Your Favorite Books for Madeline

You sent your all-time favorite Penguin Random House books to Madeline and your recommendations were so moving and inspiring, we had to share with the OurHouse community! From thrillers to graphic novels to romance, you and your colleagues have truly read it all.

Read on below to see the titles you selected and the colleagues who recommended them.



A FRACTION OF THE WHOLE by Steve Toltz (Angela Silver) 

A GENTLEMAN IN MOSCOW by Amor Towles (Naomi Glascock, Jennifer Rudsit, Laura Wright) 

A GESTURE LIFE by Chang-rae Lee (Ritsuko Okumura) 

A LITTLE LIFE by Hanya Yanagihara (Zeenath Shareef) 

A TALE FOR THE TIME BEING by Ruth Ozeki (Kathryn Monaco, Lisa Vitelli) 

A VISIT FROM THE GOON SQUAD by Jennifer Egan (Alysyn Reinhardt) 

A WALK IN THE WOODS by Bill Bryson (Michael Gentile, David Underwood) 

ALL DOWN DARKNESS WIDE by Seán Hewitt (Jessie Stratton) 

AMERICAN GODS by Neil Gaiman (Debra Lipp) 

AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE by Helen Ellis (Katie Punia) 

AN AMERICAN TRAGEDY by Theodore Dreiser (Chris Zimpleman) 


ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS by Stephanie Perkins (Tabitha Dulla) 

ANNA KARENINA by Leo Tolstoy (Pamela Dorman) 

Any DANIELLE STEEL (Heidi Lombardi) 

ANY HUMAN HEART by William Boyd (Barbara Richard) 

ATOMIC HABITS by James Clear (Sophia Strachan) 

ATONEMENT by Ian McEwan (Savannah Altabe) 

AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF RED by Anne Carson (Zinnia Russo) 

BASTARD OUT OF CAROLINA by Dorothy Allison (Phil Budnick) 

BEACH READ by Emily Henry (Kari Webb) 

THE BEAR AND THE NIGHTINGALE by Katherine Arden (Alyssa Eatherly)

BELLA TUSCANY by Frances Mayes (Stephanie Bowen) 

THE BFG by Roald Dahl (Alison Wallach) 

BIRD BY BIRD by Anne Lamott (Deanne Katz) 

THE BLIND ASSASSIN by Margaret Atwood (Jen Olsen) 

THE BOOK OF FORM AND EMPTINESS by Ruth Ozeki (Emily Krentz) 

THE BOOKISH LIFE OF NINA HILL by Abbi Waxman (Cat Barra) 

BOOK LOVERS by Emily Henry (Olivia Oudinot) 

THE BOYS IN THE BOAT by Daniel James Brown (Heather Mill) 

THE BURIED GIANT by Kazuo Ishiguro (Auden George) 

THE CATCH TRAP by Marion Zimmer Bradley (Jeffery Corrick) 

CITY OF STAIRS by Robert Jackson Bennett (Amanda Fensch) 

CITY OF THIEVES by David Benioff (Bob Wojciechowski) 

CLOUD ATLAS by David Mitchell (Thomas Yuhas) 

CODE NAME HÉLÈNE by Ariel Lawhon (Leslie Calhoun) 

COLD COMFORT FARM by Stella Gibbons (Wendy Wolf) 

THE COLOR OF WATER by James McBride (Lance Fitzgerald, Bonnie Soodek) 

COSMOS: POSSIBLE WORLDS by Ann Druyan (Lori Shurtz) 

COWLICK! by Christin Ditchfield (Melissa Fariello) 

DAISY JONES & THE SIX by Taylor Jenkins Reid (Kathryn Ricigliano) 

THE DAY OF THE JACKAL by Frederick Forsyth (Chrissy Heleine) 

THE DHARMA BUMS by Jack Kerouac (Ashley Fisher-Tranese) 

DEVOTIONS by Mary Oliver (Liz Camfiord) 

DIGNITY by Chris Arnade (Bria Sandford) 

DINNER WITH JOSEPH JOHNSON by Daisy Hay (Geoff Kloske) 

DJINN PATROL ON THE PURPLE LINE by Deepa Anappara (audiobook) (Erica Henegen) 

DO THE WINDOWS OPEN? by Julie Hecht (Thomas Gebremedhin) 


