My January Reading Journal

2019 is here. Of course, a new year brings new books. I have lots of galleys to get to that are about to break my shelf, so I talk about several upcoming releases below. But I also go back in time for some classics. Here are some thoughts about my reading from the first month of 2019.

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NBCC Leonard Award Judging

For the past few years, I’ve been a member of the National Book Critics Circle. There are many great perks with membership. But one of my very favorite things about my involvement with this group is that I get to serve on a smaller committee that determines the Leonard Award. The John Leonard Prize recognizes the best debut of the year.

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Interview with Chigozie Obioma at The Millions

Several weeks back, I had the privilege of being able to interview Chigozie Obioma for The Millions. I loved Chigozie’s first novel, The Fishermen, so I was stoked when I found out he had a new book on the way. And An Orchestra of Minorities, his sophomore release, does not disappoint. It’s such a rich study on character, myth, and fate. It’s a masterclass in fiction.

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My December Reading Journal

The end of 2018 has arrived, and I’m celebrating by getting as many books in as I can. With a few extra days off work, I can sit back and get lost in the words. Here’s my short recap of the books I read in December:

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Read "Revival Forest" at The Wild Hunt

New story alert. My latest one, “Revival Forest” is up at The Wild Hunt. I’m so glad this story found the perfect home. The issue “Revival Forest” is in is the first themed issued for this journal. Each of the stories explore what is inside the woods.

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My November Reading Diary

November was my slowest reading month of the year. End-of-semester stress peaked. Diminishing sunlight left me feeling blue. Holidays returned. Sigh. While the month wasn’t great on most fronts, I did get some reading done. Here’s a short recap of the books I encountered:

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Read "The Fishermen" at formercactus!

My story story “The Fishermen,” which is about a father and son navigating an apocalyptic world in search of memories, is out now. I’m so proud of this story, and I hope you’ll take the time to read it at formercactus.

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My October Reading Diary

October was a good month of reading for me. I returned to a few of my favorite books, and I found some new ones of note. I also read a couple that weren’t for me. Here’s my recap:

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Interview Throwback: Adam Silvera's More Happy Than Not

I used to run a site called Novel Enthusiasts, which housed reviews, lists, and interviews. To keep the legacy alive, I’m posting some of my favorite interviews. Here’s one I did with Adam Silvera. I still love his work. He’s one of the best YA writers out there. No more rambling. Here’s our talk:

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Story Acceptance: "The Fishermen" is Coming

Another short story acceptance this week, and this one is at one of the places that all the cool kids are talking about: formercactus. It’s a very short story about the apocalypse and a boy and his father striving to cling to memories that the waters washed away. I’m really proud of this one. It’ll run in November.

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"Those Fantastic Lives" Has a Home

Shouting from the rooftops! “Those Fantastic Lives,” the story I plan to be the titular one of my almost-finished collection, has a home at one of my top 5 favorite literary journals: Syntax & Salt! You know, there’s something really special when a magazine you’ve read for what seems like forever accepts your work.

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My Favorite Books of 2018 (So Far)

We are only halfway through 2018, but we’ve seen so many wonderful books already that making this list of my ten favorite books of the year so far seems as difficult as making a year-end one. This has to be one of the strongest years of releases in my lifetime. It seems like every month is better than the last.

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Latest Nonfiction Work: I've Been Interviewing, and It's Been Awesome

I love writing book reviews, and, more recently, I've decided that I also love interviewing people. I'm currently working on interviews with these great authors: Lillian Li (Number One Chinese Restaurant), Caleb Johnson (Treeborne), and Melissa Broder (The Pisces). Each one of these writers has a book coming out this spring/early summer, and I can't wait to be able to share these interviews with everyone.

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