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31 “Must Read” Books For All Readers: A Crowd Sourced List of Ultimate Favorites

“What’s the ONE book you’d recommend to anyone?”

That’s the question I posed to 32 bloggers. I wanted to know what their “must read” book was, that single book that had the most powerful impact on their reading lives. I’ll be honest: this question stemmed from a selfish desire to get some new great reading recommendations. But as the answers came in, I realized that I was gathering a virtual gold mine of book recommendations. So, this post was born.

1. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

“The mystical story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who yearns to travel in search of a worldly treasure. His quest will lead him to riches far different—and far more satisfying—than he ever imagined. Santiago’s journey teaches us about the essential wisdom of listening to our hearts, of recognizing opportunity and learning to read the omens strewn along life’s path, and, most importantly, to follow our dreams.” Read More.
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2. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

“The beautiful, stunningly ambitious instant New York Times bestseller about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II.” Read More.
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3. Atonement by Ian McEwan

“On a hot summer day in 1935, thirteen-year-old Briony Tallis witnesses a moment’s flirtation between her older sister, Cecilia, and Robbie Turner, the son of a servant and Cecilia’s childhood friend. But Briony’s incomplete grasp of adult motives–together with her precocious literary gifts–brings about a crime that will change all their lives. It follows that crime’s repercussions through the chaos and carnage of World War II and into the close of the twentieth century.” Read More.
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