A month of short stories. Well. I’m kinda proud of myself. Books that have been untouched on my TBR forever, books I abandoned a few years ago, new titles, classics titles, books I wanted to get out of the way. A month with my favorite genre. It wasn’t as static an experience as I’d figured on weak moments — there were verra long stories here for when I needed a novel-esque fix, for example. And I tried to shake up the reading sequence so a] I wouldn’t mix them up, b] I needed some kind of mixing up.
Mmm, short fiction diet. Illuminating re my own writing, occasionally disastrous to my self-esteem. Oh well.
So. Here’s what I read this month of September [links lead to my thoughts on ze book]:
- The Cabal and Other Stories, by Ellen Gilchrist.
- Both Ways Is the Only Way I Want It, by Maile Meloy.
- Samuel Johnson Is Indignant, by Lydia Davis.
- Dimanche and Other Stories, by Irène Némirovsky.
- The New York Stories of Elizabeth Hardwick.
- Magic for Beginners, by Kelly Link.
- Everything Here Is te Best Thing Ever, by Justin Taylor.
- How We Are Hungry, by Dave Eggers.
- What He’s Poised to Do, by Ben Greenman.
- Don’t Look Now, by Daphne du Maurier.
- Girl Trouble, by Holly Goddard Jones.
Favorites:     — All of these, incidentally, are my first reads of the author’s work. I fell in love with a lot of their short stories, I wanted to steal a lot of their short stories, and I basically can’t wait to read more of their short stories. Or novels.
Miscellany: Me, all a-giddy about the “About the Author” pages, and discovering real-life connections of literary loves. Also, this month, this book blog turned a year old. Wee.
This September, I also, well, went through a little blogging crisis. Or, simply, lazy / restless blogger. Not because of the books, mind you — the reading was, and always will be in SashaLand, rather wonderful. But the book-blog aspect of things, I’m going to have to rethink certain things. We’ll see where this takes us. [That said, let me link you to Iris, partner in restlessness, and Kirsty, who’s back, and with a rallying cry.]
Have a great October, lovelies. And for mutual sanity, I’m going start reading novels again, haha.