Truth time: since graduating college in April, I have yet to even pick up a book. To be fair, 90% of my time as an English major was spent reading, so my brain really needed the break at first. But now I'm in a bit of a slump. Maybe talking about my favs will motivate me to read again (I have plenty of unread books to choose from)!
  1. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
    The first classic I ever read, initially as a summer reading assignment, but I totally loved it. Whenever someone asks what my favorite book is, this one is my answer. The unabridged version is a bit slow in some parts, but following Edmond as he seeks revenge in the most sneaky and clever ways possible—SO GREAT. It's compelling and mysterious and wonderful.
  2. Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
    What I love about it is everything tbh. This is probably the book I would recommend most out of everything on this list. It's compelling, mysterious, heartbreaking, thought provoking—everything that contemporary literature should be. It raises good, important questions about humanity and it will fuck you up in the best way. No complaints, seriously.
  3. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
    My absolute fav book when I was younger, still v important to me. This is the same cover as the one I had, and it even came with a cute little necklace with a key pendant which I obviously wore all the time. This book is charming and magical and even a bit mysterious. It definitely made me really want a secret garden as a kid (I still kinda want one tbh).
  4. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
    Sorry not sorry about including this. I sobbed like a baby through ten straight chapters of this and loved every second of it. It was emotional (obvi) and heartwarming (until…y'know), and Hazel and Gus are quirky in a charming sort of way. The twist really fucked me up.
  5. Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare
    I haven't read all of Shakespeare's plays yet, but this is my fav* so far. The witty banter is top notch, and it's just generally so funny and endearing. Plus Benedick and Beatrice's romance had me feeling some things. || *Close second is Othello, mostly because I think Iago is fascinating. I love analyzing villains and finding their complications.
  6. Heist Society by Ally Carter
    My fav of all the YA lit I've read so far. It's smart and fun (seriously, so fun) and there's such good banter! There are 3 books so far, and if she never writes any more I will be so, so sad.
  7. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
    Am I even an English major if I don't include this? But really, it's a classic for a reason. Charming, clever, funny, hella romantic. What's not to like? (Also the movie version with Kiera Knightley when Darcy is walking through the fog, LOL HELP.)
  8. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
    Haunting and beautiful with unique storytelling. Plus it's set in Nazi Germany, and I always enjoy stories that are plopped down in the middle of history.
  9. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
    I first read this my sophomore year of college for Poetics and Literary Theory, so we analyzed different passages through different lenses and it was a blast. I don't enjoy creepy/scary themes, so I have never and will never watch any movie version, but the questions it raises about humanity and life are super fascinating/thought provoking. Also, the fact that a woman wrote this? YOU GO, GIRL.
  10. 👀
    Honesty hour: There was a point in my life (basically pre-high school) when all I really read was historical Christian romance novels—thanks, Mom—and I loved them an awful lot. They still have a place in my heart, but I didn't want to classify them as faves by any means. However, if you creeped on my Goodreads account, you'd find many of them (a few of which I even rated 5 stars). It is what it is. I'd probably still read them tbh because they're very cheesy and romantic in a charming sorta way.
  11. I didn't include series because I don't love each book in a series equally and I felt that would get complicated. Overall, I love Harry Potter (duh) and Anne of Green Gables (sweet, sassy little Anne Shirley).