I continue to be so thankful for the English program at my old high school. We read so many wonderful novels, short stories, poems, and plays, and doing so fostered, for me, a total and complete love of literature that has stayed with me.
Anyway, every summer, I try my best to structure myself a summer reading list (last years was dedicated to catching up on things I should have already read, specifically from the Woman's Literature cannon.
So this summer, my goals are a bit different. I want more exposure to literary magazines, which I'll pick my way through piece by piece. One thing I love about journals is that you can start reading a poem/short story, and if it isn't for you, you don't have to finish it. Journals are perfect to read right before bed, because you can start and finish something in twenty minutes or less. They also expose you to new voices. I have some novels that I have been needing to read for way too long, and some books of poetry too. Some of my list I have already started on, others I have yet to approach. Either way, I can't give you much insight into them, but if you feel so inclined, you should read with me this summer. Think of it as your own summer book club, only without the cheese and crackers (I encourage you to buy wine on your own...reading and wine drinking go hand in hand).
Summer 2011 Reading
|I need a bigger coffee table|
Finally, I have some novels. The Girl Who Fell From the Sky, recommended by Brendan's aunt. One Hundred Years of Solitude and Their Eyes Were Watching God, both of which I have wanted to read FOREVER. What is the What, which I have almost finished is a devastating story about the war in Sudan. And finally, Slaughterhouse-Five, I know it's insane that I haven't read this, please don't freak out, I started last night!
|I have my work cut out for me...and bound.|
Well, I hope you will be inspired to read with me, or to form your own summer reading list. If you do, please take a picture and post as a comment. I'd love to see what's on your lists.
<3 Stacy, Lola & Zoe