Summertime Book Picks: Hollow Kingdom, The Last Meeting of the Gorilla Club, and more

Heyo, when I’m not writing blog posts, I’m reading. And I’m also writing, but summer is when I conjure all the joys of my childhood and make the most time to sit on a couch with a pile of books. Here’s what I’ve read in recent past:

  1. “Damsel,” Elana K. Arnold
  2. “Women & Power: A Manifesto,” Mary Beard
  3. “Homefire,” Kamila Shamsie
  4. “American War,” Omar El Akkad
  5. “Every Heart a Doorway,” Seanan McGuire
  6. “Disappearing Earth,” Julia Philips
  7. “Idaho,” Emily Ruskovich
  8. “My Year of Rest and Relaxation,” Ottessa Moshfegh
  9. “The Road,” Cormac McCarthy
  10. “My Sister, the Serial Killer,” Oyinkan Braithwaite
  11. “The Power,” Naomi Alderman
  12. “Hollow Kingdom,” Kira Jane Buxton
  13. “Last Meeting of the Gorilla Club,” Sara Nickerson (almost done)


I am also in process with “The Unpassing” by Chia-Chia Lin, which is excellent, and two collections of poetry from Greywolf Press–I am taking my time and savoring “Deaf Republic” by Ilya Kaminsky and “Don’t Call Us Dead” by Danez Smith. I could reach each of these in one sitting, but have been trying to be slow and weighted with my time with poetry. Perhaps they would be even more impactful in one reading. But I like the way I am reading poetry at the moment. I also have a book called “Don’t Read Poetry” by Stephanie Burt, and she just confirms that however it’s working, it’s working.

I am also writing up a storm, but taking a break from my “serious book” to do some “summer writing,” which involves a serial killer and a road trip. More on that later. For now, I am going to finish my chapter, and go read more of the most excellent “Gorilla Club”…