Recommended Reading

In the order that they were read and reviewed (which means you can find reviews for ALL these titles on this blog), here are our lists of The Starving Artist’s Recommended Reading. For your convenience, they are broken down into genres. Books recommended with reservations are in parenthesis, and we suggest you read the review before choosing.)

LITERARY AND GENERAL FICTION

CLASSICS (app. pre-1900)

CHILDRENS through MIDDLE GRADES

YA (starting with the tweens for some books)

PICTURE BOOKS

  • The Sesame Street Bedtime Storybook
  • Mouse Tales, Arnold Lobel (and Mouse Soup)
  • Uncle Elephant, Arnold Lobel
  • Grasshopper on the Road, Arnold Lobel
  • The Random House Book of Poetry for Children
  • Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus, Mo Willems
  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Eric Carle
  • The Jesus Storybook Bible
  • Where the Wild Things Are, Maurice Sendak
  • Make Way for Ducklings, Robert McCloskey
  • The Book with No Pictures, B.J. Novak
  • Fables, Arnold Lobel
  • (On Market Street, Arnold and Anita Lobel)
  • Ming Ho Moves the Mountain, Arnold Lobel
  • The Great Blueness and Other Predicaments, Arnold Lobel
  • Where the Wild Things Are, Maurice Sendak
  • Little Bear, Else Holmelund Minarik
  • Alligators All Around, Maurice Sendak
  • Chicken Soup with Rice, Maurice Sendak
  • The X-Files: Earth Kids Are Weird, Kim Smith

FANTASY AND SCIENCE FICTION

  • The Once and Future King, T. H. White
  • The Book of Merlyn, T. H. White
  • Till We Have Faces, C. S. Lewis
  • Ender’s Game, Orson Scott Card
  • The Giver, Lois Lowry
  • (Stewart’s Arthur (trilogy), Mary Stewart)
  • Anthem, Ayn Rand
  • Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury

GRAPHIC NOVELS

  • Smile and Sisters, Raina Telgemeier, as well as the Graphix Baby-Sitters club series
  • Ghosts, Raina Telgemeier
  • Anne of Green Gables: A Graphic Novel, Mariah Marsden and Brenna Thummler

NON-FICTION AND HISTORY

  • A Night to Remember, Walter Lord
  • No Pretty Pictures, Anita Lobel

WRITING AND PUBLISHING

  • Self-Printed, Catherine Ryan Howard
  • On Writing, Stephen King
  • Secrets of Ebook Publishing Success, Mark Coker
  • APE: Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur, Guy Kawasaki and Shawn Welch

SELF-HELP AND RELIGION

  • The Purpose-Driven Life, Rick Warren
  • Jump Off the Hormone Swing, Lorraine Pintus
  • The Total Money Makeover or The Complete Guide to Money, Dave Ramsey
  • 365 Journal Writing Ideas, Rossi Fox
  • The Practice of the Presence of God, Brother Lawrence
  • Adventures in Prayer, Catherine Marshall

PLAYS

  • King Lear, William Shakespeare
  • Hamlet, William Shakespeare
  • Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead, Tom Stoppard
  • The Cursed Child, Rowling and Tiffany
  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, J.K. Rowling
  • The Effects of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds, Paul Zindel
  • Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Rowling, Tiffany, and Thorne

BIOGRAPHY AND MEMOIR

  • The Life of Charlotte Bronte, Elizabeth Gaskell
  • The Brontes, Catherine Reef
  • No Pretty Pictures, Anita Lobel
  • My Life with the Chimpanzees, Jane Goodall

FOOD AND COOKBOOKS

HOME SCHOOL

PHILOSOPHY

OTHER

COMEDY

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