Alphabetical by author’s last name. I make no claims that everyone will like them – only that I did.

New recs are coloured in blue.


  • Good Omens (novel), Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
  • The Nanny Diaries (novel), Emma Mclaughlin and Nicola Kraus


  • The Arabian Nights
  • Anything by Hans Christian Andersen
  • Collections by the Brothers Grimm
  • The Happy Prince and The Rose by Oscar Wilde

Abbott, Edwin A.

  • Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions (novel)

Austen, Jane

  • Pride and Prejudice (novel)

Barron, T. A.

  • The Lost Years of Merlin (series: 5)

Bronte, Charlotte

  • Jane Eyre (novel)
  • Villette (novel)

Bronte, Emily

  • Wuthering Heights (novel)

Burnett, Frances Hodgeson

  • The Secret Garden (novel)

Card, Scott Orson

  • Ender’s Game (novel)

Christie, Agatha

  • The Murder of Roger Akroyd (novel)
  • Murder on the Orient Express (novel)
  • And Then There Were None (novel)
  • The Mousetrap (play)

Cooper, Susan

  • The Dark is Rising Sequence (series: 5)

Coupland, Douglas

  • Hey Nostradamus! (novel)
  • JPod (novel)

Dumas fils

  • La Dame aux Camélias (novel)

Eugenides, Jeffrey

  • Middlesex (novel)

Fforde, Jasper

  • Thursday Next (series: 5 ongoing)
  • Nursery Crime (series: 2 ongoing ?)

Fielding, Helen

  • Bridget Jones (novel)
  • The Edge of Reason (novel)

Fitch, Janet

  • White Oleander (novel)

Gaiman, Neil

  • Stardust (novel)
  • Fragile Things (short story collection)
  • American Gods (novel)
  • Smoke and Mirrors (short story collection)

Golden, Arthur

  • Memoirs of a Geisha (novel)

Hosseini, Khaled

  • The Kite Runner (novel)

Lee, Harper

  • To Kill a Mockingbird (novel)

L’Engle, Madeleine

  • A Wrinkle in Time (novel)
  • A Wind in the Door (novel)
  • A Swiftly Tilting Planet (novel)
  • Many Waters (novel)
  • A House Like a Lotus (novel)
  • The Arm of the Starfish (novel)
  • An Acceptable Time (novel)

Levine, Gail Carson

  • Ella Enchanted (novel)
  • Fairest (novel)

Lewis, C.S. (Clive Staple)

  • Chronicles of Narnia (series: 7)

Martel, Yann

  • Life of Pi (novel)

McEwan, Ian

  • Atonement (novel)

McKinley, Robin

  • Beauty (novel)
  • Sunshine (novel)
  • Deerskin (novel)

Montgomery, L.M.

  • Anne of Green Gables (series: ten billion. Just kidding: 7/8 if you count Rilla)
  • Emily of New Moon (series: 3)
  • Rilla of Ingleside (novel)

Pierce, Tamora

  • The Lioness (series: 4)
  • The Wildmage (series: 4)
  • Trickster (series: 2)
  • Provost’s Terrier (series: 1 ongoing)
  • The Circle of Magic (series: 4)
  • The Circle Opens (series: 4)
  • The Circle Reforged (novel)

Pratchett, Terry

  • Hogfather (novel)
  • Thief of Time (novel)
  • Going Postal (novel)
  • Reaper Man (novel)
  • Guards! Guards! (novel)
  • Thud! (novel)
  • The Fifth Elephant (novel)
  • The Colour of Magic (novel)
  • Making Money (novel)

Pullman, Philip

  • His Dark Materials (series: 3)
  • Lyra’s Oxford (companion to HDM)
  • Once Upon A Time In the North (companion to HDM)
  • The Ruby in the Smoke (part one of Sally Lockhart trilogy)
  • The Tin Princess (Sally Lockhart spinoff)

Rowling, J.K.

  • Harry Potter and the … (series: 7) I’m sure they’ve been on every rec list from here to Timbuktu, but what the heck.
  • Tales of Beedle the Bard (short story collection)

Saramago, José

  • Blindness (novel)

Tolkien, J. R. R.

  • Lord of the Rings (six-part novel)
  • The Hobbit (novel)

Vonnegut, Kurt

  • Cat’s Cradle (novel)
  • Slaughterhouse 5 (novel)
  • Breakfast of Champions (novel)

White, T. H.

