06 June 2012

"ready, set, read" : my summer 2012 reading list

A few years ago, I gave myself a summer reading challenge to read at least five new books by non-American authors. It was a glorious summer of all new books, and some of the most reading I’d gotten to do in years.

Unfortunately, since that summer (which was at least four years ago), I haven’t gotten much leisure reading done outside of books I reread after studying them for my Master’s degree. This summer, as part of my Summer Writing Schedule, I decided to change that by demanding an hour of reading from myself every day; anything beyond that, in the evenings or wherever I fit it in, is purely because I can!

In the blissful anticipation of this new chance to get more reading done, I’ve put together a general list of books I intend to read this summer. Thanks to my beloved Kindle, I can virtually carry a library with me everywhere, which should make this summer of reading even easier! So without further ado, here’s my (rough draft) summer reading list, in no particular order:

1. The Best American Poetry 2011 (poetry anthology; David Lehman and Kevin Young)

2. The Best American Poetry 2010 (poetry anthology; David Lehman)

3. The Grey Album: On the Blackness of Blackness (nonfiction; Kevin Young)

4. Hip Logic (poetry; Terrance Hayes)

5. Redemption Song (fiction; Bertice Berry)

6. Survivors: The Morningstar Strain (fiction; Z.A. Recht)

7. Who’s Afraid of Post-Blackness (nonfiction; Toure)

8. Writing Poetry from the Inside Out (nonfiction/poetry; Sandford Lyne)

9. In the Woods (fiction; Tana French)

10. Black Cool: One Thousand Streams of Blackness (nonfiction; Rebecca Walker)

11. Don’t Kill the Birthday Girl: Tales from an Allergic Life (poetry; Sandra Beasley)

12. Les Misérables (fiction; Victor Hugo)

13. The Book Thief (fiction; Markus Zusak)

14. This Clumsy Living (poetry; Bob Hicok)

15. Native Guard (poetry; Natasha Trethewey)

Your turn: Which books are on your summer reading list?


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  1. I've read 5 excerpts from the BEA Buzz 2012 collection and 1, so far, is on the top of my list:
    The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman. Marcus Zuzak says "An extraordinary and heart rendering book about good people, tragic decisions, and the beauty found in each..."

    1. What a great resource! And totally free? Who could say no to that! : -)

      For anyone else who is interested, here's the link: http://www.amazon.com/Buzz-Books-2012-Pre-Publication-ebook/dp/B0084F3N2K/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1339016054&sr=8-1

    2. That's an impressive list!
      I've read "In the Woods." It's pretty good. I have her second book, "The Likeness." It's on my list this summer. I also want to read "The Book Thief."
      I have stacks and stacks of books that I need to read. Not to mention the ones on my Nook.
      Happy Reading!

    3. Ooops. I should have clicked "Add Comment."
      Sorry. :-)

    4. Oh, the Nook ... Every time I see it I have to convince myself I don't need both a Kindle and a Nook!

      Thanks for the scoop on ITW! I may have to bump it higher on my list! :)

  2. You have high expectations! My list is to finish Wuthering Hts. and Platform by Michael Hyatt. Anything beyond that is gravy.

    1. I try! Honestly, there's only so many because anytime I go for fewer than ten I read faster than I meant to and wind up lost come mid-July, ha-ha. But I'm anticipating getting through maybe ... the first 8? And then slowing down. We'll see : -)

  3. I'm beginning to be a big fan of your blog. You have so many resources here, Khara! :) My summer reading list can be best put together and is updated whenever I finish a book review for each book here: http://alotus-poetry.livejournal.com/156103.html

    1. Thank you much. I've been reading through some of your reviews ... if I'm not careful my SRL will be up to 30 before I finish the first five! : -)

    2. LOL! I know! It's just that there are SO MANY books out there to read; so little time. *sigh* My target is 50 books by the end of the year, and I know I need to spend all my summer reading now because once I get back to nursing school in the fall, I won't have time to read. I can't afford to be distracted. Hehehe.

      Thanks much for reading the reviews. :) I am booked so far 'til July as many authors have contacted me for my reviews. It feels wonderful to know that I can help promoting their books by writing reviews (here's the sense of community we were babbling about)!


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