Summer Reading 2021: Book Culture LIC
It's finally here, our favorite time of the year: summer reading season! There's just something about the warm weather that gets us excited to get lost in a good book, whether it's a classic that we're revisiting (or finally getting to!) or that new book we've been hearing so much about. Here, then, are some of the books we're looking forward to reading this summer.
Location: Book Culture in Long Island City
- Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace: I've had this book for about two years now and never touched it. It has begun to haunt me, and hopefully this will finally be the summer I actually read it.
- Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory by Caitlin Doughty: I love Caitlin Doughty's YouTube videos, and I also really enjoyed Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs? She talks about death and the funeral industry with an empathy and accessibility that is both fascinating and comforting. I'm eager to see more of her insights of what it's like to work in the death industry.
- Little Eyes by Samanta Schweblin: The idea of constantly being surveilled is one that gives me a lot of anxiety. So naturally one of the books I'm most excited to read is an extremely timely book that deals largely with mass surveillance.
Kevin's Reading List
- A Dark and Hollow Star by Ashley Shuttleworth: I'm really digging that Faefolk/fairies are occupying the same space that vampires did from 2001 to 2007. I was here for the vamps and I'm here for this! Plus Shuttleworth loves Kingdom Hearts and Legend of Zelda and the cover has a Fairy with a KATANA?! Come on! Sign me up!
- A Master of Djinn by P. Djeli Clark: My family is from Trinidad and I love fantasy, Clark is from Trinidad and he writes fantasy. It's a match made in Trini heaven!
- The Cloud Roads by Martha Wells: Murderbot Martha Wells gave us a high fantasy series!? Yeah I'm in. Plus the cover art for these books feels the-fishman-from-shape-of-water-adjacent...which...for me...is fantastic news.
Lyle's Reading List
- The Inheritance Trilogy by N. K. Jeminsin: I haven't had the chance to immerse myself in a book series in what feels like forever, and I really want to do so over the summer. Plus, I've been wanting to read N.K. Jemisin and this seems like a great place to start.
- The Album of Dr Moreau by Daryl Gregory: This book just came into the store and the blurb on the back intrigued me. A short sci-fi novel about a genetically engineered boy band? That checks every box for me.
- Rebecca bu Daphne Du Maurier: not exactly a summer read by the typical definition but this book has been sitting on my bedside table since 2013. I've read the first chapter probably 10 times but i think this year is finally my year. gothic girl summer?!
Mae's Reading List
Piranesi by Susanna Clarke: I am currently reading Clarke’s debut novel, Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell, and am thoroughly enjoying it. Piranesi seems stylistically quite different from her first book, so I’m excited to read it.
One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston: Queer fiction from the author of Red, White, and Royal Blue? This book has been on my list since I first heard it had been announced.
A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K Le Guin: As a lifelong fantasy fan, it seems a travesty that I haven’t read this classic of the genre. It feels perfect for a fun summer read!
Rachel's Reading List
- Something New Under the Sun by Alexandra Kleeman: I was a big fan of Kleeman's debut, You Too Can Have a Body Like Mine, so I'm pretty much on board for anything she writes. Plus, an eco-dystopian novel with a splash of Hollywood noir thrown in sounds like the perfect gritty beach read.
- Cyclopedia Exotica by Aminder Dhaliwal: I've been eyeing this one since it came out a few weeks ago. Dhaliwal's Woman World was wonderfully weird and I love the premise of mythological creatures navigating modern day life.
- A Touch of Jen by Beth Morgan: When I saw the cover art for A Touch of Jen I was intrigued. When I saw that it has been described as "Ottessa Mosfegh meets David Cronenberg" I was immediately sold.
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