Five Books Everyone Should Read: The Master List

Five Books Everyone Should Read was a feature we ran in 2015. We asked some of our favorite authors, readers and bloggers to share five books that touched them or have stayed with them throughout the years. Here is the master list of everyone who participated and their lists.

We hope you guys enjoyed this feature as much as we did and plan to join us in our Five Books Everyone Should Read Challenge!

Week 1

Rowena’s picks

Something Wonderful by Judith McNaught
The Understatement of the Year by Sarina Bowen
Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
Oceans Apart by Karen Kingsbury
Saving Grace by Julie Garwood

Week 2

Author Nalini Singh’s Picks

Here There Be Monsters by Meljean Brook
Orchid, Amaryllis, or Zinnia by Jayne Castle
Naked in Death by J.D. Robb
Daughter of the Blood by Anne Bishop
The Pern Series by Anne McCaffrey

Week 3

Holly’s Picks

Heart of Fire by Linda Howard
Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
Alpha and Omega by Patricia Briggs
The In Death Series by J.D. Robb
The Road by Cormac McCarthy

Week 4

Author Jessica Scott’s picks

Righteous Mind by Jonathan Haidt
Archangel’s Blade by Nalini Singh
The Long Road Home by Martha Raddatz
The Shadow and the Star by Laura Kinsale
Dragonflight by Anne McCaffrey

Week 5

Author Christina Lee’s Picks

The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success by Deepak Chopra
The Alchemist by Paulo Coehlo
The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch & Jeffrey Zaslow
Many Loves, Many Masters by Brian Weiss
On Death and Dying by Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
The Four Agreements by Miguel Ruiz

Week 6

Tracy’s Picks

Fugly by KZ Snow
What I Did for a Duke by Julie Anne Long
The Iron Duke by Meljean Brook
The Black Jewels Trilogy by Anne Bishop
Last Days of Summer by Steve Kluger

Week 7

Holly and Rowena’s Valentine’s Day Picks

Cry No More by Linda Howard
Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen
Angels’ Blood by Nalini Singh
Just the Sexiest Man Alive by Julie James
Naked in Death by J.D. Robb

Week 8

Vivian Arend’s Picks

Pawn of Prophecy by David & Leigh Eddings
The Horse & and His Boy by CS Lewis
Casebook of the Black Widowers by Issac Asimov
Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
The Complete Tightwad Gazette by Amy Dycyzyn

Week 9

Lynda the Guppy’s Picks

Saving Grace by Julie Garwood
Once & Always by Judith McNaught
Carolina Moon by Nora Roberts
All Through the Night by Suzanne Brockmann
Wolf Signs by Vivian Arend

Week 10

KatiB’s Picks

Dream Man by Linda Howard
Slave to Sensation by Nalini Singh
All Through the Night by Connie Brockway
It Happened One Wedding by Julie James
The Hook Up by Kristen Callihan

Week 11

Jessica Tripler’s Picks

Lord of Scoundrels by Loretta Chase
That Certain Something by Clare Ashton
A Bollywood Affair by Sonali Dev
Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry
Match Me if You Can by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

Week 12

Jen B’s Picks

The Awakening by Kate Chopin
Bet Me, Welcome to Temptation and The Cinderella Deal by Jennifer Crusie
The Bible
The Indian in the Cupboard by Lynne Reid Banks
The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn

Week 13

Sarah Mayberry’s Picks

Dragonflight by Annee McCaffrey
Anyone But You by Jennifer Crusie
Sugar Daddy, Blue-Eyed Devil and Smooth Talking Stranger by Lisa Kleypas
The Long Goodbye by Raymond Chandler
Faro’s Daughter by Georgette Heyer

Week 14

Sarina Bowen’s Picks

I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley
Every Day by David Levithan
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan

Week 15

Tara Sue Me’s Picks

Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein
Oh, the Places You’ll Go! by Dr. Seuss
The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers

