Whether you’re an avid reader, or a more reluctant one, we all have those “Ah-ha!” moments when a particular book strikes you directly to your core. It could make you laugh out loud, or cry big rolling tears. Maybe an irony paralyzes, or you discover a truth so personal you have to yell, “Ureka!” (or some other more modern expletive).
We are thrilled to have compiled a list from HowDoesShe staff and readers like you of books that have deeply touched us as children, young adults, and now adults. We hope to bring you some exciting titles that you may not have heard of before.
These are the books that have changed the way we view the world and made us fall head over heels with reading. These are titles we plan on revisiting again and again, books we hope our children will enjoy. They are so good, they must be present in the home for everyone to enjoy.
Of course, there are so many great books out there and we can’t feature them all, so feel free to add your picks in the comment section below. Without further ado, here is our compilation of titles every home should own!
*Please note: I have read many of these books, but certainly not all of them. I’ve tried to mark the ones I know contain adult language or adult themes with an * by the title. But if I missed one, feel free to comment below.
P.S. All titles and picture collages are linked to Amazon so you can read more about them. It’s by far my favorite place to shop for books!
Top 10 Children’s picture books
The love of reading starts here. Reading to children when they are young plants a seed for strong literacy and love for learning. Through poetic simplicity and vibrant illustrations, children’s books are powerful springboards for the imagination. Not only do they teach moral concepts and life skills, they have a lasting effect that follow us even into adulthood. You probably remember certain books that impacted you as a child; here are a few new ones we know your child will love!
Top 10 Children’s Literature
My favorite part of the elementary school day was going to the library. I’d peruse shelves and shelves of books, carefully running my fingers along their spines until one caught my interest. That was where I met the Boxcar Children, R.L. Stine, and where I first traveled to Narnia with Lucy. Here are some great places and friends that children everywhere deserve to meet.
Top 10 Young Adult Literature
Known simply as YAL, this beloved genre of tweens, teens, and adults alike has produced popular page-turners and profound literature as well. Series like Twilight and The Hunger Games have sucked readers into their gravitational pull, and so will the following titles.
Top 10 Adult Fiction
After Green Eggs and Ham and To Kill a Mockingbird, our love for books lives on. Like a thirst we cannot quite quench, a lot of us are always on the search for a great book. These page turners were titles that impacted the lives of our staff at HowDoesShe, as well as our Facebook readers. If you’re looking for the good ones, give these titles a try.
*Note: the image for the book Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand appears in the fiction section, but it does belong in the nonfiction section.
Top 10 Adult Nonfiction
Sometimes, another person’s real-life experience or research can touch us so deeply that we change the way we parent, the way we love, the way we feel about life. The following nonfiction books touched us, and our readers as well. Perhaps they will strike a chord with you too.
If you don’t own them already, now is the time to outfit your home with some of the most widely loved and treasured classics of all time.
Children’s Picture Book Classics
No childhood would be complete without these classics, and no home should be either. If you don’t already have them, make sure to check out the books that make up the “canon” of children’s literature.
Children’s Literature Classics
Time travel with Meg and her little brother to heroically save her father, swing from the rope swing into Terabithia with Jess and Leslie in a heart-wrenching tale of friendship, and dig hole after hole with forever loveable Stanley Yelnats. But whatever you do, please don’t let your children grow up without knowing these great books!
Young Adult Classics
One of the most popular genres, here are the YAL books that every home should own. Seriously, they’re that good.
Classics for Everyone
They’re considered classics for a reason. We love them for their unforgettable stories and valuable life lessons, not to mention their use of beautiful language and literary devices. A lot of people are intimidated by them, but don’t be! They are classics because they were, are, and will timelessly be fabulous books.
There are surely countless titles that you and your family adores that are not on this list. Of course, a post like this could go on, and on, and on…you get the point. But the real point is to get reading! You, your kids, your reluctant non-reader husband, your friend, neighbor, dog, you name it. Reading can transport to wonderful places and transform us into creative, caring, knowledgeable individuals.
If there are books that have changed your life that aren’t on our list, PLEASE share them below! Happy reading!