Do you want to join my…

Do you want to join my summer reading group? Okay, it�s not exactly a group, but rather my completely idiosyncratic attempt to get through the massive pile of backlogged books I have. Or, if not get through, at least make some serious progress. Here�s the plan:

I read fast. I think I can reasonably plan to read at least three books a week this summer. So I�m going to make myself a schedule, a week or two out, and read the books, and post short reviews (a paragraph or so) here when I�m done. If any of the books seem interesting to you, I�d love to have reading company. They�ll be a wild mix of genres, but probably heavy on SF/F, mystery, war stories, memoir, and literary fiction. Hmm� that doesn�t really narrow it down. Well, mostly fiction, at any rate. At some point this summer, I may attempt some Proust. :-)

Here�s the start of the list; if you'd like to join me for a book or two, I'd love to hear your thoughts.

5/26 week:
Sofia Samatar, A Stranger in Olondria (fantasy novel)
Junot Diaz, Drown (short stories, mainstream)
Ishmael Beah, A Long Way Gone (child soldier memoir)

6/2 week:
Jeffrey Eugenides, The Marriage Plot (mainstream novel)
Andrew Hairston, Redwood and Wildfire (fantasy novel)
Sara B. Stein, Noah�s Garden (gardening / ecology nonfiction)

6/29 week:
Catherynne M. Valente, The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making (YA fantasy novel)
Nayomi Munaweera, Island of a Thousand Mirrors (Sri Lankan novel)
Julia Serrano, Whipping Girl (trans theory / memoir)

12:24 update: Oops, and I forgot, I'm going to meet Malinda Lo at the end of the month, so I'm adding her YA fantasy novel _Ash_ to this week.

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