Hello Bookworms, Happy 4th of July.
Since we are halfway through Summer, it seemed like a good time to let you know what I’m reading this summer. I’m not as far into my reading list as I would like to be, but working full time can do that to a reading list.
So here it is:
- Milkman by Anna Burns
- Magic for Beginners by Kelly Link
- Dryer’s English by Ben Dryer
- Story Genius by Lisa Cron
- What is not Yours is not Yours by Helen Oyeyemi
- Where the Crawdads sing by Delia Owens
- Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott
- Aspects of a Novel by E.M Forester
- The Seven or Eight Deaths of Stella Fortuna by Juliet Grames
Quite the mountain to overcome. So far I have read Milkman, Magic for Beginners, Dryers English, Story Genius, and part of What is not Yours.
Can you tell I’ve been procrastinating the craft books? I’ve been in a story mood, what can I say? In all honesty these books have been amazing. I was expecting more anecdotal writing from Dryer’s English. The book is a memoir style craft book written by the copy editor of Random House. While I enjoyed parts of this book, half of it felt like a listicle.
Milkman was a slow, concentrated read. I needed to think about what was going on at all times. That isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but I was in more of a mood for a light read. The writing was amazing, and I can see why it won the Booker Prize last year.
Story Genius tackled craft in a way that I have never encountered before, but it helped me fix some problems in a novel I’m working on right now. More on that later.
Magic for Beginners might be on my favorite books list the more I think about it. It is a collection of short stories that are all sort of uncanny, eerie, and unsettling. They aren’t downright scary, but I felt squeamish reading these other worldly tales. Amazing writing, Kelly Link how do you do it?
Oyeyemi’s book is what I’m currently reading, and I might do a full review of this one when I’m done. It’s interconnected stories, similar to A visit from the Goon Squad. That’s another great read.
So why the long list, you might ask. I’m reading these books for an upcoming Senior Thesis. I assembled the reading list to be a mix of craft books and fiction works that showed great skill. I’m happy with my picks so far, but still terrified of the impending thesis that I have zero ideas for.
Happy reading Bookworms.