TOP TEN BOOKS, ACCORDING TO ME

  1. This is Where I Leave You, Jonathan Tropper
    DO NOT WATCH THIS MOVIE. I REPEAT, DO NOT WATCH THIS MOVIE. This book is so phenomenal in the way that Judd's voice feels like he's talking specifically to only you. It's darkly funny and heartfelt and exactly the right combination of a beach read and novel. This is my most frequently recommended book.
  2. The Awakening, Kate Chopin
    This book is the definition of a book published before its time. I read this for my "classics of the American South" class, and I fell in love with everything Kate Chopin (I actually moved to where she lived for a large majority of her life - not intentionally, just a happy accident). This is my most recommended "classic".
  3. The Art of Travel, Alain de Botton
    I HATED this book the first time I read it. Absolutely dreaded it to the point that I rewarded myself with something every time I finished the required reading. I picked it up again last year out of desperation (my next outlander book was delayed), and it spoke to me in the way that books can. His prose is one of a kind.
  4. My Name is America book series
    My mom used to get so mad at me because she would buy me a couple and I'd have them finished in a day. These books fueled my love for reading, so regardless of content/historical accuracy, they'll always be in my top ten.
  5. Bright Shiny Morning, James Frey
    I read this book just after I read A Million Little Pieces and My Friend Leonard. I wasn't upset about his "fraud" or "lies", so I was able to commit to loving this book. Some characters are harder to follow than others, but they all hit you with the same force. I own three different copies of this book because it's one of my favorites to reread.
  6. The Outlander Series, Diana Gabaldon
    I can't pick just one. I've read this series straight through (yes, even fiery cross) six times. Amazing character development, plot lines, and writing.
  7. A Visit From the Good Squad, Jennifer Egan
    Just so so good. It was just so so so good.
  8. Slaughterhouse Five, Kurt Vonnegut
    This was the first true satire book I'd ever read. It was the perfect book at the perfect time for me. So it goes.
  9. The Green Ribbon, Alvin Schwartz
    My mom considered putting me in counseling because this was the only bedtime story I wanted for three straight years.
  10. Divine Secrets of the Yaya Sisterhood, Rebecca Wells
    The blueprint for life