I read 13 books in May! Even though several were short and several were on audio, this might be a personal record for me. I also already hit 50 books (currently sitting at 51)! I can’t believe it. I guess this is what happens when you listen to audiobooks all day while you draw.
- The Hearts of Men (audio) … Nickolas Butler, read by Adam Verner
- Frankenstein (audio) … Mary Shelley, read by various
- The Leavers (audio) … Lisa Ko, read by Emily Woo Zeller
- The Road to Jonestown (audio) … Jeff Guinn, read by George Newbern
- What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky (ebook) … Lesley Nneka Arimah
- There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyoncé (ebook) … Morgan Parker
- The Teacher Wars … Dana Goldstein
- Men Without Women: Stories (audio) … Haruki Murakami, read by various
- Life’s Work (audio) … Dr. Willie Parker, read by Caz Harleaux
- The Radium Girls (audio) … Kate Moore, read by Angela Brazil
- Drinking: A Love Story (ebook) … Caroline Knapp
- Parable of the Sower (ebook) … Octavia E. Butler
- Bitch Planet, Book One … Kelly Sue DeConnick with Valentine De Landro
My favorites for the month, as usual, were the non-fictions: The Road to Jonestown, The Teacher Wars, Life’s Work, The Radium Girls, and Drinking: A Love Story. I was fascinated by Jonestown and Radium, while Teacher Wars and Life’s Work are important pieces to understanding where we are on the topics of education and abortion today. Drinking was personal and raw, and made me think more deeply about my own use and relationship with alcohol.
Of the fictions, The Hearts of Men and What It Means When A Man Falls from the Sky really stand out to me, as well as a few stories from Men Without Women. Parable of the Sower and Bitch Planet were recent picks for my international book club with my friend Anthony, and it was so great to read these along with him.
This last month I made a detailed plan for catching up on book posts here. I want to write a little bit about everything and I WILL get to it all! I’m traveling for several weeks in June and July, so I’m not sure how many posts I can write up and schedule ahead, but I’ll try my best to keep this space active a bit while I’m away.
I’m currently listening to Going Clear on audio, the exposé on Scientology that came out a few years ago, and it’s riveting so far. I also recently purchased Van Gogh’s Ear and Pachinko, which I’ve had my eye on for weeks! I also would like to pick up Chris Haye’s A Colony in a Nation and Roxane Gay’s new one, Hunger, while I’m on the road this summer. What are you planning for summer reading?