books / poetry / reading

Summer Reading List 2013

Now that I have finished my second semester of library school, I can tackle some of the books that have been piling up on my to-be-read list.

Graphic Novels

  • Raven Girl by Audrey Niffenegger
  • Marble Season by Gilbert Hernandez
  • Julio’s Day by Gilbert Hernandez
  • Saga, Volume 2 by Fiona Staples and Brian K. Vaughan

Short Story Collections

  • Vampires in the Lemon Grove by Karen Russell
  • Blasphemy by Sherman Alexie
  • Happiness, Like Water Chinelo Okparanta
  • Revenge by Yoko Ogawa


  • Americanah by Chimamanda N. Adiche
  • Ghana Must Go by Tayie Selasi
  • The Killing Moon by N. K. Jemisin
  • Percival Everett by Virgil Russell by Percival Everett


  • Missing you, Metropolis by Gary Jackson
  • Autogeography by Reginald Harris
  • The Cineaste by A. Van Jordan
  • Rice by Nikky Finney

There are a few YA titles I want to read too, but I’d rather tackle this list first. You’ll notice that I’m missing non-fiction and that is on purpose. I don’t read a lot of non-fiction in general, but especially not during the summer. However, I would like to read Raquel Cepeda’s memoir and Mark Anothny Neal’s newest book on Black masculinity, but if I’m pressed for time, I’ll read them in the fall.

Do you have any recommendations for me?


The Biblioracle aka John Wagner gave me a poetry suggestion.

7 thoughts on “Summer Reading List 2013

  1. I want to read Gary Jackson’s book too. Please let me know what you think. One poetry suggestion: When My Brother Was an Aztec by Natalie Diaz. Happy reading!

  2. I too have a lot of reading to do!
    Physical Exercises for Inner Harmony by Vernon Howard; the Shack by W. Young, Creative Ideas by Earnest Holmes, to name a few!
    So excited for you Ms. Alfred.

  3. Pingback: Summer Reading List 2014 | Librarian Dreams

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s