39 Books Recommended by AHA Subscribers ~ One Book Recommended MULTIPLE times!

by Audra H. Anders for The Aha! Connection

We gave away four books last week in exchange for 39 amazing suggestions from our subscribers!   We had a few authors listed more than once (Emily St John Mandel 2, Jean Hanff Gorelitz 2, Kate Quinn 3, Lisa Jewell 2, and Marie Benedict 2). But, only one book recommended multiple times……The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave…so I downloaded it immediately!      I’ve read  five of the recommendations (noted below) and totally agree you should read them!    I hope you find a few you’ll love!

  1. A Book of Hope: A Survival Guide for Trying Times by Jane Goodall
    In this urgent audiobook, Jane Goodall, the world’s most famous living naturalist, and Douglas Abrams, the internationally best-selling coauthor of The Book of Joy, explore through intimate and thought-provoking dialogue one of the most sought-after and least understood elements of human nature: hope.
  2. America’s First Daughter by Cassandra Campbell
    In a compelling, richly researched novel that draws from thousands of letters and original sources, bestselling authors Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie tell the fascinating, untold story of Thomas Jefferson’s eldest daughter, Martha “Patsy” Jefferson Randolph–a woman who kept the secrets of our most enigmatic founding father and shaped an American legacy.
  3. Driving Miss Norma by Tim Bauerschmidt
    When Miss Norma was diagnosed with uterine cancer, she was advised to undergo surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy. But instead of confining herself to a hospital bed for what could be her last stay, Miss Norma–newly widowed after nearly seven decades of marriage–rose to her full height of five feet and told the doctor, “I’m ninety years old. I’m hitting the road.” 
  4. Fire Keeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley
    “One of this year’s most buzzed about young adult novels.” (Good Morning America)

    For fans of Angie Thomas and Tommy Orange, Angeline Boulley’s debut novel, Firekeeper’s Daughter, is a groundbreaking YA thriller about a Native teen who must root out the corruption in her community.

  5. Giver of Stars by Jo Jo Moyes (I’ve read this and loved it! ~AHA)
    “A great narrative about personal strength and really captures how books bring communities together.” —Reese Witherspoon

    From the author of The Last Letter from Your Lover, now a major motion picture on Netflix, a breathtaking story of five extraordinary women and their remarkable journey through the mountains of Kentucky and beyond in Depression-era America


  6. Just Haven’t Met You Yet by Sophie Cousens
    From the New York Times bestselling author of This Time Next Year comes a heartwarming and hilarious tale that asks: What if you picked up the wrong suitcase and fell head over heels for its mystery owner?
  7. Midnight at the Blackbird Cafe by Heather Webber
    THE USA TODAY BESTSELLER Heather Webber’s Midnight at the Blackbird Cafe is a captivating blend of magical realism, heartwarming romance, and small-town Southern charm.
  8. No Exit by Taylor Adams
    A brilliant, edgy thriller about four strangers, a blizzard, a kidnapped child, and a determined young woman desperate to unmask and outwit a vicious psychopath.
  9. Remarkably Bright Creatures by Shelby Van Pelt
    For fans of A Man Called Ove, a charming, witty and compulsively readable exploration of friendship, reckoning, and hope that traces a widow’s unlikely connection with a giant Pacific octopus
  10. Reminders of Him by Colleen Hoover
    A troubled young mother yearns for a shot at redemption in this heartbreaking yet hopeful story from #1 New York Times bestselling author Colleen Hoover.
  11. Sea of Tranquility by Emily St John Mandel (I downloaded this one to my Kindle today! ~ Audra
    The award-winning, best-selling author of Station Eleven and The Glass Hotel returns with a novel of art, time, love, and plague that takes the reader from Vancouver Island in 1912 to a dark colony of the moon three hundred years later, unfurling a story of humanity across centuries and space.
  12. Sentient by Gary Durbin
    When James Forrest agrees to help detectives understand the artificial intelligence work of a murder victim, it seems simple enough. But then he finds that she was investigating a stolen version of the same AI he’s experimenting with—and the situation becomes more complicated. 
  13. The Alice Network by Kate Quinn
    In an enthralling new historical novel from national bestselling author Kate Quinn, two women—a female spy recruited to the real-life Alice Network in France during World War I and an unconventional American socialite searching for her cousin in 1947—are brought together in a mesmerizing story of courage and redemption. 
  14. The Diamond Eye by Kate Quinn
    The New York Times bestselling author of The Rose Code returns with an unforgettable World War II tale of a quiet bookworm who becomes history’s deadliest female sniper. Based on a true story.
  15. The Exiles by Christina B. Kline


