15 Types of Books to Jump-Start Your Collection

Recommendations for a well-rounded bookshelf.


The Classic

Buy This Side of Paradise at Amazon

This Side of Paradise

By F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Token Shakespeare

Buy Twelfth Night at Amazon

Twelfth Night

By William Shakespeare

The Award Winner

Buy A Confederacy of Dunces at Amazon

A Confederacy of Dunces

By John Kennedy Toole

The Recent Classic

Buy Lincoln in the Bardo at Amazon

Lincoln in the Bardo

By George Saunders

The Memoir/Biography

Buy West with the Night at Amazon

West with the Night

By Beryl Markham

The Poetry Collection

Buy The Complete Poems at Amazon

The Complete Poems

By Anne Sexton

The Play

Buy Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? at Amazon

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

By Edward Albee

The Book by an International Author

The "Learning is Fun" Book

The High School Read

Buy Heart of Darkness at Amazon

Heart of Darkness

By Joseph Conrad

The Science Book

Buy The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat at Amazon

The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat

By Oliver Sacks

The "Guilty Pleasure"

Buy Outlander at Amazon


By Diana Gabaldon

The Book You Read Before the Movie

Buy Bel Canto at Amazon

Bel Canto

By Ann Patchett

The Graphic Novel

Buy Blanckets at Amazon


By Craig Thompson

The All-Time Favorite

Buy Housekeeping at Amazon


By Marilynne Robinson