Books that have changed my life

not in any particular order, and this is a very small percentage of them... I've read every one more than once
  1. Catch-22
    sarcasm and darkness that made me laugh....I was a little in love (ok a lot)
  2. Better: a surgeon's notes on performance (Atul Gawande)
    he is everything I want to be
  3. Hamlet
    ok so I've had a long long love affair with this play/everything to do with it. I first saw the word-for-word BBC version in middle school (the one where Anthony Hopkins plays hamlet) and then read the play and then read a young adult novel called Ophelia that humanized Ophelia clearly. Then I watched the (not as good) version with Kate winslet, then I read the play AGAIN. then i watched a weird Hamlet play live, set in a mental asylum (fitting). Then I read hamlet AGAINNNNNN for AP English Lit.
  4. All The King's Men
    just so much smartness, but so much corruption....simply fascinating
  5. The Circle (Dave Eggers)
    the "tech world" fantasy/ dystopia of everyone's dreams
  6. A Streetcar Named Desire
    STELLAAAAAAAAAAAA
  7. The Merchant of Venice
    so clever, even my mom remembered it from her childhood. in fact, i got to read my mom's old copy of it which made me feel even more that two generations of my family had been inspired
  8. Poems by Shel Silverstein
    the only time I loved poems (there are a few others too, but he's the only poet whose complete body of work I love) brings me back to 1st grade and 2nd grade memories
  9. Harry Potter series
    childhood summed up in one series
  10. Eragon series
    a quest like no other, and i was totally entranced as a kid
  11. Magic Tree House series
    traveling to other worlds....it's like this series was written with me in mind
  12. Jane Eyre
    i learned so much about the power of being plain, staying out of drama, and observing EVERYTHING with wit
  13. The House of Mirth (Edith Wharton)
    in some ways this book reminded me of catcher in the rye! it uncovers all kinds of "phoniness" in society
  14. A brief history of nearly everything (science book written by a funny person....basically my dream)
    It's a science book about how earth has evolved, I read it before taking AP Bio. And it even made me LAUGH!
  15. The memoirs of a geisha
    awkward confession: i read this book WAYYY too young. I was 10. this book might have taught me about sex
  16. Lolita
    similar vein to memoirs of a geisha tbh
  17. Beloved (toni morrison)
    ok I read this one when I was older so I understood why the nudity and sex was integral to all the metaphors and foreshadowings. Also I loved her use of metaphor and foreshadowing
  18. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (literally guessing the spelling right now; it's been a while)
    very clever. I read it due to my hamlet obsession, let's be honest
  19. One flew over the cuckoo's nest
    i did understand and appreciate the book for what it was, but tbh I was just excited to use the word psychedelic. When my friends and I went to Harvard bookstore and bought shirts with book titles on them, I thought I was the rebel for choosing this book instead of the great gatsby. I still have that shirt. So many memories.