My 10 Absolute Favorite Dog-Eared, Well-Read, All Time Best Books

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It’s that overcast time of year in Texas, and all I wanna do is hide on my giant couch and read a book. I’ve been a book nerd since I was a kid. I had a closet filled with books that I used to hide in for hours. I still maintain that a house isn’t a home until the bookshelves are unpacked.

Despite my borderline obscene book collection, I always go back to my favorites. These are the books I have deep seeded feelings and emotions for. They feel like good friends, and I definitely pet them when no one is looking.

Some are old, some are new, some are borrowed, but here they are for youuu.

Things No One Will Tell Fat Girls by Jes Baker

This is THE book that pushed me into the body positive movement. Baker writes like your BFF, shares ridiculously amazing bits of encouraging wisdom, and keeps you laughing. I come back to this book like a happy, self-loving, cozy blanket.

The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

Gaiman is my favorite author; I love getting lost in his urban fantasy world. This short novel reads like a modern folk tale. It leaves you wondering about the magic that lies just beyond the end of your street. It also features bad ass lady witches. So. Win.

How to Be a Person In the World by Heather Havrilesky

If you aren’t reading “Ask Polly,” you aren’t doing it right. This book takes all of Havrilesky’s best advice columns (which are LITERALLY life changing) and puts them in a pretty little book. I keep this as a coffee table book because let’s get real, everyone could use a little help adulting.

The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery

When I was in college, I read this book near daily. It is magical in a sweet way, filled with small lessons about the importance of imagination, pursuing your dreams no matter how big, and taking responsibility for your actions. I still really want a tattoo of a sheep in a box from this novel.

Possible Side Effects by Augusten Burroughs

Non-fiction is my JAM. Obviously I love writing about myself, and I like to venture that I’m pretty funny.  Burroughs was the first author to teach me how the littlest of real life stories can be worth sharing if it’s told right. His writing is hilarious, brash, and vulgar. Read it ASAP.

Hunger by Roxane Gay

I sobbed my way through this entire book. Gay managed to encapsulate all of my feelings and emotions involving in having an eating disorder and make it a book I couldn’t quit. She writes about extremely hard situations in a beautiful way and in honesty beyond anything I’ve read before.

Stardust by Neil Gaiman

This is the go-to novel I read whenever I’m feeling blue. Since it’s Gaiman, it’s fantasy and fairy tale in a beyond relatable way. This takes the traditional love story and turns it into a journey of self discovery. Plus it has a super cute movie rendition too!

Rant by Chuck Palahnuik

Palahnuik books are dark, controversial, and vulgar. You’ve been warned. But this novel takes a brilliant format of storytelling, ties in genealogy and time travel, and makes a story that will stick with you forever. All of his books end in a massive twist (Fight Club, anyone?), but this is my absolute favorite.

Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton

Okay, obviously this movie is THE BEST, but the book is EVEN BETTER. There’s hardcore science, brutal deaths, and dinosaur chase scenes so scary, you’ll be hiding beneath the covers. Crichton was a glorious writer, and this book adds a whole new dimension to the glorious 90s movie.

The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster

I studied this book in college, but it made me feel like a child again. It turns learning into a magical and whimsical adventure in the sweetest, endearing way. I can’t wait to gift this to the adorable babies in my life. It also has some amazing one liners; my favorite is “The most important reason for going from one place to another is to see what’s in between.”

What’s on your shelf?

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