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The Reading List: A Novel

The Reading List: A Novel

Previous price: $19.99 Current price: $16.99
Publication Date: August 9th, 2022
William Morrow Paperbacks
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Staff Reviews

As a lifelong reader I know all too well about the restorative power of reading a good book. In Sasha Nisha Adams's debut novel, she takes this to the next level as two lost individuals find themselves again through the immersive power of both reading and discussing books. An uplifting, sweet read.

— Melissa

A beautifully written novel about people connected by a local library and an amazing reading list. As the characters’ lives are revealed through interweaving storylines, readers will root for them, cry for them, and celebrate their victories.

Lisa Driban, Hockessin Book Shelf, Hockessin, DE
August 2021 Indie Next List

This book was like a hug at the end of a long year. It dives into how reading a certain book at a certain time can truly change your life. The characters are so well written, and the story is a beautiful journey of love and loss. Be ready to want to read the books on the reading list!

Alecia Castro, Sweet Home Books, Wetumpka, AL
Fall 2022 Indie Next List for Reading Groups



"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. 

About the Author

Sara Nisha Adams is a writer and editor. She lives in London and was born in Hertfordshire to Indian and English parents. Her first novel was The Reading List.

Praise for The Reading List: A Novel

"A quietly beautiful novel about the magic of books and the joy of human connection.” — Newsweek

"A remarkable, heartwarming debut about the power of fiction." — Popsugar

"Thoughtful and heartwarming... An absolute delight to read, it will be catnip to book groups craving a story to remind them why we read and how very important libraries and book shops are." — Library Journal (starred review)

"A lovely story about how a love of reading can transport us to other worlds and also bring us together.”  — Toronto Star

"This moving debut demonstrates the power of novels to provide comfort in the face of devastating loss and loneliness, with relatable characters and a heartwarming tone throughout. Readers who enjoyed Gabrielle Zevin's The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry and Nina George's The Little Paris Bookshop will find themselves drawn in by this book." — Booklist

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

“The story is an absolute joy. A captivating and exquisitely crafted debut.”  — Heidi Swain, bestselling author of The Winter Garden

“If you love books, read this. If you love people, read this. If you love crying with sadness, crying with happiness, and feeling like you have been wrapped in the blanket of someone else's life, read this.”  — Debbie Johnson, bestselling author of Maybe One Day

“A wonderful read about the fundamental power of books to lift our lives from the mundane and transform them into something truly magical.”  — Imogen Clark, bestselling author of Postcards From a Stranger

“The Reading List absolutely captures the magic of reading and of libraries. I felt a part of Mukesh and Aleisha's book club, revisiting some of my favourite novels alongside these new friends.”   — Louise Hare, author of The Lovely City