Week 16

Jane Litte’s Picks

Prince Charming by Julie Garwood
Never Love a Lawman by Jo Goodman
A Kiss to Die For by Claudia Dain
Savage Thunder by Johanna Lindsey
Wicked West by Victoria Dahl

Week 17

Jen’s Picks

Silent Stake Out by Kerry Connor
Undercover Captor by Cynthia Eden
Undercover Encounter by Rebecca York
Secret Identity by Paula Graves
I’ll Be Watching You by Tracy Montoya

Week 18

Lucy Monroe’s Picks

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
Say No to Joe? by Lori Foster
The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom
A dictionary
The Secret by Julie Garwood

Week 19

Erin Galloway’s Picks

Dark Magic by Christine Feehan
Sebastian by Anne Bishop
Lord of the Fading Lands by C.L. Wilson
Warrior’s Prize by Georgina Gentry
The Oddkins by Dean Koontz

Week 20

E_BookPusher’s Picks

Dragons’ Dawn by Anne McCaffrey
Dawn by Octavia E. Butler
Arrows of the Queen by Mercedes Lackey
A Morbid Taste for Bones by Ellis Peters
Ride the River by Louis L’Amour
The Hero and the Crown by Robin McKinley

Week 21

Casee’s Picks

Angels’ Blood by Nalini Singh
Paradise by Judith McNaught
In Death series by J.D. Robb
The Secret by Julie Garwood
Son of the Morning by Linda Howard

Week 22

Kaetrin’s Picks

Heartless by Mary Balogh
The Martian by Andy Weir
The Search by Nora Roberts
No Souvenirs by KA Mitchell
Alpha & Omega by Patricia Briggs

Week 23

Kat Latham’s Picks

Inside by Brenda Novak
Start Me Up by Victoria Dahl
After Hours by Cara McKenna
Flowers from the Storm by Laura Kinsale
Anticipation by Sarah Mayberry

Week 24

So Cal Blogger Nicole’s Picks

The Unsung Hero by Suzanne Brockmann
Devil in Winter by Lisa Kleypas
At Peace by Kristen Ashley
Rule by Jay Crownover
Restless Heart by Emma Lang

Week 25

TG’s Picks

Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder
Fire by Kristin Cashore
Good Omens by Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett
Dragons Bait by Vivian Vande Velde
Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

Week 26

Wendy, The Super Librarian’s Picks

To Dream Again by Laura Lee Guhrke
Now or Never by Logan Belle
A Reason to Live by Maureen McKade
Always to Remember by Lorraine Heath
His Wife for One Night by Molly O’Keefe

Week 27

So Cal Blogger Lori’s Picks

See Jane Score by Rachel Gibson
Worth Any Price by Lisa Kleypas
Naked in Death by J.D. Robb
The Year We Fell Down by Sarina Bowen
Our Endangered Values by Jimmy Carter

Week 28

Angela James’s Picks

Pawn of Prophecy by David Eddings
Valor’s Choice by Tanya Huff
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
Iron Duke by Meljean Brook
Cry Wolf by Patricia Briggs

Week 29

Azteclady’s Picks

Morning Glory by LaVyrle Spencer
Lord of Scoundrels by Loretta Chase
Gone too Far by Suzanne Brockmann
Lord Peter Wimsey Series by Dorothy L. Sayers
Son of the Morning by Linda Howard
The Witness by Nora Roberts

Week 30

Lillie’s Picks

The Bride by Julie Garwood
Now You See Her by Linda Howard
Conspiracy in Death by J.D. Robb
Heart of Obsidian by Nalini Singh
Blade to the Keep by Lauren Dane

Week 31

Kristen Callihan’s Picks

The Raven Prince by Elizabeth Hoyt
Blamed by Edie Harris
Addicted by Charlotte Stein
Something About You by Julie James
Beautiful Player by Christina Lauren

Week 32

Kindle Gal’s Picks

The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins
The Harry Potters series by J.K. Rowling
Oh, the Places You’ll Go! by Dr. Seuss
Thinking in Pictures by Temple Grandin
A Lot Like Love by Julie James

