“It’s all about the individual - the power of the individual and how you can truly only help others by first knowing and taking care of yourself . . .” I’m sure I rambled on for some time, trying to phrase my speech convincingly.
“Her view on capitalism was about this as well - that true capitalism rests on the individual consumer . . . that they wouldn’t buy something unless it were worthy of their money, thereby helping out the seller through helping themselves.”
At a certain point he started smiling and nodding, and bursted out: “You’re an anarchist!”
I was too stunned to reply. “Aren’t you?” he encouraged. I looked away, searching for how I felt about the label. For some reason I felt myself swelling with pride.
“I don’t know . . . I guess I just believe only in the power of individuals.”
“YES! You’re an anarchist!” he stated it this time with more conviction.
This year, I decided to find out for sure though. In January, I resolved to create a themed booklist. I spent a few weeks thinking about what the theme should be, and this conversation inevitably recurred to me. I needed to know, for certain, that I fit in with this group of people. So, I created my 2016 booklist with the theme of anarchism.
Through some searching, I found some of the “highest praised” books with the themes of anarchism on such sites as GoodReads. I also threw in some books from the Buzzfeed list 27 Most Exciting Books Coming In 2016. I’ve always been in-tune with the classics, but I want to make an effort to read what contemporary authors are putting out there as well.
If you missed my review of The Dispossessed, you can find it here. This was the first book on the list I read, and I was not disappointed. I am also currently reading the Girl With A Dragon Tattoo series, which fits into this theme perfectly as well, and I also highly recommended reading those.
- The Dispossessed - Ursula K. Le Guin
- The Paper Menagerie - Ken Liu
- The Brothers Karamazov - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
- The Emperor of Lies - Steve Sem-Sandberg
- [sic] - Scott Kelly
- Lord of the Flies - William Golding
- Dogs of Orninica - Daniel Unedo
- 1984 - George Orwell
- WHAT OUR MOTHERS DIDN'T TELL US - Danielle Crittenden
- The Association of Small Bombs - Karan Mahajan
- Girl Through Glass - Sari Wilson
- Your Heart Is a Muscle the Size of a Fist - Sunil Yapa
- Blackass - A. Igoni Barrett
- What is not yours, is not yours - Helen Oyeyemi
- We Love You, Charlie Freeman - Kaitlyn Greenidge
Are there any books you would include in this list? Please share!