Friday, June 15, 2018

Summer Reading List 2018: Chloe

As always, I enter summer with lofty reading goals set for myself. I will inevitably fall short of these goals, but it’s the trying that matters, right? RIGHT? As I’m working on writing a sci-fi novel over the summer, I’m planning to avoid reading sci-fi for these months and instead will be focusing mostly on non-fiction. While I have a goal of 100 books read, I’m guessing I’ll hit closer to 50 (between my own writing and doing freelance editing and critiquing work, plus planning classes for fall, this could also be shooting a little high). I'm also planning to reread some books (I'm not rereading all of Colson Whitehead's books, again. That would be ridiculous....But also I am and everyone should). Of those books, here are six that I’m planning to read first. These are books I’ve been very excited to start reading.

1. They Can’t Kill Us Until They Kill Us: Essays, Hanif Abdurraqib. 
Abdurraqib is not only an amazing poet, but he also writes about music in this way that makes you completely feel it—not only as music but as the context and lives lived around it as well. I’ve read some of these essays in various places, but I’m excited to really settle into reading the whole collection.

2. How to Write and Autobiographical Novel: Essays, Alexander Chee. 
Chee is a masterful writer and so I’m looking forward to diving into these pieces which covers reading, writing, politics, and more.

3. A Lucky Man: Stories, Jamel Brinkley. 
I have read exactly one story by Brinkley but it was so perfect that I basically immediately pre-ordered his first collection. Plus story collections are the best thing in all of the world.

4. Percival Everett by Virgil Russell, Percival Everett. 
Everett is hands down one of the greatest writers in the world. The fact that he isn’t read by everyone, everywhere, all the time, infuriates me. I’ve been making my way through all of his books and I’ve been saving this one for a bit. Everett plays with genre, with narrative and structure, and always with expectations.

5. Blackfish City, Sam J. Miller.
 Any time I see Miller’s name, I read whatever is attached to it. His writing is sharp and painful and gorgeous all at once. I can’t wait to read this dystopic novel that also has a whale in it (honestly, I know nothing else about the book, but that was already enough to sell me on it).

6. Warlight, Michael Ondaatje. 
The last Ondaatje I read was Cat’s Table and I’ve read it three times since. I’m not exactly sure what it’s about, because I’ve been purposefully avoiding reading about it, because I want to dive into it in the same way I dove into Cat’s (Ie: hmm. I like Ondaatje and I also like boats, I think there is a boat in this!).

POSTED BY: Chloe, speculative fiction fan in all forms, monster theorist, and Nerds of a Feather blogger since 2016. Find her on Twitter @PintsNCupcakes