I don’t read more in the summer, I read year round. I read at least one book every week, and go to the library every weekend to pick up and/or return books. But this month, I’m reading a book especially for August. I’ve joined an ad hoc group to read or re-read The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner. (Tough book! But there are guides on the internet to help one get through Part One.)
I was kicked out of high school at the beginning of my Sophomore year for being pregnant. I continued my education by reading. At the age of 21, I asked my local librarian to give me a list of classics because I had already read every mystery in the branch and most of the popular books I was interested in. I’d read at least a hundred biographies as well. She gave me a list of authors that include Pearl S. Buck, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, Dickens, Chekhov, Dostoyevsky, Flannery O’Connor, and Eudora Welty. I read all their books. This gave me a pretty good overview of Western literature but left a few gaps.
Later I read Francine Prose’s book “How to Read Like a Writer,” which introduced me to Zadie Smith and other authors I hadn’t yet read.
Somehow, I skipped Faulkner altogether.
On a side note, one of my own stories was published last week by Open Thought Vortex. I had two surprising reactions: one was a review of the story on Twitter; the other was a request to read the book. (There is no book, it’s a stand alone piece.) Always leave them wanting more, right? I was thrilled with both responses.
What are you reading this summer? So far this summer (since Jun 21) I’ve read Hysterical: Anna Freud’s Story by Rebecca Coffey, Resist! a comic zine by a multitude of cartoonists, Priestdaddy by Patricia Lockwood, The Red Hunter by Lisa Unger, Into the Water by Paula Hawkins, Downfall by J. A. Jance, and Theft by Finding by David Sedaris.
What are you writing? I’m writing essays as well as my weekly column. Here is this week’s photo prompt: