Rosie's "Can't Do Without" Books

By Readers' Books

By Readers' Books

Poetry of the First World War: An Anthology


Wilfred Owen's "Dulce et Decorum Est", which I read in high school, was one of the first that made me realize the power of poetry. Most WWI poetry has that sense of humanity at its worst, but also sometimes at its best.

His Dark Materials: The Golden Compass, the Subtle Knife, the Amber Spyglass

Philip Pullman

$36.00 $33.12

This is the kind of series that stays with you for your whole life.

Black Hearts in Battersea

Joan Aiken

$8.99 $8.27

The sequel to Aiken's more well-known Wolves of Willoughby Chase

The Blue Sword

Robin McKinley

$8.99 $8.27

A strong female lead that helped teach me that strength isn't just what one can do alone, but the people who wish to go with you.

Little Dorrit

Charles Dickens

$13.00 $11.96

Read this one for the first time when I was called for a jury pool: made the time go faster!

Fire and Hemlock

Diana Wynne Jones

$9.99 $9.19

I love just about everything Diana Wynne Jones has written, but this retelling of Tam Lin is the kind of book I can think about forever.

Night Watch

Terry Pratchett

$9.99 $9.19

Terry Pratchett, beloved satirist, wrote many books that make the reader reconsider social norms and injustice while still being a great fantasy adventure, but I think this time travelling re-imagining of Les Mis hits all the right notes.

The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: Five Novels in One Outrageous Volume

Douglas Adams

$20.00 $18.40

A cousin read parts of this aloud to me when I was six, which many people say explains my sense of humor.

Mansfield Park (Revised)

Jane Austen

$9.00 $8.28

Not the flashiest of Austen's heroines and not the greatest love story, but, in my opinion, her best book.

Essays of E. B. White

E. B. White

$16.99 $15.63

Anyone who wants to learn about short form literary nonfiction should read E. B. White's compact, simple, and profound prose.


James Joyce

$27.00 $24.84

One of my all time favorites. I've read it four times, both for classes and on my own, and there's so much left to understand.