The books on this list earned their place based almost solely on the number of times I’m willing to re-read them. I can like or even love a book and not want to revisit it for years or ever again at all. I’ve read all the books listed here at least three times, some I’ve read 10 times, and I know I’ll read them again.
Everything Is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer
This book made me feel really deeply. I loved the writing style from the get-go and find the way Safran Foer writes this story about one man's search for the Ukrainian woman that saved his grandfather almost like fantasy is really compelling. I’ve found his work and his voice hugely inspiring.
The Weight of Silence by Catherine Therese
Okay, it’s on several of my lists, but generally what defines an all-time favorite book for me is the number of times I’ve read it, how many times I have to go back to it. I read it three times within the first year that I found it. There’s always something more to discover and I always find more of myself when I do.
Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling
I don’t know that I need to talk much about this set… I’m generally not a huge fantasy or YA person (only a very choice few epics pull me in), but I read the whole series through once a year and have since I was a kid. It’s like book comfort food.
Night by Elie Wiesel
It’s a small and mighty account of one man’s experience during The Holocaust. But it’s an account that is so impactful I’ve returned again and again to find the truth in its pages.
Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim by David Sedaris
It’s hard to pick which one of Sedaris’ books of essays is my favorite, but this one has to be it. He’s more than witty, he’s hilarious and thoughtful and can tell a story that makes me laugh til my belly aches while including a moral that isn’t cheesy. I saw him read this at an event and in addition to his signature on the front page, he drew “an ugly witch because that’s the opposite of you.” Flattery will get you everywhere, Mr. Sedaris.