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.
The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
Ghost World by Daniel Clowes
Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton
The Adventures of Tintin by Hergé
Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren
Master Of The Senate: The Years of Lyndon Johnson by Robert Caro
Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling
The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
The Baby-Sitters Club by Ann M. Martin
The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson by Emily Dickinson
The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich by William L. Shirer
Moneyball by Michael Lewis
A Separate Peace by John Knowles
Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman
Man and Superman by George Bernard Shaw
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?