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.)


  • The Things They Carried, Tim O’Brien
  • One hundred years of solitude, Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • White Teeth, Zadie Smith
  • Emma, Jane Austen
  • A Prayer for Owen Meany, John Irving
  • The Sound and the Fury, William Faulkner
  • Old Goriot, Honore de Balzac
  • Lord Malquist and Mr. Moon, Tom Stoppard
  • The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy
  • A Man Could Stand Up– (from the Parade’s End quartet), Ford Maddox Ford
  • Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte
  • Shirley, Charlotte Bronte
  • The Complete Sherlock Holmes, Volumes 1 and 2, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Wuthering Heights, Emily Bronte
  • Villette, Charlotte Bronte
  • The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, Anne Bronte
  • To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee
  • (Olive Kitteridge, Elizabeth Strout)
  • (The Turner House, Angela Flournoy)


  • Anne of Green Gables (series), L. M. Montgomery
  • Anne of Green Gables, L. M. Montgomery
  • Rilla of Ingleside, L. M. Montgomery
  • The House at Pooh Corner, A. A. Milne
  • Pipi Longstocking, Astrid Lindgren
  • Matilda, Roald Dahl
  • Harry Potter (series), J. K. Rowling
  • My Teacher is an Alien, Bruce Coville
  • Tales From the Hood (from Sisters Grimm series), Michael Buckley
  • Who Could That Be at This Hour?, Lemony Snicket
  • Clarice Bean trilogy, Lauren Child
  • The Magical Fruit (from the Doctor Proctor series), Jo Nesbo
  • A Snicker of Magic, Natalie Lloyd
  • Smile and Sisters, Raina Telgemeier, as well as the Graphix Baby-Sitters club series
  • Ruby Redfort (series), Lauren Child
  • Ramona (series), Beverly Cleary
  • Henry Huggins and the Clubhouse, Beverly Cleary
  • Socks, Beverly Cleary
  • Frog and Toad (series), Arnold Lobel
  • Mouse Tales, Arnold Lobel (and Mouse Soup)
  • Dear Mr. Henshaw, Beverly Cleary
  • The BFG, Roald Dahl
  • The Lemonade War, Jacqueline Davies
  • (Frindle, Andrew Clements)
  • Half Magic, Edward Eager
  • Where the Red Fern Grows, Wilson Rawls
  • (Roscoe Riley Rules (series), Katherine Applegate)
  • (Miss Peregrine’s School for Peculiar Children (trilogy), Ransom Riggs)
  • Miss Peregrine’s School for Peculiar Children: the Graphic Novel, Cassandra Jean
  • When You Reach Me, Rebecca Stead
  • (I Capture the Castle, Dodie Smith)
  • Homer Price, Robert McCloskey


  • 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


  • 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)


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


  • 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


  • 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


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


  • Japanese Soul Cooking, Tadashi Ono and Harris Salat
  • A History of Food in 100 Recipes
  • Kitchen Bouquets, Bert Greene
  • The Grains Cookbook, Bert Greene
  • Greene on Greens, Bert Greene
  • Honest American Fare, Bert Greene
  • Bert Greene’s Kitchen, Bert Greene


  • You Can Teach Your Child Successfully, Ruth Beechick
  • The Well-Trained Mind, Susan Wise Bauer and Jessie Wise
  • The First Year of Homeschooling Your Child, Linda Dobson


  • God Bless You, Dr. Kevorkian, Kurt Vonnegut

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