5 Smokin’ Books to Celebrate 4/20

As a token of our appreciation for our wonderful readers, we wanted to give you some spaced out books to read this holiday season regardless of if you partake in the festivities. These books will fire up your creativity and spark that epiphany some of the more bookish smokers are looking for. Enjoy responsibly.


1. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson


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Hear me out. This drug induced trip will mix fact and fiction and soon you’ll be as gonzo as Dr. Gonzo himself. This book gives an alternative lifestyle of people trying to live their American Dream. Who knows, you may find yourself along the way.

“We’d be fools not to ride this strange torpedo all the way out to the end.”


2. Go the F**k to Sleep by Adam Mansbach, illustrated by Ricardo Cortés


Although some of you may want to go on a creative journey, some of y’all would rather spend your time indica-couch. For these dreamers, a nice picture book would do just the trick. And hey, it doesn’t hurt that it’s funny. We recommend the dramatic reading by none other than Samuel L. Jackson himself.


3. The Scratch & Sniff Book of Weed by Seth Matlins, Eve Epstein, illustrated by Ann Pickard

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For those of you who are looking for a learning experience, you can go from not knowing the difference between Grape Ape and Purple Haze, to being able to identify a strain by smell alone. Get Canna-busy with this masterpiece!


4. Nights at the Circus by Angela Carter

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This crazy surrealist 80s novel will take you on a trip with Sophie Fevvers, a winged woman who soars away from her life to joins the traveling circus. Carter plays with the classic fairy tale genre to create a postfeminist work of magical realism. Oof. That’s quite a lot to ingest! But I guarantee you won’t regret this kooky adventure. I recommend you get lost in the craziness.


5. Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman

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I just read this for class and let me tell you that Whitman was definitely on something when he wrote it. His unhinged poetry embodies freedom, just like his whacky use of the “I,” transcending, person, and body, and place. Side note isn’t he handsome?

I believe in you my soul, the other I am must not abase itself to you,
And you must not be abased to the other.
Loafe with me on the grass

He’s literally talking about hanging out with his soul on the grass. It doesn’t get much more trippy than that!


A child said What is the grass? fetching it to me with full hands;
How could I answer the child? I do not know what it is any more than he.


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