As any voracious reader knows, there are so many books out there, it can be hard to choose just what to read next. So what could be better than a hand-picked recommendation from someone in the know? Every Wednesday the XOXOAD team likes to find out what some of its favorite authors are reading; today we’ve asked Taylor Bell, author of DIRTY RUSH, to tell us what she’s reading now!

Okay. So, XOXOAfterDark (full disclosure: love this site) asked me to write a little diddy about the shit I’ve been reading lately. Sorry, mom, for saying shit in the first sentence of this thing. My bad. Love you. But really, let’s get right into it ‘cause I don’t have much time. I’m actually going on a Tinder date tonight which is weird but it happens. You know who you are, everyone.

  1. ‘The Shining’ Stephen King I’m a big scary movie person. Huge even. I mean, I’m a small girl but I’m really into scary movies. You know what I’m saying. And lately I feel like the crop of horror movies I’ve seen haven’t really taken me to the pants-shittingly scared places I need to be to fully enjoy the experience. Maybe I’m also a thrill junkie? So, yeah. I’m currently reading something that I know will not only scare me, but also possibly scar Why you ask? I have no idea I tell you. It’s way worse than the movie in terms of wanting to die because you’re so terrified and the character are somehow even creepier. Happy reading.
  2. ‘The Blazing World’ Siri Hustvedt Just finished this insanely good book about an artist, Harriet Burden. After three years of watching her work ignored by the public and by critics, she does these experiments that she calls “Maskings.” Which is where she presents her own art behind three male masks (basically guys she hires who pretend to have created the works), concealing her female identity. It’s told journal style with interviews and magazine clippings so you meet all these mad, wonderful characters along the way. It’s fictional but it reads real as fuck. Loves it.
  3. ‘Can’t Lose’ A Friday Night Lights Fanzine One of my besties, Jane, knows that I love Friday Night Lights so much that she got me the most incredible fanzine about the show. There’s a Tim Riggins paper cut-out doll, a comic strip about Saracen, and a FNL themed poem. That is all.
  4. ‘Psychos’ Babe Walker I used to intern for this crazy bitch of a shitshow girl whom I love fiercely. Babe if you’re reading this (which I know you’re not because you’re probably napping), know that I meant every word of that. Psychos is her second book in the White Girl Problems series, but it’s my favorite. Sex, travel, drugs, and a shit load fashion which is so not my thing, but somehow Babe gets me to care about benefits of rose gold hardware on a black Proenza bag over silver.
  5. ‘Orlando’ Virginia Woolf This is a book I’d recommend to anyone at any time of year at any point in their life because I love it so dearly. It’s baaaaasically about the fluidity of life, sex, and gender and January is the perfect time to think about rebirth, am I wrong?