In no particular order (Inspired by @ListPrompts)
  1. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, JK Rowling
    My favorite HP book. Truly when the series set itself apart from anything else in children's literature.
  2. My Antonia, Willa Cather
    Hated it in high school, hated it less in college, fell in love the third time I read it for pleasure. A gift.
  3. Bel Canto, Ann Patchett
    The book that taught me about opera. I can hear the music swell as I read Patchett's words.
  4. Autobiography of a Face, Lucy Grealy
  5. The Two Kinds of Decay, Sarah Manguso
    Brittle, stunning, intelligent. Manguso is a great poet but this is my favorite work of hers. So brilliant.
  6. White Noise, Don DeLillo
    It's been 13 years since I read it but it had quite the effect on a young KPB. The professor's elbow patches! I remember thinking that was so brilliant...
  7. Geek Love, Katharine Dunn
  8. Mrs. Dalloway, Virginia Woolf
    I had a great English teacher in HS who taught us The Hours and Geek Love, and told me to read Woolf on the side. This is my favorite VW.
  9. Eleanor and Park, Rainbow Rowell
    My favorite YA novel of all time.
  10. Atonement, Ian McEwan
    I can remember riding the subway an extra three stops just to finish the chapter.
  11. Also: White Teeth, The Corrections, Arcadia, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows, H is for Hawk, and on and on.
  12. I'm gonna need to write a second list.