2016 Books, Part 2: What the Women We've Interviewed Recommend

The women we've interviewed have recommended over 150 books on all kinds of topics: Kids books, fiction classics, sci-fi, biography, humor, science, business, YA, mysteries. But a handful of books came up more than once. Here are the most popular books, and what people love about them.


The book: The Harry Potter series
Author: JK Rowling
Who picked it: Julie Wolfson and Zarina Zayas-Ortiz
Why they picked it: Zarina says, "I loved the whole idea of creating worlds."

The Chronicles of Narnia
By C.S. Lewis, Pauline Baynes

The book: The Chronicles of Narnia
Author: C.S. Lewis
Who picked it: Monica Byrne and Zarina Zayas-Ortiz
Why they picked it: Monica The Chronicles of Narnia and The Lord of the Rings. Of these series, she says, "I was raised Catholic, but these two series were my actual Scripture. They still are. "

The book: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
Author: Douglas Adams
Who picked it: Rani Peffer and Julie Wolfson
Why they picked it: Rani says, "I was laughing out loud within the first 10 pages, all five books."

Pride and Prejudice
By Jane Austen

The book: Pride and Prejudice
Author: Jane Austen
Who picked it: Maree Martinez and Julie Wolfson
Why they picked it: Maree says it's one of the "all-time most influential books for me. Hated having to read it for sophomore English summer reading- right up until the moment [redacted because major spoiler] and was hooked after that."

Forces for Good: The Six Practices of High-Impact Nonprofits
By Leslie R. Crutchfield, Heather McLeod Grant

The book: Forces for Good
Author: Leslie R. Crutchfield and Heather McLeod Grant
Who picked it: Breanna DiGiammarino and Kelly Suzanne Saulsberry
Why they picked it: Breanna and Kelly work in the impact and mission-driven world, and this is a classic guide for nonprofits.