E's Bookshelf

Eclectic Mix

There are a few books that I'll revisit every once in a while. As I age some stories take on new meaning. From classics I haven't read in a decade to worn favorites, I like to see how those stories weather or how my interpretation changes. I've read Slaughterhouse-Five every year since I was thirteen and Difficult Loves since discovering Calvino in undergrad. In my early twenties, I discovered Murakami's words—I tend to revisit Kafka on the Shore. I also revisit the actual Kafka whenever I have a chance and Rachel Carson's lyrical nonfiction.
In the last two years, grad school guided my reading. Mostly science and nonfiction, but I still found time for fiction. Not that I'm complaining about the science—there has been some exceptional science writing in the last decade. I tend to read a lot of short fiction. It's easier to squeeze in an eclectic mix of authors that way.

Favorites from the last year or so: A Guide to Being Born by Ramona Ausubel (that last name is so pleasing to say), Oryx and Crake by Margret Atwood, Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari, Battleborn by Claire Vaye Watkins, and Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. I reread Frankenstein for two essays I was working on, and I was surprised by how much I loved it. I don't remember the first read in high school being captivating. 

Favorite literary journals: Paris Review and Creative Nonfiction. Maybe Orion and Terrain.org as runner-ups. 

Favorite science fiction magazines: I haven't kept up with this as much as I'd like. ApexStrangeHorizons, and Lightspeed usually have stories I enjoy, and I used to religiously check Tor.com, but I haven't stumbled on anything gripping there in a while. (For reference, I love Karin Tidbeck's short stories and find Neil Gaiman's short fiction pleasing as well.)