  • The Once and Future King (series :5)

Wilde, Oscar

  • The Picture of Dorian Gray (novel)
  • The Importance of Being Earnest (play)

Planning to read/Suggested:

  • Love in the Time of Cholera, Marquez
  • Dracula, Bram Stoker
  • Catch-22, Joseph Heller
  • The Mystery of the Yellow Room, Gaston Leroux (suggested by flyingcrispi)
  • Samaria Series, Sharon Shin (suggested by yonheet55)
  1. flyingcrispi
    Sunday, April 13, 2008 at 11:36 am

    Can I recommend books too?
    Because you seem to like mystery-crime solving books, (cf Agatha Christie), so I’ll recommend “The Mystery Of The Yellow Room” by Gaston Leroux.

    The plot (from wiki) :
    The crime takes place at the Chateau du Glandier, and the daughter of a famous scientist is found the victim of attempted murder. The strange thing is that the room is locked from the inside and there are no other ways in. A police detective is involved but the young journalist Joseph Rouletabille is more concerned with unravelling the mystery by use of reasoning and logic.

    It’s kind of old (1907), so don’t expect CSI stuff, it’s all in the brain. There’s a movie also.

  2. yonheet55
    Thursday, May 1, 2008 at 12:07 am

    hey i happen to find your site via all the post you wrote on doremifasolatido, a movie i’m excited to watch for the one and only jang geun suk. 😀

    however, i really love your choice of books!! especially tamora pierce! she’s pretty great, and i was lucky to have discovered her in my younger imaginative years! ^_^

    may i also suggest Sharon Shin, the samaria series. they are series based on a world where angels exist, very sci-fi, but with romance >.<

  3. sevenses
    Thursday, May 1, 2008 at 7:20 pm

    Thanks to both flyingcrispi and yonheet55! You’ll find that I’ve added a ‘Planning to read/Suggested books section”.

  4. irugnotmis
    Sunday, June 1, 2008 at 4:47 pm

    AHH Love in the Time of Cholera! I was gonna start that book after my finals! haha

  5. sevenses
    Monday, June 2, 2008 at 9:17 pm

    We have similar taste! *waggles eyebrows*

  6. irugnotmis
    Wednesday, June 4, 2008 at 11:18 am

    *winks back with a big grin*

  7. Ender's Girl
    Sunday, June 29, 2008 at 10:21 pm

    hi! you might want to try orson scott card, known primarily for his groundbreaking ENDER series. he’s known more for his sci-fi, but he’s written some terrific fantasy as well: HART’S HOPE and ENCHANTMENT (a retelling of sleeping beauty), to name a few. he won’t disappoint. 🙂

  8. sevenses
    Monday, June 30, 2008 at 2:13 pm

    Oh yeah, thanks! I’ve read Ender’s Game already, forgot to put it up. 😀

  9. kermity
    Friday, July 4, 2008 at 1:21 am

    ooh don’t know if you’ve heard of this one
    Time Traveller’s Wife
    it’s a bit sappy but if you liked Villette (and it’s overthe top drama)
    you’d probably like this one 🙂

    *ps wow i don’t know anyone else in the world who read Dark is Rising Series! that was a greatttttttt story

  10. Jessica
    Saturday, January 24, 2009 at 2:44 am

    Ooh, great list. I’ve only read 17 of the books listed, and a lot of the others I’ve been wanting to read. If only books grew on trees.

  11. Eleven11
    Sunday, August 30, 2009 at 6:26 am

    Catch 22 is one of my favourite books – if you liked Slaughterhouse 5 I’m sure you’ll like it too. Anyway, nice list! I’d also recommend ‘Cloud Atlas’ by David Mitchell (a novel of epic-ly awesome proportions).

  12. Friday, September 11, 2009 at 2:26 am

    I liked Dracula, it’s great, and different from the movie.
    If you like Harry Potter, you could like “L’Apprenti Épouvanteur” (The Spook’s Apprentice) from Joseph Delaney, it’s a serie of seven books too, i’m waiting the sixth one 🙂 It’s about witches, goblins, etc. A movie is planned, maybe more if it works well i guess.

    I like your blog, thanks for sharing all those treasures ❤

  13. lollyobsessed
    Sunday, December 27, 2009 at 11:33 pm

    Terry Pratchett! I love 😀

    I also love most of the other books on your list, and those that I don’t know I’ll be sure to look up. Thanks for this! ❤

  14. Monday, May 17, 2010 at 10:38 pm

    ooh. I read Pride and Prejudice about 5 times, I loved it so much. I think it helped that someone gave me a summary before-hand, otherwise I probably would have given up half-way through Colins’ proposal.

    He’s such an idiot, right? Who goes on for 3 pages saying “Please marry me,” gets a beautifully succinct “no” for an answer, and proceeds to go on for the next two pages saying “see, this is why I like you. I understand that societal rules dictate that a girl must deny the first proposal, no matter how much her heart desires to accept it.”?? Such an idiot!!

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