There’s nothing better than a reading recommendation from someone in the know. The Because You Read® section pulls together reading recommendations and book reviews from AbeBooks’ customers to help you find your next page-turner. The average AbeBooks’ customer is a true bibliophile with vast knowledge of literature. They have read everything from Dickens to Dostoyevsky and Fleming to Fitzgerald.

These Because You Read® selections come from the heart and will help you fill your bookshelves for years to come.

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Lust for Life by Irving Stone Tactile Books

Few things feel better than a beloved book in your hand...and you agree. We asked about your favorite 'tactile' books - the ones you love to touch - and received a wide range of recommendations. Enjoy this selection of tactile books, recommended by you, and the stories that go with them.


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Bastard Out of Carolina by Dorothy Allison More Bleak Books

Bizarrely, one of our most popular features was the top 10 most depressing reads. But you said those books were not depressing enough and we were bombarded with recommendations for truly bleak literature. This list of your suggestions offers no hope – just pain, suffering, misery and carnage. Enjoy.

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