FOR THE LITERARY FICTION READ:
A Little Life, by Hanya Yanagihara
This book will tear your heart out over and over again, through the most intense and in-depth look at some supremely lovable and broken characters. It's been years since I read it, and it sticks with me. Its 800 pages, so it is a definite commitment, but so, so worth it.
The Heart's Invisible Furies, by John Boyne
A beautiful, heart-breaking and heart-mending book that will make you laugh and cry. After finishing this book, I missed Cyril Avery's company and felt compelled to immediately reread it. Though I haven't yet, it is definitely one of those books that I want to return to.
Everything I Never Told You, by Celeste Ng
Celeste Ng's exploration into identity, belonging, relationships, and the destruction that results from all that is not spoken, is incredibly moving. I found myself relating deeply to all the characters, and loving all of them, despite of and because of their biggest flaws.
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, by Gail Honeyman
This is one of those books that sneaks up on you, and out of nowhere you find your heart breaking for a character who initially you had thought was merely rather quirky and off-kilter. Beautiful, moving, funny, and dark, this book can make you cry from laughter and heartbreak all in the same paragraph, or even maybe in the same sentence.
While Oleander, by Janet Fitch
It has been a while since I have read this book, and it remains in my all-time favorites list. It is an exploration of a young girl coming of age through extremely difficult circumstances, and trying to grapple with her mother's crimes.
All My Puny Sorrows, by Miriam Toews
Another book from years past, this book has remained in my heart and mind as an incredibly difficult, beautiful read. It is about music and family and sisterhood, as well as suicidal and depressive mindsets, and the grey area that surrounds what one should be allowed to decide for themselves.
Beasts, by Joyce Carol Oates
This small, little novella packs a huge punch. It is one of those books that I have picked up again and again throughout the years. Set in university, it is gothic and suspenseful, almost mystical, while maintaining and incredibly grotesque and visceral hold on reality. It deals with the abuse of power of an enigmatic professor yields over his young, bright, naive students. I have an almost compulsive reaction to this book - I cannot seem to get enough of it.
FOR THE THRILLER / MYSTERY /SUSPENSE READ:
Then She Was Gone, by Lisa Jewell
Into the Water, by Paula Hawkins
You, by Caroline Kepnes
FOR THE LIGHTER READ:
One Day in December, by Josie Silver
Playing With Matches, by Hannah Orenstein
The Hypnotist's Lovestory, by Liane Moriarty
Juliet, Naked, by Nick Hornby
FOR THE CLASSIC READ:
To The Lighthouse, by Virginia Woolf
Mrs. Dalloway, by Virginia Woolf
The Importance of Being Ernest, by Oscar Wilde
The Picture of Dorian Gray, by Oscar Wilde
Jude the Obscure, by Thomas Hardy
FOR THE YA / CHILDREN'S LITERATURE READ:
The Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas
Paper Towns, by John Green
The Phantom Tollbooth, by Norton Juster
We Are Okay, by Nina LaCour
Flight, by Sherman Alexie
FOR THE NONFICTION READ:
My Lovely Wife in the Psych Ward, by Mark Lukach
The Glass Castle, by Jeannette Walls
I'll Be Gone in the Dark, by Michelle McNamara
Bad Feminist, by Roxane Gay