AKA Books that have changed my world view/philosophy on life/ being
  1. The Perks of Being a Wallflower - Stephen Chbosky
    One of the first books to make me cry my eyeballs out (Age 12, on a plane from Melbourne to Kuala Lumpur, no less.) Nothing else has ever made me feel so comfortable with my own emotional struggles- since then I have embraced all hardships because Chbosky made me realise it was normal to not be okay.
  2. Noughts and Crosses - Malorie Blackman
    This book is pure torture. And genius. I read this when I was 12-13, and to this day, it is still completed unfathomable as to why racism prevails in such "progressive" societies. You can't leave this book and be dismissive of racial issues. You literally just can't.
  3. The Outsiders - S. E. Hinton
    I adore this book to pieces. Thin enough to finish in a single sitting, however it's explorations of human interactions and teen culture/angst spans the width of stacks on stacks of encyclopaedias.
  4. A Monster Calls - Patrick Ness
    A Monster Calls is so beautiful and so haunting. This book's centre point is essentially death, and the prospects of death through the viewpoint of a little boy. It's so wonderfully and tragically poignant, I couldn't stop thinking about it for days.
  5. It's Kind of a Funny Story - Ned Vizzini
    Firstly, Ned, I hope you're in a better place. Secondly, this book was SO important for me in understanding my teenage mental health. It made me realise that I didn't have to resemble "depressed tumblr girls" in order to validate my own depressive episodes.
  6. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl - Jesse Andrews
    I cried so much when I read this book, and I'm still finding it hard trying to place a finger on why. I think this book just made me feel simultaneously lonely, and not alone. Never mind.
  7. Marbles - Ellen Forney
    I feel that there are so many graphic novels that are overlooked, simply for being "comics." This novel was so vital in my own understanding of mental health, as was Ned's book. Forney's honesty of her struggles with bipolar disorder gave me such a valuable insight into my own struggles.
  8. Blankets - Craig Thompson
    I think I may just be obsessed with stories focused around people, and their relationships with others and themselves. This book was essentially my textbook in understanding the human emotion.
  9. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime - Mark Haddon
    This book made me embrace and understand my differences from others, and why they exist. I related so much with Christopher, especially his difficulty in understanding others. As a 12 year old, this novel pretty much changed my subconscious approach to others.
  10. Every single Harry Potter novel - J. K. Queen Rowling
    Speaks for it self, tbh.
  11. Hamlet - William Shakespeare
    Hamlet made me O.K with seeing the world as a foul and pestilent congregation of vapours. What is this quintessence of dust, anyway? But really. Shakespeare is damn near genius, it's such a shame that people overlook him because he writes in old speak.