Summer Reading List: PART 1

This is what I thought of my yearly English Teacher every time she forced us to READ over the summer from a list of books that looked lamer than…. something super lame.. Yea parents, like I’m super psyched to now be allowed to read from the bigger kids book list. I’ve been waiting all thru elementary school for this. BARF. 

 
BUT…


Lucky for you, I have put together a summer reading list of all of my favorite books so you can maybe actually read a book that doesn’t suck and also look smart on the subway and will be well on your way to not end up a literary retard with no taste.

 If some one has ever asked you what their favorite book is and they’re like.. “uhhh DaVinci Code?” You should red flag them immediately and be sure they have issues.  They need this list more than anyone. Anyone who thinks that the Da Vinci Code, Angels and Demons or any other of the crack laced mystery disasters Dan Brown shoved in our unsuspecting faces is legit their favorite book needs serious counseling and then should prob go back to special school.

Or i should round them all up and they can all live together on a deserted Dan Brown island where they can entertain each other by discussing how all the books are essentially the same and the only reason they can actually stomach reading them at all is the short chapters.. There might be some other ppl on that island who also suffer from embarrassing summer reads such as the girl who set fire to a dragon.. or kicked a bees nest or whatever that series was.

1. A Confederacy of Dunces- John Kennedy Toole

Dude who wrote this amazing book killed himself soon after he wrote this. Such a travesty because, while sometimes the characters are annoying as shit, this book is one of the funniest, amazing books i[‘ve ever read.

The book did win a pulitzer but I think it was after the author jumped to his death. God Dammit. imagine all the other wonderful books John Toole could have written.

 
My friend literally couldn’t finish it because she was so annoyed by the main character..who disdains commercialism and modernity and is like obsessed w/ the middle ages and lives w/ his mother in somesort of demented pretend world he devises. Luckily I didn’t have to stop reading the book bc of this character and actually thought he was fucking hillarious and Toole was a genius for thinking him up.. 
 

ANYWAY, THIS Book prob isn’t for you if you want something a little lighter and get easily annoyed by obnoxious people.. but if you can get by that and see the deep rooted humor this book is verging on 100% genius.


2. Edie: An American Girl- Jean Stein and George Pimpleton

This is the biography of my girl. Here is what the New York Times said:

 

The story of Edie Sedgwick, aristocratic socialite turned pop superstar, is not simply the story of one girl’s tragic loss of innocence or one family’s decline and disarray. It is also the story of what happened to this country during the 1960’s and the consequences of those years when the past was disavowed and replaced by a hectic new gospel of sensuality and outrage – those years when it seemed like everything to be young and beautiful and free.


3. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn – Betty Smith

Honestly this book is really only on this list bc at the time i read it it was the longest book i had ever read and therefore it was super exciting and I was really proud of my accomplishment. 

Now I doubt it couldn’t keep my interest very long now. It is very “Angela’s Ashes-esque” which isn’t really my style. I don’t need to hear about how Irish ppl were oppressed and had drunken fathers and lived on a nickel a week. Go to the ghetto. Then pls write me an interesting relevant books. 

To keep this short and sweet this book is abt a poor Irish fam living in Brooklyn in the early 1910s and Critics like it.. THE END. 

4. Middle Sex- Jeffery Eugenides



THIS is one of my favorite books of all time of all time. I know I’ll probably say that about most books in this list but this book really is possibly my #1. 

Incest and hermaphrodites only touch the tip of the awesomeness iceberg that is this book. It follows a family thru generations of generations all the way from civil war times in old time Greece to bootlegging in like Minnesota to 1960s haight ashbury. I also like it because it is long as fuck but not boring at all and Jeffrey Eugenides put in serious work to make the book historically accurate so you learn shit too!

Seriously just read it. you’ll be smarter and a better person when youre done.





5. Valley of the Dolls- Jacqueline Susann 

Okay, I’m going to kinda eat my words here bc this might possibly be put into the beachtime reads category and my feelings for it might send me to the embarassing book island i mentioned earlier.. I’m mildly ashamed that I love it so much.. but whatever. I can’t help it! I mean, look at my ex boyfriends. I can’t help what I love!

The first time i read it i WAS on the beach and at every new thing that happened I would gasp and tell all my girls who were lying out w/ me abt everything that was going on.. much to their annoyance….

This is like literally the literary version of a soap opera.. with pills and New York and fashion and money and unrequitted love and decit, fake tits, bisexualism… like everything good. You will be less bored than you would be reading a fucking cosmo w. this book.

6. Lolita- Nabokov
 TThis book is way way too deep and complex to explain in a few sentences but its a must read for any one who wants to claim they know anything abt classic literature. (which is why I initially read it. because i must be a snob about everything.. ) 
 
 I’ve heard it been called the most beautiful and tragic love story ever to incestuous child pornography that should be banned. Basically it is about a middle aged professor who falls in love with his tenant’s pre-pubescent daughter who is a little.. well, Lolita. A serious tease who owns it and is a little brat/bitch/badass. 
 
So then the drama starts: the tenant ends up marrying Lo’s mom just to be close to Lo, kills her (arguably) , steals lo, ends up fucking her, they start a relationship and eventually.. well its a tragic love story.. i can’t tell you everything. 🙂
 
There is a super awesome dramtic ending and is fairly tragic bc inreality no one gives a fuck about the heartbroken tenant… welcometo the real world! Stanley Cooper also made a movie that I love pretty much equally.. So maybe just check that out depending on the laziness of your summer. 
 


 
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