WHAT BAD ASS FEMINISTS READ THIS YEAR: SAMANTHA IRBY
We LOVE top 10 lists, and top 100 lists, and Oprah's Favorite Things, and even lists of the worst things of the year. Lists are magic they usually bring a smile to our face, and remind us EVEN IN 2017 ... joy was had. We wanted to come up with our own list for this year and decided what we really want to know is what our favorite BAD ASS FEMINISTS read this year. So we'll be bringing you a list of books from some of our favorite women.
Today we're bringing you Samantha Irby. DEEP SIGH. We love Samantha so much it hurts to talk about it. Just know that I'm thinking of Samantha while typing with one hand while I clutch my chest and wiping back big fat tears of love with the other. She makes us laugh and cry in equal measure AND she wrote one of our favorite books of the year, We Are Never Meeting in Real Life. If you haven't read this book, we can't be friends. Seriously. It's over. Enjoy Samantha's list of favorite books she's read this year, what did you read and love this year? We'd love to hear from you!
okay so i read a lot of books, too many books to make me a good recommender of books because once i get started bitches are always like "ugh! i have a job!" or "ugh! i'm not made of money!" and i get that. so i decided to recommend some books that aren't YA or essays or written by men so that i could begin to narrow down the list a bit. just know that my actual 2017 best list is ten times as long as this.
by alissa nutting
this is a weird, absolutely hilarious story featuring an unhappy marriage, aging parents grappling with their mortality, our future robot overlords, hooking up with gross strangers, and imaginary dolphin sex. and yes, i said hilarious. i have bought it for at least a dozen copies to give to people.definitely at the top of my "omg you have to read this" list this year.
by jac jemc
i always want to get more into horror books but then as soon as i get into one i find myself wide awake in the middle of the night whimpering with the lights on, so this is the perfect story for a punk like me: creepy, ominous, unsettling, but without goblins sawing human limbs off with their teeth or anything gross like that.
by jesmyn ward
man, what a beautiful piece of writing. and i know you read "beautiful writing" and think FUCK THIS IS GONNA BE MAGICAL AND BORING but i promise you this one isn't. it's compulsively readable, even by an asshole like me who is easily distracted by whatever shiny object (read: television) crosses my path. it won the national book award this year, which i probably should have led with.
by jane harper
the truth is, i wish i could be the type of person who reads highbrow literary fiction all day and be satisfied. but i can't! give me all the john grishams! anyway, i love mysteries because they move quickly and you don't have to dig deep to understand them. i don't know exactly what it is about the dry but it hooked me from the first page and even though i don't know how to pronounce all of the australian words in my head goddamn i loved it. also it's like a step and a half up from your typical walgreens paperback mystery, so you don't have to be embarrassed when people catch you reading it on the train.
by c morgan bapst
i read this one so i could write about it for marie claire, right after my IRL book club read salvage the bones, and at first i was like "oh shit, can my broken heart stand another katrina book right now?" and duh the answer was NO because i'm a fucking mess but i read it anyway, and holy shit it was like a kick in the stomach. but the good kind. according to amazon i said "this is a spot-on examination of race and the tumult natural disasters leave in their wake." damn, that sounds pretty smart. JUST READ IT, OKAY?!
samantha irby writes a blog called bitches gotta eat