Current Reads: July 19, 2018

I used to be a one-book-at-a-time gal, but the times are a changin’!  I’m currently switching between five different books: two novels, two manuscripts, and a poetry collection.

I dove into The Incendiaries by R.O. Kwon on Sunday morning.  It’s my most anticipated release of the year, and I already know it won’t disappoint.  I’m only around eighty pages in so far, but I’m really trying to take my time with it; it’s one of those books you want to read slowly in order to absorb every word.  Massive thanks to the lovely people at Riverhead Books for sending this one my way!

I also picked up Philip Larkin’s Collected Poems on Tuesday.  I read a few of his poems for my English Literature survey class last semester and I fell in love, especially with “Aubade” and “This Be The Verse.”  I was in the mood for something really different, and I don’t normally read poetry outside of coursework, so I thought I’d pick this one up.  Reading a poetry collection feels very non-committal, something I’m in desperate need of right now while juggling jobs and responsibilities.

Speaking of jobs and responsibilities, my internship is sucking up the majority of my reading time, but I absolutely adore feeling a part of the publishing process!  I’m interning at a literary agency; so far I’ve read two queries, and I’m currently working my way through two manuscripts, one acquired and one for evaluation.  I honestly wish I could talk more about them, because they’re both fantastic and I can’t wait to see them published.  One’s an apocalyptic thriller, Station Eleven meets Gone Girl, and the other’s a searing, honest tale of motherhood.  Both have me mesmerized.

Lastly, I’m reading a few books for review.  I finished The Bucket List by Georgia Clark over the weekend, and my review will be up later this week.  Spoiler alert: I loved it!  It was a sweet, smart, sexy read that I devoured over one sleepless night.  Up next is A River of Stars by Vanessa Hua, which I plan on picking up tomorrow.  I’ve heard nothing but great things so I’m eager to start reading it.  I’ve talked about both of these titles briefly in my Summer 2018 ARC List, so check that out for more!

What are you currently reading?


13 thoughts on “Current Reads: July 19, 2018

  1. I have a copy of that Philip Larkin collection from college. I haven’t touched it since I was studying it for a class, but I think I need to change that I loved those poems. This Be the Verse was definitely one of my favorites. And Toads!

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    1. Yessss he’s my absolute favorite poet! “Aubade” was the first poem of his I read, and I was so obsessed with it, I think I wrote like three different papers on it for class! Do you have any poetry recs?? I need more in my life!!

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      1. I’ve never had the opportunity to study Larkin formally, but hopefully I’ll be able to do so at uni! I discovered ‘Aubade’ through a recording Larkin made of it (I think it’s on YouTube), and I fell in love. In terms of general poetry recs, I love W.H. Auden, Federico Garcia Lorca, H.D. (Hilda Doolittle) and Ezra Pound – I find his poems take some thinking over – and Jo Shapcott’s ‘Of Mutability’ is beautiful. Do you have any for me? (especially female poets; I’m particularly lacking in that department, sadly!)

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      2. I haven’t read many female poets, unfortunately, but I always enjoyed Emily Dickinson, and I’ve been meaning to read Sylvia Plath. I like E.E. Cummings, T.S. Eliot, occasionally Wordsworth and Whitman if I’m in the right mood. I prefer twentieth century poetry over Romantic/Victorian. Like “Aubade,” I read “Digging” by Seamus Heaney for class and became quite fond of that one, though I haven’t read anything else of his. Thanks for the recs! 🙂

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