My summer started late this year, as taking three graduate classes after I finished teaching in the spring will do to you. So here lies my summer (maybe summer/fall) reading list, and hopefully, I’ll finish a few before my full-time teaching begins. This selection differs from my normal list, but with teaching Literary Nonfiction for the first time this fall, I have opened up to some nonfiction books. I hope you will give some of these a try!
To start my summer reading, I will begin with:
Devil in the White City by Erik Larson.
This book came out in 2003, but if you haven’t read it, I’ve heard from some very reliable sources it’s a hidden gem. The story takes place in multiple timelines, about the glory and luxury of the World Fair in Chicago, and the serial killer operating there. It intertwines the lives of one of the architects with rich with historical quotes that Lawson weaves through the chapters (I started this one the other night and it’s hard to put down).
Percy has been writing for DC comics and the Green Arrow series for over a year now, but here comes his chance to tell the Green Arrow story new and again, and of course, it starts with a Green Arrow/Black Canary reunion. What will Percy bring to the scene that hasn’t been done before? I can’t wait to find out! The second in the series came out on June 6, so get to the comic store to get it ASAP.
Harley’s Little Black Bok by Jimmy Palmiotti, Amanda Conner.
With Harley Quinn at play, I’m dying to start reading this new series. With 3 issues out (the first released Dec 2015) and the next issue scheduled for August 3, you need to catch up now! A team-up comic where Quinn pairs up or against some of the DC greats, including Wonder Woman to start the series off, what could go wrong? Looking forward to seeing how Harley will handle each situation with a new hero or villain, each comic will be epic in and of itself.
Hats off to the Cap by Joe Crowley.
For a new-to-publishing world poet, Crowley’s resume consists of serving as president of the University of Nevada, Reno, for 23 years and serving as NCAA president for two. Then he retired and decided to write poetry. After years of writing and people trying to convince him to publish, his first book came out this year. His poems create humor from the mundane and often describe reality spot on in verse. I’ve heard him read and heard some of his past work. This one definitely deserves a read.
Uncanny Reader: Stories from the Shadows– ed. Marjorie Sandor.
Moving on to something large and likely a new favorite, this story collection consists of older and newer work from artists like HP Lovecraft, Shirley Jackson, Franz Kafka, Aimee Bender, and Karen Russell. The focus of the book ranges from the unnerving to the supernatural and with a selection of amazing writers, this promises to be a book I might want to read during the day. Need I say more?
Speaking of poetry, my favorite poet (a super nice and very interesting person) had two new books come out this year. Her newest collection promises pleasure and pain, strong emotional imagery, love, disaster, and a sense of blues in the poetry. This one involves a reimagining of other artists and giving life to the mundane items around us. I can’t wait to see what she will do with these objects.
In another genre, Addonizio presents her first collection of essays. With raw and emotional poetry, I expect nothing less of an essay collection. It has already received reviews that it offers up too much information, but with her personality and writing, this is a TMI I can’t wait to read. Addonizio always makes my reading list.
Monsters: A Love Story by Liz Kay.
What happens when an actor falls in love with a writer (who has just lost her husband and is suffering massive writer’s block) through her poetry book? No idea, but I want to find out in this magical realism story. Romance doesn’t top my genre list, but this story holds elements that I would love to give a chance. I received an advance reader copy back in April, but you can get it now in stores.
I’m not sure I’ll get through my entire reading list before my next semester starts, but trying to give it a go sounds fun. Feel free to give a few of these a try with me, and let me know which books made your summer reading list!
Don’t forget to check out Jessica’s summer reading list, as well!