40ish Book Recommendations

When I was writing my 40 Books to Read Before You’re 40 post I reached out to friends on Facebook and Twitter to see what books they would recommend. I got a wide range of answers.

Also apparently my previous list was much anticipated as my best friend from High School let me know.

Aimee H. “You better hurry with this list, I’ve only got 6 months to read them.”

Books I’ve read ✅ Books already on the TBR 🟩 Books added to the TBR 🟢

40’ish Books Recommended To Me

  1. My husband The Cash Flow Quadrant or ✅
  2. “If they are more emotional” Rich Dad, Poor Dad 
  3. My goddaughterHoles!“✅
  4. Arlene K. The Samurai’s Garden, by Gail Tsukiama 🟢
  5. Panda K. The Immortal Nicholas by Glenn Beck Way better than I thought it would be and not at all what I thought it would be 🟢
  6. Tamera E. A Christmas Carol, I read it every December; ✅
  7. The Secret Garden
  8. Jamie W. The Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger; 🟩
  9. The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank; ✅
  10. The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien; ✅
  11. War & Peace by Leo Tolstoy; 🟩
  12. Harry Potter series by JK Rowling;
  13. 1984 by George Orwell; ✅
  14. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald; ✅
  15. The Odyssey by Homer; ✅
  16. His Dark Materials trilogy by Philip Pullman;
  17. A Study in Scarlet by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle; ✅
  18. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck ✅ – I’m sure I could come up with more but those stood out to me on my goodreads list.
  19. Michael B. Pilgrim’s Progress; ✅
  20. Mere Christianity; 🟩
  21. Knowing God; 🟢
  22. The Discipline of Grace (Jerry Bridges);
  23. Holiness (JC Ryle);
  24. Absolute Surrender (Andrew Murray);
  25. With Christ in the School of Prayer (Murray); I could go on…
  26. Tim S. Sarum by Edward Rutherford. It’s the MOST interesting book I have ever read. 🟢
  27. Karl H. Everyone Poops
  28. Keith D. Atlas Shrugged; 🟩
  29. and I think everyone should read Gilgamesh at least once. It’s pretty much the story of every man who grows old. 🟩
  30. Joan R. The Casual Vacancy by JK Rowling. 🟢
  31. Laura H. The Misenchanted Sword 🟢
  32. Ruth J. Freedom at Midnight 🟢
  33. Tricia C. Glass Castle and 🟢
  34. Falling from Horses 🟢
  35. Jennifer A. In a similar vein of memoir: Educated. 🟢
  36. Dustin H. 40 things to do when you turn 40 🟢
  37. Angela L. Is Andre Noton’s Witch World on that list? 🟢
  38. Tamera E. It may sound dorky but the Percy Jackson series lol 🟩
  39. Brian R. Can it be a book series? Ranger’s Apprentice by John Flanagan, 🟢
  40. and its spinoff series The Brotherband Chronicles.
  41. Tina K. Biographies, I love them! Nelson Mandela,
  42. Phil Knight, 🟢
  43. Trevor Noah, 🟢
  44. Melissa Gilbert 🟢
  45. and Laura Ingalls Wilder. 🟢
  46. @DavidGaughran Forty Things To Do Before You’re Forty
  47. @MekongLights A Tree Grows in Brooklyn 🙂 🟢

I’ve got a lot of new books to add to my TBR. What book would you add to this list? Is something missing you think that everyone should read before they turn forty?

And now that I am forty my goal is to post a “forty list” once a month. It might be about books, music or movies. So check back in December for my next list. 😊

Happy Reading!

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