Books You Would Recommend to Strangers

What books are so amazing that you would gladly march up to a stranger and recommend the book, just because it's that good?

Alternatively, are they so excellent that they pop into your mind when someone asks for book suggestions?
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5,245 books · 3,213 voters · list created September 12th, 2009 by Micaela (votes) .
60 likes · 
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Micaela 487 books
7 friends
Bella 1071 books
16 friends
Tamara 11816 books
97 friends
Josephine 852 books
6 friends
Travis 95 books
8 friends
Lisa (A Life Bound By Books) 12865 books
2864 friends
Michael 92 books
1231 friends
Kaiya 232 books
13 friends

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message 1: by Micaela (new)

Micaela Cool, I didn't know this list would get so popular! (: Thanks for voting!


ღ Carol jinx~☆~☔ I was taught NOT to talk to strangers! But if I must here are some that I enjoyed


message 3: by Katie Beth (new)

Katie Beth This list was brilliant!


message 5: by Peyton (new)

Peyton W-l I'd like to add some too

-My Side of the Mountain, Jean Craighead George
-Gulliver's Travels, Jonathan Swift
-A Modest Proposal, Jonathan Swift
-City of Ember, Jeanne DuPrau
-People of Sparks, Jean DuPrau
-The Prophet of Yonwood, Jean Duprau
-The Diamond of Darkhold, Jean Duprau
-Absolutely Normal Chaos, Sharon Creech
-Bloomability, Sharon Creech
-Chasing Redbird, Sharon Creech
-Granny Torrelli makes soup, Sharon Creech
-Replay, Sharon Creech
-Ruby Holler, Sharon Creech
-Walk Two Moons, Sharon Creech
-The Wanderer, Sharon Creech
-The seven wonders of Sassafras Springs, Betty G. Birney
-Wake, Lisa McMann
-Fade, Lisa McMann
-Gone, Lisa McMann
-The Odyssey,(unknown)
-The Lion, the witch, and the wardrobe, C.S. Lewis
-The girl in the Cage, Stewart Quartet


Yes I know it's a long list sorry....


TheWellReadLady Great list people!
Actually, yesterday I was in a bookshop and recommended 'The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo' to another customer. Great book.


message 8: by Sridevi (new)

Sridevi I will not recommend "Duncan's Diary: Birth of a Serial Killer" to a stranger. That is the scariest novel I've ever read in my whole life :)


message 9: by Danna (new)

Danna Great! I am on the right way, Read some books of it. The good ones, though.
I have to point out that, giving a complete stranger a book to read is a little difficult chioce, due to the fact I don't know the person. You see, I believe and know that eveyr person loves this book or another, yet he/she wouldn't like every given book I'd give him/her. This is way I think you wisely did, putting a major bestseller, like the "Hunger Games" by Suzanne Collins, which is absoloutly an unbelivable choice, because so many people of diefferent ages and tastes in books, read it and loved it, it won a countless number of prizes, and it is a pride, really. Though not everyone would love it. Although I do agree that this is a nice list, thank you. I'll vote right away, but first I'd consider what kind of people should read the book, if any. I hope no redicilous books would be there.


message 10: by Breanne (new)

Breanne Tiger saga will definitely get you hooked :)


message 11: by Donna (new)

Donna I would add What Dreams May Come by Richard Matheson. I absolutely adore that book :)


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message 14: by Leigh (new)

Leigh Ive been recommending Gone Girl to everyone this year. It was a very fresh read if that makes sense.


message 15: by Adrian (new)

Adrian Wow! what a "GREAT" list!


message 16: by Danna (new)

Danna Couldn't you just call the list 'Books Everybody Generally Seems To Love, So Go Ahead And Have No Personal Taste And Read These Already'?! It's useless: it's completely unoriginal: every single Top 100 Here appears exactly in the same order in the next list, named 'Our Favorite Books' or something as useless as much!


message 17: by Dinara (last edited Aug 25, 2014 12:48PM) (new)

Dinara Tengri The entire Hunger Games- trilogy. Loved it. Voted. Oh, and the Martian Chronicles.


message 18: by Lobstergirl (new)

Lobstergirl 38 duplicates removed.


message 19: by Tim (new)

Tim Butcher I was sorry just now to see my book, `Blood River’ vanish from this list. Apologies to the 50 or so members who voted for it. I am trying to work out where those votes went. We authors are rightly not allowed to put our own books on lists like this, nor can we vote for them. So, to the kind supporter who first put the book on this list, a particular apology. And to anyone who might help me better understand why the book was removed, please message me, privately if you prefer. I would love to avoid similar mistakes in the future and to learn if I have done anything wrong. With best wishes to all who make GoodReads an important hub for readers, writers and bibliophiles, author Tim Butcher


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