12 Favorite Books: Happy #NationalBookLoversDay

August 9, 2021

National book Lovers Day: 12 Favorite Books (Image: blue text box and white text over a bunch of bright pink balloons)

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How are you celebrating National Book Lovers Day?

Are you grateful for books?

I think every day is Book Lover’s Day for me!

What would we do without our beloved books and reading?

I REALLY Loved These Twelve Books!

(which just scratch the surface of my lifetime favorites list!)

Happy National Book Lovers Day!

National Book Lover's Day, August 9 (image: a blue coffee mug sits on the spines of a line of books

What are you reading today?

I Love Reading

For National Book Lover’s Day I’m sharing twelve books I REALLY love, books that I could always reread, and books that are on my lifetime favorite’s list, and books that have received 5 star ratings. (in no special order):

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer

I love epistolary format and slow burn romance and quaint small villages by the sea.

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society y Mary Ann Shaffer (cover) Image: black text on a postcard....a woman dressed in a red coat stands at a railing overlooking the ocean

Dearly Beloved by Cara Wall

I love stories with themes of faith and friendship.

Dearly Beloved by Cara Wall (cover) Image: white text over an orange leafless tree with sprawling branches set against a bright blue background

The Rose Code by Kate Quinn

I love well-written histfic with memorable characters inspired by real life heroes.

a woman dressed in a rose dress stands with her back to the camera overlooking a balcony and a gold wall

A Place For Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza

I love a multi-generational family story…and the father/son part at the end is heartbreaking and poignant and memorable.

A Place For Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza (cover)

The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson

I love a well-told, page-turning histfic about real life events.

The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson (cover)

The Last Bookshop in London by Madeline Martin

I love gently told histfic stories and books about books and slow burn romance.

The Last Bookshop in London by Madeline Martin (cover) Image: a young woman stands near shelf lined books next to a window holding an open book

The Last Christmas in Paris by Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb

I love this beautifully told WW1 story of friendship and slow burn romance.

last christmas in paris

The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak

I love books that live in my memory years later….I also loved the unique narrator in this WW11 histfic.

eThe Book Thief by Markus Zusak (coer) Image: a sepia tone picture of a hand pushing over a line of dominoes

We Were the Lucky Ones by Georgia Hunter

I love beautiful endings and this story with themes of music, faith, and family has a memorable and beautiful ending.

We Were the Lucky Ones by Georgia Hunter (cover)

The Nature of Fragile Things by Susan Meissner

I love a mashup of genres and this story has a bit of everything I love: histfic (1906 San Francisco Earthquake), suspense/mystery, found family, women helping women, and a slow burn romance.

The Nature of Fragile Things by Susan Meissner (cover) Image: blue-toned picture of a woman and young girl holding hands and walking down railroad tracks with backs to camerai

The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd

I love this histfic story based on real life sisters with themes of friendship, women’s rights, and abolition of slavery.

The Intention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd (cover) (white lettering over a goldish redish sky background) featuring a few small flying birds)

The Girl With the Louding Voice by Abi Daré

I love this inspirational story promoting equal educational rights for girls around the world.

The Girl With the Louding Voice by Abi Dare (cover)

Happy Reading Everyone!

How many of these titles have you read?
Do we share any favorites?
Are any of these titles on your favorites list?

I’m leaving you with a few of my favorite bookish images!

\image of a girl reading with one hand while pulling a wagon piled high with books


I’m always prepared with book recs! LOL

a young woman sitting on the kitchen floor leaning against a cabinet reading a book (I was going to lean the house, but then I realised...this book isn't going to read itself)

a drawing a young woman reading while sitting on a stack of books among many stacks of books (when I've had enough of reality, I just open a book)



  1. There are some great titles in your list Carol, thanks for the suggestions. I didn’t know it was National Book Lovers day, maybe it’s not an international thing? I agree with you, every day is book lovers day for me!

  2. I didn’t know today was considered National Book Lover’s Day – otherwise I would have taken the opportunity to go to the bookshop instead of the boring supermarket. Oh well too late now.
    Yeah to your selection of The Girl With the Louding Voice – fabulous book and one that will stay with me for a long time.
    Guernsey Potato unfortunately counts as a book I didn’t enjoy at all.

    • I’m happy to hear we both enjoyed Louding Voice! In our hearts it’s always Book Lovers Day, so every day is a celebration! 😍🙌📚

  3. You are my go-to person for historical fiction recs. I read The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society when it was first released. I liked it so much better than the movie.

    I started to read The Book Thief at least a dozen times but always put it down after around the 20-page mark. One of these days I need to persevere because everyone I know loves this book.

  4. Isn’t it great that we have our own day! Of course I read and love books everyday. I love your list. There are still three of these that are on my TBR but I have yet to get to them. For me, today I finished The Women’s March by Jennifer Chiaverini.

      • No I didn’t read Resistance Women, Carol, but I know it was well written and a lot of people loved it. I hope to read it as well. I found Women’s March to be very informative, but a bit dry. I will be posting my review tomorrow hopefully.

      • Well…..Resistance Women is sort of that way, too. But I found the main character inspiring and she was married to Bonhoeffer’s cousin so that was interesting!

      • Considering the subject matter, it is hard not to be that way. I learned a lot though and did like it, just didn’t love it.

  5. Great list and I’ve read most of them, thanks to you!! I just finished Sparks Like Stars last night. Did you recommend that one?? (can’t remember). Liked it so much– made me want to read more about Afghanistan beyond all that’s in the news now…

    • I’m happy we’ve read some of the same books! I reviewed Sparks Like Stars so maybe you did hear it from me. I’m thrilled to hear you enjoyed it. 🙌 Did you read The Pearl That Broke Its Shell by her?

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