Another day, another September #tbr! 🤓📚 Have you read any of these? What’s on your list??
In the spirit of this month’s #readwhatyouown challenge by @anovelfamily, all of these picks (with the exception of The Goldfinch, which I borrowed from my library 🕊), are books that have been on my shelf waiting to be picked up for quite some time, and I am so excited to dig into them. Another book I really, really want to add to the list is How to Write an Autobiographical Novel by Alexander Chee, but that requires buying another book, so we’ll see! It would probably also require swapping out one of these to make room, but I could really use some creative writing inspiration right now!
I said before that my pile is a bit ambitious, but I think it’s manageable. 😬 Last month I was able to finish five, but I got pretty darn close to finishing a couple more, so I’m hopeful. 🙏🏻 I need to catch up on my yearly reading goal, so I’m going for it. ✊🏻🏆
There are two novels, two short story collections, and three essay collections. I think the variety of forms will help make it easier to get through.
1. The Third Hotel by Laura Van Den Berg (LA book club – almost finished!!)
2. Whatever Happened to Interracial Love? by Kathleen Collins
3. Misogynation by Laura Bates (@booksturnyouon read-along)
4. The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
5. Homesick For Another World by Ottessa Moshfegh
6. The Lonely City by Olivia Lang
7. The Lives of the Muses by Francine Prose
8. The Goldfinch by Donna Tart (#goldfinchreadalong – LOVING so far)
Ready to rock! Let’s do this. 🤘🏻🎸⚡️
Suggested reading footnote:
Francine Prose’s collection of essays deal with the complicated relationship of the writer/artist to the muse, and many of them explore the subversion of this figure, as well as humanize the women who find themselves boxed into this mythological archetype.
Another suggestion for a book depicting an empowered muse with agency, in the form of a sly, trickster figure (and an autobiographical novel of sorts), is John Fowles’ metafictional novel Mantissa. Highly recommend if you are interested in works of this or the magical realism genres.