My first!
  1. "Hope: A Tragedy" by Shalom Auslander
    Absurdist Jewish dark humor is absolutely my jam. Or my schmear.
  2. "Breakfast of Champions" by Kurt Vonnegut
    Freshman year of high school (1995): My best friend Jessi said, "You've gotta check out this weird book I found in the library. There's even drawings of underwear and hamburgers in it."
  3. "Skipped Parts" by Tim Sandlin
    The first book of the GroVont Trilogy, full of weird inappropriate and awkward sex scenes and darkly humorous conversations. I purchased one of the books because the cover looked interesting. Then I realized it was part of a trilogy and went back to the start. I read the trilogy so many times I actually got rid of it once, then repurchased it because it's too good.
  4. "The Perks of Being a Wallflower" by Stephen Chbosky
    I love coming-of-age stories, and what '90s teen doesn't love this one?
  5. "I Was Told There'd Be Cake" by Sloane Crosley
    Weird personal essays involving collections of plastic ponies? Absolutely.