This summer I’ll be participating in 20 Books of Summer, thoughtfully hosted by Cathy at 746 Books.
From June 3rd to September 3rd I’ll aim to read twenty books that have been on my radar for months.
In June I’ll focus on short story collections written by women:
(1) Loorie Moore’s Collected Stories
(2) Lucia Berlin’s A Manual for Cleaning Women
(3) Grace Paley’s Collected Stories
(4) Helen Oyeyemi’s What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours
(5) Lucia Berlin’s A Manual for Cleaning Women
For the month of July I’ll shift to books blending criticism, cultural history, and aesthetics:
(6) Emily Nussbaum’s I Like to Watch
(7) Walter Benjamin’s Work of Art
(8) Sianne Ngai’s Ugly Feelings
(9) bell hooks’ Outlaw Culture
(10) Siri Hustvedt’s A Woman Looking at Men Looking at Women
(11) Maria Popova’s Figuring
In August I’ll participate in Women in Translation month, focusing on Iranian and French writers, as well as the latest winner of the Man Booker International prize.
(12) Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick’s The Epistemology of the Closet
(13) Simone de Beauvoir’s The Ethics of Ambiguity
(14) Annie Ernaux’s The Years
(15) Jokha Alharthi’s Celestial Bodies
(16) Parisa Reza’s The Gardens of Consolation
(17) Fariba Hachtroudi’s The Man Who Snapped His Fingers
Across June, July, and August, I’ll also be reading three books unrelated to each month’s theme:
(18) Kristen Arnett’s Mostly Dead Things (June)
(19) Colson Whitehead’s The Nickel Boys (July)
(20) Jia Tolentino’s Trick Mirror (August)
I tried to focus on books that’ve been recently published, interspersing those with a few older works I sampled in college that I’d like to read in full. Have you read any of these twenty, or other works by the same authors? Are there any you’d recommend prioritizing or avoiding?
If I happen to finish a monthly list early, I’ll read more books within the same genre. Blogging’s already given me a lot of ideas of what to read beyond these twenty, but I’d appreciate any further recommendations regarding short story collections, essay collections, or works by women in translation!