Books

Board Books


  • Alexandra the Great – The Story of the Record Breaking Filly Who Ruled the Racetrack – Deb Aronson


  • Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins
  • Divergent – Veronica Roth
  • Anne of Green Gables – L.M. Montgomery

For Grown Up Readers

  • The Cat Who . . . Series – Lilian Jackson Braun

For Writers

  • Wired for Story – Lisa Cron


Please share with me the books you think I wouldn’t be able to put down!



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