@zoe I'm sorry this took so long. It felt very important and I therefore spiraled into a pit of anxiety. It seems to be a memoir of sorts.
  1. Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery
    The book I would read again for innocence. I grew up in a cabin in the woods on the side of a mountain in Wyoming, and reading Anne was the first time a book was me. So, I memorized The Lady of Shalott and believed in magic. I am still that girl.
  2. The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
    The book I would read again for intellectualism. My love of words ended up with me studying ancient languages. It was this book that first had me surprised and laughing at wordplay.
  3. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
    The book I would read again for loneliness. My mother's partner when I was young was a Russian who collected first editions of the this book in as many languages as he could find. Nothing will ever feel as close to my inner combination of sad and whimsical as when he handed me my first copy of this book on my eleventh birthday, my last with him.
  4. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
    The book I would read again for giggles and snorts. I have never laughed so hard in a single word and at every word.
  5. The Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin
    The book I would read again for talent's sake. Short and surreal and dangerously beautiful. Abstract with little plot and written by a woman at a time when the genre's imagination was completely dominated by men. More powerful than fantasy has a right to be.
  6. The Count of Monte Christo by Alexandre Dumas
    The book that I would read again and is new every time. The perfect story. It never errs. Revenge is sweet.
  7. The Collector by John Fowles
    The book I would read again as a compulsion. For one week I read this book over and over. It terrifies me. So I obsessed like The Collector unwrapping this masterpiece--it truly is a perfect book--thinking if I could dissect, I would understand its mysteries.
  8. The Devil in Winter by Lisa Kleypas
    The book I would read again for feminism. I am an unabashed lover of romance novels. They glorify the physical and emotional desires of women. In these books, women make their own choices and are also able to find happiness and respect in their relationships. There is no other genre of books predominantly written, published and read by women. This is my favorite romance, although I have read so many. I would love to feel that sense of freedom for the first time again.
  9. Dune by Frank Herbert
    The book I would read again for escapism. Thank god for secretive feminist cults running the universe. Bene Gesserit forever. If only Jodorovsky had gotten it to film.
  10. The Poems of Catullus
    The book I would read again for literary revenge. Hurling hendecasyllables at all the haters
  11. The Misanthrope by Moliere
    The book I would read again for righteousness. Some people laugh when I say I love New York because of my distaste for humans. I direct them to this play.
  12. A Hero of Our Time by Mikhail Lermontov
    The book I would read again for Heathcliff and Darcy. Duel. On. A. Cliff. Because I am a romantic.
  13. Kushiel's Dart by Jacqueline Carey
    The book I would read again for awakening. This is a big epic fantasy novel. I bought it thinking it would be another GOT or TLOTR, but this book was so much more. This book is erotic in a way that is unlike anything else I've read. It is sensual and lush and touches on different facets of pain and pleasure with a delicate hand and utterly beautiful prose. It made me feel comfortable about sex and desire in a way that no other book could possibly manage.
  14. Zazen by Vanessa Veselka
    The book I would read again as a hermit. Featured in another list, but still one of my favorites. If all of these books are parts of me, this one might be the most. Unfortunately, it is about a manic depressive sociopath.
  15. The Face in the Frost by John Bellairs
    The book I would read again under the covers. Despite being wry and dark and magical, the defining facet of this book for me was the desperate feeling of being in over your head. I reveled in the uneasiness.
  16. Mangled Hands by Johnny Stanton
    The book I will NEVER try to read again on acid. Easily the most psychedelic thing I have ever read. It seems to exist on a different pitch of reality.
  17. Even Cowgirls Get the Blues by Tom Robbins
    The book I would read again when I'm done traveling. See Anne of Green Gables. Substitute girl for teenager.
  18. The Moviegoer by Walker Percy
    The book I would read again for "treasurable moments." I loved New Orleans before I got there because of this book. Now, every year I take a pilgrimage and read this book.
  19. Bad Behavior by Mary Gaitskill
    The book I would read again in a heartbeat. In which desire, lasciviousness, pure unadulterated lust are not misogynistic. A revelation after years of a male sexual gaze in literature.
  20. How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe by Charles Yu
    The book I would read again for and to Kevin the dog. I cannot truly explain this perfect piece of surreality. I had just begun working for a historic publisher and felt a bit disconnected to the written word. A bit jaded. But, then I read this staggering book and stepped outside of the boundaries of time.
  21. Palimpsest by Cathrynne Valente
    The book I would read again for titillation. Many of my favorite books are dripping in language and many others are dripping in sex. This has both.
  22. Dragon Bound by Thea Harrison
    The book I would read again for fucking fun. He is a dragon. (SPOILER) she is a unicorn. They make lots and lots of sexy.