31 of my Favorite Books | Megan at the Nerd Nest

My intention for my One Little Word, FINISH, is to finish the current draft of my novel manuscript. It’s been in a drawer for months, which is an important editing step if you want to be able to look at your work with fresh eyes. And I’m going to be honest: there’s not much to salvage. I’ve been working through some of the problems the book has in my head for the past six months, and what’s in my head barely represents what’s on paper anymore. This means that the final product will be better, but it also means that I in no way shape or form will have a finished draft by the end of the month.

So instead of finishing, I’m restarting. And that’s just fine. But I’m also giving myself a side assignment while I work, which is to re-read some of my favorite books. I’m taking notes as I go, and I’m going to write short (private) essays about each of them. I feel like these authors are the best company as I try to work out the kind of writer I want to be.

Here are all of the books currently on my nightstand:

To Kill a Mockingbird (April 2013)

Go Tell It on the Mountain (June 2013)

East of Eden (June 2013)

Harry Potter (December 2014 / January 2015)

Let the Right One In (May 2013)

Othello (August 2014)

The Hunger Games

His Dark Materials (November 2014)

The Lovely Bones (October 2013)

White Oleander (March 2014)

The Night Trilogy

House of Leaves (October 2014)

The Road

The Perks of Being a Wallflower (April 2013)


A Game of Thrones (August 2013)

One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich (June 2014)

The Giver (August 2014)

Slaughterhouse-Five (July 2013)

High Fidelity (September 2013)

About a Boy


The Great Gatsby (May 2013 / May 2014)

Fight Club (July 2014)

The Metamorphosis (October 2013)

The Miracle Life of Edgar Mint

A Clockwork Orange (May 2014)

American Psycho (October 2013)

Girl (April 2013)

At the Gates of the Animal Kingdom (August 2013)

Flight (March 2014)

White Teeth (April 2014)

I have no idea how long this is going to take, but I know I’ll be in good company. What are your favorites?

Edited: For shame! Looking through my books without thinking made me forget some of my VERY favorites. Among these, my absolute favorite book, The Little Prince. I also didn’t include a few favorites that I have no intention of rereading right now, such as The Lord of the Rings (December 2014) .

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