100 Books Everyone Should Read at Least Once

According to the users of GoodReads, there are some books that everyone should read at least once in their lifetime. You can find the list here.  It is a list of 100 books that were voted on by the users of GoodReads. The Iowa Library for the Blind has every book on that list in at least one format (digital, Braille or large print).  Most of the books the library has in multiple formats.  There are books for all kinds of readers.  Check out the list and see how many you have read and request the ones you haven’t!

Disaster Books

Books about disasters make for compelling true stories that give us a look into real events. They can be difficult reads as we journey with both heroic and flawed characters through the story.  The moral choices that these types of book can offer really can get us thinking about how we might respond or act in the different situations.  They provide us with those character tests.  Here is a list of some of our books found in our non-fiction collection:

Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mount Everest Disaster by Jon Krakauer DB 44525

A journalist’s first-hand report on the ill-fated Mt. Everest expedition of May 1996 in which a freak storm claimed the lives of nine adventurers. Describes the grueling ascent of the climbers, their sense of elation at reaching the peak, and the tragic events that followed. Strong language. Bestseller. 1997.


Alive: The Story of the Andes Survivors by Paul Piers Read DB54741

The ordeal of sixteen young Uruguayan men who survived seventy days in the Andes after a plane crash in 1972. Facing starvation, they were forced to make an agonizing choice between cannibalism and death. 1974.


Miracle in the Andes: 72 Days on the Mountain and My Long Trek Home by Nando Parrado   BR 16868, DB65781

A Uruguayan rugby player recounts surviving the 1972 plane crash that is remembered for causing acts of heroism and cannibalism. Discusses the physical perils of subzero weather, the group’s reaction upon hearing that the rescue operation was called off, and the author’s hike over the mountains for help. 2006.


Zeitoun by Dave Eggers DB 69795

Describes the experiences of the owner of a New Orleans house-painting business during the 2005 Katrina hurricane and flood. Recounts the fleeing of Syrian American Abdulrahman Zeitoun’s wife and children, Zeitoun’s decision to stay and help neighbors and clients, and his consequently inexplicable imprisonment and inability to contact family. Bestseller. 2009.


102 Minutes: The Untold Story of the Fight to Survive Inside the Twin Towers by Jim Dwyer     DB 59954

Reporters interview survivors and read radio transcripts, phone messages, e-mails, and other accounts to describe conditions inside the World Trade Center between the first terrorist attack and the towers’ collapse on September 11, 2001. Documents communication problems, agency in-fighting, and building structural failures that caused unnecessary deaths. Bestseller. 2005. Co-author is Kevin Flynn.


A Night to Remember by Walter Lord LT5408, BR11461, DB09698

A detailed portrayal of what happened aboard the Titanic when it struck an iceberg and began to sink in the North Atlantic on April 14, 1912. Based on account of the survivors from first class passengers to steerage and crew. Bestseller. 1955.


The Johnstown Flood by David McCullough DB50905

A vivid description of the causes and effects of the Johnstown, Pennsylvania, flood of 1889 that killed thousands. Based on first-person accounts of the tragedy that occurred when a man-made dam broke, flooding the entire valley with twenty million tons of water and debris. 1968.


Five Days at Memorial by Sheri Fink   DB77656

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist reports on the aftermath of 2005’s Hurricane Katrina at Memorial Medical Center in New Orleans. Reconstructs the five days it took to rescue the hospital’s staff and patients and examines the life-and-death decisions made and the lawsuits that followed. 2013.


Dark Tide: The Great Boston Molasses Flood of 1919 by Stephen Puleo DB59335

Chronicle of the Boston waterfront’s molasses tank collapse that flooded the city’s North End with a sticky twenty-five-foot-high tidal wave, killing twenty-one people. Explores the tragedy from the tank’s 1915 construction to a civil lawsuit decided in 1925 and touches larger issues of immigration, WWI, Prohibition, and labor.

Don’t Miss Teen Series

Selection SeriesLooking for a great Teen Series to read? This list will help you get started!  Check out the series and summaries below and here is link to the titles in our online catalog

The Dark Artifices Series by Cassandra Clare

Summary: After the war that brought the Shadowhunters to the brink of oblivion in the Mortal Instruments series, Shadowhunter Emma Carstairs searches for her parents’ killer. But LA’s escalating body count proves to be a more pressing problem.

