Need 2 Read: Wednesday Book Column

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Every Wednesday, Culture Clash will feature a few must-reads across different genres. Dive in with a good book. (Illustration by Kathy Hagedorn)

Kate Haggard

Asking For It by Louise O'Neill (Kate Haggard/The Sundial)
Asking For It by Louise O’Neill (Kate Haggard/The Sundial)

Title: Asking For It

Author: Louise O’Neill

Pages: 346

Price: $9.99-$10.74

Related reads: Louise O’Neill’s “Only Ever Yours”; Mona Awad’s “13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl”

For fans of emotional reads that make you hold your breath, check out “Asking For It” by Louise O’Neill. Written in first person, O’Neill draws on subjects like victim blaming, sexual consent, depression and social media, the one place where an embarrassing event lasts forever. The main character is 18-year-old Emma O’Donovan who seems to have her whole life aligned. Until one night she goes to a party. The next morning, she wakes up on her front porch and doesn’t remember anything. All she knows is that she’s in physical pain. This story travels through the events of that night and how Emma finds out what happened, not through memory, but of pictures that are scattered on social media. It’s a great read that will leave you emotionally raw and cautious about what lands on the internet.


"The Gangster" by Clive Cussler and Justin Scott (Kate Haggard/The Sundial)
“The Gangster” by Clive Cussler and Justin Scott (Kate Haggard/The Sundial)

Title: The Gangster

Author: Clive Cussler, Justin Scott

Genre: Mystery, Adventure

Pages: 387

Price: $11.17-$19.83

Related Reads: Clive Cussler’s “The Assassin” James Patterson and Mark Sullivan’s “Private Paris”

For fans of Sherlock Holmes, here comes a new detective for you to follow! It’s 1906 and detective Isaac Bell is back in this ninth novel written by Clive Cussler. The adventure takes place in New York City when the Black Hands, a group of criminals, began terrorizing businesses and other individuals. Eventually they begin killing anyone that gets in their way. Cue the hiring of detective Isaac Bell. There’s a plot to assassinate President Teddy Rosevelt, an illegal profit from the Panama Canal Treaty, and Antonio Branco, the ruthless villain. Although it is the ninth book in the Isaac Bell series, each book is written as a standalone and readers can jump into any book without having to read the rest of the series. Check out Cussler’s other books to follow along with Isaac Bell!


"Why The Long Joke?" by James Thomas (Kate Haggard/The Sundial)
“Why The Long Joke?” by James Thomas (Kate Haggard/The Sundial)

Title: Why the Long Joke?

Author: James Thomas

Genre: Humor

Pages: 320

Price: $10.99-$16.99

Related Reads: Richard Benson’s “F in Exams: Complete Failure Edition”

For those that are struggling to get back into a
routine after Spring Break, dive into this light and hilarious read by James
Thomas. It’s not a traditional book. There are poems, stories, diagrams,
cartoons and, wait for it…jokes! What better way to get through the rest of the
semester than pulling out this book when you’re feeling stressed out and your
brain feels like mush? This is a great way to experience reading if you aren’t
looking for a bunch of boring text and will definitely help you get through the
last few weeks of school or a long day of work.