I think I read too many “beach reads” posts, came across “summer reads” lists that it deterred me from creating my own in this blog. I even had a somewhat contentious relationship with the term itself that I wanted to explore but as fall wonderfully sets in, I’ll save that for 2017.
These past few weeks have been slow-moving for me, with my writing and reading pace down to a snail’s speed. Having come back from trip in Puerto Rico and jumping right into community organizing, nourishing the bookworm in me has taken a back seat. (I did take two books with me in PR: Teju Cole’s books of essays Known and Strange Things and Juan Miguel Severo’s book of (love) poems Habang Wala Pa Sila).
As I finish both books, there are a number of books I want to read and finish as fall brings in a new wave of literature. I can almost guarantee that I’ll get every book on this list from Huffington Post, which features new work from Zadie Smith and Rabih Alameddine.
Literary Hub also came out with titles to read this September and although the only author I’m familiar with is Jeff Chang, reading about new books gives me tender-hearted feelings.
So before I get in on fall’s new titles, here are books that I want to read throughout this month:
Esmeralda Santiago’s Conquistadora | This came out of my own travel experience and research of the history of Puerto Rico. After Cole and Severo’s book, this one is next on my list.
Coulson Whitehead’s The Underground Railroad | I first heard of this book after seeing Saeed Jones talk about it on Twitter. It went on to become the new Oprah’s Book Club 2016 selection and I can’t wait to immerse myself in this novel.
Joshua Hammer’s The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu | The title of the book alone is enough for a bibliophile’s eyes to widen. We all know that librarians rule.
Fernando Pessoa’s The Book of Disquiet | This one’s a classic — I read about it in Alameddine’s An Unnecessary Woman. The protagonist constantly referred to Pessoa, her favorite writer, and I couldn’t help but be curious about him.
Considering my reading speed as of late, it’ll be quite a challenge to get through this so wish me luck! If you have end-of-summer reads that you’re looking at, do share in the comments below!
Pia Cortez is a writer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. She runs a book blog called Libromance where she reviews books and publishes literary features with a queer Filipino immigrant lens. She is a contributor at Hella Pinay, an online magazine for Filipino-American women and at New Life Quarterly, a literary magazine based in Oakland, California. She is currently working on her first novel.