Week 33

Carrie Ann Ryan’s Picks

Coming Undone by Lauren Dane
Slave to Sensation by Nalini Singh
Devil in Winter by Lisa Kleypas
The Reckoning by Kelly Armstrong
Savor the Moment by Nora Roberts
The Duke & I by Julia Quinn

Week 34

Shannon Stacey’s Picks

Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Needful Things by Stephen King
On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King
A Knight in Shining Armor by Jude Devereaux
Northern Lights by Nora Roberts

Week 35

Tammara Webber’s Picks

The Truth about Forever by Sarah Dessen
Emma by Jane Austen
What I Did for a Duke by Julie Anne Long
The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson
The Lumatere Chronicles by Melina Marchetta

Week 36

Isobel Carr’s Picks

Dragonflight by Anne McCaffrey
God Stalk by P.C. Hodgell
The Wicked Lover by Julia Ross
The Edge of Impropriety by Pam Rosenthal
A Song of Arbonne by Guy Gavriel Kay

Week 37

Helenkay Dimon’s Picks

The Bride by Julie Garwood
Kiss an Angel by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
Lucky’s Lady by Tami Hoag
After the Night by Linda Howard
Ravished by Amanda Quick

Week 38

Jill Sorenson’s Picks

Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell
The Valley of Horses by Jean Auel
Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
Close Enough to Touch by Victoria Dahl
Twilight Eyes by Dean Koontz

Week 39

Elle Kennedy’s Picks

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
Natural Born Charmer by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
Wanderlust by Danielle Steel
The Ugly Duckling by Iris Johansen
Standing in the Shadows by Shannon McKenna

Week 40

Bookish Ame’s Picks

Almost Like Being in Love by Steve Kluger
Dragon Bound by Thea Harrison
Count to Ten by Karen Rose
Bet Me & Crazy for You by Jennifer Crusie
The Winter Rose by Jennifer Donnelly

Week 41

Kristen Ashley’s Picks

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood by Rebecca Wells

Week 42

Samantha Young’s Picks

The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
Archer’s Voice by Mia Sheridan
Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor
Unholy Ghosts by Stacia Kane
The Hooker & the Hermit by LH Cosway & Penny Reid

Week 43

Smexy Books Mandi’s Picks

Broken by Megan Hart
Cut & Run by Abigail Roux
Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning
Slightly Dangerous by Mary Balogh
Motorcycle Man by Kristen Ashley

Week 44

Tasha’s Picks

Slave to Sensation by Nalini Singh
Honor’s Splendor by Julie Garwood
The Rent Collector by Camron Wright
Austenland by Shannon Hale
The Game Plan by Kristen Callihan

Week 45

Smexy Books Tori’s Picks

The Handmaiden’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
Go Ask Alice by Anonymous
Boy’s Life by Robert McCammon
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
Heir to the Shadows by Anne Bishop

Week 46

Sonomalass’ Picks

Tigana by Guy Gavrel Kay
Riddle of Stars by Patricia McKillip
Guards, Guards! by Terry Pratcher
The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula LeGuin
Gaudy Night by Dorothy Sayers

Week 47

Willaful’s Picks

The Nonesuch by Georgette Heyer
The Unknown Ajax by Georgette Heyer
No Wind to Blame by Georgette Heyer
Friday’s Child by Georgette Heyer
Envious Casa by Georgette Heyer

Week 48

Sarah MacLean’s Picks

The Crimson Petal and the White by Michael Faber
When Women Were Birds by Terry Tempest Williams
Dreaming of You by Lisa Kleypas
The DaVinci Code by Dan Brown
The Collected Poems of Edna St. Vincent Millay

Week 49

Shiloh Walker’s Picks

Naked in Death by J.D. Robb
Endurance by S.L. Viehl
Magic Bleeds by Ilona Andrews
Archangel’s Kiss by Nalini Singh
The Gray Man by Mark Greaney