Question of the day / favorite books

What are your top 3 favorite books of all time? Looking for a new read! Help a girl out.

Off to the suburbs with Alaina to prepare for some upcoming photo shoots for The Everygirl. We don’t have suburbs where I’m from so I’m looking forward to it. I am expecting a scene out of Pleasantville.
Have a wonderful weekend!
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  • Natasha Fatah

    My favourite book of all time is 'Siddhartha' by Herman Hesse, the story of Lord Buddha, it's an absolutely wonderful book.

    I just finished reading 'The Book of Negroes' which was also excellent.


  • tracyevelyn

    Have you read The Kite Runner? It's an amazing book, slightly depressing, but still great 🙂


  • christin

    wait…what do you mean they don't have suburbs where you come from?

    aaannnddd all the books i like are on opposite ends of the spectrum: very textbook like or a super light read. let me know which you prefer and i can hit 'cho inbox!

  • Kelly Lawler

    My favorite book of all time is hands down, "The Glass Castle". Funny, a little sad, and oddly encouraging all at the same time!

  • Jackie {York Avenue}

    Great question! So hard to pick top three of all time, so here are just 3 random ones I think are great: Memoirs of a Geisha, The Ruins, The Secret History. So, so good.

  • Katie

    Favorite book as a child: Watership Down. Favorite book series as a grownup; *whispers* Harry Potter. I know, I know, it is a children's series, but I still love Harry.

  • meg.

    I totally agree with Jackie and Kelly up there – The Glass Castle & The Secret History are both so, sooooo good! Aside from those, I'm a Hunger Games junkie (I wish I was kidding), and An Object of Beauty by Steve Martin was incredible! xx

  • Miss Margarita

    My favourite book is Little Woman, love it!

  • Deb

    If you like intriguing characters, plot twists, mystery, and romanticism, I highly recommend The Woman In White by Wilke Collins – it's a bg book, but I simply could not put it down. Also, there's Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand – you'll fall in love with the hero and heroine. Enjoy. They are both classics. Enjoy.

  • renée

    cutting for stone by abraham verghese is an incredible read. i also really enjoyed the hunger games series (sidenote: my boyfriend teaches english and designed a "fiction of dystopia" elective, and he is adding the first book to his curriculum – it's that good!)

    lastly, i adore the inheritance by louisa may alcott. it is not very well-known, but she wrote it when she was 17 and it is very jane austen-esque.

    happy reading!

  • Nicole

    I know a little cliche, but The Hunger Games and The Help are amazing! If you haven't read them yet, I promise they will not disappoint.

  • sharynesque

    I agree that The Glass Castle is amazing. Three of my other faves are: Middlemarch (Eliot), East of Eden (Steinbeck), The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (Shaffer & Barrows).

  • Lauren Hargrove

    I love Normal Gets You Nowhere from Kelly Cutrone! Quick read but still amazing 🙂

  • Alexandria

    Oh boy…three books?
    1) White Oleander
    2) The Great Gatsby
    3) Let the Great World Spin

    Boom. Check 'em out.

  • Maria

    Definitely read Glass Castle! Another memoir that will steal your heart: Angela's Ashes. Really great reads 🙂

  • Lexilooo

    I love this shelf!

    My favorites? The Secret Garden is in my top five, along with the Ramona Quimby series, The Velveteen Rabbit, Gone With The Wind, and The Sun Also Rises.

  • Meghan

    I love Life of Pi…it's a little hard to get into at first but the end is so worth it! it's my go-to book recommendation.

  • Gabriella Marie

    Goodness, it's surprisingly difficult to think of my three favorite books! But, I did enjoy The Hunger Games, Downtown Owl, and This Is Where I Leave You quite a bit.
    Can't wait to see the finished products from your suburb photo shoot! xo

  • eriKa

    The Glass Castle is a fantastic book and one of my favorites. Also, anything by Augusten Burroughs.

  • Brittany {Gallery No. Eight}

    Only 3?? Haha oh man! Hmmm…..the sweetness at the bottom of the pie, Armande Gamache mystery novels by Louise Penny, and anything by Agatha Christie haha The Night Circus was another good one!

