9 readers share their favorite books | Cup of Jo

Do you have a favorite book? It’s so hard to pick just one—as CoJ reader Ragon said, “picking a favorite book is like picking a favorite ice cream, it depends on what you’re in the mood for”—but we asked the Cup of Jo community to name a name names. Here, nine readers share their all-time winners…

Says Nazeefah (above): “The collection of short stories Unaccustomed Earth took my breath away. Jhumpa Lahiri is an expert in writing about family relationships: fathers and daughters, mothers and sons, brothers and sisters. I am jealous of anyone who gets to experience her breathtaking prose for the first time.”

Readers share their favorite books

“I just read this book again as I approach two years sober. While most ‘quit lit’ focus on the harmful effects of alcohol, The sober lush celebrates the joys of sober living in itself. I gift this to anyone trying sobriety, whether they’re just soberly curious or have hit rock bottom, to reassure them that a life without alcohol can be a life of abundance, enjoyment, and adventure.” – Elise

Readers share their favorite books

“I have an easier time with work, parenthood and life Listen than sitting down and reading. My favorite audiobook is Lessons in chemistry by Bonnie Garmus. It’s fun and the characters are so lovable – especially Elizabeth Zott, a scientist who becomes a cooking host. I can’t wait to see Brie Larson take on the role for the TV series.” – Allyson

Readers share their favorite books

Totto-chan by Tetsuko Kuroyanagi tells the story of a Japanese girl who goes about her days having funny, touching interactions with people. What I love most is a) how the story is told from her perspective and b) how the adults interact with children. This is a must-read for anyone who enjoys connecting with children.” — Raras

Readers share their favorite books

“I’ve always loved being outside (hiking, running, lying in the grass), but The overstory by Richard Powers affected how I think and feel about trees on a deep level. I usually give away books after I read them, but seeing this one on my shelf makes me smile.” — Happy

Readers share their favorite books

“This summer I learned I had a rapidly growing fibroid in my uterus; and long story short, at age 39 I had to have a hysterectomy. I didn’t realize how common this was until I went myself through it.For my recovery we canceled all our summer plans for August and I decided to read East of Eden for the third time. My first reading was in college and I was terribly moved. I read it again after I had my first daughter and it opened up even more for me. The book is a story between the generations about two families, with themes of good and evil, free will and love. John Steinbeck said that he wanted readers to experience this book in a way that ‘maybe after a while [the reader] will not know about [they] read it or whether it happened [them].’ And this book does.” – Christine

Readers share their favorite books

“I have read Anne of Green Gables (and its successors) countless times. It still makes me cry and laugh out loud, and reading it feels like visiting a childhood friend. In fact, a friend and I bonded so much over our shared love of Anne we started a podcast about it and we can’t believe how much there is to talk about!” — Ragon

Christine Pride

“The star of this Pulitzer Prize-winning chronicle is an indomitable little girl, Dasani, who navigates the kind of racism, homelessness and poverty that our society should be ashamed to subject children to. Invisible child reminds us that we have a moral obligation not to look away. It also reminds us of the power of family and the human spirit. I often think of Dasani and her family.” — Christine

Readers share their favorite books

“I was an English major, and for so long I only read dark, symbolic literature with mostly sad endings. Then I went through a phase of life where things felt heavy—a global pandemic, my father’s terminal illness—and I looked not to read books that exacerbated those feelings.CUE EMILY HENRY.I bought Beach Read on a whim and it was everything I needed and more. Funny, sexy, witty and SMART. (I have since loved Henry’s books People we meet on holiday and Book loverstoo.) I’m an eternal fan of light-hearted reads that make people laugh and feel good!” – Julie

What is your favorite book, or a book you have enjoyed recently? Feel free to share below…

PS My three best books, the perfect evening activityand a darkly funny book I always think about.

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