Holidays Are Good for Reading

If the purpose of a vacation is to spend time away from the workplace and in the company of the people you love (and the neighborhood of a home) ), books are the first necessary accessory. No, you do not need your phone; you are already with everyone with whom you want to communicate. The only other thing you should keep on hand is probably food and alcohol. And socks. And a blanket. And maybe a mask. Perhaps the kind of book you like to read during the holidays is what you always read during the holidays: Harry Potter. This is acceptable, but when you start thinking that you need a break from the magical world, consider diversifying yourself. The years have been filled with good literature, and if you spend your whole life re-reading Harry Potter, you'll never end up with the endless list of "good books". Here are some of the best books I have read this year, old and new, as well as some of the recommendations of my well read colleagues. Drop the Order of the Phoenix (it's also my favorite) and pick up …

Eve Babitz is very funny. After wavering between Los Angeles and New York this year, for work, for fun and for love, his reading gives the impression of reading his own thoughts and I have not thought of writing for the moment. Which is funny considering that in one of the stories that make up Black Swans, she writes about that very feeling: "… and I was in love with her book, that I had the feeling of could have written myself. What is one of the problems with writing; people who love your writing already think they are you. In fact, she lives my life a little more glamorous than me, but I laughed all the time.

The problem with Joan Didion's work is that almost everything else is derisory in comparison. So you should read it, or just before Toni Morrison. Once you've devoured Didion's entire canon, from the White Album to The Panic in Needle Park, you'll be ready for this year of magical thinking. It's a book about grief, so it's not easy to read, but you can not stop until you're done. Cry if you want.

Of course, I liked "Dawn of the Dead" from 1978, as much as the next horror fanatic, but now, every rendition of the zombie apocalypse seems empty and exaggerated – an excuse for violence. But this one has been highly recommended by many savvy readers and I can understand why: it somehow captures the mood of the past year in an explicit and unobtrusive way. The zombie aspect, if that's the way to be called, is an afterthought. So the answer is yes, you should read this book.

A moving reading told from several different points of view. In the end, it 's about both what it means to be a Native American today and what it means to be oneself nowadays. It's not for nothing, it ended the year on the list of the best books of the 2018 edition of the Times – it gives the impression of watching a very good movie, and it is worth it.

When you take this one – and you should do it – what you may be willing to read is something that looks like a 21st century psychological sleeping beauty. But it's not so much a fairy tale as a representation of a banal dream brought about by fictitious drugs and written in crisp, clear language that begs the following question, according to Dwight's review Garner's Times, "Why get out of bed at all?" It's the holidays My answer is that you should not. The heroine of Moshfegh is apparently in agreement.

If you feel a theme, you're probably right. Swans lovers will also love bad behavior. In these stories, the general rhythm advances a little more slowly and, instead of Los Angeles, it is New York. You know how much New Yorkers like to read about New York. Love.

It's been a long time since a book made me cry with its pure literary genius, but this one did it and it now figures somewhere in my list of "Top 10 Books That Have Changed My Life Forever" ". You should read it before the beginning of 2019. Would you not start the New Year with an unchanged life?

-Anna Jube

Photographed by the author. All McNally Jackson's books.

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