  • Lindsay

    I'm a serious bookworm, so I can't just pick three!

    All time favorite: Harry Potter!, The History of Love, The Shadow of the Wind, The Help, The Hunger Games, the five people you meet in heaven,

    Fun, light reads: All you need to be impossibly french, The devil wears prada, anything by James Patterson

    Also I just finished One to Love, which was amazing!

  • Claire

    That is a hard question but one of my favorites has to be "Devil in the White City". It is such a great read and is incredibly interesting, especially for those of us living in Chicago! I highly recommend it!

  • graceful216

    "People of the Book" by Geraldine Brooks is a great book about an art historian who unravels a book's history and origins based on items she finds in the creases of the pages. Romance, history, and suspense.

  • diane @ a spot of whimsy

    well this is hard but i think my favorites of all time are little women, harry potter and neverwhere. but my favorite i've read recently is the night circus – and i HIGHLY recommend!!

  • Miss Bibliophile

    It's so hard for me to pick all time favorite books. How about three recent favorites instead?

    Glaciers by Alexis M. Smith
    Rules of Civility by Amor Towles
    The Sense of an Ending by Julien Barnes

    All definitely worth a read!

  • Julia

    I LOVE David Sedaris. His books are amazing and hilarious. The best part is that they are written as collections of essays, so you can read a chapter or two, and then put it down for a while. Great for someone who has a lot of other stuff going on! Two of my favorites are Me Talk Pretty One Day and Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, but of course all of his books are great.

  • Mary

    Favorite books: The Help, anything by Adriana Trigiani, and The Hunger Games series. Happy reading!

    I have a book club in Chicago that meets once a month if you want to join!

  • woodstockwardrobe.com

    My top 3 are:

    -The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
    -Summer Sisters by Judy Blume
    -A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

    All are amazing and should be read IMMEDIATELY!


  • Maura

    -The Help by Kathryn Stockett
    -The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
    – The Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
    -The Hunger Games…
    -Water for Elephants

    my list could go on and on…

  • Sarah O’Brien

    reading lolita in tehran, franny and zoey and the great gatsby!

  • Juicy Fashionista

    The Tiger's Wife, Jane Eyre, and The Eyre Affair! xOxO

  • Becca – (extra)ordinary wonders

    I love this list! I'm always looking for new books to read and definitely just got a few ideas. I agree you should read 'Devil in the White City' since you're in Chicago! I don't think I can pick all time favorite but a few I just read recently are:
    -Zeitoun (a family's experience during Hurrican Katrina- such a powerful story!)
    -A Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet
    -The Buddah in the Attic

  • Sarak83

    The Glass Castle and The Last Lecture are both amazing and inspiring stories.


  • Elizabeth

    Hi Danielle,
    Some books I'm head over heels for?

    1. 'The Unbearable Lightness of Being' — Milan Kundera

    2. 'Motherless Brooklyn' — Jonathan Lethem

    3. 'Birds of America' — Lorrie Moore

    Have a lovely time reading!

  • DearJaimie

    Love everyones suggestions!

    agreed on a lot of the books but to add to the list-

    The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo series was very dark but a great read!

    House of Sand and Fog

    Gregory Maguire- Wicked and Confessions of an ugly stepsister– all of his books have interesting twists on the fairy tell stories we grew up watching.

  • lillies & lattes

    i oh so adore books – here's just a lil list!

    the hunger games (suzanne collins)
    the language of flowers (vanessa diffenbaugh)
    girls in white dresses (jennifer close)
    the atlas of love (laurie frankel)
    sarah's key (tatiana de rosnay)

    i would love to know what you are reading – and please consider books as part of The EveryGirl!

  • Meredith

    Harry Potter (the entire series), Rebecca and Number The Stars. (For a guily pleasure try Roses The Novel or The Thorn Birds.)

  • kbd

    oh, I loved The Secret History! But my favourite favourite is My Life in France, by Julia Child.

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