So, we’ve all got new lists of New Year’s Resolutions. Among the most ambitious of us, we strive to go beyond, to reinvent ourselves — to be healthier, more organised, more sociable.
We kid, but this 2020, why not loosen your inhibitions and fall into temptation?
Be the most authentic you: embrace your flaws with this list of 7 bad habits you can pick up and put to good use.
1. Take some loooooong naps.
The protagonist of this book has a radical new idea to change her life: in an attempt to cut herself off from the anxieties and difficulties of the modern world, she’s going to snooze away an entire year of her life. Wonder how it went for her?
This book, full of weird plots and satirical characters, is a lesson on the protective wonders of apathy.
2. Get on a diet… made of chocolate.
Life is short. There’s only a very limited amount of time we’re put on this planet, and yet we pretend that if we eat healthy, somehow that makes that time more worthwhile. Yet, there’s something very life-affirming about saying ‘yes’ to dessert.
With inventions like a chocolate river, marshmallow pillows, and Whipple Scrumptious Fudgemallow Delight Chocolate, who cares about sticking to a diet?
3. Hustle hard for money.
Get lost in the jungle of greed and corruption in Hiaasen’s comically overblown South Florida. Between the boats and the beaches, cops, con artists, and career politicians tangle in a vice-filled playland where crime pays and the law looks the other way.
Anyone can stand to rake in the dough, if they’re bold enough to play the game of greed.
4. Cultivate a massive ego.
Some things never get old. Like your habit of taking 1000+ selfies when there’s good lighting. Or like your cursed portrait that records every single vice you partake in. Set the tone for your narcissism with some flowery Victorian prose and flout some restrictive moral codes!
They say pride cometh before the fall, but we say why not, when you’re the fairest of them all?
5. Make some questionable dating choices.
The protagonist of this nautical novel has just been dumped, but she’s taken the phrase “there’s plenty of fish in the ocean” a little too literally when she hangs out in a Los Angeles beach to recuperate her broken heart and write her thesis.
When you’re in love with love, you’re bound to run into some fishy situations, so why not have some fun and dive into the deep end?
6. Get some adrenaline going.
Or work out your aggression with a cult classic book about repressed masculinity in a hyper-material consumer-driven world. Tyler Durden remains one of the most charismatic and noxious fictional characters in recent pop-culture memory. The book is filled with quotable lines that made it a hit, and they still pack a punch 20 years after its initial run.
7. Indulge In Your FOMO.
‘Looking’ is the basis of jealousy — looking, but not touching, not belonging, and not having. If you’re ready to explore the darkness in your heart and to unearth your deepest insecurities, this book will sweep you into the narrator’s spiral of madness and decay as she stalks her successful celebrity neighbours from the shadows.
2020 is the year we own our FOMO. We can’t help but want what others have, but if you’re done with trying to look put-together on the outside, let your jealous streak run wide.
Good luck accomplishing your 2020 goals with these wicked books!
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