The list author says: "This list is sort of all over the place, but these are some of my varied favorites. I hope someone will stumble upon this list and read a book they never would have come across before."
"I was introduced to this book in high school and read it in two days. Story is about a self-destructing young Italian man and how his life is changed by a poor Jewish grocer in 1950's NY. Great demonstration of the complex flaws in character that all people have."
"A favorite of mine and of many. Why did I not read this book sooner? Jane Eyre makes a great, gentle and not overly dramatic, modern day heroine. Nice gothic elements, a believable love story. Enjoyable story-telling."
"Along with M. R. James, Le Fanu has a great skill in creating atmosphere and creepy characters without resorting to the obvious to frighten you. He is the master in describing that creepy shadow on the wall cast by candlelight in a dark hallway. A great gothic tale which seems underrated."
"Probably one of my favorite all time books. A true page-turner. You'll wince many times while reading about the experiences of the two young women. Some of the most beautiful metaphors I've ever read."
"We all know the story. But when I read it for a paper I had to write in college, I never thought the written words of the devil's character would be so disturbing and give me nightmares. I am not even particularly religious, so for those who are it will be extremely disturbing."
"PLEASE READ THIS BOOK! Okay, this is nonfiction but it reads like a suspense novel. Describes the preparation for and battle at Normandy. Very moving. When you realize it's history it's very disturbing. A must read, which I will read again in my life. If you have any curiosity about World War II but shy away from nonfiction, this is the book for you."
"Nonfiction about one of the highest casualty World War II battles. Will interest fiction readers, because the author masters the art of suspense while not being flashy or disrespectful. This book may change you. I have never read such a captivating account depicting the bravery, courage and selflessness of man. Despite it being about war, the beauty of man permeates."
"This story has well-developed characters who shape the life of a British boy growing up in South Africa. It is at times unrealistic, but in a mythic way rather than a bad way. You get a picture of history and the relations between the British, Dutch and Native South Africans shaped by the Boer War. Do a quick Wikipedia search of the Boer war as you start the book, and you will enjoy it even more."
"By the author of the must read "Rebecca," this is a story of deception and how we let ourselves be deceived. A lesser known work by DuMaurier but well-received at its time of publication and a good story."
"A beautifully written epic. It takes place in the 11th century, following the adventures of an orphaned English boy who is inspired to become a doctor to the point that he disguises himself as a Jew to travel to Persia and learn medicine. But words cannot describe this enjoyable read. If you liked Pillars of the Earth by Follet, you will enjoy this -- I liked this even better."
"I could not put this book down. I am so thankful for this true story going mainstream and keeping the memory alive in honor of those who fought in WWII and gave their lives for our freedom. An unbelievable story of hope and resilience and what human beings are capable of, both good and bad. If this moves you, try reading the other WWII/D-day books on my list."
"This book gives a great account of slavery as it follows through generations of the Kinte family from life in Africa before slavery, slave capture and exportation and slave life in the South. It really opens your eyes to the culture in Africa and different lifestyles slaves had in the South."
"This is truly a great American novel for early 1900's nostalgia. It is a study of humanity through the eyes and mind of a young girl growing up poor in Brooklyn. It details Brooklyn culture and the mixed immigrant culture of the time beautifully."
"Okay -- more nonfiction about WWII. But this reads like fiction and is one of my favorites. True story about the US Rangers and their plot to rescue Allied soldiers from a Japanese POW camp. Highly recommend, especially if you liked Unbroken."
"This is classified as Young Adult dystopian fiction but is popular among adults. I don't want to sum it up and give too much away b/c the point of the first few chapters is to slowly reveal the main plot. But as someone in my late 30's I did enjoy the adventure."