Endless Summer (Reading)

I’m just going to accept that I’m terrible at blogging but still update this thing when I feel like it, for some reason. Is my web presence spread too thin and that fact the reason why I can’t keep up with this thing? Probably. I have an irrational impulse to sign up for every social network/Internet thing ever. Speaking of which, I’m on Pintrest, follow me if you’re into that sort of thing!

(via… yes, that’s me.)

Summer may technically still be a month away but it’s already started in Texas. I had my first swim of the year last weekend, which was oddly, my very first visit to Barton Springs Pool, even though I’ve lived in Austin during and toughed out four blazing summers before. I know, it even shocks me. I anticipate several trips back as the oppressive heat continues to terrorize us (just checked the forecast and it’s supposed to get up to 100 today… and it’s only May).


Because I work a weird schedule that makes it pretty much impossible to be social during the week, I end up spending the bulk of my free time consuming various forms of media (a LOT of podcasts, Hulu, Netflix, etc.). Now that most of my TV obligations have closed out their seasons for the summer (my favorites, of course, being Parks & Recreation and Community and my guilty pleasures, Grey’s Anatomy* and Private Practice), I’ll have more time for other stuff, like my ever-growing Summer Reading List AKA books on my Kindle that I’m “”getting around to”” reading (in no particular order):

  • Currently Reading: How Did You Get This Number? by Sloane Crosley
  • Changing My Mind by Zadie Smith
  • We Two: Victoria and Albert: Rulers, Partners, Rivals by Gillian Gill
  • Strange Fruit: Billie Holiday, Cafe Society, and An Early Cry for Civil Rights by David Margolick
  • Decoded by Jay-Z
  • The Commitment by Dan Savage
  • The Kid by Dan Savage
  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
  • Game Change by John Heilemann and Mark Halperin
  • No Turning Back by Estelle Freedman
  • Yes Means Yes!: Visions of Female Sexual Power and A World Without Rape by Jaclyn Friedman and Jessica Valenti
  • Spook by Mary Roach
  • Undoing Gender by Judith Butler
  • The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
  • Tales of the Beetle Bard by J.K. Rowling
  • Goat Girls by Francesca Lia Block
  • Necklace of Kisses by Francesca Lia Block
  • Help! a Bear Is Eating Me! by Mykle Hansen
  • Little Bee by Chris Cleave
  • Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman
  • American Gods by Neil Gaiman
  • Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
  • John Dies at the End by David Wong
  • All of the Southern Vampire Series by Charlaine Harris
  • Black No More by George Schuyler

Here’s hoping to make a dent in it, at least until True Blood, The Walking Dead and Louie come back.


* I swear I had kicked the habit several years ago because it was so bad but within the last two seasons, I’ve somehow gotten sucked back in. It’s still bad, over the top and ridiculous but entertaining.