In honour of Book Lovers Day on August 9th, we asked our social media followers to share the best books they’ve read recently, or the books that are at the top of their “To Read” lists.

If you’re looking for reading inspiration for the dog days of summer, we’ve got you covered with this diverse book list, thanks to the recommendations of the People of Paperblanks!

Historical and Political Fiction

  • A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towels
  • My Government Means to Kill Me by Rasheed Newsome
  • My Name Is Red by Orhan Pamuk
  • The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett

Thriller and Mystery

  • Saint X by Alexis Schaitkin
  • Maria Beetle (Bullet Train) by Kōtarō Isaka
  • Counterfeit by Kirstin Chen

Philosophical & Science Fiction

  • Arch of the Scythe series by Neal Shusterman
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde


  • The Stormlight Archive series by Brandon Sanderson
  • The Scholomance series by Naomi Novik
  • The Midnight Library by Matt Haig
  • Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch
  • Uprooted by Naomi Novik


  • The Museum of Innocence by Orhan Pamuk
  • Fallen Angel series by Ella Frank and Brooke Blaine

Contemporary and Coming of Age Fiction

  • Nightcrawling by Leila Mottley
  • My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell
  • Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow by Gabrielle Zevin
  • Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
  • When the Moon Is Low by Nadia Hashimi
  • Tell Me How to Be by Neel Patel


  • A Living Remedy by Nicole Chung


  • Fermat’s Last Theorem by Simon Singh

What else would you add to our list?



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