1. Sophie Kinsella
At Least Read: Finding Audrey, I’ve Got Your Number, Twenties Girl
2. J. K. Rowling
If you haven’t read the Harry Potter series, we have problems
3. Sue Limb
A. L. Read: Girl, 15, Charming but Insane (It’s a series, not to get you hooked or anything)
4. Meg Cabot
A. L. Read: The Mediator Series, Size 12 is Not Fat
5. Jane Austen
A. L. Read: Persuasion
NEVER READ: Mansfield Park. Ever.
6. Rainbow Rowell (I know. It’s hard to feel dignified when one of your favorite author’s first name is Rainbow. Ugh.)
A. L. Read: Attachments, Fangirl
7. J. R. R. Tolkein
A. L. Read: Lord of the Rings (Currently, I’m reading the Silmarillion and it’s honestly the most beautiful thing I’ve ever read in my entire life.
8. Marina Keegan
YOU MUST READ: The Opposite of Loneliness, it’s the greatest thing ever. Make sure you read the introduction and the afterward as well. It will change you.
9. John Donne
A. L. Read: The Apparition, Batter My Heart Three-Person’d God
10. William Shakespeare
Don’t be afraid of him! Read Macbeth and Much Ado about Nothing and Midsummer Night’s Dream.
More importantly, watch the plays! They were meant to be seen! Joss Whedon’s Much Ado about Nothing is beautiful. Kenneth Branagh’s version of the same play is gold. What 10 Things I Hate About You and She’s the Man based off of Taming of the Shrew and Twelfth Night respectively. Go! Do! Shakespeare isn’t meant to be stuffy and only for the scholars. it’s super relatable and oftentimes down right funny. Be daring! I believe in you!