June brought the return to work, a nasty summer cold, and, with it, a depressing reading slump. Instead of spending my days sprawled outside on the hammock, book in hand, I lounged on the couch with a hefty stash of tissues and ginger ale, re-watching Gilmore Girls at an alarmingly quick pace. Now that my cold has finally gotten the message that it’s highly unwanted, I’m hoping to get back into the swing of things. Here are the books I’ve acquired recently!
The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead
A big thank you to Doubleday for sending this one my way! Though I haven’t read Whitehead yet–no, not even The Underground Railroad–I’ve been looking forward to The Nickel Boys for months. Following two young African American boys attending a dangerous juvenile reformatory school in Florida during the Jim Crow era, and based on a true story, Whitehead’s newest release will definitely be an “it” book this summer.
Turbulence by David Szalay
I love traveling, and I’ve always thought there’s something really special about airports specifically, perhaps the “betweenness” of its habitants, the feeling of being not here nor there. For that reason, Turbulence certainly piqued by interest; told across twelve different flights, it’s a novel in short stories, and only 150 pages at that. Massive thanks to Scribner for treating me to an advanced copy.
Tenth of December by George Saunders
George Saunders is one of my new favorite authors. A few months ago, I talked about short story collections on my radar, and Tenth of December made the cut. Having wholeheartedly adored Lincoln in the Bardo, I’m looking forward to reading some of Saunders’ short stories, and, as some would argue, his best work.
Men Without Women by Haruki Murakami
Men Without Women is another short story collection I’d discussed, and though Murakami fans say this collection isn’t his best, I’m looking forward to trying out some of his stories after falling in love with his novels. Plus, the concept sounds overwhelming intriguing: stories of men who have lost their women in various ways.
What’s on your nightstand this month?