Core Books —

the books I will always love

Addicted/Calloway Sisters (Series) by Krista & Becca Ritchie

“In the end, it was not a boy who helped me. It was my sister.”

Krista & Becca Ritchie’s Official Site

The Shadowhunter Chronicles by Cassandra Clare

“Love is not always a lightning bolt. Sometimes it is a creeping vine. It grows slowly until suddenly it is all that there is in the world.”

Cassandra Clare’s Official Site

Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn

“A child weaned on poison considers harm a comfort.”


Written in the Stars by Alexandria Bellefleur

“There was no word that existed in the English language that meant the opposite of lonely. Some came closer than others, but nothing did justice to the feeling of someone looking into your eyes and connecting with you on a soul-deep level.”


Normal People by Sally Rooney

“She has never believed herself fit to be loved by any person. But now she has a new life, of which this is the first moment, and even after many years have passed she will still think: Yes, that was it, the beginning of my life.”


Caraval by Stephanie Garber

“The future knows what things we desire, unless there is something greater in our path that chases us away.”


The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab

“Because time is cruel to all, and crueler still to artists. Because visions weakens, and voices wither, and talent fades.... Because happiness is brief, and history is lasting, and in the end... everyone wants to be remembered.”


The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

“That life - whatever else it is - is short. That fate is cruel but maybe not random. That Nature (meaning Death) always wins but that doesn’t mean we have to bow and grovel to it. That maybe even if we’re not always so glad to be here, it’s our task to immerse ourselves anyway: wade straight through it, right through the cesspool, while keeping eyes and hearts open. And in the midst of our dying, as we rise from the organic and sink back ignominiously into the organic, it is a glory and a privilege to love what Death doesn’t touch.”


Alone with You in the Ether by Olivie Blake

“I am more addicted to the thought of your name on my tongue than I am to any other form of vice.”


Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

“The future, she thought, could not be predicted, and the shpae of things could not be divined. To think otherwise was absurd. But they were young that morning, and they could cling to hope. Hope that the world could be remade, kinder and sweeter.”


The Fever by Megan Abbott

“Bad things happen and then they’re over, but where do they go?”


The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones

“For them, ten years ago, that's another lifetime. For you, it's yesterday.”