I have this same list written on a sheet of paper and stuck to the wall next to my study table. Basically, for books that aren’t author-specific, I have a few easy and flexible rules. I don’t mind old or new, but if the book is older than me, the writing shouldn’t reflect it. I like twisted. I like messed-up, graphic (with or without a prefix), you’ll-go-to-hell-for-this kinds of stories. But I also like an escape. I like Twilight and Harry Potter. I like funny, I like pop culture references. I don’t mind love stories, but I get really picky over romances and dramas. I don’t like World War I/II fiction of pretty much any genre, or stories about the Holocaust or the Jewish or Yiddish (my aplologies to Jonathan Safran Foer for that). I like books that make me think, but I don’t mind brainless as long as they’re not in the Chick Lit section (I got over that stage in middle school). I like authors with a distinct voice. I don’t care much for books about discrimination (of any kind) but I might like it, depending on the premise.

ETA: I need more classics and am interested in early 20th century, beatnik literature. Come at me!!


  • Fight Club
  • Invisible Monsters
  • Snuff
  • Lullaby
  • Choke
  • Survivor
  • Haunted
  • Rant
  • Pygmy
  • Diary
  • Stranger than Fiction


  • After Dark
  • Norwegian Wood
  • The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle
  • Kafka on the Shore
  • Birthday Stories
  • Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World
  • Dance Dance Dance
  • A Wild Sheep Chase
  • After the Quake

MEYER (basically the Twilight series)

  • Twilight
  • New Moon
  • Breaking Dawn
  • Eclipse


  • Trainspotting
  • Glue
  • Porno
  • The Bedroom Secrets of the Master Chiefs

some of these are recs, others are just.. well I’m browsing through Fully Booked and Powerbooks right now..

  • Bleed by Laurie Faria Stolarz
  • Winkie by Clifford Chase
  • Adverbs by Daniel Handler
  • The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
  • Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
  • Watchmen by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons
  • Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris
  • A Spot of Bother by Mark Haddon
  • Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
  • Atonement by Ian McEwan
  • Boomsday by Christopher Buckley
  • Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquéz
  • God is Dead by Ron Currie
  • Gone to the Crazies by Alison Weaver
  • Hospital by Toby Litt
  • Body and Blood by Michael Schiefelbein
  • Life of Pi by Yann Martel
  • Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha by Roddy Doyle
  • Siddartha by Herman Heese

RANDOM WRITER PEOPLES that i still have to shi stuff by

  • Ian McEwan
  • Dan Brown
  • Chuck Klosterman (nonfic)
  • Paulo Coelho (loved River Piedra, hates The Alchemist — should I read Brida?)
  • Kurt Vonnegut
  • William Shakespeare


  • Sophie Kinsella
  • Cecily von Ziegesar
  • Mitch Albom
  • anything more than 1000 pages long
  • inspirational novels
  • Nicholas Sparks


  1. FADE by Robert Cormier!!!!!!!!!!


  3. ALSO, this list is seriously lacking Fitzgerald, Ondaatje, Safran Foer, etc etc you probs know where I’m heading.

    And um, if your mind begins to wander or anything of the like, Kerouac is the perfect companion. If you feel like driving yourself a bit insane, or yearn for some form of insanity: Ginsberg’s “Howl” (though it’s a lengthy poem but still zomg worthy)

  4. i HATED everything is illuminated, and i tried reading hemingway once and i almost killed myself, craving for some palahniuk =/

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