FAMILY Staff Book Recommendations

Looking for the perfect book to gift? Or maybe just to read yourself? We’ve compiled a list of our favorites that we’d love to share with you!


A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

The Complete Short Stories of Ernest Hemmingway by Ernest Hemmingway

Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Franny and Zooey by J.D. Salinger

The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald

A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare

Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White

The Giver Series by Lois Lowry


The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

Twenties Girl by Sophie Kinsella

While Beauty Slept by Elizabeth Blackwell

The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman

Someday, Someday, Maybe by Lauren Graham

Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight

Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy by Helen Fielding

I’ve Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella

Skinny Dip by Carl Hiassen

Patchwork Planet by Anne Taylor

The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon

North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell

Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese

Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay

The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Me Before You by JoJo Moyes

The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein

The Pact by Jodi Picoult

I Am the Cheese by Robert Cormier

The Middle Place by Kelly Corrigan

Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah

Suzanne’s Diary for Nicholas by James Patterson

Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt

The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert

What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty (movie in the works)

The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri

The Financial Lives of the Poets by Jess Walter

Loving Frank by Nancy Horan

Skinny Dip by Carl Hiaasen

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford

The Women of Christmas by Liz Curtis Higgs

Recent Books to Movies:

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty (going to be an HBO series)

A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket (going to be a Netflix series)

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

Diary of a Wimpy Kid Series by Jeff Kinney

The Maze Runner Series by James Dashner

Percy Jackson Series by Rick Riordan

Wild by Cheryl Strayed

Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

Divergent Series by Veronica Roth

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

If I Stay by Gayle Forman (sequel Where She Went)

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

This Is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper

The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks

The Hunger Games Series by Suzanne Collins

Young Adult:

East by Edith Pattou

I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

Sacred by Elana K. Arnold

Dante and Aristotle Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz

Looking for Alaska by John Green

The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen

The Spectacular Now by Tim Tharp (also a movie!)

Paper Towns by John Green (will be movie soon!)

This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen

It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini

Non Fiction:

An Invisible Thread by Laura Schroff and Alex Tresniowski

Blink by Malcolm Gladwell

A Higher Call by Adam Makos

The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls

Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

The Motorcycle Diaries: Notes on a Latin American Journey by Ernesto Che Guevara

Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer

Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer

The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion

A Walk Across America by Peter Jenkins

Quiet by Susan Cain

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson

Yes, Please by Amy Poehler

Preteen Age Range: 

Sammy Keyes Series by Wendelin Van Draanen

Dr. Franklin’s Island by Ann Halam

A Series of Unfortunate Events Series by Lemony Snicket

One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia

Wonder by R.J. Palacio

A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd



The Spiderwick Chronicles by Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black

The Monster at the End of this Book by Jon Stone

The Pet War by Allan Woodrow

Snuggle the Baby by Sara Gillingham

Have You Seen My Dragon? by Steve Light

I’m My Own Dog by David Ezra Stein

Mama Built a Little Nest by Jennifer Ward, illustrated by Steve Jenkins

My New Friend Is So Fun! by Mo Willems

The Mitten: A Classic Pop-Up Folktale by Jessica Southwick, Pippa Cornick and Yevgeniya Yeretskaya

El Deafo by Cece Bell

Dory Fantasmagory by Abby Hanlon

Space Taxi by Wendy Mass and Michael Brawer, illustrated by Elise Gravel

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