So, yes. I’m reviving this. It seems easier to revive a blog with something structured, such as Oliver de la Paz’s summer reading challenge. You can find the rules by following the link to his blog, but the gist of it is: choose 15 books you want to read by the end of August. 3 of those books must be inspired by other participants’ lists. There are some other rules too, which you can read on OdlP’s blog.
So, here’s my list.
1. Kindred — Octavia Butler
2. My 1980s and other essays — Wayne Koestenbaum
3. Talking to Girls About Duran Duran — Rob Sheffield
4. Decision Assessment and Counseling in Abortion Care: Philosophy and Practice — Alissa Perrucci
5. not so, sea — Mg Roberts
6. After-Cave — Michelle Detori
7. Citizen: An American Lyric — Claudia Rankine
8. Oracle — Cate Marvin
9. Mad Honey Symposium — Sally Wen Mao
10. Post Subject: A Fable — Oliver de la Paz
11. Nests and Strangers: On Asian American Women Poets — ed. Timothy Yu
12. Against Interpretation — Susan Sontag
13. The Dead Wrestler Elegies — W. Todd Kaneko
14. When My Brother Was An Aztec – Natalie Diaz
15. Blood, Sparrows and Sparrows — Eugenia Leigh
Bonus (and by “bonus,” I mean “books I would like to get to this summer, but I may not be able to, but if I am able to get to them, then it will be a super sweet bonus”):
The Radical Doula Guide: A Political Primer for Full Spectrum Pregnancy and Childbirth Support — Miriam Zoila Perez
Killing the Black Body: Race, Reproduction and the Meaning of Liberty — Dorothy Roberts
P.S. I know, decision assessment and abortion care counseling doesn’t sound like the most riveting summer reading a girl could do, but it is for this gal. I believe it’s a revolution. I can’t wait to get to it and respond to it. I feel equally the same about all the other books on my list.
Let the summer reading commence!