When you're an English major, you are all about the re-read.
  1. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn: Betty Smith
    I first read this at age 11, and it quickly became the most battered book I owned. I eventually had to throw away my copy 4 years later. By then, the spine had broken repeatedly and the book was in 4 pieces, held together with a rubber band, and missing its back cover. This book is my lifeline to my mother (who gifted it to me during a difficult point in our relationship), and it's incredible how each time I read it, I relate to a different park of the story or to a different character. ❤️🌳🌆
  2. NOS4A2: Joe Hill
    Coming out of left field with this horror classic. It is seriously messed up. It's a Christmas-themed horror novel about the creepiest, most goosebumps-inducing villain imaginable. Also had a kick-ass female lead. One day a movie version will not at all do it justice. Read it before it comes to that. Just not around the holidays... 🎄💀
  3. ANY of Shakespeare's plays
    You get so so so much more out of the jokes and wordplay and characterization after a second (or more) go-around. WORTH IT EVERY TIME 📜🎭👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽
  4. East of Eden: John Steinbeck
    You guys. This is THE great American novel; don't believe what anyone else says. Biblical allegory told as soap opera set in 20th century California? Equally excellent movie starring James Dean and Julie Harris? Yes, please. Every time. 🇺🇸👬👊🏽
  5. High Fidelity: Nick Hornby
    Read it when you're single and lonely. Read it when you're starting to find your relationship boring. Read it when you've just gone through a break-up. Read it when you're hopeful for the future or trying to make sense of your past. This book will always be relatable, at any stage. 🎸💿🎶
  6. All the Jane Austen stuff. Every single bit.
    Austen is the Rosetta Stone of modern literature. Just pick up one (any one) of her novels and open yourself up to the world. 💐🌍📖
  7. The Commitments: Roddy Doyle
    Hands-down, the best book about music and/or modern Irish culture that you will ever read. I dare you not to laugh, or to immediately seek out some James Brown/Otis Redding upon reading. 🎤🎷🎺🇮🇪
  8. Coraline: Neil Gaiman
    The absolute perfect horror novel that just happens to be for kids. A beautiful story about a lonely but resilient and resourceful girl. Heroine for the ages. She moves into a new house with a secret door that opens to a world that looks just like hers...except there waits her "Other Mother" (just like her own mother, but with buttons for eyes). It's the awesomest intro to horror you can give your children. 🐱🗝👧🏻
  9. Harry Potter series: JK Rowling
    Duh. ✨🏰✨