My list from June changed quite a bit after I discovered that my new place of employment, a public library, was running a summer reading bingo challenge and have a staff version going. Thus, I’ve been reading more than usual to try and fill every one of those twenty-five bingo squares! The challenge ends on August 1st, so a lot of my reading this month is geared toward bingo requirements. Check it out!
Title: Nothing is Okay by Rachel Riley.
Key Descriptors: fatness, queerness, feminism
Why I’m Reading It: this fulfills my bingo square “read a poetry collection” and my goes toward my “reading fat women” mission!
Title: Storm Warning by Mercedes Lacky
Key Descriptors: sequel, mage, science
Why I’m Reading It: this is book #11 in the #ReadingValdemar 2019 readalong!
Title: Jamaica Inn by Daphne du Maurier
Key Descriptors: Cornwall, mystery, historical romance
Why I’m Reading It: fulfills my bingo square for “a book made into a movie.” Plus, you can go wrong with the author of Rebecca, right?
Title: The Poison Squad: One Chemist’s Single-Minded Crusade for Food Safety at the Turn of the Twentieth Century by Deborah Blum
Key Descriptors: food inspectors, safety regulations, chemistry
Why I’m Reading It: fulfills my bingo square for “book recommended by a co-worker.” Jennifer the librarian said she never reads nonfiction, but she loved this book.
Title: Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice, read by Simon Vance
Genre: paranormal/audio book
Key Descriptors: erotic, confessional, love
Why I’m Reading It: fulfills the bingo square “a book made into a movie.” Not sure why book-to-movie is in two squares.
Title: The Vampire Lestat by Anne Rice
Key Descriptors: history, rock stardom, ancient vampires
Why I’m Read It: Conveniently, this book fulfills the bingo square “read a book published the year you were born.”
Title: Queen of the Damned by Anne Rice
Key Descriptors: genocide, multilayered, erotic
Why I’m Reading It: Doubly convenient is the bingo square “read a book you once started but never finished.” I got over half-way through this novel when I dropped it in high school.
Title: Venus on Mars by Jan Millsapps (who was one of 705 potential “Marstronauts”)
Genre: historical fiction
Key Descriptors: Jet Propulsion Lab, space, rocket scientists
Why I’m Reading It: fulfills my bingo requirement for “book about space.”
Title: Man-eaters, Vol. 1 by Chelsea Cain
Genre: young adult comic book
Key Descriptors: menstruation, fake advertising, satire
Why I’m Reading It: my husband saw this title in his news feed and thought it sounded like something I’d read. Premise: What if a mutated version of Toxoplasmosis caused certain women to turn into violent cats when they menstruate?