For a good portion of you, reading is quite fundamental. You don’t find it a tedious task to read over the lines in a book, whether it be a paperback, academia, memoirs, anthology, and so on.
We’ve come up with five books that will nurture and satisfy your need to read. (No pun intended.) Note that there is no favoritism when it comes to the order of the reading list, but we did put it into alphabetical order. If you feel as though we missed a book, or you would like to add a personal fave, let us know, and maybe we’ll just give you guys a reading list!
1. ‘Anansi Boys’
Creative, innovative, and very very long. Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman, give or take, is a tremendous story. As usual, Gaiman incorporates non-fictional storytelling to develop the characters that we start to love as we flip through the pages. For those of you who know if Neil Gaiman, must be familiar with American Gods, Sandman, or The Graveyard Book, which also did the same. Fat Charlie was living a boring life until things stirred up when his father recently died and learned that he had a brother, named Spider. Without giving too much information and possibly spoiling the book for you, this literary fiction is a great Summer read for someone who is looking for fun, adventure, action, and love lost/found.
2. ‘Animal Farm’
With all the corruption and systematic oppression taking the States by appalling, George Orwell’s allegorical novella Animal Farm just might be the book for you — despite its phantom presence in some high school English classrooms. In short (literally, this book is practically a train ride to Brooklyn from the Bronx), Animal Farm unapologetically speaks of mistreatment and oppression of the workers being extorted. The characters take form as farm animals, hence the title, but it’s much deeper than a tale to tell your offspring just from looking at the pig on the cover. If you’re in the mood for justice, overthrowing the oppressor, or exile, this is the book for you!
3. ‘Goodbye to All That: “Writers on Loving and Leaving New York”‘
Being a native of New York has its perks and its downfalls. For instance, we pretty much have the shittiest public transportation system in the United States, but then again, we have a diversified population. People from all over the world come to New York to create a better life for themselves, and that’s exactly what Goodbye to All That is about. This anthology was edited by Sari Botton, based on the essay by Joan Didion, ‘Goodbye to All That.’ The anthology is filled with non-fictional short stories and essays by writers who lived, or currently live, in New York. This book is strongly suggested to readers who are not originally from New York City, and pursue to be a writer — but not just a writer, this is also a good read for those who have a sweet spot for love lost and love found.
4. ‘The Opposite of Loneliness’
The Opposite of Loneliness is an anthology/memoir of fictional stories and essays written by Marina Keegan. Keegan was a scholar at Yale who lived a short life, but you will see after reading the book, how fulfilling her life really was and inspiring her words are. With an introduction by her professor from Yale, Anne Fadiman, you also get a sense of the type of person Keegan was before even diving into the first story. Her writings are timeless and relatable and can be translated through any culture. If you like to be inspired by the works of a young mind, this book is for you — and please carry a box of tissues.
5. ‘We Should All Be Feminists’
If you are or are not a feminist, you should read this 48-page essay. When you hear essay, you think of 8.5″ X 11.5″, but it’s really the size of your two index fingers and thumbs in a shape of a square. In other words, it’s significantly short. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s We Should All Be Feminists, tells the story of a woman (herself) who has experienced the harsh tone of being called a feminist, but instead of taking it as an insult, she makes it her identity. She defines what a feminist is and what it meant to her and those close to her as she was raised in Nigeria. This book is highly recommended, for all, because of the underlining issue of gender equality. It starts with us as children and because we are taught what seems to be the ‘norm,’ its really a pandemic issue to teach young boys and girls the difference in masculinity and femininity between intelligence and physicality.