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Summer? Reading

Sure, I understand summer is when kids and teachers have months-worth of vacation time. When people of means take trips to Hawaii or something. But for most of us, summer just means it’s better weather out while we’re inside working. So, by all means, make summer reading lists. But why not just make reading lists. Period. ?

To that end, here’s a list for you:

Books to Read During Your Lunch Break While at Work this Summer

{some new}

BOOK by Ken Sparling

The Awful Possibilities by Christian TeBordo

Pee On Water by Rachel Glaser

When All Our Days Are Numbered by Sasha Fletcher

{some old}

The Journey of Ibn Fattoum by Naquib Mahfouz

The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway

Siddhartha by Herman Hesse

Q Road by Bonnie Jo Campbell

As Cool As I Am by Pete Fromm

All of these are quite digestable in a few lunch hours (or half-hours). Besides, who needs to eat.

  • Ryan W. Bradley has pumped gas, changed oil, painted houses, swept the floor of a mechanic's shop, worked on a construction crew in the Arctic Circle, fronted a punk band, and managed an independent children's bookstore. He now works in marketing. His latest book is Nothing but the Dead and Dying, a collection of stories set in Alaska. He lives in southern Oregon with his wife and two sons.

38 thoughts on “Summer? Reading

  1. This summer everyone should read:

    The Evolutionary Revolution by Lily Hoang
    The Complete Works of Marvin K. Mooney by Christopher Higgs
    The Gurlesque Anthology


    My Life Outside the Ring by Hulk Hogan

  2. When All Our Days Are Numbered is next on my list, and then Prose. Poem. A Novel., and then probably No Country for Old Men, since I bought it almost a year ago and it’s been sitting on my shelf, and maybe I can take a small break from all the new stuff.

  3. I’m looking forward to it. Jamie shuffled me a copy at the HTMLG party at AWP, and I’ve not been able to get to it yet.

    I’ve only read The Road so far, which was fantastic, and I’ve heard mostly that Old Country is his weakest work, but it’s been on my shelf for months now, so I’m going to get it off the list.

      1. Ha. Same here. I’ve a good 8-10 more books from AWP yet to read, and that’s not counting a copy of Annalemma 5 and PANK 4.

      2. What I’ve read that I got at AWP:

        Lidia Yuknavitch, Liberty’s Excess
        Urs Alleman, Babyfucker
        Eunoia, Christian Bok
        Annalemma 6
        1/2 of the Harp & Altar Anthology (need to finish)

        What I haven’t read:
        Vanessa Place, La Medusa
        the aforementioned Higgs and Hoang
        Lance Olsen, Girl Imagined by Chance
        Fence 21
        Salt Hill 22 & 24
        Mid American Review Volume XXIX No 2
        A Couple Issues of Redivider I forgot the numbers

    1. i think that’s what i’m getting to next after BOOK. looking forward to it, mistakes and all! looking forward to Mike Young’s book, too, when that comes!

  4. Good point Ryan.

    I’d like to read a big book, but I think mainly I want to read older things.

    In the Heart of the Heart of the Country – William Gass

    Two Serious Ladies – Jane Bowles

    Gospel According to Jesus Christ – Jose Saramago

    1. Heart of the Heart of the Country is excellent. That story alone is worth an entire summer, reading & rereading.

  5. i am still chewing on witz and likely will be all summer. this is one of those sacrifice summers. one book. one big book. and lots of shining force when my brain burns out.

  6. Y’all can help me decide from the following, which are all on my shelf:

    Chris Higgs, Marvin K Mooney
    Lily Hoang, Evolutionary Revolution
    Lance Olsen, Girl Imagined by Chance
    Vanessa Place, La Medusa
    Kathy Acker, Blood and Guts in HS
    Rebecca Brown, the Terrible Girls
    Barry Hannah, Ray
    The Collected Stories, Leonard Michaels
    Most Likely You’ll Go Your Way…, Ben Tanzer
    Betrayed by Rita Hayworth, Manuel Puig
    Attempts at a Life, Danielle Dutton
    The Word Book, Mieko Kanai
    Aureole, Carole Maso
    The Rocket’s Red Glare, David Peak
    Sexing the Cherry, Jeanette Winterson
    The Apocalypse Reader
    City of Boys, Beth Nugent
    Queer, Burroughs
    Call me Ahab, Anne Finger
    Desperate Characters, Paula Fox
    Stories 1 and Stories 2, Scott McLanahan
    Ruins, Achy Obejas
    The Stories of Breece D’J Pancake
    The Failure Six, Shane Jones
    The White Road, Tania Hershman
    Boons & The Camp, David Ohle
    The Rainbow Stories, William T. Vollman
    Girl Trouble, Holly Goddard Jones
    Hoppla! 1 2 3, Gerard Gavarry
    Wittgenstein’s Mistress, David Markson
    Words from a Glass Bubble, Vanessa Gebbie
    A Relative Stranger, Charles Baxter
    The Burning House, Ann Beattie
    Instruction Manual for Swallowing, Adam Marek
    Dangerous Laughter, Millhauser
    Women up on Blocks, Mary Akers
    The Notebook The Proof The Third Lie, Agota Kristof
    Where the Long Grass Bends, Neela Vaswani
    The Open Curtain, Brian Evenson
    In the United States of Africa, Abdourahman A Waberi
    Autobiography of Red, Anne Carson
    Stories in the Worst Way, Gary Lutz
    The Sluts, Dennis Cooper
    The Revisionist, Miranda Mellis
    In the Shadow of Young Girls in Flower & The Guermantes Way & Sodom and Gomorrah, Marcel Proust
    Collected Fictions of Borges
    Lolita, Nabokov
    If on a Winter’s Night a Traveler, Calvino

    Stuff I’m currently reading and/or left unfinished and need to go back and finish:
    Through the Drowsy Dark, Rachel Swirsky
    Self-Titled Debut, Andy Farkas
    Age of Wire and String, Ben Marcus
    Prisoner of Love, Jean Genet
    Don Quixote, Kathy Acker
    Claudia Smith’s most recent chapbook

    …Do y’all see why I feel, like completely panicked like all.the.time.

      1. I know! That post of yours was why I bought it when I saw it somewhere.

        I do that a lot, that’s why the stack is ginormous.

        I’ve read “A Partial List of People to Bleach,” so know I love Lutz.

        I won a stack of Calamari books (several of which I didn’t put on this list because I know Im probably not gonna read them for a while) on htmlgiant, and I got to pick two of the ten or however many it was Derek sent and Lutz and Mellis were the two I picked.

  7. Hey Tim, I’m thrilled to find myself on that freakishly short reading list of yours. I also think, and this is not remotely subjective, that Most Likely is a great place to start, which I’m sure Ryan will back me on, right Ryan? Ryan?

  8. It happens, you may have been thinking about the brief time period I spent living and writing with Paul Bowles. For awhile it really did feel like we were one person.

  9. He was always funny like that. Meanwhile, I’m wondering we need to kill this, because I do not want John Madera to kick my ass. He’s welcome to kick yours of course, your staff.

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