i'm home with my parents for a couple weeks before school starts back up, so i'm scouring my old bookshelf and finding some ~treasures~ from my past :) take these as recommendations, or just take it as me rambling, but i wanted to document my findings somewhere lol
anya's ghost by vera brogsol: a beautifully illustrated graphic novel about a girl who falls down a well and comes out of it with… a ghost friend!! wow, a ghost friend. sounds kinda scary, right? ahaha just kidding… unless?
the god box by alex sanchez: i actually fully can't remember if the writing in this book was good or not, but it's about a gay boy in a small texas town coming to terms with his sexuality and searching for a way to reconcile it with his christianity, and though i'm not religious anymore, it meant a lot to me growing up as a young bisexual christian
the dark net by jamie bartlett: i read this one in tenth grade, and like, yeah, it feels a little ironic to be reading a hard copy book bout the dark web, but it was a informative and compelling introduction for someone who knew absolutely nothing about that underworld at the time.
behind the beautiful forevers by katherine boo: sort of a hands-on account of the rapid industrialization and wealth inequality of mumbai; boo is a journalist who spent an immersive 3 years in a mumbai undercity and she's actually sharing the stories of its residents instead of just being like i'm a western journalist i know Everything and it's so rich and gut-wrenching and deftly written. i read this one in 11th grade i think?
arcadia by tom stoppard: not a book it's a play, but guys please read tom stoppard's arcadia. i have trauma surrounding the period of time when i was engaging w/ it as a text so it's hard to read without being triggered but it's so so good please read it for me and enjoy it in a way i no longer can