Summer Reading 2017

It's been a bit crazy here, and I'll start writing again very soon to explain everything that's been happening, but for now, here is my summer reading list. 

  • When Breath Becomes Air, Pal Kalanithi - I was drawn to what felt like a clash between his desire to be a doctor and a desire to be a writer, as well as the tragedy that ultimately befell the incredibly brilliant Stanford Neurosurgeon Nueroscientist. He was objectively a brilliant man, and his time was decades too soon, but in his constant confrontation with time, he showcases the true importances of life and gripping to sanity when the floor gives out under us too soon. I actually just finished this book today, and it's probably going to be one of my favorites in terms of writing style, brutal honesty, and eloquence in the way he kept his head high through every moment. 
  • House of Leaves, Mark Z. Danielewski - I don't know a lot about this book, but from what I hear it's incredibly intense, but any book that can sweep away readers is one I'm interested in tackling this summer. I can use a break from what will probably be my most mundane summer as I dive headfirst into studying for the LSAT.
  • It, Stephen King - Admittedly, the stunning nature of the upcoming film's trailer, combined with King's alleged drug abuse whilst writing this novel has me interested in the book. I don't think this book will teach me any grand tales about life, but I'm sure this one will be entertaining. 
  • White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America, Nancy Isenberg - Growing up I knew I never considered myself a conservative- I remember when I asked my mom what a Republican was when I was eight and newly moved to the US, she told me it was "someone who didn't think that rich people had to give up any of their money for the poor," and I remember knowing I didn't agree with that. From then on, politics had always fascinated me, and in today's age, the American right has always fascinated me as I often find my own logic goes against their very essence, and vice versa. How and why we are at our current state has me deeply interested, and anything that can teach me how we got here is something I'm incredibly interested in reading. 
  • Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City, Matthew Desmond - Continuing on that thought above basically, this book takes a look at another aspect of our socio-economic structures. America is vastly complex, and understanding its core nature is fundamentally important for every citizen to continue growing as a private citizen. 
  • Ayoade on Ayoade: A Cinematic Odyssey, Richard Ayoade - I'm a massive fan of Ayoade- from his directorial efforts to his zany acting in the IT Crowd, I'm never one to shy away from the writings of someone as truly brilliant as he is. If he's anything like he is while being a guest on television shows like Big Fat Quiz, this one is sure to be a fun one.  
  • The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, Junot Diaz - I stumbled upon Diaz's writings when I was on the New Yorker once, and I quickly fell in love with his honesty, his ability to draw in readers utilizing imperfect and, at times unlikeable, characters. Bringing in his Dominican upbringing into his work, he showcases real people with incredible flaws with such precision that his characters burst through the page. I hate his characters often, at least the ones in his short stories, but their realness proves why Diaz is one of today's most exciting writers, and probably one of the books I'm most excited to read this summer. 
  • White Teeth, Zadie Smith - This was one of those books every list I read had on there, so I honestly have no idea what this book is about, just that everyone keeps saying to read it. 
  • In the Darkroom, Susan Faludi - People are fundamentally complex, and nothing says that more than Faludi's exploration of her father, who transitioned into a woman in his elder years. Complex and exploratory, this one seems challenging and menacing, while still being brutally raw. 
  • The Sellout, Paul Beatty - I haven't caught up on my modern day satirical literature in a while, so this one should be interesting. I also haven't gotten the chance to get into Paul Beatty
  • At the Existentialist Café: Freedom, Being, and Apricot Cocktails, Sarah Bakewell
  • The Fire Next Time, by James Baldwin (1963) - It's about time I got into the work of James Baldwin, and the writing style of this text is intriguing. I think I read some of his works in some classes I had in college, but honestly I can't seem to remember much actual academic activity taking place while I was at UCLA. 
  • Between the World and Me, Ta-Nehisi Coates - I wanted to read this and Baldwin back to back actually- their writing styles are different but apparently the texts are similar enough to consistently draw parallels. Still, their both incredible writers with a wealth of experience when it comes to the modern day Black American experience, and it seems important than I dive into as much about the lives of White Trump supporting blue collar workers as Black males to deeply understand the complexity that is the American life.