The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath is one of my favorite books. I’m a big Plath girl and I could read this book over and over again as well as her poetry. There’s something a bit spooky about reading any of Plath’s work because we all know what happened to her in the end. It makes me wonder if when people read her work when she was still alive, if they saw the same fate or passed it off as nothing?

Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler is one of the most heart-wrenching books I’ve ever read. It’s uncomfortable, endearing, funny, and sad all at the same time. I read this book in high school, again in college, and once more about a year ago. It’s a sad story, so prepare your heart.

I’m just going to have a basic biotch moment here and say I love John Green. Love him. Love his writing. Love his books. My favorites are The Fault in Our Stars, Looking for Alaska, Will Grayson, Will Grayson, and Paper Towns. The stories are so easy to relate to and give a great escape to the terrible world around us by being thrown into another.

Please Don’t Go Before I Get Better by Madisen Kuhn is a beautiful book of poems. These pieces are very raw and very real. I appreciate Kuhn’s approach to her work and if you follow her on social media, you can see it’s not a facade. She puts her whole self out there and there’s something to be said about that. Follow here on Instagram at @madisenkuhn.

The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak is a book that I think everyone read in high school and if you didn’t – go ahead and do that now. I remember reading this book and being so obsessed with how Death uses color to describe the situations throughout the book. It’s a captivating story that will quite literally tear your heart a part.

The Slight Edge by Jeff Olson – this should be a given since my entire existence of success revolves around this book and I’ve written multiple blogs about it. This book got me to Jacksonville and I’m forever grateful to the ladies who pushed me to read it and to pursue my dreams.

The Absolute True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie is an incredible story. The forward is by the aforementioned Marcus Zusak, so you already know it’s going to be amazing. If you’re wanting a raw look into the trials of modern-day prejudices facing teens – this is your read.

Pillow Thoughts I, II, and III are beautifully written poetry books by Courtney Peppernell. They describe her relationships, heartaches, and feelings towards her partner. Her Instagram aesthetic is on point and 10/10 should give her a follow: @courtneypeppernell. The second book, Healing the Heart, is my favorite of the three. I read this after a tragedy in my life and refer back to it often when I feel sad or just need a lift of spirits.