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Summer 2015 Reading List


Hello! It’s a good time to update with a summer reading challenge.

From Oliver de la Paz:

Summer Reading Challenge Rules:

1) Pick 15 books that you would like to finish this summer–any genre, any size. This list doesn’t have to be at 15 right from the start. It will grow as the summer continues.

2) Of the 15 books, designate 3 that you recommend to co-participants. (After you’ve read them, of course).

3) Of the 15 books, 3 of the books must be from recommendations by other participants.

4) Post your 15 book list somewhere with a link so that co-participants can link you on their webpages, tumblr pages, or blogs.

5) Hold yourself accountable by posting commentary about a book you’ve just read. Commentary can also take the form of something creative or artistic.

6) The Challenge Ends August 31st. Have fun.

My list so far:

1.) How Formal? by Stephanie Hammer (poetry) (& her novel, The Puppet Turners of Narrow Interior)

2.) Octavia’s Brood, edited by Walidah Imarisha and adrienne maree brown (POC sci-fi anthology)

3.) [insert boy] by Danez Smith (poetry)

4.Shadowshaper by Daniel José Older (YA novel)

5.) Catalog of Unabased Gratitude by Ross Gay (poetry)

6.) Mad Honey Symposium by Sally Wen Mao (poetry)

7.) I Am Princess X by Cherie Priest (YA novel)

8.) In the Country by Mia Alvar (fiction)

9.) Nimona by Noelle Stevenson (graphic novel)

10.) Under a Painted Sky by Stacy Lee (YA novel)

11.) The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie (YA novel)

12.) Blood, Sparrows and Sparrows by Eugenia Leigh (poetry)

13.) Silent Anatomies by Monica Ong (poetry)

14.) Uzumaki by Junji Ito (horror manga)

15.) The Living by Matt de la Peña (YA novel)

The stats:

13/16 Writers/Editors of Color

10/16 Women Writers/Editors

6 Poetry collections

5 Novels (4 YA; 1 Adult)

2 Graphic novels

1 Anthology

Back-up Titles:

1.) Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari (nonfiction)

2.) Dietland by Sarai Walker (fiction)

3.) The Water Knife by Paolo Bacigalupi (fiction)

4.)Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson (graphic novel)

5.) Sensation Comics: Wonder Woman (graphic novel)

6.) I Kill Giants by Ken Niimura (graphic novel)

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Summer Slouch AKA I don’t want this blog to die…

Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor

I have been thinking about blogging a lot lately but thinking isn’t the same as doing. Still, here I am.

I want to talk about the past year in the EM-EFF-AY (OH-EM-GEE), my experience at the VONA Voices Workshop, the progress of the manuscript/s (plural maybe?), some projects/goals I am working towards (a YA book, an anthology on Asian American mythologies, fixing up a paper on Lynda Barry and J. Torres for the upcoming MLA Conference)…which I will write about soon.

For now, I leave you with this …

*An incredible manifesto by the fabulous Ching-In Chen on the Doveglion Press website (curated by the equally awesome Barbara Jane Reyes and Oscar Bermeo).  Read it!

And my ever-growing Summer 2011 Reading List:

*Names Above Houses by Oliver de la Paz  — I’m finally getting to Oliver’s first collection, and falling in love with Fidelito, a boy who longs to fly.

*Steady, My Gaze by Marie-Elizabeth Mali — who will be on The Blood-Jet next Tuesday!  I’m excited to talk with her about her first book.

*Sudden Fiction Latino: Short-Short Stories From The United States and Latin America edited by Robert Shapard, James Thomas and Ray Gonzalez — I just read the first story, “White Girl” by Luis Alberto Urrea; explosive, haunting, and I wish it were longer!

*Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor —  I love witches!  And I get so excited about writers of color who write “genre” fiction, especially fantasy and sci-fi.  This YA books is by and about a young Nigerian girl with powers.  Check out this list by Adriel Luis who compiled “The Ultimate 21st Century Guide People of Color List” on Colorlines Magazine.

*and one more (a guilty read)…Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin — Because I loved the show on HBO so much, I needed to find out what happened next!  And then I found out there are 4-5 thickass, 1,000 page books that follow. I don’t know if I should keep drinking the Kool-Aid.

What are YOU reading this summer?

oh, and p.s. I have a poem, “Litany for Silence,” on the Splinter Generation website.  If you wish, please read.


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Summer Reading in Palm Springs

Phew!  In the midst of moving, registering for classes at UCR (yay!), and quitting my jobs, I’ve found time to go on a mini-vacation with my best friends from college this past weekend.  We stayed at a hipstery hotel called ACE, which was fun, retro and reflected the desert landscape of Palm Springs.  We ate tons and laid near the pool for most of the weekend. Everyone brought books/graphic novels/magazines to read poolside, and it was fun for me to see what my friends are reading.  Rio’s reading DRINKING COFFEE ELSEWHERE by ZZ Packer; Kelly had Y: THE LAST MAN 2 by Brian K. Vaughn (a graphic novel series) and SEVERANCE PACKAGE by Duane Swierczynski in tow; Melissa brought SAG HARBOR by Colson Whitehead, and I gave Arielle a copy of Attica Locke’s BLACK WATER RISING.  I’ve succumbed to the Stieg Larsson craze, and am currently reading THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO.  And it’s true, the action starts around page 100, and I’m proud that I’ve stuck with it.  Since I started working at a bookstore that expects monthly recommendations and blurbs for its newsletter, I’ve grown accustomed to reading many books at a time, and tossing them aside when they don’t pick up the pace at around page 5.  Summer reading makes me feel more open to reading books and genres I wouldn’t normally read, such as mysteries and young adult books.  I think this openness is important as a poet and lover of books because it makes me remember why I crack the spine of a book in the first place.

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I Love Reading Lists and YA

Oh, I love them, even though I don’t usually finish half the books on my lists. Yup, listS– plural. I sometimes write them down (one is published on Lantern Review’s blog) but they’re usually just physical piles of books that surround my bed.

Of course, most of these books are poetry, but summer is also a good time for me to indulge in YA books; lots of fun and adventure in such quick, and mostly well-written reads.  I devoured the Golden Compass series by Philip Pullman a few summers ago, finished reading all of the Harry Potter series (of course), and will admit to reading the first Twilight book (couldn’t continue because Meyers’ writing is awful).  I’ve recently just read two YA books this week: Rick Riordan’s The Lightning Thief, Chris Grabenstein’s The Smoky Corridor and am now reading Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games. As a part-time bookseller at an indie in L.A., I’ve noticed that YA books have significantly gotten darker in content and tone since I was a kid, yet they’re more well-written and sophisticated.  I grew up on the Babysitters’ Club and Sweet Valley High series, which were fun and digestible yet their characters’ seemed like they lived on entirely different (i.e. mostly white) worlds than me.  Reading YA reminds me of spending my entire summers at the public library in Hayward and incurring astronomical late fees that my dad would be so pissed about paying.  Ahh, memories!  Oh, and I’m trying to get as much YA reads as possible before school starts in the fall.  If you have any suggestions, comment me.

Anyway, back to a lazy afternoon in an air-conditioned bedroom with The Hunger Games!

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