Okay, we all know reading is good for you. It does amazing things for your brainpower, it boosts creativity, and is a great way to stay busy on a long trip. But, not all books are created equal. Here is a list of fantastic books – many of them contemporary – that every millennial should read. There are classic books that didn’t make the list that you should obviously have read by now, like “Moby-Dick” along with “Pride and Prejudice,” as well as many other famous works of literature.
- “Against Interpretation and Other Essays” by Susan Sontag is an incredible collection of essays on topics ranging from Sartre to science fiction. It’s definitely fantastic to get a closer look at the intriguing and inspiring American writer, filmmaker, and activist.
- “Americanah” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. If it’s good enough for Beyoncé, it’s good enough for the rest of us, right? In all seriousness, Adichie, who happens to be Bey’s favorite author, is as prolific a storyteller as she is a feminist. “Americanah” is an important story that tackles race, womanhood, and culture in America, Africa, and Europe.
- “The Age of Innocence” by Edith Wharton is one of the most convincing love stories you’ll ever read. Set in the 1870s high society of New York, “The Age of Innocence” is a story that will suck you in.
- “Bad Behavior” by Mary Gaitskill is a collection of funny, sharp and erotically charged stories that will enthrall and terrify you. It’s got everything you always wanted to know about sex but was afraid to ask.
- “Boy, Snow, Bird” by Helen Oyeyemi. This riveting story is the latest from Oyeyemi, and is a wild retelling of Snow White that digs into race, class and the deepest kind of identity and takes a surprising look at the Evil Stepmother’s perspective.
- “Bossypants” by Tina Fey has been out for a while but it’s a classic memoir by one of the funniest ladies around.
What books are on your reading bucket list?
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