QJBlogs Recommends...

By Trilby Goouch
Blogs Editor

I’m not going to lie-when it comes to reading for pleasure, I have a habit of turning to Harry Potter when the opportunity presents itself. I’ve always felt either guilty or stressed when I choose to read a novel over my textbook readings, and re-reading childhood favourites requires little time commitment or concentration. One of my New Years’ resolutions is to read more; unsure where to start, I asked fellow students, friends and family for their favourite literary picks, both from their youth and beyond and here is what people recommended.

Classics
1. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D Salinger
2. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
3. Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
4. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
5. To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
6. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
7. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
8. The Diamond as Big as the Ritz by F. Scott Fitzgerald
9. On the Road by Jack Kerouac

Fiction
10. Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret by Judy Blume
11. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
12. Helpless by Barbara Gowdy
13. White Oleander by Janet Fitch
14. Life of Pi by Yann Martel
15. The Paris Wife by Paula McLain
16. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
17. The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach
18. The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery
19. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert M. Pirsig
20. Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
21. Breakfast of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut

Life Lessons
22. The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle
23. Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell
24. How To Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
25. The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey
26. Get Smarter: Life and Business Lessons by Seymour Schulich
27. Wild: From Lost to Found On The Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed
28. Into The Wild by Jon Krakauer
29. Grace: A Memoir by Grace Coddington

The list doesn't stop there...got your own recommendation(s)? Comment below!

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