My Best Friends’ Favorite Books

I love and admire many people, too many to include in this one post.

This is a list of my best friends’ favorite books. I wanted to know what they love. (I may continue this series with more friends in the future.)


Ron (my dad): Beach Music by Pat Conroy

Nayeli: Utopia by Thomas Moore

Alex: Les Miserables by Victor Hugo

Eric: 1984 by George Orwell

Jennie: The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera

Breeanne: East of Eden by John Steinbeck AND The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce (I can never pick just one either.)

Celia: The Mistborn Series by Brandon Sanderson

Candice: Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

Jenny: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee AND The Art of Hearing Heartbeats by Jan-Philipp Sendker AND The First Fifty Years of Relief Society.

Cyndi: The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett

Amy: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee AND The Summer Without Men by Siri Hustvedt AND The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery

Haley: The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck AND The Egyptologist by Arthur Phillips AND An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser

Afton: The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood AND Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell

Betsy: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

Mike (my husband): Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J. K. Rowling

What are your friends’ favorite books? Maybe you should ask them, because now I have a really nice list of books I want to read. I’ve read a lot of these, but not all of them!

Here is my number one favorite book. And here is a list of my favorites.


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  1. I love reading other people’s choice of books. This is really nice. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn is a favorite, same with Joy In the Morning by the same author. Where could one find a copy of Libertine’s Destiny by P. Anciers? been looking for one for years.

  2. I’m very surprised there’s no Count of Montecristo in there… it’s definitely one of the best books ever written (and I’m actually surprised no one tried a TV show out of it yet :))

  3. Oh you should definitely check out The Handmaid’s Tale and A Tree Grows in Brooklyn! ATGB really surprised me and I fell in love with Francie!

  4. I love this list! A while ago, after reading The Storied Life of AJ Fikry and how it talked about being able to tell everything you need to know about someone by what their favourite book is, I thought I’d do a little experiment. I asked everyone in my immediate family to tell me their favourite books, and then I was going to write a post about it, but I never did. It was really fun getting to know what their favourite books were, though. Some I was surprised by and others not at all!

    Has your favourites list remained the same for years, or do you update it when you find new favourites? I would like to finally read one of Stegner’s books. I own Crossing To Safety, but Angle of Repose is also on my list. I love that Christy is on your list. Not many people I know have even heard of that book, but maybe it’s more well known in the US.

    1. My list of favorites definitely changes, but not very often. I think those “perfect” books are few and far between. I’d love to see you post that list from your immediate family!

  5. Ah! So THAT’S what that was about, eh? I’m honored to be on your list, and I can honestly say I’m proud to have you on mine, too. Hugs, my friend! 😃

  6. What a great question to ask! I’ve picked up several titles at book sales thanks to your recommendations 🙂 I still haven’t gotten to my Stegner books but I think I will need to bump them up on my TR list for 2016!

  7. This is a great idea! It gives you so many wonderful books to read! ‘Les Miserables’, ‘Jane Eyre’ and ‘To kill a mocking bird’ are my favs too, but I’m irreparably a potterhead! I’ll try the other books on the list too, though.

  8. That’s a great list! I think I’d find it hard to choose just one favourite book. If I had to choose, I’d probably pick Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen and the Harry Potter series — if a whole series could be counted as one! 🙂

    Have a lovely Easter.

  9. Interesting. Unfortunately, I also don’t know that many people who really care about books in my personal life. 😦 Perhaps that is one reason blogging and communicating with other book bloggers is an important part of my life! I really really need to read a Stegner, and because of your recommendation, it should be Angle of Repose. 🙂 I admire anyone who can limit themselves to ONE favorite book. It just doesn’t seem possible to me, as the answer changes with my reading… 🙂

  10. Lots of good stuff in there! I adore Brandon Sanderson. Utopia and The Handmaid’s Tale have both been on my list for approximately forever. Excellent list; thanks for posting 🙂

  11. My Dad: The Sword of Shannara by Terry Brooks
    My Sister: I think “Harry Potter” is one of her favorites
    My Brother: When he was little he used to be really into “The Chronicles of Ancient Darkness” by Michelle Paver
    My Mom: Too many favorites to count!
    My Aunt: Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
    My Grandad: My mom recently recommended a book called “Boy’s Life” by Robert McCammon to him and he said it was one of the best books he’d ever read. He’s eighty.

    Unfortunately, my two former best friends (I haven’t talked to them in ages) weren’t really readers (or at least I didn’t talk to them about books,) so I don’t really have any for them. Cool idea for a list! 🙂

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