DRAGONFLIGHT by Anne McCaffrey (Jennifer Steinhurst) 

DRIVING OVER LEMONS: An Optimist in Spain by Chris Stewart (Annsley Rosner) 

DUNE by Frank Herbert (Amanda Tomasello) 

EATING OUT LOUD by Eden Grinshpan (Alex Hill) 

ELEANOR OLIPHANT IS COMPLETELY FINE by Gail Honeyman (Rebecca Vitkus) 

ELLA MINNOW PEA by Mark Dunn (Maggie Gibson) 

ENCYCLOPEDIA OF AN ORDINARY LIFE by Amy Krouse Rosenthal (Christine McNamara) 

THE ENGLISH PATIENT by Michael Ondaatje (Jeanne-Marie Hudson) 

EVENING by Susan Minot (Lauri Hornik) 

EVERY SUMMER AFTER by Carley Fortune (Christine Legon) 

EVERYTHING MATTERS! By Ron Currie (Andy Dudley) 

EXIT WEST by Mohsin Hamid (Haley Davis) 

THE EYRE AFFAIR by Japser Fforde (Kent Anderson) 

FATES AND FURIES by Lauren Groff (Terry Deal, Kara Nicholson) 

FLEISHMAN IS IN TROUBLE by Taffy Brodesser-Akner (Stephanie Sano) 

FOR SMALL CREATURES SUCH AS WE by Sasha Sagan (Brennin Cummings) 

FOREVER RUMPOLE by John Mortimer (Lisa Considine) 

FOUR HUNDRED SOULS by Ibram X. Kendi & Keisha N. Blain (Loren Noveck) 

FUGITIVE PIECES by Anne Michaels (Kate Bennion) 

GEEK LOVE by Katherine Dunn (Ariane Moore) 

THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO (Millennium Trilogy) by Stieg Larsson (Krister Engstrom) 

THE GOLDEN COMPASS by Philip Pullman (John Adamo) 

GONE GIRL by Gillian Flynn (Matt Schwartz) 

GRAVITY’S RAINBOW by Thomas Pynchon (Henry Williams) 

GREENWOOD by Michael Christie (Michael Kindness) 


HIS DARK MATERIALS by Phillip Pullman (Alyssa Reimenschneider) 

THE HITCHHIKER’S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY by Douglas Adams (Tara Useller) 

HOMEGOING by Yaa Gyasi (Neda Dallal, Chantelle Walker) 

THE HOUSE OF THE SPIRITS by Isabel Allende (Fabi Van Arsdell) 

HOW TO GET FILTHY RICH IN RISING ASIA by Mohsin Hamid (Casey Blue James) 

HUM IF YOU DON’T KNOW THE WORDS by Bianca Marais (Jordan Aaronson) 

THE SHADOW OF THE WIND by Zafon (Trevor Bundy) 

IRON AND SILK by Mark Salzman (Maria Carella) 

LOTTERY by Patricia Wood (Catharine Lynch) 

MARY AND O’NEIL by Justin Cronin (Joe English) 

KEEPING THE HOUSE by Ellen Baker (Karen Fink) 

KINDRED by Octavia Butler (Susie Albert) 

KNOW MY NAME by Chanel Miller (Eleanor Rummell) 

KRISTIN LAVRANSDATTER by Sigrid Undset, translated by Tiina Nunnally (Jenny Golub) 

LIGHT YEARS by James Slater (Nick LaRousse) 

LINCOLN IN THE BARDO by George Saunders (Erica Curtis, Jennifer Lynes) 

THE LONELY HEARTS HOTEL by Heather O’Neill (Megan Mills) 

LOOKING FOR ALASKA by John Green (Jordana Kulak, Kim Ryan) 

LOVE IN THE DRIEST SEASON by Neely Tucker (Emily Bruce) 

LOVE IN THE TIME OF CHOLERA by Gabriel Garcia Marquez (Kelly Chian) 

MADELEINE’S GHOST by Robert Girardi (Kim Monahan) 

MAPMAKERS AND THE LOST MAGIC by Cameron Chittock and Amanda Castillo (Rebecca Taylor) 

PERSEPOLIS: THE STORY OF A CHILDHOOD by Marjane Satrapi (Michiko Clark) 

