My Summer Reading List

I have come to accept I will never be one of those people who reads ten books per month… or five books per month. Some months I read one book—two if they are both really good—and sometimes I go two months without reading a single book. While it would make sense for me to shut everything off and turn to a book when I’m stressed, I usually turn on the TV instead because it is a more passive distraction than reading.

We are halfway through the year (insane!) and I’ve managed to start five books and finished two. To be fair, I’ve also been working on writing one of my own, but I have spent a lot of time letting Netflix watch me instead of picking up one of my in-progress books. In an effort to stretch my reading muscles, I have selected a few books for my summer reading list, and have given myself permission to buy physical copies of the books (yay!).

My first pick was a novel that felt like the ultimate summer read—I Almost Forgot About You by Terry McMillan. All I know right now is that it’s about ex-boyfriends and, seeing as the only type of boyfriends I have currently are those of the ex variety, it felt like a good choice to kick off the summer (which also means I won’t start it until next week).

My second pick for the summer is Roxane Gay’s memoir, Hunger. I’ve been really into Gay’s work since reading Difficult Women, and this has been on my list for some time. As a person who has my own body-related struggles, I’m interested in the relationships other people have with their bodies and how much deeper those relationships go beyond just hating oneself.

Lastly, I purchased Long Division, a novel by Kiese Laymon. Long Division is a bit outside what I’ve been reading lately since I’ve been focused mainly on Black women authors, but I’m looking forward to whatever fun, drama, and challenges this novel presents. I think it’ll be a great way to wrap up the summer.

I have a fairly broad timeline for reading these books. Summer lasts three months, but that doesn’t mean it will take the entire three months to finish my reading list. On the other hand, maybe it will… there are a lot of other things happening on this side of the internet.

I’m interested in what titles are on your summer reading lists. Tell me what you’re going to be reading this summer and where you’re going to be reading all these interesting books. I don’t get a real vacation until November, so I’ll have to live vicariously through other people’s summer vacay photos.

Until next time… Happy Reading!

What Did I Write This Month?

8 blog posts (including this one)

11 journal entries

1 million words worth of work-related cover letters, applications, emails, texts, and notes

1/2 of a short story

and a sprinkling of texts to friends and family so they know I’m still alive.

This month has been a bit of a challenge mentally, which is ironic because it’s Mental Health Awareness Month. I am well, though, and I’m incredibly grateful for that.

Our 7 year-old Cichlid died Sunday, and the sight of his dead fish body laying in the corner of the tank shocked me. I wasn’t expecting it, and I am very affected by the sight of dead things that I once knew. My body has a visceral reaction to seeing dead pets, and seeing Gulp like that made my stomach clench so tight that I turned away and couldn’t move for about five minutes. Thankfully, someone else was home to bury the body, and I was able to move through the rest of my day unaffected.

I’m still not able to eat indoors at a restaurant, but I gave BurgerIm another try, and their Impossible burger made with the toppings from the grilled chicken sandwich (California toppings, I think) is delicious. Also, surprisingly, their garlic parm chicken wings are really good.

Clearly, I’m rambling today. I have to work in the office while our house is being inspected, and I really just don’t like working in the office anymore. Working from home has me spoiled, but I’m grateful that I have the option to work part of my day in the office while things are being done at the house that I can’t be present for.

I’m still reading Everything Inside. Slowly. I’ve got 8 or 9 days left of my 21-day OverDrive rental, so I’ll probably have to renew it. The days as a whole go by so fast, even though, a lot of the time, they drag on individually.

I have this vision of myself sitting by a pool, drinking a wine slushy. I don’t have a pool, but I know where to get stuff to make the slushy. I have a feeling my summer is going to consist of quite a few of them. Am I looking forward to summer? I mean, it’s Florida, so not quite, but also… it’s summer, so kind of. We’ll see how (if) this summer compares to the last one… I’m still not out in these streets, regardless of what yall’s governor says.

Again, I’m rambling. I don’t do it often here, but sometimes a little shaking is beneficial.

Happy reading, happy writing, and stay hydrated my friends!