Hey Everyone! I don’t know if any of you have noticed yet, but I updated my March Reading List. Every month, I’m going to showcase what I’m reading and what I think you all will benefit from. Each book I have listed in the April Reading List are books I’ve read in class or on my own.
These books also cover a wide range of themes and genres. There’s something for everyone. If you’re looking for books on craft, I have a very cool one by Tin House Press called The Writer’s Notebook II.
If you’re looking for poetry, check out Ocean Vuong’s Night Sky with Exit Wounds. He just won the TS Eliot Prize for this collection. It’s also the first collection of poetry that I read and felt like I understood everything. In an interview, he says (I’m paraphrasing) that he loves how the word ‘Laughter’ can be found in the word ‘Slaughter’. This pretty much sums up his work.
If you’re looking for the inspiration behind all my hint fiction pieces, check out this tiny anthology called Hint Fiction: An Anthology of Stories in 25 Words or Fewer. The cover is cute and the book is tiny, but the stories are far from both. They’ll leave a lasting impact that will forever change the way you look at what fiction is capable of.
Visitation is a translated work of fiction from Germany by an extremely talented writer Jenny Erpenbeck. Her story is told from the perspective of a house. When I first heard that, I thought What the fuck? When I was done reading it, I knew exactly why it was recommended. It covers the long history of a house and all the families that lived in it.
J.M. Coetzee is from South Africa and completely changes the definition of what a novel is. He’s won two Booker Prizes and a Nobel Prize for Literature. Diary of a Bad Year looks at three storylines simultaneously. It’s not as hard to follow as it seems, but I promise you’ve never read anything like this before.
I don’t know if any of you have noticed this either, but I also added book review sections to my blog. I plan to write a post about each book I listed above, so please look out for those. You can find them under the April Reading List category in my menu. I’ll have more detailed thoughts on each book and I’ll try to post one once a week along with my work and any submissions I receive.
I also changed up my submission guidelines. I made them much clearer. Be sure to check those out and be sure to submit your own work afterwards too!