"It's An Absolute Masterpiece": People Are Sharing The One Book They'll Forever Recommend For Others To Pick Up And Read

    "Not a single wasted word or poorly formed sentence to be found."

    It can be overwhelming at times trying to figure out which book to read next, whether you're an avid reader or not.

    a dog reading a book on a couch

    If you're someone like me who appreciates when people recommend books they loved and couldn't put down — you'll probably also love this Reddit thread I found.

    Redditor u/Commercial_Phase6868 asked, "What’s one book you read you’ll never stop recommending?" and the people of Reddit really showed up and proudly recommended their favorite reads. I combined those responses with comments from some previous BuzzFeed posts on the same topic. Here are some of them.

    Shelf full of books

    1. "The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri."

    the cover of the namesake book

    2. "The first book that changed me is Lucky by Alice Sebold."

    Lucky book cover

    3. "A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara ripped my heart to shreds. So devastating and powerful."

    A Little Life book cover

    4. "Small Gods by Terry Pratchett. It changed my outlook on life and religion — love it."

    Small Gods book cover

    5. "Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. It has adventure, humor, awesome characters, and much more. Definitely one of my many favorites."

    The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy book cover

    6. "The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath."

    the bell jar in a cursive pink font against a black background

    7. "The Body Keeps the Score. Triggering, but oh so validating."

    The Body Keeps the Score book cover

    8. "It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover."

    It Ends With Us book cover

    9. "A Child Called 'It' by Dave Pelzer. That book changed how I viewed people, and not in a good way."

    A Child Called "It" book cover

    10. "The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson. Not a single wasted word or poorly formed sentence in this book. It's a pure masterpiece of English language writing."

    The Haunting of Hill House book cover

    11. "The Infinite Plan by Isabel Allende. I was admittedly pretty young when I read it (my early 20s). But I really appreciated the message I took away from it: 'Everyone is damaged AF and muddling through life — it's not just you.'"

    The Infinite Plan book cover

    12. "11/23/63 by Stephen King. An utterly incredible story, with one of the most gorgeous love stories intertwined. It's a masterpiece."

    "11/22/63" book cover

    13. "One of the books that has always stayed with me was The Giver by Lois Lowry."

    The Giver book cover

    14. "Animal Farm by George Orwell."

    Animal Farm book cover
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    15. "I read Notes on an Execution by Danya Kukafka and enjoyed it. I felt alone a lot when I read it. The book merged the perspectives of different women to make a portrait of another character, and that reminded me of how we matter to others."

    Notes on an Execution book cover

    16. "Grimm's Fairy Tales. It's not very obscure, and it's more of an anthology really — but damn I love revisiting this book whenever I just need some nice, simple, but still interesting stories to read."

    Grimm's Complete Fairy Tales book cover

    17. "The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson. It's fantasy with a LOT of world-building in the beginning."

    The Way of Kings book cover

    18. "Choke by Chuck Palahniuk."

    Choke book cover

    19. "The Art of Deception by Nicholas Capaldi and Miles Smit."

    The Art of Deception book cover

    20. "I read An Heir Comes to Rise by Chloe C. Peñaranda earlier this year when I was at a point of my life where everything was going wrong."

    An Heir Comes to Rise book cover

    21. "The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett. It's an incredible work of historical fiction, spanning generations of characters. Must read."

    The Pillars of the Earth book cover

    22. "I'll vote for Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi. I first read a more recent release by Emezi, and then read every book they've ever written, in the span of 10 days. Freshwater won, but only because it's a memoir, not a novel."

    Freshwater book cover

    23. "The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune. It's like a warm hug reading it. It's an absolutely gorgeous book."

    The House in the Cerulean Sea book cover

    24. "The Eleventh Hour by Graeme Base. It’s a children’s illustrated mystery book, but it’s beautiful and is even challenging for adults."

    The Eleventh Hour book cover

    25. "Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine. Yes, it's a children's novel, but it has such a unique and fresh take on the Cinderella story, and it's wonderfully written."

    Ella Enchanted book cover

    26. "If you like fantasy, The Belgariad Series by David Eddings and all the world built by him and later his daughter. Very easy reads, but I remembered them from when I was a child and fell in love with the cover art, and I regularly re-read them as an adult."

    covers of books by David Eddings

    27. "Super basic but Rich Dad, Poor Dad and How to Win Friends and Influence People should be mandatory reading for all kids."

    28. "Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar by Cheryl Strayed. I usually will gift a copy if someone is going through something."

    Tiny Beautiful Things book cover

    29. "The Famous Five series by Enid Blyton. I read it when I was 9, and it's the book that got me into reading. Nine years later I still will go back and re-read the first book."

    The Famous Five Collection 1 book cover

    30. "The Complete Maus: A Survivor's Tale by Art Spiegelman. It gives you a new perspective on the Holocaust, and it's easy to read."

    The Complete Maus book cover

    31. "Blood and Ash series by Jennifer L. Armentrout. The book series I started when trying to get back into reading."

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    32. "Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson."

    Let's Pretend This Never Happened book cover

    33. "Skellig by David Almond. I have a hard time picking a favorite book, but I always seem to come back to this one. I guess I must have read it at an impressionable age, and it just got under my skin."

    Skellig book cover

    34. "The Stranger by Albert Camus and translated by Matthew Ward. I really don't know what it is about this book, but somehow it hit deep for me. The apathy that Meursault shows toward the world is something we've all felt at some time in our lives."

    The Stranger book cover

    What book would you recommend for people to read?

    Note: Responses have been edited for length and/or clarity.