    “A tour de force of original thought, imagination and promise … Kline takes full advantage of fiction — its freedom to create compelling characters who fully illuminate monumental events to make history accessible and forever etched in our minds.” — Houston Chronicle

  16. The Glass Hotel by Emily St John Mandel (I downloaded this to my Kindle today! ~ Audra)
    International Best Seller One of the Best Books of the Year: The New Yorker NPR Time The Washington Post Entertainment Weekly And More!

    “The perfect novel…. Freshly mysterious.” (The Washington Post)

    From the award-winning author of Station Eleven, an exhilarating novel set at the glittering intersection of two seemingly disparate events – the exposure of a massive criminal enterprise and the mysterious disappearance of a woman from a ship at sea.

  17. The Golden Girl by Elin Hilderbrand
    In this #1 bestselling page-turner from “the queen of beach reads” (New York Magazine), a Nantucket novelist has one final summer to protect her secrets while her loved ones on earth learn to live without their golden girl.
  18. The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah (I’ve read this…it is one of my faves ~ Audra)
    In Kristin Hannah’s The Great Alone, a desperate family seeks a new beginning in the near-isolated wilderness of Alaska only to find that their unpredictable environment is less threatening than the erratic behavior found in human nature.
  19. The Guest List by Lucy Foley (So good….mystery til the end! ~ Audra)
    A wedding celebration turns dark and deadly in this deliciously wicked and atmospheric thriller reminiscent of Agatha Christie from the New York Times bestselling author of The Hunting Party.
  20. The Homewreckers by Mary Kay Andrews
    Summer begins with Mary Kay Andrews, in this delightful summer read about flipping houses, and finding true love.
  21. The Huntress by Kate Quinn
    From the author of the New York Times and USA Today bestselling novel, THE ALICE NETWORK, comes another fascinating historical novel about a battle-haunted English journalist and a Russian female bomber pilot who join forces to track the Huntress, a Nazi war criminal gone to ground in America.
  22. The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave (This book had MULTIPLE recommendations from AHA readers…so I downloaded it asap!)
    The instant #1 New York Times bestselling mystery and Reese Witherspoon Book Club pick that’s captivated more than a million readers about a woman searching for the truth about her husband’s disappearance…at any cost.
  23. The Latecomer by Jean Hanff Gorelitz
    From the New York Times bestselling author of The Plot, Jean Hanff Korelitz’s The Latecomer is a layered and immersive literary novel about three siblings, desperate to escape one another, and the upending of their family by the late arrival of a fourth.
  24. The Maid by Nita Prose
    #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER  GOOD MORNING AMERICA BOOK CLUB PICK  “A heartwarming mystery with a lovable oddball at its center” (Real Simple), this cozy whodunit introduces a one-of-a-kind heroine who will steal your heart. 
  25. The Midnight Library by Jack Haig
    The #1 New York Times bestselling WORLDWIDE phenomenon

    Winner of the Goodreads Choice Award for Fiction | A Good Morning America Book Club Pick | Independent (London) Ten Best Books of the Year

    “A feel-good book guaranteed to lift your spirits.”—The Washington Post

    The dazzling reader-favorite about the choices that go into a life well lived, from the acclaimed author of How To Stop Time and The Comfort Book.

