I teach during the summer, so, like Angela, my reading begins late in the season. Thus, my summer reading list is quite modest, but this also makes it possible for me to actually meet my goal. I am committed to reading the following three books before autumn:
You’re Never Weird on the Internet (almost): A Memoir by Felicia Day
I bought this book at GeekGirlCon 2015 and just haven’t made the time to read it until now. Felicia Day captured my heart (and the rest of my body?), when I saw her play Charlie, an unabashed queer tech-expert on the TV show, Supernatural. Of course, she can also be recognized for her acting on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and other shows, and, perhaps most significantly, for her internet dominance as the creator, writer and actor of the web series, The Guild, and builder of the super-friendly online empire of Geek & Sundry. This memoir purports to cover Day’s origin story from a youth as an academic prodigy to adulthood as an internet superstar and professional actor. I am looking forward to reading this book, expecting Day’s trademark sense of humor and intelligence to be in evidence. Also, did I mention that Joss Whedon writes the foreword? Enough said.
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
I really want to read this book before I see the movie, starring the divine Emily Blunt, this October, so the clock is running out for me on this thriller. I don’t know too much about this novel, and I don’t really want to know much before I delve into it, but here are the basics: A woman, Rachel, rides and watches trains and gets attached to some of the people she witnesses on the train. Her involvement increases as one of the train’s inhabitants disappears. Suspense and danger (and fun?) ensue? We’ll find out.
The Huntress by Malinda Lo
I have been a fan of Malinda Lo’s writing for a decade now, from her work as a former contributing writer on the pop culture website, Afterellen, to her YA novels Adaptation and Ash, to her important work as co-founder of Diversity in YA (supporting intersectional representations of diversity in young adult fiction). The Huntress, published in 2011, is a fantasy novel that follows two teenage girls, Taisin (a sage in training) and Kaede (a warrior in training), as they embark on a dangerous journey to meet with the elusive Fairy Queen in hopes of improving their kingdom’s failing harvests and circumstances. This book promises adventure, intrigue, romance, and fairies. Sign me up.
Join me in reading about a quest, a train, and an internet superstar and let me know what you think!