I believe the September reading theme started as man/woman. And then we added child. Shortly after that, we decided to read Gone Girl (Gillian Flynn) together as a theme read. So girl and boy got added in. And I added kid because I want to read Just Kids, by Patti Smith.
My bookshelves were brimming with potential theme reads. Here are some of the cream of the crop.
- A Man Called Ove, Fredrik Backman
- Woman in the Dark, Dashiell Hammett
- Girl Meets Boy, Ali Smith
- How to Paint a Dead Man, Sarah Hall
- The Girls of Slender Means, Muriel Spark
- The Sweet Relief of Missing Children, Sarah Braunstein
Right now A Man Called Ove is leading the pack for my next fiction book (though the Muriel Spark book also calls).
Nonfiction that’s rising to the top:
- How to be a Woman, Caitlin Moran
- Angry White Men, Michael Kimmel
- Men We Reaped, Jesmyn Ward
- The Woman Warrior, Maxine Hong Kingston
- Boy Erased, Garrard Conley
- The Girl’s Guide to Homelessness, Brianna Karp
I have already picked up Just Kids (Patti Smith) though I’ve only read the preface. I hope to spend some time with it this weekend. Next up might be How to be a Woman. But who can tell? That could be days away.
And of course, poetry. So many fun/interesting titles.
- Woman at Mile Zero, Linda Rogers
- Missing Children, Lynn Crosbie
- Loose Woman, Sandra Cisneros
- The Gentle Man, Bart Edelman
- Among Women, Jason Shinder
- The Man Who Sleeps in My Office, Jason Sommer
- The Silence of Men, Richard Jeffrey Newman
- A Woman Kneeling in the Big City, Elizabeth Macklin
- Uncoded Woman, Anne-Marie Oomen
- Narrative of the Life of the Brown Boy and the White Man, Ronaldo V. Wilson
- The Girl With Bees in Her Hair, Eleanor Rand Wilner
- Encouragement for a Man Falling to His Death, Christopher Kennedy
- Running Like a Woman With Her Hair on Fire, Martina Newberry
I looked at that list for at least 10 minutes trying to decide which titles to cull, because it’s so long. But it’s poetry, and I can’t choose, so that is the full list and you see I have my hands full for the month of September!
Last month’s theme (The _____) was a bit of a bust. Not because there wasn’t a ton of titles (there were plenty) but because I just didn’t read all that much. I read 7 books in August (and two of those were poetry). The 3 fiction books I read were all dark, dysfunctional, and/or dystopian (I can’t say how odd this is for me, as I don’t usually go into dark or dystopian in my fiction, and three in one month is quite an aberration). For those out there that do like to go down this road, I’d recommend The Unit, by Ninni Holmqvist. A blurb on the cover compares Holmqvist—a Swede—with Marge Piercy and Margaret Atwood. I believe they are in good company.
But for now, I think I’ll retire to the front porch with Patti Smith.