We asked our Instagram followers for the best books they’ve read recently. As we’re all finding ourselves with some extra time to spend indoors, or safely socially distanced outside, we thought a fan-favourite book list could help you find your next read.

Thanks to an overwhelming number of responses, we have compiled this reading list featuring top choices from a variety of genres, from contemporary fiction to young adult novels, and everything in between.

Top Picks

  • In Search of Lost Time, Marcel Proust
  • The Goldfinch, Donna Tartt
  • Nineteen Eighty-Four, George Orwell
  • The Name of the Wind, Patrick Rothfuss
Pictured here: Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-Four journal

Other Favourites

Contemporary Fiction

  • Queenie, Candice Carty-Williams
  • Conversations with Friends, Sally Rooney
  • Sharks in the Time of Saviors, Kawai Strong Washburn
  • Convenience Store Woman, Sayaka Murata
  • Flights, Olga Tokarczuk
  • Three Women, Lisa Taddeo

Domestic Fiction

  • Pedro Páramo, Juan Rulfo
  • A Thousand Splendid Suns, Khaled Hosseini
  • All Your Perfects, Colleen Hoover
  • Go Set a Watchman, Harper Lee


  • The Black Witch, Laurie Forest
  • The Last Smile in Sunder City, Luke Arnbole
  • The Mists of Avalon, Marion Zimmer
  • The Silmarillion, J.R.R. Tolkien
  • Neverending Story, Michael Ende
  • Iron Council, China Miéville

Historical Fiction

  • The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
  • Circe, Madeline Miller

Magic Realism

  • The Green Mile, Stephen King
  • The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Milan Kundera


  • Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup, John Carreyrou
  • The Ride of a Lifetime: Lessons Learned from 15 Years as CEO of the Disney Company, Robert Allen Iger
  • Becoming, Michelle Obama
  • The Choice, Edith Eva Eger
  • The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer, Siddhartha Mukherjee

Novel Series

  • The Witcher, Andrej Sapkowski
  • Harry Potter, J.K. Rowling
  • Outlander, Diana Gabaldon
  • Mistborn, Brandon Sanderson


  • Satura, Eugenio Montale
  • Poésies, Stéphane Mallarmé

Romantic Fiction

  • Call Me by Your Name, André Aciman
  • Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen
  • South of the Border, West of the Sun, Haruki Murakami
  • Far from the Madding Crowd, Thomas Hardy


  • Animal Farm, George Orwell
  • Bleak House, Charles Dickens

Science Fiction

  • Dune, Frank Herbert
  • Journey to the Centre of the Earth, Jules Verne


  • Perfect Prey, Helen Fields
  • The Shadow of the Wind, Carlos Ruiz Zafón
  • Say You’re Sorry, Michael Robotham
  • Live by Night, Dennis Lehane

Young Adult Fiction

  • Simon vs. the Homosapien Agenda, Becky Albertalli
  • S.T.A.G.S., M.A. Bennett

How many of our recommended books have you read?


    • Thank you, Florin! For anyone who hasn’t read the first two novels, this is a good note of where to begin before getting to this recommended read.


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