  26. The Most Fun We Ever Had by Claire Lombardo
    In this “rich, complex family saga” (USA Today) full of long-buried family secrets, Marilyn Connolly and David Sorenson fall in love in the 1970s, blithely ignorant of all that awaits them. By 2016, they have four radically different daughters, each in a state of unrest. 
  27. The Only Woman in the Room by Marie Benedict

    Bestselling author Marie Benedict reveals the story of a brilliant woman scientist only remembered for her beauty.

  28. The Paris Library by Janet Charles
    An instant New York Times, Washington Post, and USA Today best seller – based on the true story of the heroic librarians at the American Library in Paris during World War II – The Paris Library is a moving and unforgettable “ode to the importance of libraries, books, and the human connections we find within both” (Kristin Harmel, New York Times best-selling author).
  29. The Personal Librarian by Marie Benedict
    A remarkable novel about J. P. Morgan’s personal librarian, Belle da Costa Greene, the Black American woman who was forced to hide her true identity and pass as white in order to leave a lasting legacy that enriched our nation, from New York Times bestselling authors Marie Benedict and Victoria Christopher Murray.
  30. The Plot by Jean Hanff Gorelitz
    Hailed as “breathtakingly suspenseful,” Jean Hanff Korelitz’s The Plot is a propulsive read about a story too good not to steal, and the writer who steals it.
  31. The Postmistress of Paris by Meg Waite Clayton
    The New York Times bestselling author of The Last Train to London revisits the dark early days of the German occupation in France in this haunting novel—a love story and a tale of high-stakes danger and incomparable courage—about a young American heiress who helps artists hunted by the Nazis escape from war-torn Europe.
  32. The President’s Daughter by James Patterson & Bill Clinton
    James Patterson and Bill Clinton – the “dream team” (Lee Child) – return with a thriller even more compelling than The President Is Missing. Every detail is accurate – because one of the authors is President Bill Clinton. The drama and action never stop – because the other author is James Patterson. 
  33. The Push by Ashley Audrain  (I read this recently and couldn’t put it down! ~ Audra)
    A tense, pause-resisting psychological drama about the making and breaking of a family – and a woman whose experience of motherhood is nothing at all what she hoped for – and everything she feared
  34. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid (I’ve loved every TJR book I’ve read!)
    From Taylor Jenkins Reid, “a genius when it comes to stories about life and love” (Redbook), comes an unforgettable and sweeping novel about one classic film actress’ relentless rise to the top – the risks she took, the loves she lost, and the long-held secrets the public could never imagine. 
  35. The Tatooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris
    The #1 International Bestseller & New York Times Bestseller

    This beautiful, illuminating tale of hope and courage is based on interviews that were conducted with Holocaust survivor and Auschwitz-Birkenau tattooist Ludwig (Lale) Sokolov—an unforgettable love story in the midst of atrocity.

  36. The Violin Conspiracy by Brendan Slocumb
    GOOD MORNING AMERICA BOOK CLUB PICK! • Ray McMillian is a Black classical musician on the rise—undeterred by the pressure and prejudice of the classical music world—when a shocking theft sends him on a desperate quest to recover his great-great-grandfather’s heirloom violin on the eve of the most prestigious musical competition in the world.
  37. Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell
    Ellie Mack was the perfect daughter. She was fifteen, the youngest of three. Beloved by her parents, friends, and teachers, and half of a teenaged golden couple. Ellie was days away from an idyllic post-exams summer vacation, with her whole life ahead of her.

    And then she was gone.

  38. Watching You by Lisa Jewell
    The instant New York Times and #1 Sunday Times bestselling author of the Then She Was Gone delivers another suspenseful page-turner about a shocking murder in a picturesque and well-to-do English town, perfect “for fans of Gone Girl, The Girl on the Train, and Luckiest Girl Alive” (Library Journal).
  39. West with Giraffes by Lynda Rutledge
    An emotional, rousing novel inspired by the incredible true story of two giraffes who made headlines and won the hearts of Depression-era America.

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