June has been a great month for reading. I read three green books (The Green House, The Great Green Okayness, and Now the Green Blade Rises). I’ve also read several green things, including trees, a meadow, nettles, leaves, and perhaps Appalachia.
Poetry has captured a lot of my attention in June—already I’ve finished six poetry books. The standouts so far: The Green House, by Joyce Sutphen (a favorite poet); Now the Green Blade Rises, by Elizabeth Spires (how have I not discovered her before now?); and Listening to the Leaves Form, by James Grabill. I may yet finish another book of poetry this month, possibly two. We have a couple of hot days ahead of us, and what better than to sit under the ceiling fan and read poetry?
Other books I have in progress: Braiding Sweetgrass, by Robin Wall Kimmerer, and The Hidden Life of Trees, by Peter Wohlleben. These two nonfiction books are both beautiful reads that I don’t want to rush, and I think I will stretch them out over the summer. Also, unrelated to any theme, I am reading the third book in N.K. Jemisin’s Inheritance Trilogy, The Kingdom of Gods. Early days yet, but I think I am going to like this third book best.
I’m already excited about July’s theme: one-word titles. I only have two books in my fiction pile, but they are both over 500 pages, and I’m really excited about both of them:
- Americanah, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
- Crosstalk, by Connie Willis
To be sure, I do have more one-word fiction titles. But I am content with these two long books that I am quite looking forward to.
Nonfiction is a different story. So much to choose from, I hardly know where to start. A sampling (I am going to include subtitles, even though it detracts from the oneness of the theme, to give you a better idea of what the book is about):
- Irresistible (The Rise of Addictive Technology and the Business of Keeping Us Hooked), by Adam Alter
- Janesville (An American Story), by Amy Goldstein
- Mnemonic (A Book of Trees), by Theresa Kishkan
- Stitches (A Handbook on Meaning, Hope and Repair), by Anne Lamott
- Oneness (Great Principles Shared by All Religions), by Jeffrey Moses
- Limber (Essays), by Angela Pelster
- Domesticity (A Gastronomic Interpretation of Love), by Bob Shaccohis
Poetry is a banquet. And since it is so rich, and I am in such a poetry place, I’ll include several that particularly appeal:
- Gate, by Ilze Klavina Mueller
- Dolphins, by Stephen Spender
- Oubliette, by Peter Richards
- Swithering, by Robin Robertson
- Shiner, by Maggie Nelson
- Carousel, by George Murray
- Heredities, by J. Michael Martinez
- Curios, by Judith Taylor
- Meteorology, by Alpay Ulku
- Kaleidoscope, by Sweta Srivastava Vikram
- Barter, Monica Youn
Every one of these books appeals to me, and I have only gone through half of my poetry! (I have decided to stop looking, as I already have more than I’m sure I will read.)
I am not particularly fond of hot weather. However, it does seem to lead me to sit back and read more poetry. The perfect thing for a hot summer day. All it lacks is iced tea.
Happy Summer, Happy Reading!