For me, an essential read can be any one of those things, and more. Since I know there are books, books everywhere, and only so much time to read, I wanted to point you in the direction of our new Essential Reads collection. Whether you’ve just unwrapped your new NOOK, or your digital shelves are almost buckling under the weight of so many books, these are the titles that our booksellers think every NOOK reader should own.


Yann Martel’s magical Life of Pi is here. As is Gillian Flynn’s latest dark and captivating novel Gone Girl.  Plus, you'll find the enlightening Lincoln biography Team of Rivals, and the eye-opening  examination of race and science, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.


That’s just the tip of the iceberg. Check out the full Essential Reads collection, and let me know in the comments below what book you consider essential.

by chuckdpm on ‎12-26-2012 10:06 AM

Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin

by txace1 on ‎12-26-2012 10:43 AM

A short story collection that includes Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka, The Boarded Window by Ambrose Bierce, The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Gilman, The Magic Barrel by Bernard Malamud, and The Most Dangerous Game by Richard Connell I would consider as a most essential read!

by snowflakeinannapolis on ‎12-26-2012 11:14 AM

The Life of Pi is essential to NO ONE.   Gone Girl, Lord of the Rings are essentials. 

by MarvinQ on ‎12-26-2012 11:36 AM

Good book!

by Shaneman on ‎12-26-2012 11:43 AM

The "Art of Racing in the Rain" and "The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society."

by MyOwnLittleWorld on ‎12-26-2012 11:49 AM

Les Miserables by Victor Hugo.  I was intimidated at first by the size and scope of the book but this year I told myself I'd finish it.  Almost 1/2 way through and love it.  My favorite characters are Jean Valjean and Cosette.  The first scene that hooked me into the book (and the most riveting) was the scene after Valjean stole the silverware.  My other favorite books were The Fiddler's Gun and Fiddler's Green both by A.S. Peterson, the Harry Potter series, and anything by C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien.

by javabird on ‎12-26-2012 12:14 PM

I think "The Hobbit" should be on the list.

by javabird on ‎12-26-2012 12:15 PM

Thanks for this list, BTW. I think it's a great idea. 

by Chuska on ‎12-27-2012 08:49 AM

To Kill a Mockngbird by Harper Lee


by GeorgeJP on ‎12-27-2012 09:49 PM

"Stranger in a Strange Land" Robert A. Heinlein. I read it as a teenager and found the wonder of being completely engrossed in a story.  At 63 I remain an avid reader of many types of fiction. 

by on ‎12-28-2012 06:36 AM

Great idea.


Some suggestions ...


Engrossing fiction:


The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet, by David Mitchell


Modern Classics:


Island, by Aldous Huxley


Essential Reads for Kids:


The Phantom Tollbooth, by Norton Juster

by library_mouseNC on ‎12-29-2012 06:13 PM

The whole Series of Angelique By Anne Golon.

by eReaderPerks on ‎01-01-2013 09:35 AM

My must-haves are the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon, and The Stand/It by Stephen King.


This is a fun thread-love to see everyone's favorites!


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by rustysmom on ‎01-04-2013 06:16 PM

Love the idea but way too many books to list. The Alienist and The Angel of Darkness by Caleb Carr and The Handmaids Tale by Margaret Atwood on on mine, somewhere in the top 20.