39 Great Novels

By: Yvette Cherry

Here’s a list of novels I’ve enjoyed over the years. Not all of them are new, but they’re all compelling reads. This list is in random order.

The titles in bold are the ones I love the most.

The ones with an asterisk (*) are not particularly relaxing.

The ones that say YA are written for teens (but loved by Yvette).

House Rules | Jodi Piccoult

Saving Francesca | Melina Marchetta (YA)

I Capture the Castle | Dodie Smith (YA)

All the Light We Cannot See | Anthony Doerr

The Time Traveller’s Wife | Audrey Niffenegger

photo of the book The Time Traveller's Wife on a timber table
“13/365 Small Distractions” by Christian Bucad, licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 

Cloudstreet | Tim Winton

The Dry | Jane Harper

Force of Nature | Jane Harper

We Need to Talk About Kevin | Lionel Shriver *

The Dutch House | Ann Patchett

Where the Crawdads Sing | Dehlia Owens

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Pie Society | Mary Ann Schaffer

The Kite Runner | Khaled Hosseini

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time | Mark Haddon (YA)

To Kill a Mockingbird | Harper Lee

photo of an embroidery of the book cover for to kill a mockinbird
To Kill a Mockingbird 1” by Kristin licensed under CC BY 2.0

Jayne Eyre | Charlotte Bronte

The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared | Jonas Jonasson

The Lovely Bones | Alice Sebold

Memoirs of a Geisha | Arthur Golden

Water for Elephants | Sara Gruen

A Thousand Splendid Suns | Khaled Hosseini

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine | Gail Honeyman

The Book Thief | Markus Zusak

The Memory Keeper’s Daughter | Kim Edwards

What Alice Forgot | Liane Moriarty

photo cover of the book the boy in the striped pajamas
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas: a Fable” by Vernon Barford School licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas | John Boyne

Looking For Alibrandi | Melina Marcetta (YA)

The Bronze Horseman Trilogy | Paullina Simons

Boy Swallows Universe | Trent Dalton*

The Light Between Oceans | M.L Stedman

The Dressmaker | Rosalie Ham

The Lost Man | Jane Harper

Small Great Things | Jodi Picoult*

A Spark of Light | Jodi Picoult*

Bridge of Clay | Markus Zusak

The Rip | Mark Brandi

I Do Not Come To You By Chance | Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani

Wimmera | Mark Brandi*

The Lake House | Kate Morton

How many of these great reads have you ticked off?

Article supplied with thanks to Yvette Cherry.

About the Author: Yvette is a wife, mum to four little girls, worship ministry coordinator, and former English teacher.

Feature image: Photo by Idzard Schiphof on Unsplash.