I have never tried to plan what I read and am notoriously bad at following reading schedules (much to the chagrin of every English teacher I have ever had). I usually choose books based on a combination gut feeling and current interest, and I am nervous that I am going to hit the bottom of my options and not want to read what I’ve selected. October is for doing spooky things, though, so I’m making a reading list and going to try to stick to it. Emphasis on try.
A House of My Own by Sandra Cisneros. Most of my highlights in The House on Mango Street actually came from the excerpt of Cisneros’s autobiography included in the volume. It’s probably time I get around to reading it.
The American Way of Eating by Tracie McMillan. This book was suggested to me due to my interest in the sociology of poverty, so of course I bought it. Having an eReader enabled with one-click buy is one of the stupidest financial decisions I’ve ever made, but there are worse problems to have than owning too many books. I’m excited about this book because it hits on something I care deeply about: how people get fed. As someone who grew up in rural farmland now working in an urban food desert, I am looking forward to getting some hopefully less biased information about what my gut tells me is a convoluted world of disadvantage.
Books, Movies, Rhythm, Blues: Twenty Years of Writing About Film, Music and Books by Nick Hornby. Folks who know my reading habits know that I read Nick Hornby book reviews religiously, both when they’re released in The Believer bimonthly and when they’re released in collections. I don’t live and die by them, but I do like to think that they make me a more informed selector of books and a better Reader’s Advisor… and maybe sometimes a worse impulse book-buyer or check-outer.
Talking to Girls About Duran Duran by Rob Sheffield. I love memoir. I love music. As a tween, I regularly harassed my mother by loudly singing/shouting “New Moon on Monday” while parading through the house. What could go wrong?
Writing for Social Justice by Maggie Sokolik. I picked up this workbook because I am in a class offered by Berkeley on edX of the same title, taught by the author. It provides a framework for understanding the four broad areas of writing for social justice (personal, community, country, world) and then lists journal prompts to help guide the writing process.