Are you doing it? I thought I'd be doing a LOT more reading once I finished my MFA, but I've found myself kind of piddling along. It is, as you might imagine, HOT AS HELL here in southern New Mexico, so I spent most of my time lying in a dark room to maximize comfort and minimize sweat. I should be reading more, but instead I look at the Internet more.
Here is what I've read since the beginning of June, with brainless vacation reads included (I was on straight-up vacation in Italy for two weeks, and finished all the reading material I brought with me, so had to resort to Nora Roberts borrowed from an old lady on the tour bus):
Find The Girl by Lightsey Darst: Recommended to me by Richard Greenfield. I liked it a lot, even if I did find the poems themselves a bit repetitive.
Birth: The Surprising History of How We Are Born by Tina Cassidy: if you're interested in birth or ever plan to be involved in having a baby, this is fascinating (and well-written).
Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout: I liked this a lot more than I expected to, and much more than my mom (who I borrowed it from) did.
One Day by David Nicholls: a cute beach read and now I want to see the movie even though I CANNOT STAND Anne Hathaway and want to die when imagining her British accent.
Hot Rocks by Nora Roberts: I read this in about 3 hours, while stuck on a tour bus in a traffic jam in Sicily for 6 hours. The sex scenes were funny.
The Wedding Officer by Anthony Capella: pure unadulterated sugar in book form. A WWII love story with pages of lush description of Italian food. Fun to read. I would see this SO FAST if it were a movie.
The Daughter of Siena by Marina Fiorato: a soap opera set in 1700s Siena. Not very well-written or very interesting, but fine to read if you need something to read (I did).
Drinking Closer to Home by Jessica Anya Blau: I read her first novel and I preferred that to this, which had some funny parts but was basically just another dysfunctional family novel.
The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver: not my favorite Kingsolver, but a powerful book (I liked the first 100 or so pages quite a bit more than the rest of it).
Serpent In Paradise by Dea Birkett: I just finished this yesterday. I'm working on a series of poems about one of the weirdest places ever, Pitcairn Island, and this is one of the only books written about Pitcairn in modern times. It's weird. I liked it, I think, but I didn't get as much fodder for poems as I had hoped.
I recently went to the library and got this biography of Pablo Neruda, Taste of Cherry by Kara Candito , and Scary No Scary by Zachary Schomburg.
Read anything lately? Tell me about it. It doesn't have to be legit, literary, or even good. I should be reading more poetry so I can get in the mood to write more poetry but honestly, in this heat, I just want to read something that makes my brain happy (poetry or not). Let me know in the comments.