Amanda's 2019 Summer Reading List

“This One Summer” by Jillian Tamaki and Mariko Tamaki at 2nd and Charles in Fort Collins, Colorado.

“This One Summer” by Jillian Tamaki and Mariko Tamaki at 2nd and Charles in Fort Collins, Colorado.

As you may have seen on Instagram, I'm going through a horror and graphic novel binge this summer. I would say it's just a phase, but the horror thing has been going on for a year now—I started listening to audiobooks last summer while commuting to Indianapolis. I tore through 15+ hours of audiobooks a week, so I started with American Gods by Neil Gaiman, The Shining by Stephen King, The Murder of Roger Ackeroyd by Agatha Christie, The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and IT by Stephen King.

I didn't listen to many audiobooks after I quit my job to start my web development course in earnest, because I wasn't in the car very often. But this spring, I downloaded several new books on Audible for our drive to Colorado.

After listening to Stephen King’s Carrie, I decided I wanted to read more horror and possibly give fiction writing a whack, so I downloaded a couple more books (I had A LOT of unused Audible credits.) These books included classic horror, suggestions from Ries (who has read a lot more than I have,) and a couple of my favorite pieces of fiction to study how the writers I admire wrote fiction—because despite being a creative writing major, I never took a fiction class. I’m going to blame that on Nic Pizzolatto for leaving DePauw to write True Detective for HBO before I could get into his class. 

My nightstand in May 2013. On Writing by Stephen King was actually the first book Ries gave me in 2010 when we met. You can see our copy in this stack of books.

My nightstand in May 2013. On Writing by Stephen King was actually the first book Ries gave me in 2010 when we met. You can see our copy in this stack of books.

Nonfiction

Carrie by Stephen King at 2nd and Charles in Fort Collins, Colorado. My first book of the summer.

Carrie by Stephen King at 2nd and Charles in Fort Collins, Colorado. My first book of the summer.

Fiction

Odds and Ends I Wanted to Read

Revisiting Old Favorites

Horror / True Crime / Thrillers

I also plan to read or check these books out from the library—the Bloomington Library has a great audiobook collection, so I try to spend my Audible credits wisely. Give me all dat güd, güd (mostly) Victorian horror:

Tomie Complete Deluxe Edition by Junji Ito at 2nd and Charles in Fort Collins, Colorado.

Tomie Complete Deluxe Edition by Junji Ito at 2nd and Charles in Fort Collins, Colorado.

Graphic Novels

In addition to all of those, here are the graphic novels I’ve read or am reading this summer: 

(* denotes hard copy books I own or brought to Colorado—the rest are on Kindle or Audible.)

Webcomics

I’ve also been keeping up with all my favorite Webtoons (these are my favorites—did I mention they are free?) 

And I plan to read all of the 2019 Eisner Award Webcomic nominees: I’ve read Let’s Play by Mongie and Lore Olympus by Rachel Smythe (those are two of my favorites on Webtoon) and read The Contradictions, by Sophie Yanow last night, but I have yet to read Tiger, Tiger by Petra Erika Nordlund and Lavender Jack by Dan Schkade.


Yeah, yeah, so this is definitely too long of a list to read in one summer, but I am very happy because I have so many options of great things to read, which is not a feeling I often felt before last summer. I have a hard time reading, so it’s kind of a big deal that I’m exciting about reading. I’ll definitely keep you posted on what I read this year. And if you want to see the full list on Amazon, I think I figured out how to do that, so click here.

-A


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