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The Two Book Rule

My friend is much wiser than me. He, you see, brings at least two books with him every place he goes.

I sometimes bring a book, or my kindle, but sometimes I forget and I’ll just leave the house with myself, my keys, my wallet, and my cellphone.

Sometimes I get really, really bored.

He, on the other hand, always has two books with him to read, so he’s generally always got something to do if conversation slows down or if there’s a wait somewhere or something of the like.

The other day I asked him, out of curiosity, “friend, why do you always have two books with you? Why not just bring one?”

He gave the simplest, most elegant answer I could imagine, “Well, what would I do if I finished the first book and didn’t have the second book? Not read?”

So now, personally, I’m implementing a new rule that I’d like to share. I call it the two book rule. The rule is as follows:

Books that F*** With Your Mind

You know the feeling you get when you hit the last page of a book, and all you can think is “what the f**k just happened?” If you’re like me, you enjoy those books. Here are more books that will totally ‘eff’ with your mind:

 

House of Leaves, by Mark Z. Danielewski

You’ve probably heard of this book even if you’ve not read it because it’s a book people talk about. It’s one of those books (like a few others on this list), which, over the last three or four years can be described as ‘hip.’ I don’t know why; it just is. In summary, this book is about a family moves who into a house on Ash Tree Lane, and it doesn’t take long for them to realize their home is bigger on the inside than on the outside. This book is going to mess with your head.

 

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Some pages from inside House of Leaves. It’s rather frightening just by looking at it!
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A Clockwork Orange, by Anthony Burgess

Rumor has it the author wrote this book in two weeks. The narrator—a fifteen-year-old boy—tells the story in a sort of made up slang full of words you’ve never heard of, but after a few pages, you don’t even notice that the words are entirely invented, and you somehow understand everything he is saying. The novel explores the meaning of human freedom, and the difference between good and evil.

Books for Your Book Club

We all know New Years Resolutions are difficult to keep, but if you’re going to keep one of the many, you ought to keep the one in which you begin a book club or become a member of one. Books are fun in general, but they’re even more fun when you get to discuss them once a week or once a month with people reading the same book! Who didn’t love school discussions? Come on.

My Year of Meats by Ruth L. Ozeki

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A book about two different women in two different parts of the world, but of the same ethnicity, My Year of Meats will provide quite the outrageous discussion. This book is a great look into Asian American and Asian cultures, as well as into the meat producing industry. It will gross you out, it will make you cry, and it will make you laugh out loud. Bonus: if you like books packed full of sexual innuendos, you’re going to love it.

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

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Written in the form of a memoir of a woman called Offred, this book is almost a cautionary tale such as George Orwell’s 1984 was. Although it seems the world is run by men, it is a woman’s world. Women are the only people who can increase the population in a society where infertility is becoming increasingly an issue. Handmaids are women who reproduce for men whose wives are infertile. The book raises questions about issues such as human trafficking, discrimination, and basic human rights.