Inspired by @ListPrompts and @ChrisK oof I need to read more female authors.
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    Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger
    The book that changed everything. I re-read it at least once a year. I have an issue with authority and am too much of a dreamer for my own good (read: hopelessly lost) and as a 15 year old kid, it gave me hope. It made me want to start writing.
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    The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald
    I didn't appreciate it enough when I read it in school. It's my moms favorite book and I'm subversive by nature. But when I finally read it again years later, I was able to experience the magic, and profound loneliness it captures. It's so vibrantly, raucously hollow and a glorious peek into the roaring 20s.
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    The Sun Also Rises - Ernest Hemingway
    I'm not a huge fan of Hemingway so this surprised me. I guess I have a thing for past eras. I think this is the epitome of his style that people romanticize. It's wistful without being overly sentimental, full of adventure and the unknown and also deliciously indulgent. My sister once told me in a period of uncertainty that I was reminding her of Brett and I have never felt so slapped in the face.
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    A Tree Grows in Brooklyn - Betty Smith
    So emotionally raw and vulnerable. Maybe this is part of the reason I loved living in Brooklyn so much, being able to imagine the rich history it holds on every street corner. Not only is the prose richly poetic, but her trauma becomes our trauma and we get to grow stronger with her.
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    Never Let Me Go - Kazuo Ishiguro
    I don't know if a book has ever broken my heart so profoundly. Whenever I recall the book, it's like it's covered in a thick mountain fog. It's sci-fi without beating you over the head and evolves more as a romantic coming of age story. I don't know if I've ever rooted for a couple harder.
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    The Perks of Being a Wallflower - Stephen Chbosky
    I related a lot to Charlie as someone deeply introverted, who often didn't realize how quiet I was and related to life through music. I'm a listener and I enjoy spectating over participation. Has some of my favorite quotes.
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    The Complete Sherlock Holmes -Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
    Every time I re-read a story I find a new or forgotten detail. The original detective that I couldn't help but fall in love with. I adore his quick mind, sassy quips and extreme flaws, with stories that are perfectly paced with plenty of twists and turns. And Reichenbach Falls? 👌🏼
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    To Kill A Mockingbird - Harper Lee
    I loved it instantly. It's been years since I've read it but the impact runs deep. Having the protagonist be a young girl meant a lot to me and the way she weaves the fabric of the world and how endearingly she sketches out her father makes my heart soar.
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    East of Eden - John Steinbeck
    I think this is the first time a novel took my breath away. Such a sweeping scope, so transportive to another time. It's romantic and epic and made me fall in love.
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    Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
    My favorite opening line of any book. She makes your heart beat with anticipation, and aligns us with Elizabeth so fiercely that every twist seems thrown straight at us too. What girl doesn't hope to one day find her Mr. Darcy?
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    Honorable Mention: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time - Mark Haddon
    I love an underdog. While it's not about autism, it is rather a peek into an unusual and brilliant mind and helps me re-focus my view of the world into a broader scope.