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BEAT Book Club: Bully Select Their Top Reads

Books are amazing, reading makes you sexy and Bully are an awesome band – not just statements but definite facts.

We asked the Nashville trio – that’s Alicia, Reece and Clay – to share their recommendations for books you just gotta read (turns out they’re Haruki Murakami fans).

If you’re a Bully fan then head over here to take a look at the Polaroid pictures the band sent us from the recording and mixing sessions for their new album Losing.

Unlovable by Esther Pearl Watson

Unlovable is one of my top picks. It’s a hilarious comic book series that takes you through daily diary entries written by the main character “Tammy.” She’s awkward, messy, a little bit delusional and trying her best to get through high school in the 80s. The art is equally as hilarious as the subject matter and whether or not Tammy is talking about her shoulder pads, her best friend Kim, or showing her boob for chilli cheese fries it will definitely leave you laughing and feeling good (maybe even a little nostalgic?). Unlovable is a MUST READ!” – Alicia

Just Kids by Patti Smith

“Even people who don’t enjoy reading will fly through this book. Once you open it you really can’t put it down. Patti Smith taking you through her life as a young adult and her relationship with Robert Mapplethorpe in the late sixties and seventies is completely captivating. Every little detail I read in this book stuck with me and to this day is one of the most exciting books I’ve ever picked up. Just kids is a incredibly moving memoir by Patti Smith that everyone is bound to fall in love with one way or another.” – Alicia

Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World by Haruki Murakami

“One of my favorite books is Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World by Haruki Murakami. During the ‘Feels Like’ tour while sifting through a mess of personal changes, I picked this up at a bookstore in Lawrence, Kansas and finished it a week later. It holds a special place with me as the catalyst that brought me back to reading regularly. Told in the form of two connected narratives that twist towards one and other, it is a meditation on the conscious and unconscious mind through a dreamy science fiction lens. There are no proper names but the characters maintain a both visceral and melancholy humanity. I am a big fan of science fiction and magical realism. Hard-Boiled is a brilliant combination of both.” – Reece

1Q84 by Haruki Murakami

“Time had the power to cancel all charges wrought by human artifice, overwriting all new revisions with further revisions, returning the flow to its original course. A few minor facts might be changed, but Tengo would still be Tengo.” – Haruki Murakami 1Q84

“I’ve read just about every book that Murakami has put out and I’m always extremely excited when a new one comes out, thus making it difficult to choose a favorite. 1Q84 stands out to me because it’s such a dense novel with so many moving parts, but watching them fall into their place is one of the most rewarding things I’ve ever read. At it’s core this novel is a love story, but it also has its science fiction aspects to it that make it so much more than your average love story. It may not be the first Murakami book I would recommend to a first time reader of his work because to better understand the book you have to understand the world in which Murakami writes in, but it still remains my favorite of his novels.” – Clay