I loved May a lot. A lot, I tell you. It was Short Story Month 2010 in the intarwebz, and since short fiction holds a special place in my heart, I had to celebrate. I read a total of seven short story collection, and most of them were awesome. I read a lot of new-to-me authors, tried to vanquish Literary Icons, fell in love all over again with a childhood favorite. Yep, loved May a lot. Best reading month so far, me thinks. Also, out 20 books, I only really loathed 1, felt Meh about 2 or 3. Not bad, right? Anyways. So. Here it is:
- Crazy Heart, by Thomas Cobb.
- The World is the Home of Love and Death, by Harold Brodkey.
- Open Secrets, by Alice Munro.
- Mouse Guard: Fall 1152, by David Petersen.
- A Gate at the Stairs, by Lorrie Moore.
- The Brutal Language of Love, by Alicia Erian.
- The Whole Story and Other Stories, by Ali Smith.
- Ilustrado, by Miguel Syjuco.
- Break It Down, by Lydia Davis.
- The Duke of Shadows, by Meredith Duran.
- Legend of a Suicide, by David Vann.
- Everything Is Wrong with Me, by Jason Mulgrew.
- Firmin, by Sam Savage.
- If You Follow Me, by Malena Watrous.
- Possession, by A.S. Byatt.
- There Once Lived A Woman Who Tried to Kill Her Neighbor’s Baby: Scary Fairy Tales, by Ludmilla Petrushevskaya.
- Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Brontë. [Part 01] [Part 02] [Part 03]
- The Secret Lives of People in Love, by Simon Van Booy.
- On Folly Beach, by Karen White.
- Reading, Writing, and Leaving Home: Life on the Page, by Lynn Freed.
So, my favorites, haha. Here goes: [#01], [#02] [#05] [#09] [#11] [#13] [#14] [#16] [#17]. That’s a hell of a lot of favorites, I know, and a lot of them might just make it to my Best-Of year-ender. Yes, May, I like you. You so rocked.
Pending Shiz: Reviews of A Gate at the Stairs [Lorrie Moore], Break It Down [Lydia Davis], and The Secret Lives of People in Love [Simon Van Booy] shall be posted at a later date. Well, they’re going to be published elsewhere [wee!] and I’ll be sure to link you that. Also, the continuation of the Rereading Jane Eyre series–two posts left: a wrap-up post here, and an essay called “Edward Fairfax Rochester: The First Man I Ever Loved,” also to be published elsewhere. Updates are promised!
Thanks for sticking with me this long, kids. Hope you had a great May too, and here’s to a kick-ass June.