Books I Have Read More Than Once

  1. White Oleander, Janet Fitch
    I read this book in the fall of my sophomore year of high school and I have reread it 7 times since (usually in the fall). The entire story is brilliant and lyrical. I feel like this book grew up with me, and I still learn something new each time I revisit it.
  2. Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, Jonathan Safran Foer
    18 year old me loved this book. It was so fresh and unique and heartbreaking. The day I finished it I turned it back to the first page and started again.
  3. Running with Scissors, Augusten Burroughs
    Horrifying and hilarious. I couldn't put this book down. An amazing memoir made even more amazing with brilliant writing.
  4. The Glass Castle, Jeannette Walls
    Different from Running with Scissors, but I loved it for the same reasons- someone with an incredibly interesting story who was born to tell it beautifully.
  5. Teaching My Mother How To Give Birth, Warsan Shire
    I was reading her long before lines of her poems were being used as selfie captions on Instagram, and I now feel deeply territorial when it comes to her work. She is just brilliant and when I read this book I find something to relate to in every poem- even if I don't actually relate to it.
  6. The Catcher in The Rye, J.D. Salinger
    Who hasn't read this book more than once?
  7. Forever..., Judy Blume
    First loves and rated R sex scenes. At 13 I really felt I was getting away with something.
  8. Smashed, Koren Zailckas
    When I read this book I felt like I was reading a friend's journal (and sometimes my own). I told everyone about it and even forced a few people to read it. I don't think any of them were sorry when they did.
  9. To Kill A Mockingbird, Harper Lee; The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald
    Two very different books, both required reading in most high schools across the country. I loved them both in eleventh grade English class but felt a deeper appreciation for them the second time around in my 20s.
  10. Into The Wild, Jon Krakauer
    I went through a pretty long obsession with this book/movie/soundtrack. I can relate to Chris McCandless for many reasons, and in other ways I can't, which is why I love it so much. This story will always hold a piece of my heart.