with a sprinkle of amour
The Girl at the Lion d'Or by Sebastian Faulks
The Collector by John Fowles
The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab
The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Brontë
The Broken Wings by Kahlil Gibran
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
with a dash of existential crisis
South of the Border, West of the Sun by Haruki Murakami
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
Notes from Underground by Fyodor Dostoevsky
Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh
Fish in Exile by Vi Khi Nao
No Longer Human by Osamu Dazai
with a pinch of dark academia
The Secret History by Donna Tartt
The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
Maurice by E. M. Forster
The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón
If We Were Villains by M.L. Rio
with a side of je ne sais quoi
Before the Coffee Gets Cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi
Death with Interruptions by José Saramago
Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke
Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong
Orlando by Virginia Woolf
After Dark by Haruki Murakami
Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami
God Of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
Autobiography of Red by Anne Carson
The Housekeeper and the Professor by Yōko Ogawa
The Woman in the Purple Skirt by Natsuko Imamura
If Cats Disappeared from the World by Genki Kawamura
under the covers, with a flashlight in your hands, in the middle of the night
Carmilla by Sheridan le Fanu
Dracula by Bram Stoker
Interview with a Vampire by Anne Rice
The Hole by Hye-Young Pyun
The Yellow Wall-Paper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
Frankenstein: The 1818 Text by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kiersten White
Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux
I’m Thinking of Ending Things by Iain Reid
Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
The Maidens by Alex Michaelides
The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
The Metamorphosis & Other Stories by Franz Kafka

The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller (if this one doesn’t make you fall head over heels with reading … *** also, don’t worry if you haven’t read “The Iliad”, Madeline Miller takes your hand and patiently walks you through every room, giving backstories for every character.)
The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab (I’m aware that this is a thick one, but trust me, you’ll fly through the pages. To me, it was quite fast-pace, yet had the right amount of depth to keep you emotionally invested. Are some aspects of this book problematic? Yup. Is it a textbook example of eurocentrism? Yes. But still I think it’s worth reading.)
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid (no words, love, no words)
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz (simply the sweetest book I’ve ever had the honor to read)
Before the Coffee Gets Cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi (reading this book smells like cinnamon buns and hot chocolate (or warm coffee)
Yolk by Mary H.K. Choi (filled with contemporary references, feels like that moment when you’ve slipped on something and are waiting for the fall which isn’t coming* and smells like early 20s struggles)
The Woman in the Purple Skirt by Natsuko Imamura (very strange, yet absolutely captivating)
The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka (okay, hear me out. I’m not just recommending this because I am biased and Kafka is the love of my life. I DO really think that this book is peculiarly interesting enough to keep you engaged and impactful enough to make you read Kafka’s other works)
The Secret History by Donna Tartt (it’s either love or hate with this one)
On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong ( Am I recommending this book because I am Tateve Simonyan and they are Ocean Vuong? Yes. Is it one of (if not the) most beautiful accumulation of words you’ll ever read? Yes.)
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky (I read this one at the age of 14 and remember not being able to put it down. Additionally, it’s filled with wonderful music recommendations.)
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley (need I say more?)
Perhaps you’d better start with short stories?

Men Without Women by Haruki Murakami
The Secret Lives of Church Ladies by Deesha Philyaw
A Manual for Cleaning Women by Lucia Berlin
People From My Neighbourhood by Hiromi Kawakami
Where the Wild Ladies Are by Aoko Matsuda
Or maybe you’d like some poetry books?

Crush by Richard Siken
War of the Foxes by Richard Siken
Night Sky with Exit Wounds by Ocean Vuong
Teaching My Mother How to Give Birth by Warsan Shire
Deaf Republic by Ilya Kaminsky
If I Don’t Know by Wendy Cope

books/short story reccs