Looking back and trying to remember what books I loved in high school was not the easiest thing ever. I read… a LOT. Not as much as other bloggers, but I read enough that I have trouble keeping track of what I read and when. Thank goodness for sites like Goodreads!
High school, for me, was a very wonky and occasionally dark period. There was a lot of crap going on in my life during those four years… stuff that really shaped me and who I am today. I’ve always loved reading but I really feel like high school solidified reading as a comfort-crutch for me. Books were my escape, my drug of choice. This still applies today, but the addition of wine certainly helps!
Anyhow, these are the books that got me through high school hell:
I Was a Teenage Fairy – Francesca Lia Block
I remember seeing this book for the first time in the library and I picked it up based solely on the cover–something I’ve always done. The habit has led me astray on occasion, but this wasn’t one of those times. I was in love with Francesca Lia Block’s Mab. She was thorny, crude, but oh so enjoyable to read. This book spawned an ongoing love affair with Block’s books. I think I’ve read nearly all of them to date, but this is still my favorite.
Neverwhere – Neil Gaiman
Neverwhere was my introduction to Neil Gaiman and was recommended by a friend’s mother who just so happens to be a cool ass lady. I haven’t read it in years, but after having lived in London I probably should. The humor was fantastic and very British.
Armageddon Summer – Jane Yolen & Bruce Coville
I remember this book so vividly, but when I went to look for it for the life of me I couldn’t remember the title–just that the cover had black and orange on it. Yes. I was one of those people. Someone on Goodreads had the answer in less than an hour… I was impressed. I had a fascination with religion and cults there for a bit, so I’m sure this probably hit the spot during that phase.
Sabriel – Garth Nix
I. Loved. Sabriel. Strong female character? Check. Magic? Check. A vividly imagined world with memorable characters? Double check. I need to reread this… it’s been years. And you know what? Up until a few days ago while pulling together book covers for this post, I honestly didn’t realize it was a full blown series. I think I know what I’ll be taking with me for my long beach weekend in June!
The Princess Bride – William Goldman
The first time I read this may have been high school, but I’ve come back to it so many times since. It has everything: true love, humor, sword fights, giants, rodents of unusual size… what more could a reader ask for? I have three copies of this book–a well worn paperback (my first copy), a hardback and an ebook copy. To say I love this book is an understatement. And this is one of the few movies that I love just as much as the novel. Win win!
What books did you love as a teen? Leave me suggestions in the comments!