1. She's Come Undone- Wally Lamb
    I've read this several times over the years, and I get something new from it each time.
  2. Night- Elie Wiesel
    Heartbreakingly good. It is short but very effective. It's hard to believe how we hurt one another.
  3. A Million Little Pieces- James Frey
    I love this book. I was pissed when Oprah ripped him a new one over the truthfulness of the book. Oprah, dude was on drugs, we are lucky he got his name right! I think that is the point, he was messed up.
  4. Tuesday's with Morrie- Mitch Albom
    So call me sappy, but this book hit me right in the heart. I have had mentors, and understand the impact they can have.
  5. The Last Lecture- Randy Pausch
    Once again, call me a sap! I don't care, this was touching. A big fear for parents is not being there for their kids, this is his remedy for that. Lovely.
  6. The Outsiders- S.E. Hinton
    I read this in middle school and have loved it since. There is something about the depth in Ponyboy that gets me. Then there is Johnny, sad sweet Johnny. This is an example of how family expands past blood.
  7. The John Cleaver Series- Dan Wells
    Oh, how I love John Cleaver. He wants to kill, but knows it's not right. It's a good things monsters show up in his town! This was a trilogy, but I recently discovered the story is continuing.
  8. White Oleander- Janet Finch
    The mother-daughter dynamic is so complex. Astrid loves her mother, but she becomes disillusioned with her. As a woman I totally relate to the struggle of finding out who you are without those you love.
  9. Gone Girl- Gillian Flynn
    Hello! This book was crazy! There were twists and turns, I had never read anything quite like it. I still haven't seen the movie because I am afraid it will take away some of the books magic.
  10. Paper Towns- John Green
    Yes, I know some people may find this cheesy, but I liked it. Again, I haven't watched this film, because I want to hold on to the feeling the book left me with. Quentin learns the hard lessons about love.
  11. NOS4A2- Joe Hill
    This book scared the crap out of me. I never want to go to Christmasland or meet Charles Manx! I love Joe Hill, but I could not get through Heart-Shaped Box. It was freaky because I believe ghosts are real. I did like Horns though, but this one is my fave, so scary.
  12. The Perks of Being a Wallflower-Stephen Chbosky
    This book broke and restored my spirit. So touching, I love stories about teens that are trying to figure life out. I think that is due to me doing a poor job figuring things out at that age. I did see this movie which was very true to the book.
  13. In Her Shoes- Jennifer Weiner
    Sisters! I love my sister so much. It is such a complicated relationship though. There are secrets that break your heart, and moments that restore your faith in love. Great read.