Assigned Reading: The Ultimate Hipster Reading List

Now that it’s the end of the year, there are a million suggested reading lists out there — including a few from us. So with such an overwhelming array of choices, how’s an aspiring literary hipster to know which books are most important in terms of general knowing-it-all-ness? Like last year, we decided to go straight to the source, and to that end, we’ve collected a few of our favorite and most knowledgeable lit-hipsters’ own hit lists for your cred-building convenience. Click through and enjoy!

Keith Gessen, author of All the Sad Young Literary Men and founding editor of n+1.

Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
The Possibility of an Island by Michel Houellebecq
The Places In Between by Rory Stewart
Every Man in This Village Is a Liar by Megan Stack
Forever War by Dexter Filkins
Travels in Siberia by Ian Frazier
Freedom by Jonathan Franzen
The Possessed by Elif Batuman
The Ask by Sam Lipsyte
The Lost Books of the Odyssey by Zachary Mason
Losing My Cool by Thomas Chatterton Williams
And the Heart Says Whatever by Emily Gould

Read more about Keith’s selections, along with some additional picks, over at The Millions.