GaGa, ooh la la!!
If I were to enter an alternate universe and actually have the chance to MEET LADY GAGA (*screams internally*), the inner book nerd in me would probably win out no more than five minutes into our conversation. And there are a few books in particular that I would make a point of bringing up, books that remind me of Lady Gaga’s kick-ass attitude, her artistic flair and personal style, and her dedication to self-empowerment and LGBTQ issues.
Check that list out below:
1. Feedback (Newsflesh Series #4) by Mira Grant
“People will always talk, so lets give them sumthin to talk about” (Lady Gaga).
The intrepid journals in this story definitely give people something to talk about–thrill-seeker Ash North, her girlfriend Audrey, her husband-for-green-card-purposes-only Ben, and their gender-fluid friend Mat work together to fight off zombies, uncover conspiracies, and cover the presidential campaign trail for Democratic candidate Susan Kilburn.
2. Lord Byron: The Major Works by Lord Byron
“When you make music or write or create, it’s really your job to have mind-blowing, irresponsible, condomless sex with whatever idea it is you’re writing about at the time” (Lady Gaga).
Is it just me, or would Lady Gaga and Lord Byron be total BFFs if they lived in the same time period? From their mutual flamboyance to their trailblazing perspectives on creativity, these two artists just seem to go hand in hand.
3. How to be a Woman by Caitlin Moran
“Don’t you ever let a soul in the world tell you that you can’t be exactly who you are” (Lady Gaga).
A New York Times bestseller, How to be a Woman is Moran’s hilarious take on modern femininity and feminism.
4. The Black Jewels Series by Anne Bishop
“I want women — and men — to feel empowered by a deeper and more psychotic part of themselves. The part they’re always trying desperately to hide. I want that to become something that they cherish” (Lady Gaga).
This book is all about those “psychotic” parts–the deliciously, insanely, wonderfully, scarily dark parts of ourselves that, once we choose to embrace them, make us stronger than we ever could have imagined.
5. Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
“I want the deepest, darkest, sickest parts of you that you are afraid to share with anyone because I love you that much” (Lady Gaga).
Eleanor and Park each have their own secrets, their own darknesses and insecurities, but with the help of 80s music, comic books, and a truckload of determination, they learn to share their dark secrets and accept the love that the other offers.
6. In the Land of Invisible Women by Qanta A. Ahmed
“And now, I’m just trying to change the world, one sequin at a time” (Lady Gaga).
Stunning, vibrant, and surprisingly tender, In the Land of Invisible Women is the story of what happened when Qanta Ahmed, a young British Muslim doctor, accepted a position in Saudi Arabia. She believed she would find adventure and excitement, but what she actually finds is the strength to recreate herself in a land where women are considered to be invisible.
7. The Shining by Stephen King
“They can’t scare me, if I scare them first” (Lady Gaga).
Given her recent stint on American Horror Story, I think Gaga would definitely enjoy (or at least appreciate) one of King’s most memorably horrific novels.
Do you agree with these suggestions? What books would YOU recommend for Lady Gaga? Share your thoughts below!
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