Banksy's Book Report is where I give no-BS book reviews of what's been on my nightstand lately - complete with bonus food and beverage pairings! Please feel free to tell me I'm wrong/crazy/dumb/genius, as well as throw your book recommendations my way.

Special edition - books from high school I re-read. Will they stand the test of time better than an episode of Laguna Beach? Let's find out.  

Banksy's Book Report

Jane Eyre / Charlotte Brontë

The deal: Jane Eyre is a plain lil' lady who goes from mistreated orphan to charity teacher to governess. In the meantime, she falls crazy in love with a brooding meanie bozo.  

Is it worth it?: If this is your first time through, yes. If not, honestly I'm not so sure. I used to love the Brontë sisters, but the last 100 pages of this felt like a major slog to me. I wish I would have just watched the most recent movie adaptation with Michael Fassbender.

Pairs well with: Rain, burnt porridge, cold water, toast, unrequited love.

Things Fall Apart / Chinua Achebe

The deal: Okonkwo is a "strong man" in his village in Nigeria. Then he falls from grace. Drama ensues.

Is it worth it?: For sure. It's a super quick read, and the deceptively simple way it's written leaves a lot of room to let the darkness resonate. Would recommend.

Pairs well with: Yams, yams, and more yams. Maybe a side of palm wine.

The Handmaid's Tale / Margaret Atwood

The deal: A dystopian future that somehow makes the Puritans look like a bunch of 90's club kids. The protagonist, Offred, pulls back the curtain on her daily mundanity cut with vivid snippets of what she's lost. Spoiler alert: all of the good stuff is gone.

Is it worth it?: Yes. This is my favorite book of all time. OF ALL TIME. Seriously though, if you are a lady or any person living in this world, you should read this. 

Pairs well with: Canned pears, a single cigarette, your voter registration paperwork.

The Giver / Lois Lowry

The deal: More dystopian futures. This one centers on Jonah, who lives in a colorless world of blind contentment. 

Is it worth it?: Definitely. I last read this is middle school, and it hit me considerably harder this time. It was also a lot more sexual than I remembered.

Pairs well with: Gratefulness that "flavor" of any kind exists in our world.