10 Books That Make Me Feel Happy

Recently, I was asked to compile a list of “10 favorite books” for a friend. This question always excites me, then flatters me, then panics me. Oh! You want to talk about books! then You’re asking me for book recommendations? then Crap. How can I choose? What books do you like? This one might be inappropriate or too poetic or too . . . But, then I remember, the list, really, has nothing to do with me.

Here is a list of books that a) taught me and b) brought happiness into my life. The list will change next week and she may only read one of them, but for now, here is a list I’ve compiled for my friend in this moment: