Book Recommendations: My Goodreads List

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I have always been an avid reader. Seriously, I remember when I didn’t have a new book I would turn to an encyclopedia just to have something to read. [sidenote: does anyone even own encyclopedias anymore?]

I have had my slumps where I do not read, obviously, but in the last two years I have been devouring books at an alarming rate. So much so that I decided to finally start using Goodreads to help keep up with what I have read & what I want to read. Because, let’s face it, those are ever-growing lists of books and I just could not keep up.

So today I bring to you a list of my four and five star rated books on Goodreads [although it is not a comprehensive list of all books I have read/recommend]. If you’re on it too, you can follow me here. I am always looking out for fellow bibliophiles for book recommendations!

How I personally rate books:

  • 1 star: I either could not finish the book or I kept reading even though it pained me because I was hoping it would get better & it never did.
  • 2 star: I read it; I didn’t like it, but I didn’t want to be mean.
  • 3 star: I enjoyed the book; it it was neither amazing nor bad.
  • 4 star: I really, really liked this book & would recommend!
  • 5 star: I would re-read this book tomorrow and forever because I loved it so much & highly recommend it.

Other fun book facts about me:

  • I really enjoy sci-fi, fantasy, young adult, & dystopian/utopian fiction, but I do try to expand my reading horizons.
  • I love a strong, smart female protagonist.
  • I have my guilty pleasure genre: New Adult books. Though most of what I’ve read is not too impressive, they are a nice getaway from epic tales.

Now that we’ve got the basics covered, here is my list of recommended books for you!

Five Star Books:

Four Star Books:

*These are broken down into sub-categories because there are so many!*

Entire Series:

Stand Alone Books:

  • The Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas
  • The Diary of a Young Girl – Anne Frank
  • Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden
  • The Time Traveler’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger
  • The Last Wife of Henry VIII – Carolly Erickson
  • The Historian – Elizabeth Kostova
  • Unteachable – Elliot Wake
  • The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Animal Farm – George Orwell
  • Gone Girl – Gillian Flynn
  • The Catcher in the Rye – J.D. Salinger
  • The Hobbit – J.R.R. Tolkien
  • The Fault in Our Stars – John Green
  • Marley & Me – John Grogan
  • The Help – Kathryn Stockett
  • Before I Fall – Lauren Olivier
  • Number the Stars – Lois Lowry
  • The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
  • Helen of Troy – Margaret George
  • The Autobiography of Henry VIII – Margaret George
  • Frankenstein – Mary Shelley
  • The Female of the Species – Mindy McGinnis
  • The Girl on the Train – Paula Hawkins
  • The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath
  • Forbidden – Tabitha Suzuma
  • The Girl with the Pearl Earring – Tracy Chevalier
  • Lord of the Flies – William Golding

Adult Fantasy/SciFi:

  • First Grave on the Right – Darynda Jones
  • Dragonfly in Amber –and– Voyager – Diana Gabaldon
  • The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams
  • A Clash of Kings, A Storm of Swords, A Feast for Crows, A Dance with Dragons, –and– The Winds of Winter – George R.R. Martin
  • Wicked: The Life & Times of the Wicked Witch of the West  – Gregory Maguire
  • Fellowship of the Ring – J.R.R. Tolkien
  • Bloodfever, Faefever, –and– Dreamfever – Karen M. Moning
  • Hounded – Kevin Hearne
  • City of Stairs – Robert J. Bennett

YA Fantasy/SciFi:

  • These Broken Stars – Amie Kaufman
  • Written in Red –and- Murder of Crows – Anne Bishop
  • The Voyage of the Dawn Treader – C.S. Lewis
  • Tales From the Shadowhunter Academy – Cassandra Clare
  • Lord of Shadows – Cassandra Clare
  • City of Ashes, City of Fallen Angels, City of Lost Souls, –and– City of Heavenly Fire – Cassandra Clare
  • Earth Girl – Janet Edwards
  • Strange the Dreamer – Laini Taylor
  • Poison Study –and– Magic Study – Maria V. Snyder
  • The Young Elites –and– The Rose Society – Marie Lu
  • The Knife of Never Letting Go – Patrick Ness
  • Menagerie –and– Spectacle – Rachel Vincent
  • The Assassin’s Blade, Throne of Glass, Heir of Fire, Queen of Shadows, –and– Empire of Storms – Sarah J. Maas
  • A Court of Mist & Fury – Sarah J. Maas
  • Unspoken – Sarah R. Brennan
  • The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins
  • Carve the Mark – Veronica Roth
  • Glass Sword –and– King’s Cage – Victoria Aveyard


  • Night – Elie Wiesel
  • The Giver – Lois Lowry
  • Unravel – Calia Read
  • Paper Princess – Erin Watt
  • The Girl You Left Behind – Jojo Moyes
  • The Notebook – Nicholas Sparks
  • The Constant Princess, The Other Boleyn Girl, The Taming of the Queen, –and– The Queen’s Fool – Philippa Gregory
  • Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood – Rebecca Wells
  • In The Woodsand– Broken Harbour – Tana French
  • Romancing the Duke – Tessa Dare


I hope this list helps inspire you to read more or gives you some inspiration for your next read! I did my best to categorize correctly & some of the parts of a series could be read as stand alones, but if you see any major issues with the list, let me know!

Looking for a book suggestion? The BIG list of great books according to my Goodreads reviews! -

If you see some of your favorites on the list, let me know in the comments below!


  1. Yvette M Allen

    October 2, 2017 at 8:47 pm

    I would agree with your 5 star books. All of them are worth re-reading. There were a lot on your list of 5 and 4 star that I haven’t read. I love getting book recommendations with winter approaching there is more time to read!

    1. Stephanie

      October 4, 2017 at 10:57 am

      Yes! I love to curl up with a good book!

  2. Melissa

    October 2, 2017 at 9:00 pm

    Wow absolutely love your 5 star books! There are some I haven’ t read, but I definitely need to now! Thanks for sharing a list of the ones you would recommend!

  3. PKaurK

    October 3, 2017 at 5:00 pm

    I’ve read most of the five star ratings and they are great recommends, I’ll have to look up the four star ones.

  4. Leslie

    October 3, 2017 at 8:54 pm

    I love a good booklist! I have been going through books lately too. I have been reading self help kinda books lately though. I feel as if my life is in a rut.

    1. Stephanie

      October 4, 2017 at 10:55 am

      I enjoy self-help books too for when I feel like I need some inspiration! I enjoyed ‘#girlboss’ & ‘You Are A Badass’ if you’re looking for some more!

  5. Tatjana

    October 4, 2017 at 12:00 am

    Your five star list gave me a few books to add to my reading list. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Stephanie

      October 4, 2017 at 10:56 am

      Thank You! I hope you like them!

  6. Samantha

    October 6, 2017 at 8:23 am

    Definitely checking out your five star list! I used to be a HUGE reader growing up, but life got crazy, I got married, and we moved to Budapest from America, so reading was put on the back burner. I loved this post and it
    encouraged me to read more!
    // Samantha

    1. Stephanie

      October 7, 2017 at 8:47 am

      Yay! I hope you find one that reinspires your love of reading!

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