I haven’t done a TBR style post in a hot minute! I kind of feel obligated to participate in the summer reading fervor. Despite the fact that it’s been summer for a whole month already (I follow the meteorological seasons) the DC area is only just now experiencing out first real heat wave of the summer. 100 degree heat + insane humidity + a chronic autoimmune disease that’s sensitive to heat and humidity = spending a lot of time inside reading. So, here’s my unofficial list of things I either have already read this summer am interested in getting to at some point before August 31–with the usual caveat that I almost never follow TBRs and will not read everything from this list/am likely to read things not listed here instead:
- The Poppy War by R. F. Kuang
- We Are All That’s Left by Carrie Arcos
- A Reaper at the Gates by Sabaa Tahir
- Give Me Some Truth by Eric Gansworth
- Slouching Towards Bethlehem by Joan Didion
- Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse
- The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson
- Spill Zone, volume 1 by Scott Westerfeld
- Red Seas Under Red Skies by Scott Lynch
- Mortal Fall by Christine Carbo
- The Collected Poems of Octavio Paz
- I Just Ate My Friend
- Furyborn by Claire Legrand
From my perspective, that’s a pretty good mix! As usual, there are no romance titles. I’m also going to be reading a nonfiction title related to my newly diagnosed autoimmune disease but I don’t feel comfortable listing it here as it would give away my diagnoses (and that’s none of the internet’s business!). I recently found out there are romances featuring dragon-like characters–maybe THAT will be the subgenre that finally makes me a romance reader…but not this summer.
I’ve been listening to a lot of podcasts lately. Last year, I discovered Thinking Sideways and then branched out to The Generation Why and, occasionally, Sword and Scale. Cycling through these guys every week is great but only 3 podcast episodes a week is not enough so I’ve started listening more regularly to In The Dark, Astonishing Legends, Already Gone, Reveal, Millennial, and Hidden Brain. Thus, I have not been listening to very many audiobooks in the past year or so and I feel less bad about not reading very much nonfiction.