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The Best Books of Cannonball Read III

By Tamatha Uhmelmahaye | Books | December 28, 2011 |

By Tamatha Uhmelmahaye | Books | December 28, 2011 |

As Cannonball Read III is coming to a close, I put out a call to the Cannonballers asking them to share their favorite books from CBR-III. Knowing that it might prove impossible to limit themselves to just one book, I said they could give me up to three. The response was fantastic! Here are their recommendations (with links to reviews, when available).

This should keep your reading list full for some time.

Rose in a Storm by Jon Katz

Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
Saturday by Ian McEwan
War by Sebastian Junger

Cut to the Quick by Kate Ross
American Gods by Neil Gaiman
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling

Antony and Cleopatra by Colleen McCollough

Divergent by Veronica Roth
Feed by Mira Grant
World War Z by Max Brooks

The Scruffy Rube:
Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman
Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
American Gods by Neil Gaiman (That’s two recommendations for this book.)

Pinky McLadybits:
Room by Emma Donoghue
Lamb: The Gospel According To Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal by Christopher Moore

Mrs. Smith:
What You See in the Dark by Manuel Muñoz
The Beginners by Rebecca Wolff

The A Song of Ice and Fire series by George RR Martin

The Tiger’s Wife by Tea Obreht
Too Big To Fail by Andrew Ross Sorkin
The Informationist by Taylor Stevens

Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
Divergent by Veronica Roth (Yes, this is the second recommendation for this book.)
Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonson

In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan
In the Path of an Avalanche by Vivian Bowers
The Descendants by Kaui Hart Hemmings

The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova
The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick
Furious Love: Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, and the Marriage of the Century by Sam Kashner & Nancy Schoenberger

Doctor Controversy:
Let It Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle
I am a Genius of Unspeakable Evil and I want to be your Class President by Josh Lieb
Carte Blanche by Jeffery Deaver

Bossypants by Tina Fey

The Night Circus by Erin Morgensturn

Sara H.:
Everything Beautiful Began After by Simon Van Booy

Native Son by Richard Wright
Black Swan Green by David Mitchell
High Fidelity by Nick Hornby

Even Stevens:
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern (Another book with two recommendations.)
Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand (You can find a review of it—by Cruzich—here.)

Attachments by Rainbow Rowell
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann
The Folk Keeper by Franny Billingsley

The Magicians by Lev Grossman
The Magician King by Lev Grossman
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern (For those of you keeping track at home, that’s three recommendations for this book.)

The Magicians by Lev Grossman
The Magician King by Lev Grossman
(crabtree and MelBivDevoe’s recommendations came in back-to-back. Maybe we should take that as a sign?)

Fragile Things by Neil Gaiman
Stitches: A Memoir by David Small
Confessions of a Prairie Bitch by Allison Arngrim

Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
Love is a Mixtape by Rob Sheffield

The Curse of the Wendigo by Rick Yancey
Foundling by D.M. Cornish
Unwind by Neal Shusterman

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern (Four! Four recommendations! Ha ha ha ha!)
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
The Sisters Brothers by Patrick DeWitt

Big Girls Don’t Cry by Rebecca Traister

Treason by Orson Scott Card

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Shades of Grey by Jasper Fforde
Ella Minnow Pea by Mark Dunn

Much Obliged, Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse

Mr. Vlach:
11/22/63 by Stephen King
Okay for Now by Gary D. Schmidt

Jen K:
The Invisible Bridge by Julie Orringer
The Post Birthday World by Lionel Shriver
The Story of Forgetting by Stefan Merrill Block

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
The Life of Elizabeth I by Alison Weir
The A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R.R. Martin

How To Be a Woman by Caitlin Moran

The Unlikely Disciple: A Sinner’s Semester at America’s Holiest University by Kevin Roose

When Everything Changed: The Amazing Journey of American Women from 1960 to the Present by Gail Collins

Reamde by Neal Stephenson
Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King

Captain Steve:
The Walking Dead by Robert Kirkland, Charlie Adlard, Cliff Rathburn, and Tony Moore
To Sail Beyond the Sunset by Robert Heinlein

See? I told you that would keep you busy. No surprise that Neil Gaiman showed up as frequently as he did, nor George R.R. Martin. Of course, it seems like if you haven’t checked out The Night Circus, The Magicians, The Magician King, or Divergent, you probably should. And I encourage you to give any (or all) of these books a try. Thanks to the Cannonballers for their recommendations! Who doesn’t love a good book suggestion?

For more information about Cannonball Read III, click here.

If you’d like to join Cannonball Read IV, start here.