One Bookshelf Library Part 2 — Personal Interests

In general, every genre you collect should have the following: one series, three classics, and three “recent releases”.  There are a couple of exceptions to this rule: classics for example. Are there really “new classics”? That can be pretty difficult to discern. Perhaps we could (and should) relabel or combine labels with “classics” and “literature”. If you have extra space on your genre’s shelf, pick out a few of your favorites.

Here are some examples of genre collecting, in genres I would recommend.



Classic Options:

  • 1984 by George Orwell
  • Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  • Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
  • Time Machine by H.G. Wells
  • Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut
  • War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells
  • The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury
  • Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
  • A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
  • 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne

Recent Release Options:

  • Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
  • Artemis by Andy Weir
  • World War Z by Max Brooks
  • Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
  • The Martian by Andy Weir

Series options: *(some of these can be singled and put in the classic or recent release category)

  • Dune by Frank Herbert
  • A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
  • Ender by Orson Scott Card
  • Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
  • John Carter of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs
  • Foundation by Isaac Asimov
  • The Giver by Lois Lowry



Classic Options:

  • The Princess Bride by William Goldman
  • Dracula by Bram Stoker
  • The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
  • A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
  • Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie
  • The Neverending Story by Michael Ende
  • The Odyssey by Homer
  • Grimm’s Fairy Tales
  • Hans Christian Anderson’s Fairy Tales

Recent Release Options:

  • A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
  • The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
  • The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

Series options:

  • Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
  • The Wizard of Oz by Frank L. Baum
  • Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
  • Sabriel by Garth Nix
  • A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
  • Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis



Classic Options:

  • Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
  • 1984 by George Orwell
  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austin
  • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  • Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
  • Moby Dick by Herman Melville
  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
  • Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  • The Odyssey by Homer
  • Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
  • Lord of the Flies by William Goldman
  • Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
  • A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
  • The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
  • Don Quixote by Miquel de Cervantes

Recent Release Options:

  • Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
  • Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
  • Life of Pi Yann Martel
  • The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood
  • No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy
  • The Help by Kathryn Stockett
  • Extremely Loud and Increadibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer

Series options:

  • The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  • The Magicians by Lev Grossman
  • Robert Langdon series by Dan Brown
  • Millenium by Stieg Larsson
  • MaddAdam by Margaret Atwood


Classic Options:

  • Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Call of the Wild by Jack London
  • Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne
  • Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs
  • Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne
  • Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne
  • Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper
  • The Princess Bride by William Goldman
  • The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

Recent Release Options:

  • Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
  • American Gods by Neil Gaiman
  • The Davinci Code by Dan Brown
  • All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doeer
  • Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood

Series options:

  • Percy Jackson by Rick Riordan
  • Dark Tower by Stephen King
  • Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton
  • Jason Bourne by Robert Ludlum


Classic Options:

  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  • Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
  • The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks
  • The Princess Bride by William Goldman
  • A Room with a View by E.M. Forester
  • The Graduate by Charles Webb
  • The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje

Recent Release Options:

  • The Time Traveller’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
  • Confess by Colleen Hoover
  • Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
  • The Secret Diaries of Miss Margaret Cheever by Julia Quinn
  • Roomie Wars by Kat T. Masen
  • A Walk to Remember by Nicholas Sparks
  • Dear John by Nicholas Sparks

Series options:

  • Stephanie Plum by Janet Evanovich
  • Lizzy and Diesel by Janet Evanovich
  • Fox and O’Hare by Janet Evanovich
  • Sookie Stackhouse by Charlaine Harris
  • Ultimate by Lori Foster
  • Kingmaker Chronicles by Amanda Bouchet


IF you are still looking for suggestions, be that for other genres or other options for these genres, these websites are great resources:

Children’s Book Council


Library Thing –this is a great app, by the way, if you are a book collector or just have a lot of books you have trouble keeping track of.

Manly Book Building?

Build a Library –this one is a personal blog, but the author appears to know his stuff. It’s new to my read list, but I try to keep up with this one.

Need a Personal Suggestion? try the Adult Custom Book List

Also visit your local library’s website! Most libraries have reader’s advisories. These can usually be found onsite as well, in the form of binders with many printed lists of amazing books inside. A few lucky libraries have these same lists listed online as well! Worth a shot. 🙂



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