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Your Favorite Authors' Favorite Books

Ever wondered what books your favorite authors love? Read all the books by your favorite writer and can't figure out what to read next? This week, I've teamed up with four different authors of best-selling books to come up with an epic list of book recommendations. Each author contributed one title that they love and explained what they love about it and how it impacted their life.

Read on to hear these successful authors' book recommendations and find a new read.


Jamie Sumner: Beverly, Right Here

Books Jamie Sumner has written:

Roll With It, Tune It Out, Unbound, and Eat, Sleep, and Save the World.


Why she loves Beverly, Right Here:

"It's almost unfair to recommend the third book in a series, but that's what I'm doing. The last in Kate DiCamillo's The Three Rancheros series, Beverly, Right Here is a powerfully told story. It follows Beverly, the third and arguably toughest of the trio of best friends that also includes Raymie and Louise. I was drawn to Beverly from the very first book. She was world-weary at twelve with a sly humor that made me love her. In this last book, she's fourteen and on the run from grief and what she feels is a dead-end life. It was a pleasure to watch DiCamillo age the subject matter and themes along with her character. This book is a perfect read for this time when we all need more big-hearted stories."


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Eileen Spinelli: Birds Art Life

Books Eileen Spinelli has written:

Another Day as Emily, Birdie, Cold Snap, and more.


Why she loves Birds Art Life:

"During this virus crisis, one thing I find comforting is to stand on our back patio and watch the birds. And one of the most comforting books I've read this past month is a memoir: BIRDS ART LIFE... A Year of Observation by Kyo Maclear. I've copied many quotes from the book to scatter around my office. They help me to stay grounded as a writer. A favorite is: 'I like smallness. I like the perverse audacity of someone aiming tiny.' "


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Robin Roe: The Way I Used to Be

Books Robin Roe has written:

A List of Cages.


Why she loves The Way I Used to Be:

"One of my favorite novels is THE WAY I USED TO BE by Amber Smith. It’s a gripping story about coping in the aftermath of a sexual assault, and this book painfully illustrates how one event can alter the trajectory of someone’s life. Amber Smith’s prose is beautiful, and she writes some of the most honest, genuine dialogue I’ve ever read. I strongly recommend this haunting, heartfelt, and ultimately hopeful book."





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Cindy Kadohata: Let Us Now Praise Famous Men

Books Cindy Kadohata has written: Kira-Kira, The Thing About Luck, A Place to Belong, and more.


Why she loves Let Us Now Praise Famous Men:

"I majored in journalism in college and thought I wanted to be a news reporter. I really had no understanding of the many types of writing that exist. I was a high school dropout and honestly thought there were fiction and poetry from a hundred or more years ago, news reporting, and school papers. Then I took a class on the Great Depression and the writing that came out of it from a spectacular young teacher named Dennis Vellucci. One of the books we read was called Let Us Now Praise Famous Men, by James Agee. The passionate, often stream-of-conscious, highly detailed, highly personal writing was a revelation to me. This book transformed my life. It made me understand the full scope of what you could do with words. I would not have become a writer without this book and that great teacher."


I hope you enjoyed this post! Have you read any of these books on this list? Any going on your tbr? Let me know in the comments. Ciao, Zoe.


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