things i like

books

A list of things I feel are particularly special so I don't have to rack my brain every time I'm asked. 

FICTION
How To Set A Fire And Why by Jesse Ball
Jillian by Halle Butler
Did You Ever Have A Family? by Bill Clegg
The Art of Losing by Rebecca Connell
Universal Harvester by John Darnielle
Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier
Heroes of the Frontier by Dave Eggers
Days of Abandonment by Elena Ferrante
Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
The Raw Shark Texts by Steven Hall
My Best Friend's Exorcism by Grady Hendrix
We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson
Joyland by Stephen King
Nobody is Ever Missing by Catherine Lacey
Treasure Island!!! by Sara Levine
Tender by Belinda McKeon
In Case of Emergency by Courtney Moreno
An Evening of Long Goodbyes by Paul Murray
Skippy Dies by Paul Murray
The Secret History by Donna Tartt*
All My Puny Sorrows by Miriam Toews
Loner by Teddy Wayne

SHORT STORY COLLECTIONS
13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl by Mona Awad
American Housewife by Helen Ellis
McSweeney's 45: Hitchcock and Bradbury Fistfight in Heaven
Always Happy Hour by Mary Miller*

MIDDLE GRADE & YOUNG ADULT
Nest by Esther Ehrlich
Hidden Talents by David Lubar
the All The Wrong Questions series by Lemony Snicket*

GRAPHIC NOVELS
Was She Pretty? by Leanne Shapton
Supermutant Magic Academy by Jillian Tamaki*

NONFICTION
The Art of Waiting by Belle Boggs
The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2010
This is How by Augusten Burroughs
Columbine by Dave Cullen
The Selfishness of Others by Kristin Dombek
Women in Clothes by Heidi Julavits, Leanne Shapton, and Sheila Heti
The Red Parts by Maggie Nelson*
300 Arguments by Sarah Manguso

MEMOIRS & PERSONAL ESSAY COLLECTIONS
I Remember by Joe Brainard
I'll Tell You In Person by Chloe Caldwell
Smoke Gets In Your Eyes & Other Lessons from the Creamatory by Caitlin Doghry
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers*
I Can't Believe It's Not Better by Monica Heisey
My Salinger Year by Joanna Rakoff
Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
My Heart is an Idiot by Davy Rothbart
Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris
Land of Enchantment by Leigh Stein

BOOKS ABOUT WRITING & MAKING ART
Show Your Work! by Austin Kleon*
Bird By Bird by Anne Lamont
Scratch: Writers, Money, & the Art of Making a Living ed. by Manjula Martin
The Autobiographer's Handbook: The 826 National Guide to Writing Your Memoir ed. Jennifer Traig

BOOKS I DON'T QUITE KNOW HOW TO CATEGORIZE
Dept. of Speculation by Jenny Offill
Grief Is The Thing With Feathers by Max Porter*
Multiple Choice by Alejandro Zambra

podcasts

Cavern of Secrets (standout episode: #1: Tavi Gevinson)
FOUND (standout episode: # 3: Baby)
Homecoming (no standout episode because this is a scripted drama so you need to listen in order)
How To Be Amazing with Michael Ian Black (standout episode: #4: Bob Odenkirk)
Lore (standout episode: the one about the scary doll named Robert has haunted me for a over a year now)
Mystery Show (standout episode: this podcast is literally a perfect creation, listen to them all)*
The Sleeper Hit (no standout episode because I was on it [#24!] so I'm very biased)
The Wandering Wolf (standout episode: #68: Lorde)
WHY OH WHY (the only episode really worth listening to, honestly: #8: How Will I Know)

*If you forced me to to pick JUST ONE from each category that I think you should experience, I would get very annoyed with you before ultimately selecting these.