THE MAGIC FISH by Trung Le Nguyen (Celina Sun) 

THE COMPLETE MAUS by Art Spiegelman (Ben Lindsey) 

MEMORIES, DREAMS, REFLECTIONS by Carl G. Jung (Andrea Lerebours) 

MIDNIGHT IN THE GARDEN OF GOOD AND EVIL by John Berendt (Ginny Smith Younce) 

THE MIDNIGHT LIBRARY by Matt Haig (Nancy Jimena) 

MONSTERS: A LOVE STORY by Liz Kay (Jillian) 

THE MOTH KEEPER by K. O’Neill (Whitney Leopard) 

MY ABSOLUTE DARLING by Gabriel Tallent (Paula Manzanero) 

MY SWEET GIRL by Amanda Jayatissa (Katheryn Gao) 

MY YEAR OF REST AND RELAXATION by Ottessa Moshfegh (Sarah Smith) 

THE NEWS FROM SPAIN by Joan Wickersham (Jason Gobble) 

NEVER LET ME GO by Kazuo Ishiguro (Katelyn Connor) 

NEXT YEAR IN HAVANA by Chanel Cleeton (Victoria Cruz) 

THE NIGHT CIRCUS by Erin Morgenstern (Megan Williams) 

NO ONE IS TALKING ABOUT THIS by Patricia Lockwood (Zeyna Tabbaa) 

THE NO-SHOW by Beth O’Leary (Simran Patel) 

OF HUMAN BONDAGE by William Somerset Maugham (Alan Walker) 

ON EARTH WE’RE BRIEFLY GORGEOUS by Ocean Vuong (Nathan Xie) 

THE ONCE AND FUTURE KING by T.H. White (Robert Landry) 

ONCE A QUEEN by Sarah Arthur (Sarah Rubio) 

OPEN by Andre Agassi (Anna Noone)

OTIS REDDING: AN UNFINISHED LIFE by Jonathan Gould ( Sherri Marmon) 

OUTLANDER by Diana Gabaldon (Lisa Ferris, Teresa Mason) 

THE PARIS WIFE by Paula McLain (Susanna Porter) 

THE PASSAGE by Justin Cronin (Kim Shannon) 

PAUL TAKES THE FORM OF A MORTAL GIRL by Andrea Lawlor (Michelle DeMumbrum) 

THE PENDERWICKS by Jeanne Birdsall (Iris Hsiegh) 

PEOPLE WE MEET ON VACATION by Emily Henry (Sarah Mangiola, Emily Swastek) 

THE PILLARS OF THE EARTH by Ken Follet (Anthony Ramondo) 

PLAINSONG by Kent Haruf (Richard Vallejo) 

PLANETFALL by Emma Newman (Hope Ellis) 

THE POSTMORTAL by Drew Magary (Andrea Hovland) 

A PRAYER FOR OWEN MEANY by John Irving (Lisa Vitelli) 

THE PRINCE OF TIDES by Pat Conroy (Lauren Mackey) 

PROJECT HAIL MARY by Andy Weir (Dale Brown) 

THE PURLOINING OF PRINCE OLEOMARGARINE by Mark Twain & Philip C. Stead (Josh Redlich) 

A QUESTION OF FREEDOM by Dwayne Betts (Megan Newman) 

QUIET by Susan Cain (John Wyffels) 

RECURSION by Blake Crouch (Justin Branco) 

RED RISING by Pierce Brown (Jordan Pace) 

THE REMAINS OF THE DAY by Kazuo Ishiguro (Timonthy Mooney) 

THE RIDE OF A LIFETIME by Robert Iger (Susan Corcoran) 

THE ROAD by Cormac McCarthy (Andy Augusto) 

ROCKET BOYS by Homer Hickam (Phil Canterbury) 

ROUGH MUSIC by Patrick Gale (Grant Neumann) 

THE SEA KNOWS MY NAME by Laura Brooke Robson (Nicole Kiser) 

THE SECRET HISTORY by Donna Tartt (Abby Karam) 

SHADES OF GREY by Jasper Fforde (Rebecca Westall) 

THE SHADOW OF THE WIND by Carlos Ruiz Zafon (Alice Dalrymple, Allison Shannon)

