12. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green - I told a couple of friends that I wouldn’t read this book because I couldn’t handle what I knew would eventually happen. Turns out I read it anyway and of course found it to be actually cathartic. The writing is so superb that I’ve become a John Green fan along with the rest of you. Way to go internet for finally making me read this!
13. I’ll Never Get Out of This World Alive by Steve Earle - Yes, that Steve Earle. I didn’t even realize he wrote novels until I was browsing the library. The book was written as if one of his songs were stretched over a few miles of paper which is to say that I felt more like a listener than a reader.
14. Death Comes to Pemberly by P.D. James - A murder mystery set around Pride and Prejudice? P.D. James is now hero status. Soooooo good…. if you’re into that sort of thing.
15. Mr. Fox by Helen Oyeyemi - I took this recommendation from my friend Ryan and I’m glad I did because it was one of the most original books I’ve read in awhile. The only thing I wish I had done was read the inside cover first because I was a little confused about 80 pages in. But no fretting here! Turns out that I have a new writer to learn about an look forward to.
16. Smut by Alan Bennett - A couple of short stories about the other side of people. There is so much in this small book that it felt almost like it had to be hidden. But no! It’s fun to read on the subway.
17. Columbine by Dave Cullen - I was a freshmen in high school when it happened and even then I don’t think I grasped everything I should have regarding Columbine. This book puts every detail into perspective and attempts to answer why this even happened in the first place. It’s truly some of the finest writing I’ve encountered that doesn’t play to sympathy, but instead gives the reader what they need by simply telling the truth. I found this book via The Hairpin.