Books I Love

These are the books (or essays or short stories or stage plays) that changed me, with scenes or moments or sentences or words that burrowed themselves into my brain and created a lasting impact. They are listed here chronologically, in the order I read them (as memory serves). For more books I love, here are my Goodreads and Bookshop pages.

Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

Ramona the Brave by Beverly Cleary

The Ordinary Princess by M. M. Kaye

The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl

Our Snowman Had Olive Eyes by Charlotte Herman

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle

Blubber by Judy Blume

Needful Things by Stephen King

Even Cowgirls Get the Blues by Tom Robbins

The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros

Lolita by Vladamir Nabakov

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof by Tennessee Williams (stage play)

The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner

“Revelation” by Flannery O’Connor (short story)

What We Talk About When We Talk About Love by Raymond Carver

“Bullet in the Brain” by Tobias Wolff (short story, The New Yorker)

The Liar’s Club by Mary Karr

“Knoxville: Summer, 1915” by James Agee (and J.C. Hallman’s stunning critical analysis)

The Lover by Marguerite Duras

“White Horse” by Eliese Colette Goldbach (essay, Alaska Quarterly Review)

Father Comes Home from the Wars by Suzan-Lori Parks (stage play)

We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson

We the Animals by Justin Torres

“The Guardians” by Alexander Chee (essay)

The Collected Schizophrenias by Esme Wang

“Her Left Hand, The Darkness” by Alison Smith (essay, Granta)

“A Walk Inside the Epicenter” by Maria Terrone (essay, The Common)

When Women Were Birds by Terry Tempest Williams