Reading can be the most imagination spurring activity, especially if you are getting help from a particularly creative strain. Getting completely lost in a truly fantastic novel is one of my favourite pastimes and, just like with films, there are certain books that can only be improved with a joint. Whether you like fantasy, crime, horror, romance, there will be a book or an author that suits your weed brain. Let’s have a look at just a few books that are considered the ultimate reads while you are high.
Perdido Street Station by China Mieville
For anyone who is familiar with this novel or author, this might seem like a slightly odd choice but bear with me. Sure this dystopian steampunk fantasy novel has more than a few dark sections and plenty of horror adjacent creatures, I maintain that it is an excellent high read. Primarily because China Mieville has some of the best descriptive powers of any writer I’ve encountered. Even sober I began reading the book and was transported to this beautiful dark metropolis full of strange people and even stranger customs. Meiville puts an incredible amount of work into his world-building which I feel is perfect for enjoying with a joint and just melting into this bizarre city. I will say if you get nervous or paranoid when you smoke this may not be the book for you, especially if you have a weak stomach. There is a little touch of bizarre human alteration and a few of the scenes may cause you more than a little discomfort. However, if you love dark fantasy combined with a terrifying mystery and intense world building I would definitely say that this is a book to get stoned with.
The Graveyard Book by Niel Gaiman
Honestly, I would say that any book by Niel Gaiman is a shout if you are stoned. There are definitely differences in his novels but I think that he will cover most of your bases. The Graveyard Book is a particular favourite of mine and not only is it beautiful but there is a sense of comfort to it that will make you feel safe and snuggly. Again there are a couple of spooky moments and some high stakes chapters but overall it should be exciting rather than upsetting. If you can find it I would highly recommend the graphic novel version which is extremely beautiful to look at. The addition of the stunning artwork will certainly improve your stoned reading experience.
Tales Of The City by Armistead Mauplin
This is actually the first of a series by this fantastic author who wrote about gay culture in San Francisco during the 1970s. These books are beautifully written, genuinely enjoyable and look into a world that you may not be fully familiar with. Of course, a good deal covers the bars, dating and supermarket hookups but it also looks into the difficulty faced by the gay community in that era as well as the lives of a few fantastic characters all living in the same house. This book is poignant but also soothing and is the perfect accompaniment to a joint and a bubble bath. A Sunday afternoon read with plenty of stunning descriptions and exciting plot points.
Three Men In A Boat by Jerome K. Jerome
This book is perfect for anyone who likes classic comedy and a comforting low key storyline. Plus if you don’t feel like reading there is an excellent audiobook read by Hugh Laurie. This is a different type of pure relaxation read. It’s just a lovely story about three young men and a small dog taking a trip down the river on a little boat. Enough happens in the book that it is entertaining but it is easily a one-session read. Perfect for curling up in front of a window or a fireplace with a blanket. If it’s the winter then that’s even better, it’s making me feel sleepy just thinking about it.
The Blade Itself (First Law Trilogy) by Joe Abercrombie
Do you love high fantasy, pun intended, but also want something funny and accessible without pages of confusing description? I have just the series of books for you. I read the first book, The Blade Itself, in about 2 days because I just couldn’t put it down. It follows a variety of amazing characters in a semi-high fantasy setting surrounding a potential war. Not only are all of the characters just fantastically written the general dialogue is really enjoyable. It has fighting, comedy, horror, romance, basically everything you want from a book while you’re stoned while also being easy to follow. Since it is a trilogy you can properly binge these books and put side aside for yourself on the regular to get high and read First Law. Highly recommend it for fantasy fan stoners.
Portnoy’s Complaint by Philip Roth
Finally, this book is specifically for anyone who likes a bit of a challenge. This classic is considered one of the greatest pieces of literature around by many, and I have to say I agree. The story follows our narrator as a young boy in a Jewish family. We go through all the usual stuff, issues with parents, religion, masturbating with pieces of liver, the usual. This book is funny, psycho-sexual and generally riveting. It is another one I struggled to put down every time I had to go back to work or go to meet a friend. I really think that getting stoned would only improve this masterpiece but it is a little more complex than some of the other books I’ve suggested so perhaps go for a strain that allows brightness and focus rather than sleepy comfort. If you get easily embarrassed then keep in mind that this book is brutally honest.
These are just a few great books to read while high but realistically depending on what kind of stoned you are the sky is the limit when it comes to literature.
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