Every month, more than 300,000 people around the world search for “most recommended books” on Google. We’re all seemingly looking for the next best book.
Recommendations come to us from many sources and can be both helpful and overwhelming. And while I love personal suggestions, I appreciate curated lists from sources I trust, with suggestions in a wide variety of genres. So, I’m a new fan of www.ReadThisTwice.com, a website that compiles lists of recommended books in an easy-to-use format.
Best of the best: Top 100 most recommended books
Data analysts at ‘Read This Twice’ scoured social media and reviewed recent interviews with over 2,500 thought leaders to compile the ‘100 Most Recommended Books List’. The list confirmed many of my reading choices, including books given to me or highly recommended by people over the years, and shows what an underdeveloped reader I am. It’s a cliché but true: so many books, so little time.
This is not a scattered list.
Recommendations are verified, with a quote and a link to the source and interviews. The more leaders that recommend a specific book, the higher the rank of that book.
The top-ranked book on their list is “Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind” by Uval Noah Harari, a book sitting right next to me on my to-be-finished pile. My reader husband loved this book. He agrees with this recommendation. Other suggestions include Viktor E. Frankl’s classic “Man’s Search for Meaning”; “Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future” by Pete Thiel; Ernest Cline’s teen sci-fi novel “Ready Player One,” which has come highly recommended to me for years by friends; the non-fiction “When Breath Becomes Air” by neurosurgeon Paul Kalanithi, a title I recently pulled from the library after seeing it on another list; and one of my trusty old books, “The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don’t Work and What to Do About it” by Michael E. Gerber, a gift from a CPA friend when I started my business board 20 years ago this fall.
This is just a taste of the books you will find on this list. To browse the 100, see www.readthistwice.com/lists/most-recommended-books.
The Read This Twice site also has tons of super specific lists, such as “best business” and “best personal improvement” books, two categories that I love. Plus, there are fun categories like “Best Vintage Cookbooks,” “Best Young Adult Novel,” and even “Best Dragon Books.” (Hmmm. I’m trying to remember if I’ve ever read a book about dragons.)
The lists are also broken down by well-known personalities, such as former President Barack Obama, Oprah Winfrey, John Legend, Shonda Rhimes and Tom Hanks.
So, as if your to-read list wasn’t long enough, dive into this site. You’ll see old friends there and, I can almost guarantee, be amazed at how many books you want to pile on your nightstand.
Farewell to a northern Louisiana literary legend
For years I’ve been a fan of Shreveporter Earle Labor, the world’s #1 Jack London expert. With great sadness, I received an email from his family telling me that he had passed away. Labor was a scholar, a writer, a man who loved life – and a treasure to northwest Louisiana and beyond.
The last time I visited him in person was at his house full of books not far from Centenary College, the campus that was his residence for many years. We discussed his London biography that day, “Jack London: An American Life,” one of the many contributions Labor has made to the literary world.
A memorial service will be held at Centenary College’s Brown Chapel at 11 a.m. Nov. 12 with former Centennial President Dr. Don Webb.
As a tribute to Labour, consider his suggestions for reading classic London:
“Modern readers, like readers of the past around the world, will enjoy such timeless classics as ‘The Call of the Wild’, ‘The Sea-Wolf’ and ‘White Fang.’ I believe “The Call of the Wild” is America’s greatest “world” novel because it has been translated into nearly 100 different languages and published in countless editions here and abroad. It has never been out of print since first published in 1903. “He is ‘a writer for all ages’ but most children can read many of his books in primary school, Labor said on the day. “London intentionally wrote clearly enough that any reader at any level could understand her stories.”
Cheers, Earle Labor. Thank you for all you have done for book lovers everywhere.Columnist Judy Christie is the author of 18 novels and non-fiction books and is working on a new novel about a writer. She co-wrote “Before and After: The Incredible Real-Life Stories of Orphans Who Survived the Tennessee Children’s Home Society” with NYT bestselling author Lisa Wingate. To learn more about Christie, visit www.judychristie.com or follow her on Facebook: www.facebook.com/JudyChristieAuthor.