30 Thought Provoking Books and 3000 Followers!


Thank you my wonderful, brilliant, beautiful friends! Words are unable express how overwhelmed I am in response to all of your support throughout these past two years. Through your many recommendations I’ve discovered many new and delightful books, as well as garnered valuable feedback on my own reviews. To celebrate reaching the mind boggling milestone of 3,000 followers, I thought I would compile a list of thirty thought provoking books that have stayed with me long after finishing the last lines. I know I’m likely missing key books that are well deserving of a spot on this list and please keep in mind the books listed are in no particular order.  I hope you enjoy reading through my list and I can’t wait to see what other titles you will add to my list in the comment section below.

  • Lord of the Flies by William Golding
  • 1984 by George Orwell
  • Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
  • Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
  • The Giver by Lois Lowry
  • The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
  • 11/22/63 by Stephen King
  • Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  • Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
  • If I Stay by Gayle Forman
  • All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
  • A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
  • The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
  • I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
  • Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
  • The Jungle by Upton Sinclair
  • The Yellow Wall-Paper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
  • Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
  • Devil in the White City by Erik Larson
  • Radium Girls by Kate Moore
  • The Lost City of the Monkey God by Douglas Preston
  • Missoula by Jon Krakauer
  • The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin
  • Charlie Wilson’s War by George Crile III
  • The Gene by Siddhartha Mukherjee
  • Detroit by Charlie LeDuff
  • The Country of Ice Cream Star by Sandra Newman
  • The Summer that Melted Everything by Tiffany McDaniel
  • The Stand by Stephen King
  • The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas




  1. Congratulations on the milestone and thanks for sharing the list. I have read a few of your favourite titles and some are on my TBR. Those that I can’t wiat to read include; Thirteen Reasons Why, All the Light We Cannot See and Time Traveler’s Wife 🙂

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  2. I was relieved to see that I have read at least half of your list already. The rest is a selection that I am looking forward to reading. I loved The Giver and I have cherished my hard back copy for years. Yellow Wallpaper is fantastic and with the recent knowledge about how the arsenic dipped wallpaper accelerated – caused – psychosis there is an added layer of meaning. Did Perkins know? I have tried, several time,s with Oryx and Crake and failed and I will leave it at that. I did not like Gone Girl at all – a nasty self-regarding book; reminded me Bridget Jones’ Diary which I also disliked.
    I have read all of C.J. Cherryh’s novels and I would like to add one to you list: Hunter of the Worlds. (I have just dashed downstairs to check in case I wished to recommend Serpent’s Reach instead.

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    • Thank you! I’ve been meaning to reread Lord of the Flies. I think I read it at 14 so identified with the kids. As an adult I wonder how it would impact me. Which ones hadn’t you heard of?


    • Hey Harry! LOR is on my favorite of all times however I don’t know if I would have classified it as thought provoking for this list. I rank Game of Thrones up there with LORs but didn’t add it to this list although both series are classics. The Catcher in the Rye should probably have been on the list but I need to give it a reread. I haven’t read For Whom the Bells Toll and I’m a bit ashamed to admit that I didn’t like The Kite Runner at all. Perhaps that’s due for a reread as well. I can’t wait to read your list. Aren’t they fun to compile! 🙂


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