June will be equally disjointed, but I’ll have periods during the month with more free time than usual, so I’m optimistic about my reading month ahead.
I’m slightly redefining my “classics” read each month. I found a fascinating poster at Pop Chart Labs, a scratch-off list of 100 Essential Novels, dating from Don Quixote in 1605 through 2007. It’s a very intriguing list, and I’ve only read slightly more than half of them, so I’m going to be using that list for now as my “classics” entry each month.
For June, then, my Essential novel will be Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid's Tale. I’ll be doing this as a “buddy-read” with one of my recently-graduated seniors (Ally Lowitz). I’ve read some Atwood before, but not this one, and with its recent resurgence in popularity, it’s a good time to take it on.
My nonfiction title is one that’s been on my TBR pile for many months. I’m a big fan of Ann Patchett’s novels, and I absolutely loved her memoir of her relationship with Lucy Grealy. So I’m curious about This is the Story of a Happy Marriage.
And finally, my 20th-century novel choice for June is Kazuo Ishiguro’s second novel, An Artist of the Floating World (1986). I read his first novel (A Pale View of Hills) this month, and plan to work through his entire oeuvre in the coming months.
In addition to those three “targeted” titles, I will continue reading as much contemporary literary fiction as I can fit in, including reviewing books that will be published soon.