50 Reading Recs for Fellow Book Lovers

National Book Lovers Day is celebrated August 9 each year. What are you reading today?

50 Reading Recs for Fellow Book Lovers

I wandered into a bookstore recently where the characters did not look like me. Most of the pages were in languages I couldn’t read. Regardless of the foreign characters dancing beneath my fingertips, the familiar scent of crisp pages, the thunk of a novel hitting the back of a shelf—those were solid. I knew when I walked in that I wouldn’t “match” in this store, which is why I went in.

In a world with chaos swirling and sides rising against each other in the darkest of places, uncertainty clawing at every open door of our conscience, books—books are still safe. They are a welcoming world of words and characters that beckon us outside of ourselves and taunt us with imagination and discovery.

I pulled a familiar cover off of the shelf and “read” the entire book even though it was in a different language. I probably missed some words, but I knew it from memory—The Giving Tree. As tears pooled in my eyes, I felt connected through the pages of Shel Silverstein’s classic tale to an entire group of people who were altogether different than me, but read the same words, felt the same tug. And isn’t that what book lovers celebrate every day? Words.

With a little help from my friends, we’ve compiled some of our favorites for all types of word lovers out there. Celebrate Book Lovers Day by filling up your cart, maybe read something you normally wouldn’t, and better yet—pass along a rec to a stranger, and accept one in return.

For the Romantic

Is it too much to ask for a girl to get a little romance? We don’t think so.

For the Historian

Need a few facts with your fiction? Time travel with a side of mystery and fantasy coming up.

For the Mastermind

We recommend reading these chillers with the lights on. Or at least a flashlight nearby.

For the Realist

Life is stranger than fiction right now—and you need a little refreshing honesty. Crack open these brutally honest prose.

For the Classical Charmer

Whether you cheated and read the CliffsNotes in high school or it’s just been a while since Orwell confused you, there are some literary gems everyone should read at least once.

For the Fantasist

Forget this noise. We bet you’re ready to stamp your passport with a one-way ticket to another world. Much obliged.

For the Fad Reader

You look so hot right now—and so does your reading list. You’ll probably blaze right through these.

For the Beach Bagger

The kids need a break and so do you! Load up that beach bag with some of these page-turners.

For the Digital Diva

Maybe you’re not as obsessed with paper as some of us book lovers {*cough*}. Or maybe you got swept up in the green movement. Either way, here are some Kindle fires you’ll enjoy.

For the Eclectic Mind

Aren’t sure what you want to read next? Find yourselves simultaneously reading a few books at a time? We get it.

Happy Book Lovers Day and Happy Reading!



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Kirsten C. was born and raised in Texas Hill Country. After becoming a hopelessly devoted Bobcat and earning a degree in Mass Communications-Public Relations at Texas State University, she was wooed by the never-ending culinary options and vibrant street art of Houston and became a transplant. By day she is a marketing enthusiast for a downtown engineering firm, and by night, an over-the-top {and unashamed} dog mom. She and her husband William are licensed foster parents—advocating for children and families—who hope to one day grow their family through adoption. You can follow their unruly journey on their blog, Cornell Chaos. When she’s not trying a new restaurant, playing behind the lens of a Cannon, piddling in the yard, or scouring markets for hidden gems, Kirsten is often found teaching student ministry through Kingsland Baptist Church or escaping at a local coffee spot.

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