What I’m Reading — Summer 2015

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It’s been a while since the last one of these, so the list is long. Good news is there were a lot of good books between March and September and even though my reading was slower than usual (I just finished writing my second romance trilogy and that took up considerable time) I found quite a few books that I enjoyed. (Amazon affiliate links have been used in this post.)

Medium Raw: A Bloody Valentine to the World of Food and the People Who Cook by Anthony Bourdain — I loved this. I haven’t read Kitchen Confidential, but I am familiar with his shows and after years of refusing to watch them because I found his demeanor off-putting I finally started watching. When the travel bug bites you do what you must to scratch that itch. I could listen to him describe food all day long. And I did, because this was an audiobook. He really likes meat, too, and makes no apologies for it. I appreciate that.

The Walking Dead, Vol. 21: All Out War Part 2 and The Walking Dead, Vol. 22: A New Beginning — Both fine. The latter better because they really needed to shake things up. It had become this monotonous trek through each issue, with the survivors encountering some of the same obstacles over and over again. I won’t spoil A New Beginning, but the big change was a good move and I hope the story picks up from here.

A Thousand Mornings and New and Selected Poems, Vol. 1 by Mary Oliver — Both of these were great and while I gave the first one 3 stars and the second 4 stars, I would recommend picking up both of them if you enjoy any of her work. I like it when she wanders down paths she doesn’t often take in her poetry (i.e., anything other than nature). I’ve mentioned it before, but now we’re only about a month away from the release of her latest collection, Felicity. I am so excited to read those.

Voyager (Outlander #3) by Diana Gabaldon — Took me long enough. If I had known what I was going to run into on page…I don’t know, 330-something, I would have pushed myself there long ago. I feel like I’m in the minority, but I enjoyed this one so much more than Dragonfly in Amber.

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins — Finally picked this one up and zoomed through it. Made myself put it down so I could meet a writing deadline, but after that I told everyone to leave me alone so I could go to my room and finish it. A fun, thrilling read.

A Dance with Dragons (A Song of Ice and Fire, #5) by George R.R. Martin — Finally finished it. My least favorite of the series. It plods along and follows characters I don’t much care about (Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen…yeah, yeah, I know. But I now subscribe to the POSSIBLE SPOILER ALERT theory that they are twins, so maybe I’ll find them interesting at some point), other than Tyrion, who has my heart and always will. Now I wait like everyone else.

Easy by Marie Ponsot — What a delicious collection of poems. I picked it up at the library because it looked good and while it took me a bit to get to a poem that I really loved, once I did I was sold.


Over the rootspread of woods, words, turf we walk, talking, through the blue hour.
In each of us, the rootspreads outline a universe at its origin.

We reach the lakeshore.
We row out into the dark.
We fish all night, no nets. Sometimes
we weight or bait each other’s hooks,
testing what our lines can catch.

May the lakelife prosper.
May the hooks we remove
do minimal damage.

May the lines hold good.

Brother Sun, Sister Moon by Katherine Paterson
Forgive Me, I Meant to Do It: False Apology Poems by Gail Carson Levine
Lighthead by Terrance Hayes

Currently reading: The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

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3 Replies to “What I’m Reading — Summer 2015”

  1. I love the idea of reading poem collections, but have yet to do so myself. Noting your recommendations for when I do! I’m currently trying to get through Tana French’s Dublin Squad Murder series. I’ve already renewed the first book once, so that says how slow my reading has been lately since I’m usually a fast reader.

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