When Kaia Gerber gifted the internet with an episode of her book club with special guest Emily Ratajkowski, it is safe to say you all loved it. Since then, the model has continued the social media series, posting regularly on Instagram. Today, Gerber announced the latest instalment of her book club was focusing in on 2018 novel Severance, a satirical science fiction novel by the Chinese-American author Ling Ma.

Geber has long been a fan of reading as revealed to GRAZIA in 2020. “Honestly, my perfect day is just relaxing and reading. I read a lot,” she told GRAZIA’s contributing beauty editor Emily Algar. “It’s one of the things I force myself to sit down for – no distractions.”

In partnership with New York-based store, McNally Jackson Books, the 19-year-old shared a number of her much-loved books via Instagram stories in the lead up to her next (virtual) meeting. And to make it easy for you, we’ve listed them below to buy online or wherever you get your e-books (we love the newly-launched service, Scribd).

REALITY IS NOT WHAT IT SEEMS BY CARLO ROVELLI

“What are time and space made of? Where does matter come from? And what exactly is reality? Scientist Carlo Rovelli has spent his life exploring these questions and pushing the boundaries of what we know. Here he explains how our image of the world has changed throughout centuries. From Aristotle to Albert Einstein, Michael Faraday to the Higgs boson, he takes us on a wondrous journey to show us that beyond our ever-changing idea of reality is a whole new world that has yet to be discovered.”

BRIGHT LIGHTS BIG CITY BY JAY mcinerney

“With the publication of Bright Lights, Big City in 1984, Jay McInerney became a literary sensation, heralded as the voice of a generation. The novel follows a young man, living in Manhattan as if he owned it, through nightclubs, fashion shows, editorial offices, and loft parties as he attempts to outstrip mortality and the recurring approach of dawn. With nothing but goodwill, controlled substances, and wit to sustain him in this anti-quest, he runs until he reaches his reckoning point, where he is forced to acknowledge loss and, possibly, to rediscover his better instincts. This remarkable novel of youth and New York remains one of the most beloved, imitated, and iconic novels in America.”

THE UNBEARABLE LIGHTNESS OF BEING BY Milan Kundera

“In The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Milan Kundera tells the story of a young woman in love with a man torn between his love for her and his incorrigible womanizing and one of his mistresses and her humbly faithful lover. This magnificent novel juxtaposes geographically distant places, brilliant and playful reflections, and a variety of styles, to take its place as perhaps the major achievement of one of the world’s truly great writers.”

ILLUMINATIONS BY Arthur Rimbaud

“The prose poems of the great French Symbolist, Arthur Rimbaud (1854-1891), have acquired enormous prestige among readers everywhere and have been a revolutionary influence on poetry in the twentieth century. They are offered here both in their original texts and in superb English translations by Louise Varèse.”

SLOUCHING TOWARDS BETHLEHEM BY JOAN DIDION

“It focuses on such subjects as John Wayne and Howard Hughes, growing up a girl in California, ruminating on the nature of good and evil in a Death Valley motel room, and, especially, the essence of San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury, the heart of the counterculture.”

SONGS OF INNOCENCE AND of EXPERIENCE BY WILLIAM BLAKE

“Blake’s work is instantly recognisable by its flamboyance and inventiveness. This gorgeous edition contains stunning reproductions of the fifty-four plates of the poems and illustrations together, which Blake etched himself and coloured by hand. Each has the poem printed on the facing page. Whilst Songs of Innocence captures the innocence of childhood, Songs of Experience is its contrary sequel.”

BLOOD AND GUTS IN HIGH SCHOOL BY KATHY ACKER

“A masterpiece of surrealist fiction, steeped in controversy upon its first publication in 1984, Blood and Guts in High School is the book that established Kathy Acker as the preeminent voice of post-punk feminism. With 2017 marking the 70th anniversary of her birth, as well as the 10th year since her death this transgressive work of philosophical, political, and sexual insight–with a new introduction by Chris Kraus–continues to become more relevant than ever before.”

HOWL AND OTHER POEMS BY ALLEN GINSBERG

“Allen Ginsberg’s Howl and Other Poems was originally published by City Lights Books in the Fall of 1956. Subsequently seized by U.S. customs and the San Francisco police, it was the subject of a long court trial at which a series of poets and professors persuaded the court that the book was not obscene.”

A HAPPY DEATH BY ALBERT camus

“In his first novel, A Happy Death, written when he was in his early twenties and retrieved from his private papers following his death in I960, Albert Camus laid the foundation for The Stranger, focusing in both works on an Algerian clerk who kills a man in cold blood. But he also revealed himself to an extent that he never would in his later fiction. For if A Happy Death is the study of a rule-bound being shattering the fetters of his existence, it is also a remarkably candid portrait of its author as a young man.”

LABYRINTHS: selected stories & other writings by Jorge BORGES

“The groundbreaking trans-genre work of Argentinian writer Jorge Luis Borges (1899-1986) has been insinuating itself into the structure, stance, and very breath of world literature for well over half a century. Multi-layered, self-referential, elusive, and allusive writing is now frequently labeled Borgesian. Umberto Eco’s international bestseller, The Name of the Rose, is, on one level, an elaborate improvisation on Borges’ fiction “The Library,” which American readers first encountered in the original 1962 New Directions publication of Labyrinths.”

The SYMPOSIUM BY plato

“In his celebrated masterpiece, Symposium, Plato imagines a high-society dinner-party in Athens in 416 BC. The guests–including the comic poet Aristophanes and Plato’s mentor Socrates–each deliver a short speech in praise of love. The sequence of dazzling speeches culminates in Socrates’ famous account of the views of Diotima, a prophetess who taught him that love is our means of trying to attain goodness, and a brilliant sketch of Socrates himself by a drunken Alcibiades, the most popular and notorious Athenian of the time. Engaging the reader on every page, this new translation conveys the power, humor, and pathos of Plato’s creation and is complemented by full explanatory notes and an illuminating introduction.”

THE PROPHET BY KAHLIL GIBRAN

“In Kahlil Gibran’s inspirational masterpiece-the most famous work of spiritual fiction of the twentieth century-a prophet named Almustafa is about to board a ship to travel back to his homeland after twelve years in exile when he’s stopped by a group of people who ask him to share his wisdom before he leaves. In twenty-eight poetic essays, he does so, offering profound and timeless insights on many aspects of life, including love, pain, friendship, family, beauty, religion, joy, sorrow, and death.”

I LOVE DICK BY CHRIS KRAUS

“Blurring the lines of fiction, essay and memoir, Chris Kraus’s novel was a literary sensation when it was first published in 1997. Widely considered to be the most important feminist novel of the past two decades, I Love Dick is still essential reading; as relevant, fierce and funny as ever.”

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