Reading List: Summer 2018

Austin Public Library in Austin, Texas.

Austin Public Library in Austin, Texas.

For past few years, I've accumulated quite a number of books that I've started, paused, and haven't picked up since. This is due to a myriad of things (work, travel, life, whatever it may be), but as summer drones on, I'm making an effort to read at least one book a month.

Picking books out has not been easy, to say the least. My interests are varied - from mystery novels, to war-time stories, to books on the photography of national parks and self-help on public speaking. I decided to take a step back and buy the books that I picked up at moments I felt the strongest desire to sit down and read. And pinpointing that moment was simple.

Whenever I travel, I like to find things with stories that I can bring home with me. This has varied from bookmarks to glass cups to backpacks and journals, which over time have become lackluster in the way I remember my travels. But something I’ve noticed is that no matter where I am, I almost always go to bookstores, which I’ve always felt gives me a bit more insight to the city than anything else - think shelves of different kinds of books, selected titles and authors, and especially people around, choosing to spend their days in a bookstore too. 

I decided some weeks ago that I will buy a book as a way to remember the cities I visit and the places I go. It's a way I can start to read what I buy (on plane, train, bus rides home), and also remind myself of where I was, and what I was thinking, and why I wanted that specific book to commemorate the instance.

(This hasn't satiated my love for local Houston bookstores, by the way. I'm afraid I'll be loitering there quite often regardless.)

Summer 2018:

You Do You, by Sarah Knight

All These Wonders, with foreword by Neil Gaiman

How to be Parisian Wherever You Are: Love, Style, and Bad Habits, by Anne Berest, Audrey Diwan, Caroline de Maigret, and Sophie Mas

Wolves in the City, Paul Henissart

If you have any suggestions, drop them below - I'd love to take a look at some of your favorite reads, too.