Reading Recommendations

A running list of recommended novels, story collections, YA, and graphic novels, in no particular order. These category designations are meant to be general – there’s a lot of overlap between them. (Kelly Link’s Pretty Monsters is both a story collection and YA, for example.) Enjoy!


  1. Angela Carter, The Bloody Chamber
  2. Anne Patchett, Bel Canto
  3. Chris Adrian, Gob’s Grief
  4. Chris Adrian, The Children’s Hospital
  5. Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
  6. Elizabeth McCracken, The Giant’s House
  7. Gabriel Garcia Marquez, One Hundred Years of Solitude
  8. Gloria Naylor, Mama Day
  9. Italo Calvino, The Baron in the Trees
  10. Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities
  11. Italo Calvino, If on a Winter’s Night a Traveler
  12. Italo Calvino, Cosmicomics
  13. Jan Siegel, Prospero’s Children
  14. Jane Smiley, The Greenlanders
  15. Jeanette Winterson, Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit
  16. Jeanette Winterson, Sexing the Cherry
  17. Jeanette Winterson, The Passion
  18. Jeanette Winterson, Written on the Body
  19. Kazuo Ishiguro, Never Let Me Go
  20. Kevin Brockmeier, The Brief History of the Dead
  21. Kurt Vonnegut, Cat’s Cradle
  22. Margaret Atwood, Oryx and Crake
  23. Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale
  24. Margaret Atwood, The Year of the Flood
  25. Maria Doria Russell, The Sparrow
  26. Marilynne Robinson, Housekeeping
  27. Mark Z. Danielewski, House of Leaves
  28. Michael Chabon, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay
  29. Michael Chabon, The Mysteries of Pittsburgh
  30. Michael Chabon, The Yiddish Policeman’s Union
  31. Michael Chabon, Wonder Boys
  32. Michael Cunningham, The Hours
  33. Michael Faber, The Crimson Petal and the White
  34. Michael Faber, Under the Skin
  35. Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, Good Omens
  36. Neil Gaiman, American Gods
  37. Rachel Ingalls, Mrs. Caliban
  38. Ray Bradbury, Dandelion Wine
  39. Ray Bradbury, Something Wicked This Way Comes
  40. Ray Bradbury, The Halloween Tree
  41. Richard Laymon, The Traveling Vampire Show
  42. Karen Joy Fowler, We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves
  43. José Saramago, Blindness
  44. Bennett Sims, A Questionable Shape

Short Story Collections

  1. Alissa Nutting, Unclean Jobs for Women and Girls
  2. Amy Hempel, The Collected Stories of Amy Hempel
  3. Andrea Barrett, Ship Fever
  4. Elizabeth McCracken, Here’s Your Hat, What’s Your Hurry?
  5. Fantastic Women: 18 Tales of the Surreal and the Sublime from Tin House, ed. Rob Spillman
  6. George Saunders, In Persuasion Nation
  7. George Saunders, Pastornalia
  8. Harvey Grossinger, The Quarry
  9. James Joyce, Dubliners
  10. Julie Orringer, How to Breathe Underwater
  11. Karen Russell, St. Lucy’s School for Girls Raised by Wolves
  12. Karen Russell, Vampires in the Lemon Grove
  13. Kelly Link, Magic for Beginners
  14. Kelly Link, Stranger Things Happen
  15. Kevin Brockmeier, The View from the Seventh Layer
  16. Lan Samantha Chang, Hunger
  17. Lorrie Moore, Birds of America
  18. Ludmilla Petrushevskaya, There Once Lived a Woman Who Tried to Kill Her Neighbor’s Baby: Scary Fairy Tales
  19. Margaret Atwood, Dancing Girls
  20. Michael Chabon, Werewolves in Their Youth
  21. Michael Faber, Some Rain Must Fall
  22. Michael Faber, Vanilla Bright Like Eminem
  23. My Mistress’s Sparrow Is Dead: Great Love Stories, from Chekhov to Munro, ed. Jeffery Eugendides
  24. My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me: Forty New Fairy Tales, ed. Kate Bernheimer
  25. Stories, ed. Neil Gaiman & Al Sarrantonio
  26. Ray Bradbury, every short story collection he’s ever written
  27. Roald Dahl, The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six More
  28. Savyon Liebrecht, A Good Place for the Night
  29. Steven King, Nightmares and Dreamscapes
  30. Stuart Dybek, I Sailed with Magellan
  31. Stuart Dybek, The Coast of Chicago
  32. Wells Tower, Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned

Middle Grade & YA

  1. Dianna Wynn Jones, The Dark Lord of Derkholm
  2. Roald Dahl, Danny, Champion of the World
  3. Roald Dahl, Matilda
  4. Roald Dahl, The BFG
  5. Roald Dahl, The Witches
  6. Kelly Link, Pretty Monsters
  7. Sherman Alexie, Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian
  8. Orson Scott Card, Ender’s Game
  9. Lemony Snicket, A Series of Unfortunate Events (series)
  10. Louis Sachar, Holes
  11. Markus Zusak, The Book Thief
  12. M.T. Anderson, Feed
  13. M.T. Anderson, The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Volume 1: The Pox Party
  14. Madeline L’Engle, A Wrinkle in Time

Graphic Novels/Series

  1. Alan Moore, Lost Girls
  2. Alan Moore, V for Vendetta
  3. Alan Moore, Watchmen
  4. Chester Brown, Paying for It
  5. Daniel Clowes, Ghost World
  6. Lynda Barry, One! Hundred! Demons!
  7. Marjane Satrapi, Persepolis
  8. Neil Gaiman, Sandman
  9. Terry Moore, Strangers in Paradise

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