It’s Tuesday and The Broke and the Bookish TTT is back from vacation!
August 22: Back To School Freebie: anything “back to school” related like 10 favorite books I read in school, books I think should be required reading, Required Reading For All Fantasy Fans, required reading for every college freshman, Books to Pair With Classics or Books To Complement A History Lesson, books that would be on my classroom shelf if I were a teacher, etc.
I like freebies! My choice will of course be “books I think should be required reading”, cause, you know, I like to tell people what they should do. As I selected the books, they kind of organized themselves into two sections: non-fiction and fiction – 5 of each.
- Let’s start off easily, with this 64- page book based on Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s TED talk; We Should All Be Feminists. The radical notion that we’re all equal human beings! (I also read that this book was going to be handed out in high schools in… Finland? Sweden? Something like that.)
- Then we can move on to becoming depressed about the world as a whole, by reading This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate by Naomi Klein.
- Congo: the Epic History of a People by David Van Reybrouck.
- As I always do, let’s throw in a Swedish book. Kroppspanik: fett, lögner och sjukt onödig ångest by Julia Skott. (Translated title… er… Body panic: fat, lies, and insanely unnecessary anxiety. Roughly? Lisa – feel free to help 😛 ) I like to think that I’m pretty.. you know… aware. But it appears I still needed to read this book, about BMI (bullshit) and how people look at and treat fat people.
- More history: 1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus by Charles C. Mann.
So, that was the serious stuff. Now let’s move on to the more fictional part of this list:
- On a brighter note, some nice, short poems, to get people into poetry. Nayyirah Waheed’s salt.
- I like my zombie books as much as the next person, so here’s one of those (a non-series one): The Girl With All The Gifts by M. R. Carey.
- Dystopia! Space odyssey! Sciency stuff! Seveneves. It appears I can’t make a list without putting Neal Stephenson in it.
- Kill the Boy Band by Goldy Moldavsky.
- The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams. I still remember who recommended this to me, and when (we’re talking 1994; classmate Daniel – who, btw, has only given it 4 stars on goodreads!).