Sixth Annual IHGB Book List

Attention avid book readers: It’s time to turn in your selections for the Sixth Annual IHGB Book List. Hooray!

This is a huge deal, people. The contents gathered on this list have introduced me to incredible characters like Katniss Everdeen and Jamie Fraser. And for that, I will never be the same. In a good way.

What I’m saying is…respect the power of this list.

Take a moment to think about books that have impacted you in the last several years. We have a variety of interests here at IHGB, so no genre should be neglected. I say this as a person who has read every popular YA novel in the last decade. If it’s a love story or it’s about pop culture, I will devour it.

With that said, please include your murder mysteries, sci-fi thrillers, or anything else that sticks to your ribs. There are factions of bibliophiles who love that stuff and I will not exclude them because I can’t take a little bit of blood and gore.

Do you love classics? Send them my way. Was there a faith-based book that changed your life? I’d love to know about it. Is It’s a Love Story your favorite book of 2019? I understand.

The process is simple: I’ll collect the data via this comment section, email, or my social media (see links below) and compile my findings into a grand list. That list will be distributed via my newsletter to anyone who wants it. FOR FREE! 

As a bonus, the list includes asterisks by the names of selections that have been nominated MULTIPLE years in a row.

I know. I have my work cut out for me, but it’s worth it. Trust me.

2020, you’ve been a dumpster fire for several months now. I trust you’ll get your act together and prove yourself WORTHY so our summer reading lists will be full of wonder and joy. DO NOT FAIL ME NOW.

Are you ready? Let’s do this.

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May 28, 2020 2:25 pm

Followers by Megan Angelo
Lights all Night Long by Lydia Fitzpatrick
Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid
The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah (and literally anything else by Kristin Hannah!)

December 12, 2023 11:23 pm
Reply to  Rebecca

“Exploring profound human connections, ‘Lights all Night Long’ by Lydia Fitzpatrick captivates with its poignant narrative. In ‘Such a Fun Age’ by Kiley Reid, societal complexities unfold. Kristin Hannah’s ‘The Great Alone’ weaves a gripping tale of resilience. For vibrant visuals, enhance your photos with the creative possibilities of CapCut, a versatile photo editor.”

May 28, 2020 3:31 pm

A Woman Is No Man by Etaf Rum (SO GOOD)
The Indigo Girl by Natasha Boyd
Giver of Stars by JoJo Moyes AND Bookwoman of Troublesome Creek by Kim M Richardson
Wine Girl by Victoria James

May 28, 2020 4:02 pm

these are fluffy, fun reads that I recommend:

Big Summer – Jennifer Weiner
The Wedding Date – Jasmine Guillory
The Proposal – Jasmine Guillory
The Bromance Book Club – Lyssa Kay Adams
Waiting for Tom Hanks – Kerry Winfrey
The Unhoneymooners – Christina Lauren
The Accidental Beauty Queen – Teri Wilson

June 4, 2020 7:25 pm
Reply to  Dawn

I loved Waiting for Tom Hanks!

May 28, 2020 5:35 pm

The Spoken Mage series by Melanie Cellier – YA fantasy
Obsidian Queen series by Shannon Lynn Cook – romantic fantasy
To Best the Boys by Mary Weber – fantasy
Story Thieves series by James Riley – youth fantasy
The Unteachables by Gordon Korman – youth fiction
Wundersmith / Morrigan Crow Nevermoor series by Jessica Townsend – youth fantasy

May 28, 2020 7:45 pm

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins
One Day in December by Josie Silver
The Woman in the Window by AJ Finn
When in Doubt, Add Butter by Beth Harbison (this is a number of years old, but I still think about how much I enjoyed it!)

Jim Jasperse
Jim Jasperse
May 29, 2020 12:41 pm

The Grammarians, Cathleen Schine
My Pale Vanessa, Mary Elizabeth Russell
The Sellout, Paul Beatty
The Overstory, Richard Powers
Slip of the Knife, Denise Mona
The Brass Cupcake, John D. MacDonald

Katie Burdett
Katie Burdett
May 29, 2020 9:23 pm

Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger
Love walked In by Marisa de los Santos
Still Alice by LIsa Genova
Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Stroup

May 30, 2020 8:59 am

The Royal We and The Heir Affair by Jessica Cocks and Heather Morgan
Red, White and Royal Blue by Casey McQuinston

May 30, 2020 9:01 am

The Royal We and the Heir affair by Jessica cocks and Heather Morgan
Red white and royal blue by Casey McQuinston

May 31, 2020 8:49 am

The Tourist Attraction – Sarah Morgenthaler
Attachments – Rainbow Rowell
The Flatshare – Beth O’Leary
The Last Letter – Rebecca Yarros

Nancy R
Nancy R
June 1, 2020 4:05 pm

A Woman is No Man by Etaf Rum
The Girl with the Louding Voice by Abi Dare
The Things We Cannot Say by Kelly Rimmer
The Alice Network by Kate Quinn
Big Lies in a Small Town by Diane Chamberlain
American Royals by Katharine McGee
The Only Plane in the Sky: An Oral History of 9/11 by Garret Graff (recommend audiobook)
Catch & Kill by Ronan Farrow

June 7, 2020 6:11 pm

Something in the Water by Catherine Steadman
The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks
An American Marriage by Tayari Jones
Lying Next to Me by Gregg Olsen
The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena
One Day in December by Josie Silver
The Other Woman by Sandie Jones

June 11, 2020 10:06 am

In no particular order:
Dear Edward – Ann Napolitan
Writers & Lovers – Lily King
The Nightengale – Kristen Hannah
The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane – Lisa See
The Dutch House – Ann Patchett
The Dearly Beloved – Cara Wall
A Discovery of Witches – Deborah Harkness
Daisy Jones & The Six – Taylor Jenkins Reid

June 13, 2020 11:01 am

The Heir & the Spare (Emily Albright- YA for those who loved The Royal We)
Life’s Short, Don’t forget to Dance (Nonfiction from UCLA gymnastics coach Valerie Kondos Field)
The One & Only (Emily Giffin)
The Week Before the Wedding (Beth Kendrick light summer read)
Guilt by Association (Who knew prosecutor Marcia Clark wrote really good fiction??)
My Sister’s Grave (Robert Dugoni- for mystery lovers)

January 12, 2022 6:34 pm


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