Red Queen Series by Victoria Aveyard

Summary: Seventeen-year-old Mare Barrow’s world is divided by blood–those with common, Red blood serve the Silver-blooded elite, who are gifted with superhuman abilities. Mare, a Red, scrapes by until she publicly discovers she has a deadly ability of her own.

Raven Cycle Series by Maggie Stiefvater

Summary: Blue Sargent, the only non-clairvoyant in her family, is cursed with the knowledge that her kiss will cause her true love to die. But on Saint Mark’s Eve, Blue’s future becomes much more complicated.

The Selection Series by Kiera Cass

Summary: When Prince Maxon comes of marrying age in the caste-divided nation of Illea, thirty-five single young women compete in the Selection–a chance to win the prince’s heart. America Singer reluctantly enters the contest and is chosen as a candidate, but loves another.

Lunar Chronicles Series by Marissa Meyer

Summary: Cinder, a teen cyborg and the best mechanic in New Beijing, labors to support her stepmother — and owner — Adri and Adri’s two daughters. But after Cinder’s only human friend, her stepsister Peony, is infected with the plague letumosis, Adri volunteers Cinder’s body for plague research.

The Young Elites Series by Marie Lu

Summary: Adelina Amouteru survived the blood fever, a deadly illness that killed many, but left others with strange markings and supernatural powers. Cast out by her family, Adelina joins the secret society of the Young Elites and discovers her own dangerous abilities.

The Remnant Chronicles Series by Mary Pearson

Summary: On the morning of her wedding, Princess Lia flees to a distant village. When two mysterious and handsome strangers arrive, Lia is unaware that one is the jilted prince and the other an assassin sent to kill her.

Red Rising Series by Pierce BrownRed Rising Series

Summary: Sixteen-year-old Darrow works in a mining colony on Mars. He thinks he is improving the planet for future generations, but his wife Eo believes they are slaves. When Eo is condemned to death, Darrow infiltrates the governing caste to foment rebellion.

Most Populoar Audio Books on BARD

BARD is a web-based service that provides access to thousands of special-format books, magazines, and music scores provided by the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS). If you need to set up a BARD account, please contact the library.

Here are some of the most popular digital audio books on BARD in the last 30 days:


The Emperor’s Revenge by Clive Cussler  DB84490

Among the Wicked by Linda Castillo  DB84704

Family Jewels by Stuart Woods  DB84345

She’s Not There by Joy Fielding  DB84119

Chain of Evidence by Ridley Pearson  DB51024


Non Fiction

Campbell’s Rambles:  how a seeing eye dog retrieved my life by Patty L. Fletcher  DB83921

Rosemary:  the hidden Kennedy daughter by Kate Clifford Larson  DB83946

The Innocent Killer:  the true story of a wrongful conviction and it’s astonishing aftermath  DBC04706

Out of Sight:  ten stories of victory over blindness by Al Sperber  DB09731

SPQR:  a history of ancient Rome by March Beard  DB84098

Most Popular On BARD

Did you know you can read books from BARD (Braille and Audio Reading Download) on your smart phone or tablet? It’s like having a book in your pocket!  Download the BARD app from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store and start reading today. BARD is a web-based service that provides access to thousands of special-format books, magazines, and music scores provided by the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS). If you need to set up a BARD account, please contact the library.

Here are some of the most popular titles on BARD right now:

Digital Audiobooks

15th Affair by James Patterson DB84176

Extreme Prey by John Sandford DB84172

Find Her by Lisa Gardner DB83828

Robert B. Parker’s Slow Burn: a Spenser novel DB84138

Board Island: an Anna Pigeon novel by Nevada Barr DB84240


Unlucky by James Patterson BR20492

Depraved Heart: a Scarpetta novel BR21284

One Summer by David Baldacci BR21321

Whenever You Come Around by Robin Hatcher BR21190

The Body in the Library by Agatha Christie BR03867

Summer Reading Is Here!

beach readingSummer is here and that means it is time for reading! Here are two book lists we put together highlighting some books for summer.  The links will take you to our online catalog where you can find out more about the title and if you would like to read the title you can place it on hold and we will send it to you.  Also, you can give us a call and have them put on your book list.

Great Beach Reads for Adults  – these have the beach, romance, humor and more.  Great titles to read in the sun or even on a rainy summer day.

Great Summer Reads – on this list there are classics, bestsellers, mysteries, science fiction and more.  There is something for everyone on this list.

Happy Summer Reading!