- All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
This book hit me in every feel in my body. It’s relatable and deeply heartfelt.
- Schizo by Nic Sheff
It may not be the best representation of mental illness, but it definitely took me on a thrill ride I thoroughly enjoyed.
- Yes Please by Amy Poehler
By the end of this book, I felt strong and empowered. I felt like I really could do it; I could achieve my goals.
- Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
UGH. Haunting and beautiful. To this day, one of my absolute favorite books ever. And now that I’m a few years older, it still hits me.
- Landline by Rainbow Rowell
I read Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell and was not impressed. So many people loved it but I just wasn’t one of them. I don’t know why. I was ready to give up on Rowell but landed an ARC of Landline and omg, it was sweet, it was different, it is AMAZING.
- The Reader by Bernhard Schlink
I actually had to read this for school and watch the movie afterward. I was enthralled by every aspect of the story. I can definitely agree that this story is not for everyone. I honestly, can’t relate to these characters at all but I was hooked from the beginning.
- Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
I fell in love with the cover while browsing the LA Times Festival of Books and saw that Leigh Bardugo herself was signing literally right next to me, so I bought it, got it signed, devoured it and fell so in love with the Grishaverse that I made it the first book for my book club that year.
- Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews
I will (and probably already have) say this so many times, Jesse Andrews is by far one of the best (and most underrated) writers. Definitely the best YA contemporary that I’ve read. His characters are so raw and real, intelligent without sounding fake and made up. The way this book deals with Cancer is beautiful, heart wrenching and hilarious all at once.
- Looking for Alaska by John Green
I wish I could explain why I love this book so much but I don’t think I really can. This was the second Green book that I’ve read and at this point, I think I only need one more and it is still my favorite John Green book.
- It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini
I read this during my second bout with depression, arguably my worst, and this book spoke to me on multiple levels.
Top Ten Tuesday was started by The Broke & The Bookish back in 2010. Every Tuesday there is a new Top 10 Topic and this week’s prompt is “Back to School Freebie” and I decided to focus on Required Readings. Ok, so I know I essentially chose the topic but I’m going to cheat on this one a bit because, unfortunately, I didn’t read much in school. I don’t know, something about being told what to read irked me. So this week’s top 10 will be split into two top 5’s:
Top 5 Required Readings I Read/Enjoyed
Top Ten Tuesday was started by The Broke & The Bookish back in 2010. Every Tuesday there is a new Top 10 Topic and this week’s prompt is “Top 10 Recommendations For X” and if you can’t tell what I chose by the title, I’m doing:
Top 10 Comics for People That Think Comics are all About Super Heroes
or Top 10 Non-Super Hero Comics, for short. These are in no particular order and I added a few Honorable Mentions at the end as their authors had appeared once on the list already.
- Snotgirl Vol. 1 by Bryan Lee O’Malley and Leslie Hung
Enter the whimsical world of social media maven, Lottie Person as she navigates through fake friends, heartache and murder?
- Saga Vol. 1 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples
A space opera to rule them all. When two soldiers from each side of a galactic, hate-fueled war fall in love, they must do everything they can to protect their newly born cargo.
- Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
A poignant memoir of coming of age in Iran during the Islamic Revolution.
- Wytches Vol. 1 by Scott Snyder and Jock
An ancient evil waits for the Rook family just beyond the woods of their new home. A much darker and horrifying take on classic witch mythos.
- Locke & Key Vol. 1 by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez
Keyhouse is the fantastical home to an angry creature that will stop at nothing to force open the doors to unspeakable evil.
- Maus by Art Spiegelman
A heartbreaking memoir of a Holocaust survivor and his cartoonist son.
- Chew Vol. 1 by John Layman and Rob Guillory
Tony Chu is an FDA Detective that gets psychic impressions from whatever he eats. Sometimes this means he has to eat a bit of the dead to find where illegal chicken is coming from.
- Sex Criminals Vol. 1 by Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky
Suzie is just a typical girl and Jon is a typical boy except they both can stop time when they have sex and like any other person, they use this to their advantage…by robbing banks.
- Blankets by Craig Thompson
A beautiful memoir about Thompson’s battle with faith and coming of age.
- Descender Vol. 1 by Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen
A young robot boy must stay safe in a world that has outlawed his kind. The only thing he has to protect himself against the bounty hunters out for his head, is his trusty companion.
- Paper Girls Vol. 1 by Brian K. Vaughan
- Seconds by Bryan Lee O’Malley
- Through the Woods by Emily Carroll