I get much less reading done in the fall compared to the summer. Summer here is fairly easygoing: the kids are home, everyone’s on vacation so they don’t expect much from me, and it’s so hot outside that floating in the pool with a book seems a perfectly reasonable way to spend time. Fall brings school, and sickness (from school), and emails.
One thing about going through a reading slump is that it’s easy to determine what’s really doing it for you. Here are 3 great books I read this fall. All published this year. All of them will probably go on my yearly top 10, maybe even top 5, and I highly recommend all of them:
- I picked up Antoine Wilson’s Mouth to Mouth and got immediately sucked in. It’s one of those perfectly short novels that makes you want to go to bed early so you can stay up late finishing it.
- Gabrielle Zevin’s Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, a novel about two friends who make video games. It surprised and delighted me right up until the end, and everyone I know who read it liked it. (The title comes from Macbeth.)
- I picked up Ada Calhoun’s Also A Poet, a memoir about her father, the art critic Peter Schjeldahl and the poet Frank O’Hara, right after her father died. The book’s poignancy is doubled, I think, if you read his essay “The Art of Dying” before you start. (One of my favorite bits is when she tells him she got a writer’s residency: “My father rolled his eyes. He thought residencies were lame. He said he wouldn’t be caught dead at a writers’ colony. My mother snapped at him: ‘Your whole life is a writer’s colony.’”)
Filed under: my reading year 2022