The reading theme for August is Women. This is such a fun theme (a repeat from last year—that’s how much we enjoyed it): any reference to a female in the title is all that’s required, common as well as proper nouns, and even pronouns. Broad. (Did I mention fun?)
I have been heavy on fiction in this first part of the month—so far I’ve read The Lady in the Lake, Raymond Chandler; The Handmaid’s Tale (graphic novel version—so fun), Margaret Atwood; Huntress, Malinda Lo; The Bride Test, Helen Hoang (loved this); and Hagar Poems, Mohja Kahf, which I also loved.
I do have some nonfiction in progress, though. My main focus has been Invisible Women: Data Bias in a World Designed for Men, by Caroline Criado Perez (it’s very informative and quite depressing); Brown Girl Dreaming, Jacqueline Woodson (I am not far in, but so far I’ve loved every page); and The Friendship of Women: The Hidden Tradition of the Bible, Joan Chittister.
We’re not even halfway through the month, so plenty of time to get in a few more women. I’m just starting Mother Love, Rita Dove, as my next poetry book (this is a reread; I loved it when I first read it many years ago). I’m pretty sure my next fiction book is going to be My Sister, the Serial Killer, Oyinkan Braithwaite. But until I actually start it, you never know.
Additional fiction I’d like to read for this theme:
- Queen Sugar, Natalie Baszile
- The Fate of Katherine Carr, Thomas H. Cook
- The Girls of Slender Means, Muriel Spark
- Wench, Dolen Perkins-Valdez
- The Alice Network, Kate Quinn
- The Appearance of Annie Van Sinderen, Katherine Howe
I can’t imagine I’ll get more than two or maybe three more read yet this month. So hard to choose. I want to read them all.
I have a similar problem with nonfiction. I would like to read all of these this month:
- You Play the Girl, Carina Chocano
- The Many Faces of Josephine Baker: Dancer, Singer, Activist, Spy, Peggy Caravantes
- The Black Girl Next Door, Jennifer Baszile
- The Girl’s Guide to Homelessness, Brianna Karp
- Give a Girl a Knife, Amy Thielen
- The Crone, Barbara G. Walker
The Crone would be a reread for me. I thought I needed a crone in there to balance out all those girls. I loved it when I read it in the 1990s. I wonder if it would still strike a chord, now that I’m so much closer to cronehood?
Last month’s theme was water. Just listing the titles is kind of fun: Dragons in the Waters, Daughters of the Lake, Skinny Dipping, Watership Down, Wade in the Water, The Arm of the Starfish, River, Waterborne.
This is turning out to be a very good reading summer. I hope you are finding yours equally enjoyable.