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Who are the authors you’ve always wanted to read, but you haven’t because you don’t know where to start? We all have them, and we all know the readerly pain of standing in front of a shelf in a bookstore or staring at an online catalog and feeling totally overwhelmed by the options. When you don’t know where to start, there’s nothing like recommendations from a trusted source to help you get started. So we at Book Riot have published two books dedicated to doing just that!
Start Here and Start Here, Volume 2 each contain 25 reading pathways written by passionate readers who love the authors and know their bodies of work well. Both of our books are available in Oyster, and we’re happy to report that Oyster also has books for 9 complete reading pathways. Here they are, for your ongoing mission to expand your readerly horizons. Find the full chapters explaining these pathways in the START HERE books.
To read your way into Sherman Alexie:
To read your way into Jane Austen:
There are many ways to dive into Philip K. Dick’s extensive catalog. Here’s what we suggest:
Never dug Dickens? Dive in:
To read your way into E.M. Forster:
Feel like saying “Hi” to Hemingway?
Get a feel for his flavor with The Complete Short Stories. If you like what you find, say A Farewell to Arms, and wrap up with The Old Man and the Sea. Bonus: if this taste whets your appetite, you’ll find Hemingway’s full catalog available in Oyster, thanks to a new partnership with Simon and Schuster.
If you’re intimidated by Melville, you’re not alone. Work your way up to chasing the white whale.
Start with Benito Cereno. It’s a novella, and it will ease you into Melville’s style. From there, go to the short stories of The Piazza Tales. Then, at last, pick up your spear and go after Moby Dick.
Feel ready for some Philip Roth now that he’s retiring? Read his social novels first.
Last, but certainly not least, a guide to getting started with Virginia Woolf: