For some it is the hardest day of the week, for others it is the easiest. Nonetheless, we need something GOOD. We need to start the week off on a positive note. We need something to motivate us to do the absolute most to start the week. So Sluts, I give you You by Caroline Kepnes. Joe, you have my attention, but what the fuck? A heart-pounding thriller with dashes of well-intentioned psychosis. Who TRULY knows how the hell to feel on a Monday, so nothing better than a book to mirror this. A perfect way to start a week.
Hell yeah we survived the first day of the working week. Get comfortable folks, we are gonna be here for 4 more days before we can let loose. Jobs pile up, the need to go to the gym is there, we don’t resist, we need those endorphins. But we want something DISTRACTING. So Sluts, I give you My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Otessa Moshfegh. We’ve all dreamed of being able to commit a year of our life to sleeping, but this will probably convince you otherwise and distract you from the most mundane elements of what a Tuesday has to offer.
It’s hump day. We mark the half-way point of the conventional working week. Things are going okay, despite routine being well… routine, we can’t complain. But we need a little umph to keep us going, something light, but not too light, something a little sexy and something with a fun bookish spin that we wouldn’t be able to not love. So sluts, I give you Girl on the Page by John Purcell. Dive into the world of a well known, promiscuous editor who is given the near impossible task of getting a book written by an award-winning woman who has already spent her entire advance. If Amy can get it done, so can you!
Thursday is dreamy, we are so close to the weekend we can almost taste the wine. It’s time to be transported somewhere dreamy, but not too far beyond our realms of reality, like PLEASE, it’s not Saturday yet. Something real, but not TOO real. So Sluts, I give you The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller. Let yourself be captivated by Patroclus’ life of exile where he finds himself in the shadow of Achilles. That is until Achilles takes Patroclus under his wing and together they form a relationship like no other. You will be whisked away to Greece in the age of heroes and have your heart aching for two boys in love. Let yourself soak up the wonderful writing and fall into a time of sword fights and beautiful boys in love.
Friday, I’m in love. But not too in love, I know this feeling won’t last. We need something vicious, it’s been a long week and we want something that will have us soaring into the weekend and also raging at the week that was. So Sluts, I give you, Normal People by Sally Rooney. A love affair never truly ends and never truly starts, perfect for Friday.
The weekend is finally here. Now, I know weekends vary as they come, so I will offer two options today, depending on your choice of activities. Planning on curling up and not leaving your bed bar for food and to relieve yourself? Well Sluts, I give you Purity by Jonathan Franzen. Be swept up in the world of Pip and why she and those around her are the way they are. Do you have a big Saturday planned? Brunch, prep and party? If you want something that is going to send you out of this world, I give you Annihilation by Jeff Vandermeer. Area X is a disaster zone that no one has been able to explain for thirty years. Eleven expeditions of varying people, from varying professions and backgrounds have been sent to investigate, all facing bitter and mystifying ends. Now, it is time for the twelfth expedition to embark into the complete unknown. This book will have you tripping balls, in more ways than one.
Sunday funday, whether that means activities out and about or another day huddled in bed before the impending doom of another Monday there is only one book, in my opinion, that screams perfect relaxing Sunday, The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt. Be swept up in the world of Theo and take it with you as a companion as you launch into another big week.