Wednesday, June 17, 2015

2015 Summer Reading Challenge!

(Starting at the top.)

I am eager to get down to the business of Oliver de la Paz's 2015 summer reading challenge. Here's how it works:
  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.

Here's my list, so far... I still need one to round it out (though Repast is really three books in one, so).

Decomp – Stephen Collis & Jordan Scott (Coach House, 2013)

Things Seen – Annie Ernaux (Bison Books, 2010)

Sula – Toni Morrison (Knopf, 1973)

Repast: Tea, Lunch, and Cocktails – D.A. Powell (Graywolf, 2014)

Charming Gardens – David Biespiel (University of Washington, 2013)

Things To Do With Your Mouth – Divya Victor (Les Figues, 2014)

After-Cave – Michelle Detorie (Ahsahta, 2014)

The Interrogative Mood – Padgett Powell (Ecco, 2010)

Excluded – Julia Serano (Seal Press, 2013)

Binary Star – Sarah Girard (Two Dollar Radio, 2015)

Bad Feminist – Roxane Gay (Harper Perennial, 2014)

Notes from No Man’s Land – Eula Biss (Graywolf, 2009)

The Empathy Exams – Leslie Jamison (Graywolf, 2014)

My Body is a Book of Rules – Elissa Washuta (Red Hen, 2014)

Some of the other participants and lists so far: