To sit down and read a good book is quite an understated luxury these days. While some of us are more preoccupied with the Internet and the world that we are living in right now, it’s not that easy to take an afternoon off to read a book. Every now and again though, it’s nice to transport ourselves away from the everyday routine and escape to a fiction land where we could take in an environment far from our own, and learn a thing or two about life. Which is why, we have listed five of the most important books to read right now!
Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham
For the TV show GIRLS’ fans, this book by its creator and actor is the one book that has been widely anticipated. Described as a book about a young girl telling other young girls what she as ‘learned’, the book is filled with misguided words of wisdom (or lack thereof) that are true to Lena’s aesthetics. “This book contains stories about wonderful nights with terrible boys and terrible days with wonderful friends, about ambition and the two existential crises I had before the age of twenty. About fashion and its many discontents,” said Lena herself.
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Yes, Please by Amy Poehler
Following in the footsteps of best friend and fellow funny girl Tina Fey, Amy Poehler has decided to brighten our days with her semi-memoir entitled ‘Yes, Please’; and we can only thank our lucky stars for it! Filling the book with charming and hilarious anecdotes on sex, love, friendship, and parenthood with biting, yet wise voice of Amy’s that we have all come to know and love; this book is surely packed with words to live by.
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Texts From Jane Eyre by Mallory Ortberg
Growing up, reading Jane Austen books has been one of our favorite guilty pleasures. Living in this century, though, we can’t help but wonder how those characters from the Jane Austen books would survive the modern era. This was certainly what author Mallory Ortberg hilariously portrayed in this collection of imagined text conversations – the passive-aggressive, the clever, and the strange from classic and modern literary figures, from Scarlett O’Hara to Jessica Wakefield. Texts from Jane Eyre is a witty and cheeky mashup that brings the characters from your favorite books into the twenty-first century.
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Women in Clothes by Sheila Heti, Heidi Julavits, Leanne Shapton
Unlike any other book, Women in Clothes is essentially a book of conversation among hundreds of women of all nationalities; from famous, anonymous, single, married, young, old; on the subject of clothing, and how every single thing that we put on every day define and shape our lives. It’s a book that has been said is for ‘every woman who ever get dressed’ - which means: all of us!
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The Secret History of Wonder Woman by Jill Lepore
Wonder Woman, created in 1941, is the most popular female superhero of all time. Aside from Superman and Batman, no superhero has lasted as long or commanded so vast and wildly passionate a following. Like every other superhero, Wonder Woman has a secret identity. Unlike every other superhero, she has also has a secret history. Harvard University historian and New Yorker staff writer Jill Lepore has revealed an astonishing chunk of documents, including the never-before-seen private papers of William Moulton Marston, Wonder Woman’s creator. Linking the Wonder Woman history with modern feminism, this one is certainly one of the most important books to read as a woman in today’s society!