SHE HAS HER MOTHER’S LAUGH by Carl Zimmer (Stephen Morrow) 

THE SNOW LEOPARD by Peter Matthiessen (Caroline Sutton) 

THE SNOWY DAY by Ezra Jack Keats (Cecily Kaiser) 

SON OF A GUN by Justin St. Germain (Abbe Wright) 

THE SPARROW by Mary Doria Russell (Ann Kingman) 

SPEAK, MEMORY (Everyman’s Library Edition) by Vladimir Nabokov (Linda Schmidt) 


SPINNING SILVER by Naomi Novik (Krista Ahlberg) 

SPOONBENDERS by Daryl Gregory (Portia Turner) 

THE STAND by Stephen King (Tom Leddy) 

THE STARLESS SEA by Erin Morgenstern (Nicole Cousins, Stephen Ryan) 

THE STARS WE SHARE by Rafe Posey (Shelby Current) 

STATION ELEVEN by Emily St. John Mandel (Molly Humphrey, Amanda Orenstein) 

THE STONEWALL READER Edited by The New York Public Library/Jason Baumann (Elda Rotor) 

THE SUMMER GUEST by Justin Cronin (Matthew Martin) 

THE SUPREMES AT EARL’S ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT by Edward Kelsey Moore (Beth Meister) 

SURRENDER by Bono (Brad O’Connell) 

SWANN’S WAY by Marcel Proust, Translated by Lydia Davis (Brianne Fong) 

THE SWIFTS: A DICTIONARY OF SCOUNDRELS by Beth Lincoln (Jennifer Ridgway) 

THE SWIMMERS by Julie Otsuka (Miriam Tuliao) 

THE THURSDAY MURDER CLUB  by Richard Osman (Mariessa Shein) 

THE TIGER’S WIFE by Tea Obreht (Amiee Gibbs) 


THE TRUTH ABOUT FOREVER by Sarah Dessen (Tricia Ryzner) 

THIS HERE FLESH by Cole Arthur Riley (Leita Williams) 

THIS TIME TOMORROW by Emma Straub (Sarah Reck) 

TIN MAN by Sarah Winman (Sally Kim) 

TO SAY NOTHING OF THE DOG by Connie Wills (Amanda McGuire) 

TOMORROW, AND TOMORROW, AND TOMORROW by Gabrielle Zevin (Lynn Kovach, Eugenia Lo) 

ULYSSES by James Joyce (Mike McCormack) 

UNACCUSTOMED EARTH by Jhumpa Lahiri (Bianca Miele) 

UNBROKEN by Laura Hillenbrand (Scott Smith) 

UNDER THE TUSCAN SUN by Frances Mayes (Allison Jakobovic) 

UNTAMED by Glennon Doyle (Erin Colombo) 

VAMPIRE ACADEMY SERIES by Richelle Mead (Tracy Lakhram) 

THE VANISHED BIRDS by Simon Jimenez (Dan Kosack, Sarah Peed) 

THE VANISHING HALF by Brit Bennett (Mary Claire Cruz) 

THE VEGETARIAN by Han Kang (Hannah Zimmerman) 

WAS by Geoff Ryman (Todd Doughty) 

THE WAVE by Todd Strasser (Susan Hecht) 

WE HAVE ALWAYS LIVED IN THE CASTLE by Shirley Jackson (Liza Cassity) 

THE WESTING GAME by Ellen Raskin (Todd Jones) 

WHAT I TALK ABOUT WHEN I TALK ABOUT RUNNING by Haruki Murakami (Elisabet Stenberg) 

WHERE THE CRAWDADS SING by Delia Owens (Maureen McLaughlin) 

THE WIND-UP BIRD CHRONICLE by Haruki Murakami (John Bohman) 


WITHOUT YOU, THERE IS NO US by Suki Kim (Rebecca Scalese) 

THE WOLF ROAD by Beth Lewis (Maureen Meekins) 

WONDER by R.J. Palacio (Stacy Berenbaum) 

THE YARD by Alex Grecian (Juliannce Clancy) 

THE YEAR OF MAGICAL THINKING by Joan Didion (Liz Ichniowski) 

YEAR OF WONDERS by Geraldine Brooks (Carolyn Coleburn)


Posted: March 20, 2023