I made it a rule to list each author only once. Please make recommendations if we have similar taste!
  1. Invisible Monsters by Chuck Palahniuk
    From the author of Fight Club, although I think this one is better. I've read it at least once a year since I was in high school, and it's still just as good every time.
  2. The Secret History by Donna Tartt
    From the author of last year's Pulitzer prize winner The Goldfinch, although again, I think this one is better. It features my two favorite elements: Rich teenagers and murder.
  3. The Coldest Winter Ever by Sister Souljah
    Fucking classic. Made me wish my dad was a drug dealer so bad. They've been saying they will make a movie of this for as long as I can remember, and I seriously hope it happens in my lifetime.
  4. Average American Male by Chad Kultgen
    Literally every one of his books is great.
  5. I am No One You Know by Joyce Carol Oates
    My favorite short story of all time, "The Girl with the Blackened Eye" is in this book.
  6. American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis
  7. Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris
    I don't even know which of his books is the best, or which book has which stories, because they're all in the same style and they're all very good. Just read all of them.
  8. Running with Scissors by Augusten Burroughs
    Same as above.
  9. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
    I'm generally not a fan of the "classics" (not sure why, I just have a hard time getting into them,) but this one I love so so so so much. It's different every time I read it.
  10. And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
    The great thing about having done a lot of drugs as a teenager is that I can read all of my favorite Agatha Christie books over and over, and be surprised at the end every time. (I especially love the Hercule Poirot ones! Fuck Miss Marple.)
  11. Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson
    The only book on this list I've only read once. It throws a lot of information at you, so I suggest you read it in a as short amount of time as possible.
  12. The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole by Sue Townsend
    LOL-funny, like you actually will laugh out loud.
  13. Requiem for a Dream by Hubert Selby jr
    It'll give you a nervous breakdown, but it'll be worth it.
  14. Permanent Midnight by Jerry Stahl
    Same as above. If you only read one drug memoir, this is the one.
  15. Tenth of December by George Saunders
    Totally lives up to the hype. Every short story fan should read.
  16. Wetlands by Charlotte Roche
    Translated from German, I discovered this when my editor gave me a copy. The book opens with a girl in the hospital because her asshole is torn, so obviously I love it.