July is going to be a pretty busy month for me. I still have five ARCs to read that come out within the next two months; I’m also starting my summer internship, which will involve a heavy amount of reading, while still working whatever hours I can grab at my part-time bookselling job. Long story short, this month’s Nightstand is looking pretty sparse, perhaps in amount but (hopefully) not in value.
There There by Tommy Orange
There There is probably the most buzzed-about books of the summer, and there’s nothing like a little buzz to get me to snatch a copy! I was fortunate enough to receive a physical ARC through my bookselling job, and I need to get around to it soon. There aren’t many Native American titles that come to mind other than Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, but hopefully Orange’s There There will remedy that.
Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders
I’ve had my eye on Lincoln for a while, and when it won the Man Booker my interest in it was pretty much cemented. Plus, Saunders is coming to my hometown next year, so let’s hope I can get to it before then. I’m not sure how I’m going to like it, as it sounds pretty experimental, but I’ve heard a lot of glowing reviews and I find the topic of Abraham Lincoln fascinating, so I’m nothing if not curious.
Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward
Similarly to Saunders, Ward is also coming to my hometown next year to talk about her highly praised book, Sing, Unburied, Sing. I’m a sucker for award winners and this novel has certainly been around the circuit, even earning Ward her second (!!) National Book Award for Fiction. It doesn’t sound like my usual cup of tea, but I read the first chapter in a bookshop and was sucked in immediately! I’m looking forward to getting back to it.
What books are you planning on reading in July? Any thoughts on these titles? Let me know in the comments!