These are the “Top 10 Books I Love”. I have re-read all of these books dozens of times….
David Sedaris is my all time favorite author. And although I am a loyal fan to all of his works my top 2 are: Me Talk Pretty One Day and Naked. Reading his books made me love the short story format and love him for the he’s hilarious, flawed and lovable human he is.
I honestly didn’t love love reading until my friends went to college while I went to beauty school. One of the first “college ish” books I read was Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood. My best friend, Faith, read it for one of her classes and when she finished I borrowed it from her. I was instantly a fan of weird dystopian fiction after that. And honestly if you haven’t watch the Hulu series what are you waiting for?
She’s Come Undone by Wally Lamb is just an amazing book. Some parts of it were so relatable to me especially at a time when I needed to feel like I was understood by anyone, even if it was just a fictional character from a novel. This is still one of my go-to re-reads whenever I’m in a book rut.
Running With Scissors by Augusten Burroughs made me realize talking about me and my family’s wackiness was ok. Augusten writes in a way that makes you want to reach into the pages and hug him for all he’s been through all while giggling and crying reading about his experiences.
Vox by Christina Dalcher is an intense dystopian fiction that made me never want to put it down. Crazy premise that made you think: what if? If you love Handmaids tale you’ll love this one too.
You Are a Badass by Jen Sincero is a must read for everyone. If you’re feeling like you need a kick in the ass to get yourself out of a rut or to the next level of your life or career it’s kind of a life changer if you’re willing to let it be. It was for me. After I finished this book is when I finally let myself think “Why can’t I publish a book? Who cares what people will say?” And it helped push me to get serious, I’m very thankful for this book and it’s message.
Educated by Tara Westover is just an unbelievable book. When I was reading it I was picturing the things that were happening to the author in like the 60’s or 70’s but then she mentions that she was a teenager when September 11th happened and I realized she is younger than I am right now!!! Her perseverance and will to not only survive in that environment but to thrive into such a successful woman is amazing.
Gmorning Gnight by Lin-Manuel Miranda is a really sweet collection of little poems/pep talks/daily tweets that Lin-Manuel combined to make all of us better people for reading them. It’s one of my favorite things to look through almost everyday. I keep it next to my bed because it makes me so happy to flip through it before I fall asleep or if I wake up really early but don’t want to get up yet.
Wonder by R.J. Palacio will tear your heart out, make you sob, but also make you cheer for the small victories of everyone that feels different and the hardships their families face. Auggie is my favorite character in any book I’ve ever read… ever. I think this book is so important for every kid and adult to read.