Books about Human Stories

Welcome to Southside Reads! We’re challenging you to read a variety of books in 2021 by assigning a different category to every month, but don’t worry! The categories are broad enough to put your own spin on them.
For August, we want you to read a human story. No restrictions other than that. Want to read a memoir? That works! How about a novel featuring an influential literary character? From Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man to Jane Austen’s Bennett sisters, human stories are just as meaningful when they’re made up! Like reading mysteries and thrillers that delve into the human psyche? We’re fine with that! We’re fine with that! Go out and find a book, but if you want some suggestions to get you thinking, check out the list below.
Each section is divided by age group (Adult, Teen, Middle Grades, and Picture). In each section, there are arrow buttons pointing left and right, letting you scrolling through the selections.  Each image of the book cover is a link to a description and more book details from Goodreads.  The Library Availability button will give you details of format and availability by library.

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Key for Local Library Availability


  • CVRL - Central Virginia Regional Library
  • LU - Longwood University: Greenwood Library
  • HSC - Hampden-Sydney College: Bortz Library


*LU Overdrive is available for current students, faculty and staff only.

Adult Reads

Teen Reads

Middle Grade Reads

Picture Book Reads