Favorite Books, Chronologically: Ages 14-present

As per @bjnovak request... FYI I have a lot of favorites and I mean every single one.
  1. NINE STORIES, JD Salinger
  2. LOLITA, Vladimir Nabokov
    In competition for GOAT.
  3. The OUTLANDER series, Diana Gabaldon
    My mom went into Elliott Bay Books and said "I have a precocious 14 year old who loves historical fiction." They recommended this. It's basically porn. Thanks mom!
  4. RAGTIME, EL Doctorow
  5. FIGHT CLUB, Chuck Palahniuk
    @tothemaxxx and I read a lot of these Palahniuks...
  6. NATIVE SON, Richard Wright
  7. EAST OF EDEN, John Steinbeck
    Another in competition for GOAT. Book and movie are entirely separate entities. Read this and his journal of writing the book in tandem for extra pleasure.
  8. THE BELL JAR, Sylvia Plath
    Actually so fucking funny.
  9. THE ADVENTURES OF KAVALIER AND CLAY, Michael Chabon
    @Ayelet it's just the truth...
  10. GHOST WORLD, Dan Clowes
  11. THE MOVIE GOER, Walker Percy
  12. SURELY YOU'RE JOKING MR. FEYNMAN, Richard Feynman
    Everyone should read this incredibly hilarious book from one of the most important physicists of the 20th century.
  13. WE HAVE ALWAYS LIVED IN THE CASTLE, Shirley Jackson
  14. A GOOD MAN IS HARD TO FIND, Flannery O'Connor
  15. THE PURSUIT OF LOVE, Nancy Mitford
    This and "Love In A Cold Climate" are the ultimate romantic books for smart girls.
  16. EMMA, Jane Austin
  17. WAR AND PEACE, Leo Tolstoy
    Freshman year college, Directed Studies, we had two weeks to read it. I was amazed by how cinematic the writing was, pre-cinema...
  18. PALE FIRE, Vladimir Nabokov
    Recommended to me as superior by every snobby boy when I told them I loved "Lolita"
  19. A DIFFERENT PERSON, James Merrill
    Integral to my first real love story
  20. THE ART OF EATING, MFK Fisher
  21. THE WHITE ALBUM, Joan Didion
  22. AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF A FACE, Lucy Grealy
    Everyone should read this searingly funny and brutally honest memoir about living with facial disfigurement.
  23. LIGHT YEARS, James Salter
  24. THE HAWKLINE MONSTER, Richard Brautigan
    Integral to my second real love story
  25. DIARY OF A TEENAGE GIRL, Phoebe Gloeckner
    Everyone should also read this autobiographical graphic novel about a young girl in late 70s SF before its movie adaptation blows that shit up later this year. I'm looking at you @maisie, cuz I wish I had read it at your age...
  26. THE END OF THE AFFAIR, Graham Greene
    Somehow I got through an English major without ever reading any Greene. Life-changing.
  27. BUTTERFIELD 8, John O'Hara
  28. TOO MUCH HAPPINESS, Alice Munro
    Alice Munro was the great discovery of my late 20s. Love them all, but this was my first and therefore he greatest in my mind...