Prosaic’s 2016 Book List

So you want to read a book. Let Prosaic be your guide as you decide what book to read next. All of these books have been read and tested by  Prosaic, and we think you’ll enjoy these too. Each book has been chosen for its richness in truth and beauty (Holla to our man John Keats!) and mastery of language. Above all, these books reveal at their heart the complexities of the ordinary. Whether it’s a daughter lost to suicide in Celeste Ng’s Everything I Never Told You, a sprawling tale of perseverance and family in John Steinbeck’s East of Eden, or learning how to navigate life and business with a little sass and class in Sophia Amoruso’s #GirlBoss. These books should make their way onto your To-Read list.

Contemporary Fiction


Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick

Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz




Contemporary Historical Fiction

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony DoerrAll_the_Light_We_Cannot_See_(Doerr_novel)-2

The Book Thief by Mark Zusak

Arrow of God by Chinua Achebe

The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver


Historical Nonfiction


 Cleopatra by Stacy Schiff

When Books Went to War by Molly Guptill Manning

Devil in the White City by Erik Larson





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Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë




Contemporary Mystery/Thriller

original_The_Girl_on_the_Train-2.jpgGirl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Steig Larsson





And-Then-There-Were-None.JPGClassic Mystery/Thriller

The Shining by Stephen King

They Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson

The Hound of Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

And There Were None by Agatha Christie


Classic Literary Fiction

1398564870367.pngSlaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut

Franny and Zooey by J.D Salinger

East of Eden by John Steinbeck

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

Lord of the Rings by J R.R Tolkien





Modernism/Lost Generation

The Great Gatsby
by F. Scott Fitzgerald

A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway

Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh


Contemporary Nonfiction 

#GirlBoss by Sophia Amoruso51MmirWwsFL._SX329_BO1,204,203,200_.jpg

Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris

Yes, Please by Amy Poehler

Why Not Me? By Mindy Kaling





Young Adult

the-perks-of-being-a-wallflower.jpgPerks of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell




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Ariel: Restored Edition by Sylvia Plath

Felicity by Mary Oliver

The Complete Poems by John Keats

The Top 500 Poems edited by William Harmon




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