This is a list of my favorite books of all time, throughout my life (to all the boys I’ve loved before?), and it will continue to be updated so long as my bibliophilic tendencies continue strong. I have gradually shifted my reading habits from fiction to nonfiction as I’ve gotten older, though that doesn’t stop me from delving back into fantasy worlds here and there.


The $64 Tomato: How One Man Nearly Lost His Sanity, Spent a Fortune, and Endured an Existential Crisis in the Quest for the Perfect Garden – William Alexander

Act Natural: A Cultural History of Misadventures in Parenting – Jennifer Traig

The Art of Eating In: How I Learned to Stop Spending and Love the Stove – Cathy Erway

Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End – Atul Gawande

Farmacology: What Innovative Family Farming Can Teach Us About Health and Healing – Daphne Miller

Flâneuse: Women Walk the City in Paris, New York, Tokyo, Venice and London – Lauren Elkin

The Hidden Life of Trees – Peter Wohlleben

How Doctors Think – Jerome Groopman

I’ll Never Be French (no mater what I do): Living in a Small Village in Brittany – Mark Greenside

The Man Who Planted Trees – Jean Giono

Movement Matters: Essays on Movement Science, Movement Ecology, and the Nature of Movement – Katy Bowman

Passed on: African American Mourning Stories: A Memorial – Karla FC Holloway

When Breath Becomes Air – Paul Kalanithi

When Wanderers Cease to Roam: A Traveler’s Journal of Staying Put – Vivian Swift

Whistling Vivaldi: And Other Clues to How Stereotypes Affect Us – Claude Steele


Big Fish – Daniel Wallace

Bloody Jack (series, though I confess I never finished them all) – L.A. Meyer

Boston Jane (series) – Jennifer L. Holm

The Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas

Crown Duel/Court Duel – Sherwood Smith

Desperation – Stephen King

Ella Enchanted – Gail Carons Levine

Faerie Wars (series) – Herbie Brennan

The Frog Princess (series) – E.D. Baker

The Goblin Wood – Hilari Bell

Half of a Yellow Sun – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Harry Potter (series) – J.K. Rowling

Howl’s Moving Castle (series) – Diana Wynne Jones

Inkheart (Inkworld series) – Cornelia Funke

Journey to the River Sea – Eva Ibbotson

The Little Prince – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Lucas – Kevin Brooks

Motherhood: The Second Oldest Profession – Erma Bombeck

The Phantom Tollbooth – Norton Juster

The Princess Bride – William Goldman

Squashed – Joan Bauer

The Star of Kazan – Eva Ibbotson

Stardust – Neil Gaiman

The Whisperer – Donato Carrisi

Wildwood Dancing – Juliet Marillier

A Wrinkle in Time – Madeleine L’Engle