Tuesday, 06.02:

2015 summer reading challenge

I am responding to Oliver de la Paz’s 2015 Summer Reading Challenge by compiling my own list of 15 books to read from June through August. You can click on Oliver’s link to read the guidelines; basically one selects fifteen books, including three that are recommended by others’ lists (I like this), and posts commentary as the books are read.

I already started Maggie Nelson’s Bluets before packing for my move to Ohio, so I’m not counting it here (I’ll finish it as soon as I can find the box it’s in!). So my partial, for-now list is below, in no particular order, and I’ll add to it over the next couple of weeks with three recommended titles:

  • Ross Gay, Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude [poetry]
  • Porochista Khakpour, Sons & Other Flammable Objects [novel]
  • Oliver Sacks, On the Move [memoir]
  • Hanya Yanagihara, A Little Life [novel]
  • Ada Limon, Lucky Wreck [poetry]
  • Sandra Beasley, I Was the Jukebox [poetry]
  • Kyle Dargan, Honest Engine [poetry]
  • Scott Douglas, Quiet, Please: Dispatches from a Public Librarian [nonfiction]
  • Jericho Brown, The New Testament [poetry]
  • Elizabeth Alexander, The Light of the World [memoir]
  • Josh Weil, The Great Glass Sea [novel]
  • Roger Reeves, King Me [poetry]

6/3 update: I’m poaching a title from Liz Ahl’s listMimi’s Trapeze by Jill Allyn Rosser. (Of course I want to read everything else on her list, too.)

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