What To Read Next: Let's Read A Bossed Up Book

If ye ask ye shall receive: let's start our book club off with a bossed up, femme fatale, gettin' it done main character.
Publish date:
July 26, 2015
books, summer reading, xobookclub, xoBooks, Boss Bitches

Holy hell, I love you all. A hundred hundred thanks for all your suggestions in the last What To Read Next roundup. I love books, I love you, and I love bad bitches, so let's pick a book featuring one of the baddest of them all and do this book club thing for real.

So, let's pick a book to read for the next few weeks -- how long do we collectively need? Three weeks? Two? Let me know in the comments! -- and then get back together and talk about it. In the meantime, here are three suggestions for books we could all read together. Here's how we'll do it:

I'll post each of these titles in the comments. Upvote the book you want to read OR make your own suggestions and upvote each other's suggestions. At the end of the week, I'll announce the winner in this thread and we can get to reading!

Check them out, cast your vote in the comments, and get bossed up.

Pain, Parties, Work: Sylvia Plath in New York, Summer 1953 by Elizabeth Winder

This biography of Sylvia Plath's time as an editor at Mademoiselle magazine has been languishing on my desk for a while. The fact that she was a glossy magazine editor AND the author of "Lady Lazarus," kind of rocks my world.

If you've read any of Plath's poetry or journals, you already know how incredible her intellect is. I've been meaning to dive into her life for a while. Take the plunge with me (or not).

Proof by David Auburn

This is not a novel. This is a PLAY (ballin!).

This is a play that won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 2001. (It also a movie starring pre-GOOP Gwyneth Paltrow -- she's more likable this way -- Anthony Hopkins, and Jake Gyllenhaal.)

Proof makes this list because the main character is a mathematical genius who cares for her mathematical genius father while his mind decays. Even though it's a quick read, I've only read bits and pieces of Proof and every bit and piece was gorgeous. So, if you're a fan of boss bitches in STEM fields, upvote this one.

Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn

I have a confession to make: I. Loved. Gone Girl. I loved the book. I loved the movie. I watched/read it twice. I started Sharp Objects and while the murder mystery female-driven plot drew me in, I was disappointed by the lack of sociopathic cool girls so I ditched it and reread Gone Girl again.

Still, this novel intrigued me from the start and I could potentially fall in love with psych-ward attendee, troubled but diligent reporter Camille Preaker as much I loved Amazing Amy.

Are You Entertained?!

Feel free not to answer that. I needed a conclusion header and have been letting Gladiator play in the background while I putter around the apartment and try and keep the Bean cool. And so, in conclusion:

Tell me what boss bitch book you'd like to read, how much time we should take to read it, and what you'd like to read next. We'll communicate via upvotes and I'll announce the chosen book in this thread at the end of the week!

And by the by, #ICYMI, here are some of the sexy book recommendations (for sexy grownups) you all shared in the last What To Read Next article: