In the Woods by Tana French — Really I love the whole Dublin Murder Squad series but Into the Woods was my introduction to police procedurals which are now my go-to for mysteries now.
Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling — These books were my childhood and I cannot thank J.K. Rowling enough for bring Harry into the world and making my young adulthood that much more magical.
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen — Pride and Prejudice has been one of my favorite books since I was one and twenty. It was my first foray into romance and have loved her wit and Mr. Darcy/Colin Firth ardently ever since.
Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell — I tried reading this once in middle school, which you can read about here but the first time I read it all the way through was in high school. Outside of Harry Potter it was the first chunkster I’d completed on my own, I loved the epic saga and never wanted it to end. The true markings of a good book. Thank you Scarlet for showing me that good things come to those who wait and that sometimes bigger is better.
Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris — When I was sixteen I had brain surgery and during my recovery my parents read David Sedaris. They laughed their asses off and got them through a difficult time. I should also note, that while my neurologists got it the nurses gave my parents the evil eye.
Little House Series by Laura Ingalls Wilder — These are the first books I remember reading all on my own and are what really jump started me into reading.
The Diary of Anne Frank — I first read Anne’s Diary around the age of 11. Not only did she inspire me to keep a diary but, it was very eye-opening and gave a new look into a terrible time with a disbelief that has stayed with me
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak — This book really gives you a kick in the gut while sobbing uncontrollably at the same time. It reawakened the disgust but like Anne Frank’s Diary somehow gives you hope.
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. — This was the first novel in the fantasy genre that I ever read and like stepping through a wardrobe to Narnia opened up a whole new world in my reading life.
Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl — really I should thank Roald Dahl for all his books which made my childhood that much more imaginative but, I remember Fantastic Mr. Fox the most clearly and that fantastic word of poppycock.