My friend, fellow Ashley and neighbor, blogs over at Writing. Love. Magic and wrote today about her summer reading list. I used to be a hardcore bookworm, but as a journalist and grad student in the whirlwind of research, everything I read now is generally academic or news writing. I try to incorporate some good fiction in when I can. I figure having an English degree kind of forces me to appreciate literature whenever I can.
For some reason, I’ve been navigating toward young adult reads this summer. I think my brain is too tired to handle complex adult books. As I mentioned in my last post, I’ve been rereading one of my all time favorite books, Ecstasia by Francesca Lia Block. Whenever I reread it, I have such vivid memories of reading it for the first time and being in awe of how beautifully written it was. If you like poetic prose and urban mythology, I suggest checking it out, along with all of her other works. I think there was only one book of hers I didn’t like, but for the most part, I’m obsessed.
I’ve been making my way through the Uglies series by Scott Westerfeld. I’m on #3, Specials. As a lifelong dystopian/post-apocalyptic fan, I figured I might as well read them. I enjoy them, but sometimes I feel like I’m too old for them. I’m a big supporter of the importance of young adult literature, but that doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be critiqued with the same standards as adult literature. I like a lot of the ideas in these books, but I’ve had a hard time warming up to many of the characters, which makes it hard for me to be invested in the story.
Ready Player One was recommended to me by several of my friends, and it sounds like a must-read for geeks, so I got the e-book and will read it soon. Blood Red Road reminds me instantly of Resident Evil: Extinction (the cover look exactly the same as the movie poster). It’s YA, but I still have high hopes for it. If anything it sounds like a fun post-apocalyptic read, which I am always in the mood for. The Electric Michelangelo by Sarah Hall has been a to-read for a long time, ever since I read Hall’s incredible dystopian book Daughters of the North (also titled The Carhullan Army in the UK, I believe). She’s an amazing writer and I’m looking forward to exploring more of her work. Lastly, I’ve been wanting to read short story anthology Battleborn by Nevada writer Claire Vaye Watkins ever since we reviewed her book at work. It’s been receiving great reviews, and I love to read great writing about my state, and it’s always nice to see local writers get national attention (she’s also an alum of my university).
What are you reading? Got any recommendations? If you’re a Goodreads user, feel free to add me!