Tired of reading the same recommended books from the usual sources? Just think of our weekly What We’re Reading column as your non-committal book club with FADER and some of your favorite bands. For this installment, CoCo O and Robin Hannibal of Quadron share their recent guilty pleasure and introspective reads.
I travel quite a bit these days and since its hard for me to concentrate on books when I’m flying, I’ve become addicted to gossip magazines, my guilty pleasure. I try to limit the damage and only allow myself to buy them in airports, but I LOVE catching up with the Kardashians, Brangelina and all the other celebs. Even though I don’t always know who some of these celebs are, I find myself very curious to know what they eat, where they drink and who they date. Its like my LA guidebook, haha!
The Infinite Plan
by Isabel Allende
When I do get time to read real books, I am a big fan of Isabel Allende. I have read most of her books, and love her romantic supernatural universe. My mom gave me one her books called The Infinite Plan. She praised it to the sky and was very eager for me to read it. It’s about a guy growing up in LA in the ’70s and it is an amazing description of what the city was like back then. I am super excited to get into it but I have been trying for almost 2 years now—I keep falling asleep somewhere in the first 20 pages. My plan is now to have my boyfriend read it to me when I get some vacation time.
Current Affairs and Investigative Articles
I’m a big reader of magazines. The level of quality and writing in some of the traditional magazines, like Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair and Esquire is very inspiring and makes for a great read. They are also easy to carry around when traveling and easy to dispose of. I really like the articles on current national affairs. It brings me up to speed with what’s going on in the United States, as it interests me since this is where I now reside. I’ve kind of lost tabs on what’s going on back in Denmark politically, because now I’m on the other side of the globe. I feel it’s important to stay updated and informed about the situation of the country you live in.
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking
by Susan Cain
This was recommended to me by my girlfriend. I haven’t started reading it, but I’m very intrigued and have heard great things about it from several different people. I would say that I’m a bit of an introvert, so I’m looking forward to learning what power it is that I posses.