Inspired by @victoriaedel
  1. All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot
    Pre-WWII Yorkshire vet will charm your pants off. I laugh and cry every. Single. Time.
  2. Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo
    B was HARD guys. But this book (non-fic written like a novel) about life in a Mumbai slum blew my mind and everyone should read it.
  3. Chronicles of Narnia, The by C.S. Lewis
    Raised on these. Captures childhood beautifully.
  4. Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather
    In the words of John Green, maybe the most important book about religion in America.
  5. Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
    Story about a boy falling in love with a quirky girl without being a trope. Rainbow Rowell is a queen.
  6. Fault in Our Stars, The by John Green
    So beautiful. Walk lightly. Also set in Indianapolis, my hometown.
  7. Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
    The first one is hard to get through, but the plot and characters are incredibly realistic for the fantasy it is.
  8. Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
  9. Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling
    Where I learned to love Mindy, and discovered that she too is one of those weird kids who loves their parents too much.
  10. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
    Took a couple tries. Loved it in the end.
  11. Kite Runner, The by Khaled Hosseini
    Loved A Thousand Splendid Suns more but it was up against To Kill a Mockingbird. Khaled can't beat Harper Lee, but he deserves a spot.
  12. Lord of the Rings, The by J.R.R. Tolkien
    Yes this is all one book.
  13. Mountains Beyond Mountains by Tracy Kidder
    The biography of Paul Farmer, the founders of Partners in Health, the organization for which I now work. This book actually changed my life. (Shoutout to @dp10 for the recommendation.)
  14. Nightingale, The by Kristin Hannah
    WWII fiction about the resistance is my weakness.
  15. One More Thing by B.J. Novak
    So great. Short stories are such a cool art form.
  16. Pride and Prejudice
    Also so hard. But at the end of the day, it's gotta be this.
  17. Quidditch Through the Ages by Kennilworthy Whisp aka J.K. Rowling
    Only Q book I've read.
  18. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
    Creeped me out in a good way. You never learn the narrator's name. And also Rebecca is my name, so that's cool.
  19. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
    Love the sister dynamic in this one. Elinor is one of the most under appreciated heroines in literature.
  20. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
    Hard. But also so easy.
  21. Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
    Oh my god this woman can WRITE. At different points I cared passionately about distance running records in the 40s, WWII bomber models, and Japanese POW camps.
  22. Viva Jacquelina! by L.A. Meyer
    Shoutout for the whole Jacky Faber series for fitting into my niche love of British naval fiction. And for having a V title.
  23. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
    All the characters are the WORST and I still liked this book. Which I take as a mark of quality.
  24. X
    I've got nothing.
  25. Yes Please by Amy Poehler
    She's fabulous. I love Bossypants more but see above for my difficult decision on B.
  26. Z
    Nothing at all. I did discover a massive amount of zombie books though.