The Lisa Simpson Book Club

If Lisa Simpson is wrong, then we don’t want to be right!

If you’re familiar with The Simpsons, then you know that Lisa Simpson is the brains of the bunch—with an IQ of 159, the eight-year-old is nothing short of brilliant with a heart of gold to match. Between her social activism and humanitarian efforts, the feminist icon is constantly reading the densest works of literature that far exceed the expectations of the average second grader.

We could all take a page from Lisa Simpson’s book. Better yet, we could all read the pages of Lisa Simpson’s favorite books by becoming a part of The Lisa Simpson Book Club. All of the titles Lisa reads on the show have been compiled into a list that’s been surging across the internet.


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Who needs to pack a lunch when Sylvia Plath can feed you instead?

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

Ghost World by Daniel Clowes

Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton

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The Adventures of Tintin series was one of the most popular European comics of the 20th century, so of course Lisa Simpson is reading it. She’s chic, clever, and cultured!

The Adventures of Tintin by Hergé

Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren

Master Of The Senate: The Years of Lyndon Johnson by Robert Caro

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We have a feeling that Lisa and Hermione would be best gal pals in another life—unless they both end up having a crush on Ron Weasley.

Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling

The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan

The Baby-Sitters Club by Ann M. Martin

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“Solitude never hurt anyone. Emily Dickinson lived alone, and she wrote some of the most beautiful poetry the world has ever known… then went crazy as a loon.”

The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson by Emily Dickinson

The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich by William L. Shirer

Grimm’s Complete Fairy Tales

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Reading, writing, and computing a statistical strategy to win a baseball game…what can’t this girl do?

Moneyball by Michael Lewis

The work of Gore Vidal

A Separate Peace by John Knowles

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There’s nothing like trying to soothe a beached whale with the poetry of Walt Whitman. Emerson would be so proud.

Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman

The work of Joyce Carol Oates

Robert Pinsky Poems


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We know what she’s thinking: doesn’t he mean, “Woman and Superwoman”?

Man and Superman by George Bernard Shaw

Jane Austen: The complete Novels


The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen

If we had to choose one Simpson to be on our side, there’s no doubt we’d choose Lisa Simpson. She’s an eloquent orator, an independent thinker, and an all-around bastion of social justice. After almost thirty years on screen, Lisa continues to serve as the show’s moral center and voice of reason. While the Simpsons may have experienced many changes since its inception, the one thing that remains constant is Lisa’s love of reading.  If reading is knowledge, and knowledge is power, then can’t we just vote for Lisa Simpson in the next election?

All images via The Lisa Simpson Book Club. Feature image via Buzzfeed.