The Twenties Club’s Winter Reading List ’18


By God I’m proud of my reading efforts in 2018 thus far.

We both know that I read at such a slow pace it is borderline a health condition, and yet I’ve managed to read FOUR BOOKS since January! Who is she??!!!

(One of them was a book of poetry.)

Since the trend is my friend, I’ve compiled a list of all the books I hope to tick off my reading list this winter. Maybe you’ll find a new cover to search for in the bookstore this weekend.

Feel Free by Zadie Smith

One of the most beloved authors of our generation is back (!) with a brand new collection of essays (you know I’m a sucker for essays), that The Guardian has quoted as “darting from social media to Ella Fitzgerald, from the English seasons to Prince’s dancing.” I’m absolutely fizzing to read it.

Baby by Annaleese Jochems

My favourite bookstore, Time Out in Mt Eden, recommended this to me when I was buying a girlfriend a birthday present. This is Kiwi author Annaleese Jochems’ debut novel; a contemporary, murderous fiction set in the Bay Of Islands and described as “sexy, sinister and creepy.” I was allured by the fact that she wrote it when she was in her early twenties and it was met with a ton of praise when it was published last year. But I’ve also been told it’s “gross” and will make you squirm with particular scenes involving cold tinned spaghetti and tepid urine… So let me know if you read it and I’ll let you know if I get the courage to as well.

Can You Tolerate This? by Ashleigh Young

Ashleigh Young was already a critically acclaimed poet when she embarked on writing her first collection of essays, the prizewinning Can You Tolerate This?. The title of the book comes from the question chiropractors ask when testing a patients threshold for pain, and Good Read’s described Young’s personal stories as, “a self-portrait of an introspective yet widely curious young woman, the colorful, isolated community in which she comes of age, and the uneasy tensions – between safety and risk, love and solitude, the catharsis of grief and the ecstasy of creation – that define our lives.” I feel emotional already. 

The Vanity Fair Diaries by Tina Brown

The sizzling diaries of Tina Brown’s eight spectacular years as editor in chief of Vanity Fair, it’s a rather scandalous look at what New York and Hollywood was really like behind-the-scenes in the eighties. I was given this book for Christmas and it’s embarrassing that I still haven’t read it.

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

I heard Pandora and Dolly talking about this on The High Low podcast and the more they referenced it the more I felt like I should read it. Angie Thomas was inspired to write this book as a literary response to the ongoing battle against police brutality and systemic racism in America. The fiction novel follows a young girl who is drawn to activism after she witnesses the police-shooting of her unarmed friend. Cool side note: the title of the book is from a Tupac song.

Too Fat, Too Slutty, Too Loud by Anne Helen Peterson

Another book I heard about on The High Low! This book sounds so good. Anne Helen Peterson is a Buzzfeed culture writer and “celebrity gossip expert” (honestly, same) and her new book analyses the rise of female celebrities who are pushing the boundaries of what it means to be an “acceptable” woman, while also exploring why the public loves to love and loves to hate controversial celebrities.

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