the book that matters most by Ann Hood

In my opinion, this book is a must read! I’m going to share all of the books the group from the book reads, and the featured quotes from each book that Hood starts each chapter with. Here’s the description provided on the back of the book:

“After joining a book group, Ava rediscovers a mysterious book from her childhood–one that helped her through the traumas of the untimely deaths of her sister and mother. Meanwhile, Ava’s troubled daughter Maggie goes missing while living in Paris. The Book That Matters Most is an enthralling novel about love, loss, secrets, friendship, and the healing power of literature.”

I hope you enjoy this post and consider picking up a copy of The Book That Matters Most by Ann Hood!

Books by Month (with selected quote):  

January: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

“I could easily forgive his pride, if he had not mortified mine” (41).

FebruaryThe Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

“You see I usually find myself among strangers because I drift here and there trying to forget the sad things that happened to me” (77).

MarchAnna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

“All the variety, all the charm, all the beauty of life is made up of light and shadow” (113).

AprilOne Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

“‘Things have a life of their own,’ the gypsy proclaimed with a harsh accent. ‘It’s simply a matter of waking up their souls'” (143).

MayTo Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

“Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing” (169).

JuneA Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

“We’ll leave now, so that this moment will remain a perfect memory… let it be our song and think of me every time you hear it” (215).

July/AugustThe Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

“What really knocks me out is a book that, when you’re all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it. That doesn’t happen much, though” (247).

SeptemberThe Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera

“But when the strong were too weak to hurt the weak, the weak had to be strong enough to leave” (269).

OctoberSlaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut

“But she did look back, and I love her for that, because it was so human” (289).

NovemberFrom Clare to Here by Rosalind Arden

“What the mother knew was that she couldn’t go back home. She would save her surviving daughter by staying away, and letting her guilt over what had happened be hers alone. Maybe someday they would be reunited, here, in Clare…” (329).

Thanks for reading! I hope you enjoyed this post and find time to read on your own happy and healthy adventure. 🙂 ❤



Hood, A. (2016). The book that matters most. New York, NY: W. W. Norton & Company, Inc.

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