1. Looking For Alaska by John Green
    This helped me get past losing a dear friend. I read it not long after her death, and I don't know what I would have done without it.
  2. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
    This book has taught me so much about life, which is amazing since it's a children's book. Also it's helped me make peace with losing my friend (much like Looking For Alaska)
  3. The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
    This is the first book I remember reading that affected me so powerfully.
  4. Paper Towns by John Green
    I think about the ending a lot.
  5. Penpal by Dathan Auerbach
    This book is so scary, but that's not why it's stuck with me. It's the story of the friendship between two boys and the way their lives are ruined by something that was supposed to be so innocent. It's chilling and devastating and an all-around great book.
  6. I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
    What an amazing book for so many reasons. One of the best I've read in recent memory.
  7. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
    The movie more so, but the book as well.
  8. Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan
    I think about how Maura catfished Will Grayson and still get angry about it even though it's been a couple of years since I read it.
  9. The Cat Who Went to Heaven by Elizabeth Coatsworth
    This spawned my ongoing fascination with Buddhism. Also the ending kills me.
  10. The Kill Order
    The ending of this book is so heartbreaking. It's stuck with me since I read it and still makes me feel a bit emotional.
  11. The Waves by Virginia Woolf
    I relate so much to the character of Jinny. I see myself in her in a lot of ways. I've partially written a modern day adaptation of this book, and I hope to one day finish it.