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A Best of Summer Read according to Newsweek, Parade Magazine, NBC News, Lithub, and PopSugar

"The most heartfelt read of the summer...a surprising delight of a novel." (Shondaland)

An unforgettable and heartwarming debut about how a chance encounter with a list of library books helps forge an unlikely friendship between two very different people in a London suburb.

Widower Mukesh lives a quiet life in Wembley, in West London after losing his beloved wife. He shops every Wednesday, goes to Temple, and worries about his granddaughter, Priya, who hides in her room reading while he spends his evenings watching nature documentaries.

Aleisha is a bright but anxious teenager working at the local library for the summer when she discovers a crumpled-up piece of paper in the back of To Kill a Mockingbird. It’s a list of novels that she’s never heard of before. Intrigued, and a little bored with her slow job at the checkout desk, she impulsively decides to read every book on the list, one after the other. As each story gives up its magic, the books transport Aleisha from the painful realities she’s facing at home.

When Mukesh arrives at the library, desperate to forge a connection with his bookworm granddaughter, Aleisha passes along the reading list...hoping that it will be a lifeline for him too. Slowly, the shared books create a connection between two lonely souls, as fiction helps them escape their grief and everyday troubles and find joy again. 

©2021 Sara Nisha Adams (P)2021 HarperCollins Publishers

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Perfect

It took me a minute to get into this but I’m so glad I kept at it because I feel like these characters are now part of my life, part of my family. I loved Mukesh and Aleisha, they’re friendship was so genuine and sweet. I just might start leaving a book list in random places; it may not be as profound as the list on this book but just maybe…

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Delightful Story for Readers

This story touched my soul in a way that I haven’t felt with a book in awhile. It’s a wonderful story of community intertwined with books. And the reading list reminded me of a lot of old “friends” that I haven’t read in a long time that I’m going to revisit.

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Fabulous narrators!

“The Reading List” is a beautiful story about the importance of reading. As a life-long reader, I was very moved by this story which highlights impactful novels and ordinary people. “The Reading List” shows how reading fiction allows us to become closer to people, to embrace challenges, and to become more empathetic.

The story revolves around a lonely widower who is still grieving the loss of his wife and a young library worker who works at the library to escape her family life and for the money. Mukesh goes to the library after he finished one of his wife’s favorite novels, “The Time Traveler’s Wife”. After reading that story, he felt closer to his deceased wife. She was an avid reader, so he wants to read more, but he doesn’t know where to begin. He meets Aleisha at the library and asks for a recommendation. Aleisha is very rude (she’s having a bad day) and is very unhelpful. Immediately she is regretful of her behavior, and by chance, finds a list on a piece of paper with book ideas. The first novel on the list is “To Kill a Mockingbird”, which Aleisha finds and puts on hold for Mukesh.

Of course, he finds “To Kill a Mockingbird” very relevant for what he is going through…..loneliness. How that story affects Mukesh and also Aleisha is heartwarming, and through the love of that novel, a friendship is born. The next novel on the list is “Rebecca”. Next, “The Kite Runner”; “The Life of Pi”; “Pride and Prejudice”; “Little Women”; “Beloved”; and the last, “A Suitable Boy”. Now that’s a great reading list!

If you have read these novels, you will be reminded of their storylines as the book characters reflect on how the novel relates to their lives. Mukesh especially finds more understanding of the people around him, particularly his daughters. It’s very touching and sweet.

This is a remarkable novel in that it reminds us of why we love to read. This is a feel-good story that is clever and well written. I listened to the audio production, narrated by Tara Divina, Sagar Arya, and Paul Panting. I highly recommend the audio because this is a story that is written to be read aloud. The talented narrators made the story pure enjoyment!

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A story with heart

I found it an easy story to get caught up in. A story that pulls your emotional strings from the prospective of a variety of people.

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LOVED THIS BOOK

This was a very interesting book. Enjoyed the format. Excellent narrator. I highly recommend it.

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This is a book I could read over and over and never tire of it

This book makes me laugh. This book makes me cry. The characters are real and interesting. It is heartbreaking in parts, but it is joyous in many others. This is probably the most beautiful book I have ever heard.

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I tried to get through this. I listened to half the story, but I couldn't continue. The narration is poor. The story goes nowhere slowly. Too many characters, like where did this one come from and how do they fit into this very boring but complicated plot? I would not recommend this book.

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Most will enjoy the story but the accents made this a very difficult book to listen to.

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Absolutely a surprise

What a delightful book. It started out slow, but kept building the characters until they became part of my days. I’ve never not known books so to see them thru someone’s eyes that has never rest made me take another look. I loved it