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One of the resolutions I made after my recent beach trip is that I want to write less and read more. This doesn’t mean I’m going to ignore the urge to pen a poem should some verse strike, but rather put my prose projects on the shelf and read the work of other writers.

I’m currently in the midst of reading submissions for the Durham Writers Group‘s May contest. (I was asked to be a judge and glad to incorporate the extra reading into the queue! Perhaps one day I’ll form a contest for my writing group. Don’t forget, my blog giveaway contest is going on right now!)

Little Bee Summer ReadingIn between reading North Carolina writers’ fiction I am almost finished reading Little Bee by Chris Cleave. Of course, I don’t plan on reading it over and over again, but it makes me want to write – which is my litmus test for a good book.

Here are the other books I plan to read this summer and I would love to hear what you’re reading. Writers, don’t neglect good reading! Whether you flip pages while you laze on a hammock by a creek, wait for your dentist appointment or snuggle into your sheets before you sleep, feast on something thick with literary bacon.

Lydia Davis Summer ReadingVarieties of Disturbance by Lydia Davis
(57 short stories) I chose this based on the recommendation of writer-friend Ricky.

Leight Stein Summer Reading

The Fallback Plan by Leigh Stein
(Fiction) After attending Stein’s lovely reading in Chapel Hill, I’ve been itching to start her novel!

William Blake Summer Reading

Selected Poems of William Blake by y’know
(Poetry) I picked a poet I am not familiar with. Plus, a girl’s gotta have a little love in her life.

Summer Reading for Memoir WritersWriting & Selling Your Memoir by Paula Balzer
(Non-fiction) I wanted to throw something instructional into the mix.

Great Gatsby Summer ReadingThe Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
(Fiction) Yes, yes, I have read this before, but I had an itch to pick a book I had not read since high school. One of my high school English teachers said to read the same book several times throughout your life because you will start to see things you missed so many times before. We shall see! (Apparently, it’s being adapted to film. Again.)