One of the occupational hazards of being an English professor (or grad student) is losing the ability or the interest in pleasure reading. We have so much to read as part of our jobs, not just novels and poems or plays, but criticism, essays, memos, emails . . . the act of reading becomes all about work. I have always loved to read, but a while back, I realized that I wasn’t doing it much anymore, only on planes or breaks from school. From then on, I decided to make it a point to read “for fun” every day, even if only for a few minutes before I go to sleep. I’m frequently asked for book recommendations, so a few years ago, I thought I’d start to keep a list. Titles below are books I have read or listened to since January 1, 2019. Asterisks for my most favorite. Links are Amazon affiliate.
The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet (David Mitchell, audiobook)
Rosewater (Tade Thompson, audiobook)
Space Opera (Catherynne M. Valente)
The Feral Detective (Jonathan Lethem, audiobook)
Elevation (Stephen King)
Motherless Brooklyn (Jonathan Lethem)
Red War (Kyle Mills as Vince Flynn)