A month or so ago I was thinking about how so few people read anymore. When's the last time you were having a conversation with someone and they said "I just finished this book and…" or "I'm reading this book about -something-, you should totally check it out it's blowing my mind."? That doesn't happen all that often and it's a shame. It's funny that it's so easy to think that no one reads anymore though, because you're reading this right now, and most of us are reading facebook, twitter, instagram, buzzfeed, snippets of this and that and half baked opinion articles all day long. We as a culture probably read more now than we did 15 years ago but it seems like no one can read anything longer than 500 words. I also thought about how the high school I went to didn't assign me any classics of modern literature, and instead had me read and analyze at least four different Shakespeare plays. Like how is that relevant? And how the hell did I have the gaul to blame my literary ignorance on my HIGH SCHOOL? That was over ten years ago, how lazy of me.
So I made a "summer reading list".
So far I've read Lord of the Rings by Tolkien and Animal Farm by Orwell (which I killed in a day). Currently I'm reading The Feminine Mystique by Betty Friedman, which sadly isn't as dated as it should be considering it's about a woman's place in our culture and was written over 50 years ago. It's pretty amusing to read a book about feminism and then knit though, because very few people realize you can be a feminist and also like cooking dinner, baking cookies and knitting. Feminism shouldn't be the other F word like it seems to be. Next up I have 1984 by Orwell and Cannery Row by Steinbeck.
I've added books I have always wanted to read or thought I should have read, and asked a few friends for their must reads, too. Now I'm asking what are your must reads? Throw some love down in the comments and we'll all know what the next books we want to read will be, I'd love to know what books you'd recommend!
So guys, I just finished reading Animal Farm, you should totally check it out because it blew my mind...