Inspired by @celesteballard
  1. Redeployment by Phil Klay
    This was a very good book that was very bad for my anxiety.
  2. World Made By Hand by James Howard Kunstler
    Dystopian novel about a carpenter. Weirdly calming. Envisioned Jeff Bridges reading it to me the whole time.
  3. No One Belongs Here More Than You by Miranda July
    Short stories. I much prefer It Chooses You.
  4. The Informed Air: Essays by Muriel Spark
    Some of these were great, but I got lazy and never finished this. Muriel Spark is a treasure and everyone should read The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie.
  5. Romeo & Juliet by Billy Shakespeare
    The girl I tutor was studying this in school, so suddenly I found myself studying it as well! I'd forgotten what a funny horndog Shakespeare was. Also the girl I tutor wrote some beautiful creative pieces from Juliet's POV and I wish I could share them here.
  6. The Secret Place by Tana French
  7. The Thing With Feathers by Noah Strycker
    This is an amazing book about birds. Oh my god I love this book.
  8. Paper Towns by John Green
    Tutor Student was doing a book report on this. This is not my favorite thing I've had to read.
  9. Station Eleven by Emily St John Mandel
    Everyone go read this now.
  10. Faith by Jennifer Haigh
    Recommended for people who want to read Boston accents/insults. Also this is a heartbreaking story.
  11. How to Build a Girl by Caitlin Moran
    Good, not great. There's so much masturbation in this book.
  12. News of a Kidnapping by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
    I did not finish this book because of anxiety. The writing is lovely though.
  13. H is for Hawk
    This is a beautiful memoir in which the author raises a goshawk to get over the death of her father. I never expected passages about the ideal flying weight of a goshawk to be so poetically written. Also you get to read about how shitty T.H. White was at raising his goshawk.
  14. Matt and Ben by Mindy Kaling and Brenda Withers
    Many lols.
  15. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by JK Rowling
    Have you guys heard of this? It's so fucking perfect.
  16. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by JK Rowling
    Yeah this is very good as well. Don't know if you'll be able to find a copy.
  17. Wild Things! Acts of Mischief in Children's Literature by Betsy Bird, Julie Danielson, and Peter Sieruta
    This book made me cry by putting into words some of the reasons why children's books are so special. Loved it.
  18. Missoula by Jon Krakauer
    Jon Krakauer is definitely in my list of top ten men ever (I have yet to make this list). Seriously gripping journalism. This book will make you want to rage puke, and everyone should have to read it.
  19. How to be Both by Ali Smith
    This is such a weird and beautiful book. I know I've used the word "beautiful" a lot in this list. Here's what The Telegraph had to say: "How to be Both brims with palpable joy, not only at language, literature, and art's transformative power, but at the messy business of being human, of wanting to be more than one kind of person at once." I feel like this book is important.
  20. The Just City by Jo Walton
    The goddess Athena decides to take scholars and children from all over time and put them together on Atlantis to test out Plato's Just City. 80% of this book is fascinating and then it just sort of peters out.
  21. The Martian by Andy Weir
    This is an okay book that is going to be a great movie.
  22. Everything is Going to be Great by Rachel Shukert
    20-something travel memoir that can be sharp and funny one minute and a little too thrilled with itself in the next.
  23. Blood, Bones & Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef by Gabrielle Hamilton
    The writing is good! This lady seems like a heinous person and I'm terrified of her but I also really want to eat her food.
  24. Habibi by Craig Thompson
    This is such a visually stunning graphic novel that I'm not done reading. Not sure how I feel about it yet.
  25. The Essential Dykes to Watch Out For by Alison Bechdel
    I'm not done with this, but I read it while I eat breakfast almost every morning and it's so great and I love being a huge lesbian.