1. The Rosie Project - Graeme Simsion
    This was recommended to me by a friend, and while it took a while for me to really get into the book, I eventually fell in love with the main character Don. He's quirky and socially awkward, much like Sheldon Cooper on the Big Bang Theory. The book follows Don as he tries to find a wife and it definitely pulls on your heart strings from time to time. It's not all romance, but focuses a lot on science as Don is a totally legit geneticist.
  2. The Rosie Effect - Graeme Simsion
    The sequel to The Rosie Project and at times can be a tear-jerker. It had some twists and turns, which kept it interesting, and led to some plots that I did not expect at all.
  3. Yes Please - Amy Poehler
    I was never a huge fan of Amy but this book changed my mind about her, and encouraged me to binge on Parks and Rec.
  4. If I Stay - Gayle Forman
    I wanted to read this before I watched the movie and I CRIED LIKE A BABY. And then I watched the movie and CRIED EVEN MORE. The writing is pretty good and it keeps you in suspense throughout the entire book. But of course it was the love story that really drew me in.
  5. Where She Went - Gayle Forman
    The sequel to If I Stay, and also heart-wrenching, but I didn't cry as much. I started reading this instantly after I finished the first book because I literally could not wait to find out what happened. (Luckily I was smart enough to buy them both at the same time).
  6. The Secret Life of Bees - Sue Monk Kidd
    This wasn't a book that I thought I'd be interested in but I found that I couldn't put it down. It's a very interesting period piece that gives you a different perspective of race relations in the south in the 1960s. Definitely a great read, and I intend to watch the movie soon.
  7. It's Kind of a Funny Story - Ned Vizzini
    My old roommate picked this for her book club, which her friends threw a fit about, but she wanted them to read it to help them understand her own problems with depression. She left it on our coffee table for months and I finally picked it up, not being able to put it down until I finished it. It's definitely an interesting take on mental health, especially from the point of view of a teenage boy. Probably one of the best books I've ever read.
  8. Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? - Mindy Kaling
    Basically the story of Mindy's life, and she's an amazing storyteller. Besides the fact that she's hilarious, Mindy is also super relatable, which makes her fun to read about.
  9. We Were Liars - E. Lockhart
    Seriously one of THE SADDEST things ever. I couldn't read by the end of it because I was crying so hard. It's more like an extended short story than a novel; I read it in about 2 hours. Amazing writing with an ending that you would not expect. I'd re-read this a million times except knowing the ending after the huge turn of events kind of takes the fun out of it. Seriously 5 stars for this one.
  10. The Language of Flowers - Vanessa Diffenbaugh
    I read this book for the book club I recently joined, and it wasn't what I expected at all. The one thing that tripped me out was that there was no indication of the time period of location, and I couldn't figure it out for the life of me. But I was kept drawn in by tons of family drama, homelessness, and some small crimes. Overall a really good read!