By Books on the Common

Top Three Books this year followed by Top Three Books of all time

Nothing to See Here

Kevin Wilson

$26.99 $24.29

"Honestly, kids spontaneously bursting into fire?" And yet, this cleanly written, incredibly engaging story line is somehow very, very real. It is a such a different story, but so many points of contact with each of our lives. And so accessible! Best part? It makes you laugh. At yourself, at the nanny, at our society, at the kids, at the world.

Twenty-One Truths about Love

Matthew Dicks

$26.99 $24.29

Who knew that lists -- the absolutely necessity and bane of my life -- could be so literary, emotionally engaging, and funny? This is a beautiful example of "less is more" and there is no single way to write a novel. This is NOT a typical love story novel. Do not be fooled by the title and DO read this, with a cocktail and somewhere you won't get in trouble for laughing out loud.

A Woman of No Importance: The Untold Story of the American Spy Who Helped Win World War II

Sonia Purnell

$18.00 $16.56

How has this story NOT been told before?? I thought I could not read another book about WWII and yet, here I was, up until 3am too many nights. Filled with riveting details about the spy world -- things that you could imagine yourself doing, yet we never actually do -- and about a woman who we all see ourselves within. And she is real. This is top flight history genre that reads almost like a novel.

Infidel

Ayaan Hirsi Ali

$17.00 $15.64

I read this book twice, the readings ten years apart, and was amazed at how I connected with it equally as much, but on different levels both times. And I was riveted both times. The multiple transformations the author undergoes as she matures in various cultures is staggering and somehow also very relatable. A must read for women who consider themselves leaders in any way whatsoever, in any culture.

The Dinner

Herman Koch

$16.00 $14.72

I don't know that I actually think this was my 2nd all time favorite, but I felt compelled to put it in the top three because it upset me so much. I don't know that any other book has angered me like this one did, while I still appreciated the writing and continued reading it, had to complete it. This is a book in a category of it's own. It should be read when you're in a very good mood, but it should definitely be read, for the sake of society. Maybe in 2021?

The Pillars of the Earth

Ken Follett

$10.99 $10.11

This was the book that sold me on historical fiction. It was so good and so long that I completely ignored my responsbilities (and my family) for about two weeks straight. The history I learned while enjoying so many interwoven story lines, and generations of families, lands. Truly a work of art that spans centuries of knowledge. All in one book!