1. 1.
    Sharp Objects-Gillian Flynn
    this book fucked me up. i think it was the teeth thing, teeth things make my skin crawl
  2. 2.
    Inherent Vice-Thomas Pynchon
    this book inspired me to do drugs. that seems like a weird thing to get from a book.
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    Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (and other concerns)-Mindy Kaling
    Mindy is a goddess. I laughed, I cried, I felt very called out, I appreciated that someone else is concerned with how long it takes men to put their shoes on.
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    Middlesex-Jeffrey Eugenides
    this broke me and put me back together. inspired me to start writing again.
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    The Way Inn-Will Wiles
    sometimes judging a book by its cover will lead you to the best places
  6. 6.
    The Universe in the Rearview: How Hidden Symmetries Shape Reality-Dave Goldberg
    who reads books about physics for fun? did you know we only exist because of a rounding error? I have probably created hundreds if not thousands of new worlds with my rounding errors
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    Anansi Boys-Neil Gaiman
    I will read literally anything Neil Gaiman writes, is he on here yet?
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    The Paris Wife-Paula McLain
    I'm so very pleased to live when I do, how I do. but every once in awhile books like this make me wish that i could travel back in time with Owen Wilson (screw you woody cause i actually love that movie)
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    A Deadly Secret-Matt Birkbeck
    I got really into Robert Durst for awhile and ordered a bunch of books abt him off amazon. This was the only one I read. I also had a lot of trouble sleeping during this period of my life.
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    Fragile Things-Neil Gaiman
    I discovered short story collections this year. Neil always knows what to say.
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    Dark Places-Gillian Flynn
    my roommate told me how this book ends and i was still surprised. gillian is either the smartest woman ever or a complete psychopath (maybe both)
  12. 12.
    Yes Please-Amy Poehler
    can you believe there was a time in my life when i disliked this woman? Amy and Seth make me believe in soulmates. they're not always what you expect but they're always there.
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    Me and Earl and the Dying Girl-Jesse Andrews
    I wish I enjoyed young adult fiction as much as I used to. but I'm glad books like this are out there. the movie was really good.
  14. 14.
    Love Saves The Day-Gwen Cooper
    this is a stupid book abt a stupid cat and it destroyed me and i can never stop thinking abt it and it's stupid and it sucks and i've never cried so much and everyone needs to read it
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    Saint Anything-Sarah Dessen
    Dessen has ruled my life since I was 13. I admit her later work does not hold up to her earlier books but that could be bc I was 13 when I read them. I related to the broken people in this book in ways I can't explain.
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    Tigers in Red Weather-Lisa Klaussman
    my mom gave me this book after it scared her so much she had my dad hide it in the basement for six months, it wasn't scary.
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    Crush-Richard Siken
    I put this book in my purse when I got it and carried it around for six months before I read it at two a.m. in a strangers bed and started crying. he never called.
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    The Hobbit-J.R.R. Tolkien
    why did they make this into three movies. shout out to tom bombadil.
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    The Fellowship Of the Ring-Tolkien
    I spent all of June lost in middle earth. can I name my first born son boromir?
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    The Two Towers-Tolkien
    okay but like the movie is like 97% wrong, it literally made me furious. I still get into fights abt Faramir taking the ring to gondor.
  21. 21.
    Return of the King-Tolkien
    aragorn forever. honestly everyone needs to read lord of the rings. i hope to one day be as badass as éowyn.
  22. 22.
    Choke-Chuck Palahnuik
    chuck always delivers. always super weird but, delivers.
  23. 23.
    Only Revolutions-Mark Z. Danielewski
    Danielewski is turning how we read upside down-literally.
  24. 24.
    Leaving Time-Jodi Picoult
    this book talks way more abt elephants than I was led to believe.
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    The Bell Jar-Sylvia Plath
    it's always a bit unsettling when you identify with someone's descent into mental illness. I thought this book would make me feel alone but it made me feel like a part of something.
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    A Visit From the Goon Squad-Jennifer Egan
    multi narrative, multi time line, all good.
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    And the Mountains Echoed-Khaled Hosseini
    Hosseini writes beautiful, relatable characters and shows us that human needs and nature transcend time and place and circumstance, eye-opening
  28. 28.
    Palo Alto-James Franco
    I think my favorite kinds of books are the ones that seem insignificant but change the way you see the world. you don't have to be the best writer to tell stories that touch people and stick with them.
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    Bream Gives Me Hiccups and other stories -Jesse Eisenberg
    he continues to surprise me. I wonder what his mom's like?
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    Barbara the Slut and other people-Lauren Holmes
    short story collections are ideal for people who only have 10-15 min increments to read throughout the day. the things you think and do and say affect everyone around you. live well and be kind.
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    Bad Feminist-Roxanne Gay
    Gay covers controversial issues with honesty and humor and grace and a low tolerance for bs. Will make you think twice. I would love to see some up to date versions of these essays.
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    Smoke and Mirrors-Neil Gaiman
    I can't say enough good things about Neil, honestly, do yourself a favor and pick up a couple of his books.
  33. 33.
    Science Fiction Stories-Chosen by Edward Blishen
    I got this for a dollar. Ed and I have different tastes in stories but I still enjoyed reading it and there were a few key pieces that really stuck with me.
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    The Familiar Vol. 1-One Rainy Day in May-Mark Z. Danielewski
    Mark is one of those authors that constantly surprise me. he is truly changing the game and I'm always excited to see what he does next