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.
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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.
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.