June Reading List

This has been overdue for some time now, but I finally got around to it: The June Reading List is now up. I’d love it if you checked it out and took a closer look at the books I have there.

June Reading List Inspiration

This month I wanted to focus more on books that I think represent what kind of stories I like to read and what kind of stories I’m looking to accept for the Winter Issue of Come and Go Literary.

If you want to submit to that, or if you’d like to submit your work as a guest post, see my submission guidelines for more details.

Each book I have listed on the June Reading List make the reader look at things from different perspectives. One is a new translation of The Odyssey by Emily Wilson, who also happens to be the first woman to ever translate Homer’s epic.

Another goes into a highly debatable topic: the death penalty. No matter what your views are on it, you’re going to come away at the end of the book on one side of the argument or the other. The nice thing about it is that you don’t have to agree with the author; you’re only required to hear him out.

Currently Reading

I also finally finished War and Peace! You’ll notice that I took that down from the currently reading section, where I know how Celeste Ng’s Little Fires Everywhere.

I’m going back and forth on writing a review for War and Peace. I feel like because it’s such a classic, there’s no need to get into my thoughts. I’m not a famous critique with the authority to change the way we look at Tolstoy’s genius.

Instead, I might try to talk about some of the things I highlighted and took notes on throughout the reading. I went into the book with the mindset of a writer, underlining certain sentences that jumped out in good and bad ways.

Tell Me What You Think

If there’s a book that’s speaking to you and you want to know more about it, please do not hesitate to reach out and tell me. I’ll either contact you directly or write a review on it.

If you’ve already read these books, please tell me your thoughts on them, and if you agree with my quick assessments of them. I don’t want you to take this as a challenge. I’m not here to change your opinions in any way shape or form. I’m here to remind you that other ones exist, and for a reason.

Whatever the case may be, even if it’s to tell me that all these books suck, let me know. I need constructive criticism to make this work! I promise I can take it.


10 Comments Add yours

  1. E. J. Gette says:

    War and Peace. Quite the undertaking. Congrats.
    I keep hearing about Ng, I am going to have to look into that one.

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    1. I’m already almost done with the book and I definitely recommend it. I’m not quite sure where it’s going, but it’s one of those books that lets you see both sides of an argument that appears to be pretty straightforward, but in reality, it’s anything but.


  2. Karamazov was one of my fav’s but then I read “The Adolescent” and I think it’s much better.
    I think very important to read diff genres & authors. I for ex also has difficulties with sticking only to 1 country or 1 author…

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  3. Tolstoy is genius of coz…just by writing so much & detailed about the war 😉

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  4. War and peace…yep, read in the school. Mostly love story. Didn’t like war descriptions-too boring. Glad u made it 😂👋

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    1. I loved the battle scenes. I think that was the only time where I felt like I was reading an actual novel and not a textbook lol. And the duel Pierre gets himself into, along with all the masonry stuff. I’m glad I made it too

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      1. Nooooo 😂😂 I don’t know 🤷‍♀️ I’m too girly for that book I guess 😉✌️
        But yes, Tolstoy is the master of battle-war descriptions

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  5. kenza says:

    “War and peace” oh! What an incredible read! I read it three times. The kind of book that changes your life just like the Brother Karamazov or Notes from the Underground or Crime and Punishment –once you get into Russian literature. Count Pierre Bezhukov remains in my head much more than Ana Karenina’s Vronsky. Thanks for the post. Kenza.

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    1. I forget who said it about The Brothers Karamozov, but they said (paraphrasing) something along the lines of if you ever want to learn everything there is to know about the human race, read The Brothers Karamozov. I got through just about all of it, and stopped towards the end for whatever reason. I’m a big fan of Russian lit, but I can’t read one book after the other after the other.

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