Just Read All of the Books

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Why is offering book recommendations so hard? People solicit book recommendations from their well-read friends all the time, but too often we’re left seemingly stumped to provide them with the best book possible. Swapna Krishna over at BookRiot points out its not because we don’t know about good books, but the opposite:

The fact is that there are just too many good books out there, and I want to recommend all of them to the person at a party who asked a question they thought was innocuous. I blank because I can’t think of just ONE title. I want them to get out a piece of paper and a pen so I can give them not one, not five, but fifty or a hundred titles they should immediately read.


Ian MacAllen is the author of Red Sauce: How Italian Food Became American (Rowman & Littlefield, April 2022). His writing has appeared in Chicago Review of Books, Southern Review of Books, The Offing, 45th Parallel Magazine, Little Fiction, Vol 1. Brooklyn, and elsewhere. He tweets @IanMacAllen and is online at IanMacAllen.com. More from this author →