Reading is Fundamental

I was skimming the NYTime’s series My Bookshelf, Myself and started making a list of things to read. Even though there are a lot of books all over my apartment. They’re on coffee tables, book shelves, ottomans, the floor, on a feature wall in my apartment designed to showcase my favourite things..

I’m a reader. When I was 2, I wanted to be like my big sister (who is 5 years older)…and do everything she does. She sat me down with her and taught me how to read…Winnie the Pooh was her favourite and it was my first series.

I can’t date a man who doesn’t read. I’m a snob that way. You have to read books. Articles. Journals. Something more that a twitter feed or I will judge you. One guy proudly told me that he hadn’t read a book since he left high school…25 years earlier.



I think once I start dating again, I’ll ask a man for his Top 10 books before the first date. Otherwise what will be the point?

It was fucking hard…but here are mine:



  1. Giovanni’s Room –James Baldwin
  2. Go Tell it on the Mountain – James Baldwin
  3. The Robber Bride – Margaret Atwood
  4. The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
  5. Nine Stories – J.D. Salinger
  6. Trading Up – Candace Bushnell
  7. The Empress of the Last Days – Jane Stevenson
  8. A Wrinkle in Time – Madeline L’Engle
  9. The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe – C.S. Lewis
  10. Rush Home Road – Lori Lansens

Yours? (I may judge you…and go ahead for judging my Candace Bushnell choice…I choose my choice!)

*This list could’ve been all James Baldwin really…but I wanted to mix it up.
*My Favourite Salinger story is “A Perfect Day for Bananafish” 
*The Empress of the Last Days is the third part of a trilogy…so don’t start there
*Rush Home Road was a book I finished in less than a day…I devoured it. I love it that much.
*Chronicles of Narnia >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Harry Potter. Don’t @ me.



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