One thing I get asked a lot, is ‘What are you reading?’ Maybe this is just because most people can’t be bothered think of anything else interesting to ask me in an awkward social situation, but it’s a question that has it’s merits if the asker is willing to actually consider the reply.
So here’s my list of books that have the ability to, and just might change your life…if you let them…according to me. (In no particular order)
1. The Reader, by Bernhard Schlink, 1995. (There is a movie, yes…but I read it first and the books is excellent. I’m all for questioning social convention and bending the laws of attraction and love)
2. 1984, by George Orwell, 1949. (Clever guy…that George)
3. MANIC, a Memoir by Terri Cheney, 2009. (If you’re a person who lives in your head, the idea of it being compromised is scary. This is what happens, and is explained in the kind of detail only someone who has gone through years of mental illness can depict)
4. The Celestine Prophecy, by James Redfield, 1993. (But you can’t take it too seriously…cuz that’s just weird)
5. The Greatest Show On Earth, by Richard Dawkins, 2009. (Anything by him is worth a read and have a mind that likes science)
6. The Vampire Chronicles, by Anne Rice, 1976-1988. (Ideally the first three, they will turn you into a romantic, at least they did for me)
7. Running With Scissors, by Augusten Burroughs, 2002. (So funny, and not exactly your typical childhood but it makes the drudgery of life a little more fun)
8. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, by Hunter S. Thompson, 1972. (The American Dream in action…not for everyone)
9. Life on the Air, by Sir David Attenborough, 2009. (It’s a trip around the world from the comfort of your living room)
10. The Story of O, by Pauline Reage (Real name, Anne Desclos), 1954. OR Justine, by the Marquis de Sade, 1791. (Both are classic French erotic novels that bend the limits of good society. I can’t stress this one enough, NOT FOR EVERYONE, or at least anyone younger than 18.)
I guess by ‘now-a-days’ I clearly didn’t mean recently published. But these are a few good ones to get started with. But reading, as with anything, enjoyment relies on personal taste. If public school English has taught me anything, it’s that being forced to read something you are not interested in, is nearly equivalent to Chinese water torture. So find yourself a trend, and just go with it. If society doesn’t agree, hide it behind something considerably less interesting like “Smart Couples Finish Rich” or “The Bible” if you’re going for quiet irony. Also, nothing says “Don’t talk to me” like a big hard cover Bible in your hand! Oh, and ebooks are also excellent concealers of inappropriate literature.
So that’s my entire compilation… my mixed tape of literature just for you. Happy Valentines Day, sorry there aren’t any flowers.
-Miss Hailey Jane