It is never truly summertime until I have 1) managed to get margarita-drunk on a weekday in celebration of absolutely nothing other than the weather, 2) accumulated both forehead and boob sweat within 5 seconds of being on the 1 train and 3) compiled my summer reading list.
Alas, it is now officially summer as I have completed all three impressive-I-know tasks.
Reading has always been a favorite pastime of mine. A truly cathartic activity, certain books have inadvertently given me perspective on different aspects of my life at different times – not to mention, the required suspension of disbelief provides for some nice right-brained exercise. And most importantly, it makes me feel better about all the other unproductive shit I take part in on a daily basis while giving me some $10 vocab words to almost always improperly insert into casual conversation in an attempt at genius (“A” for effort, though, amirite?)
Anyway, here’s a list of some classics that I’ve conjured up for this summer:
A Dystopian Novel to Keep My Anxiety Mounting: Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury
A Love Story with Big Words: Emma, Jane Austen
A ‘To Read in Your 20’s’: On The Road, Jack Kerouac
Mo’fckin Feminism: A room of One’s Own, Virginia Woolf
So I Can Intelligently Join the Next Cocktail Party Discussion: Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy
A High School Re-read, since-forgotten or previously only spark-noted: To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Le
If you’re having difficulty narrowing down your summer reading list, have no fear. You can outsource your indecision to the Pandora-like http://whatshouldireadnext.com where recommendations are provided based off the book title you input into their system.
Or, if you’re looking for something more specific/want to make sure you have a variety of different books on deck, I like http://www.openingthebook.com/whichbook/. This site enables you to combine and weight different characteristics of a book (from the plot to the mood of the writing).
And, naturally, you can never go wrong with the lists over at www.goodreads.com