3. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

UGH. LENNIE. LENNIE SMALL I LOVE YOU FOREVER.

Nothing makes me quite feel like I’ve vomited up my sobbing heart quite like this book. This book is e m o t i o n a l. It breaks your heart in ways you did not know were possible. John Steinbeck is a genius.

If you and your close friend who are not related are looking to read a book (this is a very adorable scenario that I hope happens in real life, as opposed to communal tinder-swiping sessions) this is it. One of its most redeeming and touching themes is family. Of Mice and Men teaches us that sometimes we can choose our family, and sometimes the hardest thing to do is to do what is best for them.

“I got you to look after me, and you got me to look after you, and that’s
why.”

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