Right now, I’m on an eight-hour train ride to New York, where I’ll be for the next week. Monday-Thursday I’ll be finishing up my publishing internship, meeting with editors, agents, and other industry professionals, and wandering around the city to get a feel for that NYC lifestyle I crave so much. Then, Friday-Sunday I’ll be spending time with my family for my cousin’s christening and sightseeing at all the popular tourist destinations. (I’m beyond grateful the planning worked out so perfectly, though I would have loved to make two trips to the city.)
I shared my first Current Reads a month ago, when I felt I was juggling a handful of books for many different projects. I’m sharing this one, now, with the same reasons, though this time I have the added pressure of required reading for class. I thought I’d share my current reads with you, since, let’s be honest, I have a lot of time on my hands at the moment.
As a mood reader, it’s always difficult to try to decide which books to bring on a trip, but I decided pretty easily on packing these titles. First up, Tonight I’m Someone Else by Chelsea Hodson, which I bought for the sole purpose of reading on the train. I thought it’d be nice to travel with an essay collection, something that’s easy to dip in and out of among the hustle and bustle.
I’m also bringing along Pachinko by Min Jin Lee, which has been on my nightstand since April, so it’s about time I’ve gotten around to it! I’m always hesitant to read books that are over-hyped or popular because I’m afraid I won’t like it as much as everyone else, which is why I put Pachinko off for so long.
Last but not least, I have the latest edition of Tin House, because who doesn’t love a good literary magazine? The Paris Review and Granta are my favorites, and I’ve never read a physical copy of Tin House, but their online content never fails to disappoint (plus, I could spend the entire ride admiring the cover art).
For the first time ever, I’m falling behind on ARCs. I just finished Three Things About Elsie and Crudo by Olivia Laing (September 11), which were both sent to me fairly recently, and I’ve started A River of Stars by Vanessa Hua (August 14), but I have yet to read Ohio by Stephen Markley (August 21). I’m ecstatic for all of these, but the last few weeks have been jam-packed with other responsibilities, and I’ve had to set ARCs on the back burner. Hopefully I can finish these up in September before midterm week hits.
Classes start up again the day after I get back from the city, and while I’m sure I’ll be exhausted from my trip, I can’t wait to get back into the swing of things. I’m taking an online music/film class, a Management class for my minor, and three English classes: Criticism, Writing About Literature, and Young Adult Literature. The first two are pretty basic requirements, but YA Lit seems like a pretty fun elective course. I just got the reading list a few days ago, and it contains classics like The Outsiders and The Catcher in the Rye, but also more contemporary titles like The Perks of Being a Wallflower, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, and The Hate U Give. Either way, I’m thrilled to get back into the semester’s routine.
After this week’s meetings, my internship is officially over! The whole experience felt so surreal, knowing that my dream of working in publishing is actually attainable. When it comes to working in the book industry, it’s all about who you know and what internships you’ve done, so having one internship under my belt gives me some confidence that I could actually end up having my dream job someday. During my time at the literary agency, I read two fiction manuscripts and a handful of queries, while also working on an awards database.
What are you currently reading?