Your Recommended Reads | KOAB Readers’ Favorite Books

Disclosure Statement
Oh my goodness! Yesterday on Facebook, I asked for your book recommendations. And wow, did you ever blow me away with your responses. You recommended more than 125 books — enough to keep most of us busy reading for the next several years.

As promised, I created this post for you as a master list of all those recommendations. Stay tuned, because I am planning to share the 12 books that I will be reading this year. I hope to organize a virtual book club, too, for any of you whom would like to read along with me. I will be posting my 2016 Reading List tomorrow morning.

In the meantime, you can start to build your own reading list right here:

Your Recommended Reads: Fiction (listed in alphabetical order by title)

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11/22/63 by Stephen King

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The 19th Wife by David Ebershoff

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The Accidental Empress by Allison Pataki

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The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon

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After the War is Over by Jennifer Robson

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The All-Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion by Fannie Flagg

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All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

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Amazonia by James Rollins

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The Art of Hearing Heartbeats by Jan-Philipp Sendker

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Assault in Forgotten Alley by David Y. B. Kaufmann

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Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand

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The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver

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Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

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The Blue Bistro by Elin Hilderbrand

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The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina HenrÍQuez

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Breaking the Silence by Diane Chamberlain

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Caleb’s Crossing by Geraldine Brooks

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Circling the Sun by Paula McLain

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Cracking India by Bapsi Sidhwa

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The Crooked Heart by Lissa Evans

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Cup of Dust by Susie Finkbeiner

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Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese

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Dancing on Broken Glass by Ka Hancock

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The Devil in Jerusalem by Naomi Ragen

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Devil in the White City by Erik Larson

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The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman

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Dreams of Joy by Lisa See

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The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

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The Flamenco Academy by Sarah Bird

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Girl in Translation by Jean Kwok

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The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

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Girl Waits With Gun by Amy Stewart

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The Girl Without a Name by Sandra Block

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The Girl You Left Behind by Jojo Moyes

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The Glassblower by Petra Durst-Benning

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The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

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Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

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The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Annie Barrows

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The Help by Kathryn Stockett

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The Hired Girl by Laura Amy Schlitz

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Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford

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The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty

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I Am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes

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I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

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Inside the O’Briens by Lisa Genova

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Japanese Lover by Isabel Allende

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Jerusalem Maiden by Talia Carner

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We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver

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The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom

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The Land, Sea, Sky Trilogy by Lynne Cantwell

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The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh

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The Last Bus To Wisdom by Ivan Doig

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The Last Days of Rabbit Hayes by Anna McPartlin

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Left Neglected by Lisa Genova

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Life List by Nori Nelson Spielman

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The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

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The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman

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Love Anthony by Lisa Genova

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March by Geraldine Brooks

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The Marriage of Opposites by Hoffman

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The Martian by Andy Weir

Me Before You

Me Before You: A Novel by Jojo Moyes

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Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris

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Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides

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Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt

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Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan

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The Museum of Extraordinary Things by Alice Hoffman

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My Name is Mary Sutter By Robin Oliveira

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The Nightingale by Kristin Hanna

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Once We Were Brothers by Ronald H. Balson

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Orange is the New Black by Piper Kerman

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The Orphan Master’s Son by Adam Johnson

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Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline

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The Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon

 

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The Paris Architect by Charles Belfoure

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The Passage by Justin Cronin

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The Pearl That Broke Its Shell by Nadia Hashimi

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People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks

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Pigs in Heaven by Barbara Kingsolver

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The Pipe Woman Chronicles by Lynne Cantwell

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The Pipe Woman’s Legacy by Lynne Cantwell

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Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver

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Remarkable Creatures by Tracy Chevalier

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The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

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The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion

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The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan

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Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay

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Saving Sophie by Ronald H. Balson

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The Secret Chord by Geraldine Brooks

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The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

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The Secret Place by Tana French

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Secrets of a Charmed Life by Susan Meissner

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The Shoemaker’s Wife by Adriana Trigiani

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Sigma Force Series by James Rollins

 

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Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See

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Somewhere in France by Jennifer Robson

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The Song of Willow Frost by Jamie Ford

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Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

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Still Alice by Lisa Genova

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The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin

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The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult

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The Sweetness of Forgetting by Kristin Harmel

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The Theory of Death by Faye Kellerman

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The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield

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The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

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Tiffany Girls by Deeanne Gist

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The Time In Between by Maria Duenas

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The Time Travelers Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

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The Twelve by Justin Cronin

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Trusting Calvin by Sharon Peters

 

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Una by Mary Elizabeth Raines

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Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

 

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We Never Asked for Wings by Vanessa Diffenbaugh

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Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple

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Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson

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The Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks

Non-Fiction

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1776 by David McCullough

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Ally: My Journey Across the American-Israeli Divide by Michael B. Oren

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Being Mortal by Atul Gawande

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The Book of Jewish Food by Claudia Roden

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Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown

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For the Benefit of Those Who Can See by Rosemary Mahoney

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The Catcher Was a Spy: Mysterious Life of Moe Berg by Nicholas Dawidoff

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Etched in Sand by Regina Calcaterra

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Gifted Hands by Ben Carson

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The Girls of Atomic City: Untold Story of Women Who Helped Win WWII by Denise Kiernan

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The Honest Truth About Dishonesty by Dan Ariely

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In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan

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Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer

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Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer

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The Johnstown Flood by David McCullough

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Lady at the OK Corral: True Story of Josephine Marcus Earp by Ann Kirschner

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The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo

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Living Emunah by Rabbi David Ashear

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Mindsharing: The Art of Crowdsourcing Everything by Lior Zoref

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The Mountain Family: An Appalachian Family of 12 – and their Fascinating Journey to Judaism by Tzirel Rus Berger and Penina Neiman

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Nothing to Envy About North Korea by Barbara Demick

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Not in God’s Name by Rabbi Jonathan Sacks

Outliers

Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell

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Paper Love: Searching for the Girl My Grandfather Left Behind by Sarah Wildman

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Primates of Park Avenue by Wednesday Martin

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The Prime Ministers by Yehudi Avner

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Predictably Irrational by Dan Ariely

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Sala’s Gift by Ann Kirschner

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Sipping from the Nile by Jean Naggar

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Seabiscuit: An American Legend by Laura Hillenbrand

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Son of Hamas by Mosab Hassan Yousef

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Soul of an Octopus by Sy Montgomery

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Start-Up Nation by Dan Señor and Saul Singer

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This Is Not a Love Story by Judy Brown

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Twelve Years a Slave by Solomon Northup

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Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

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Wild by Cheryl Strayed

Phew! Talk about a BIG list! As I said, you guys really blew me away. I apologize in advance if I missed a book that you mentioned. Putting this post together took me quite a bit longer than I had anticipated (you guys suggested a lot of books!), and it’s possible that a few were added once I was already in the process. Please feel free to keep the suggestions going in the comments.

And stay tuned for tomorrow when I share my 2016 Reading List.

Thank you all!

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  1. I recommend “The Secret of Chabad” by Dovid Eliezrie

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