Jitter June Bug

Hello and welcome to my month of June! I was a busy bee, or at least felt like it, so let’s get to it.

What I read:

June was a mediocre reading month, with a few books I had to push through because I was angry and needed to know what happened to the characters. But then there were real winners, like Leigh Stein’s The Land of Enchantment. I loved her debut novel, and couldn’t resist the gorgeous cover and description of this memoir of living through an abusive relationship. She writes so gorgeously, and it may end up my favorite book of the year (It was my pick for the Best Books We Read in June at Book Riot).

My pal got to interview Lucy Knisley at Chicago Review of Books a few months ago, so I decided to dive into her most popular work: Relish. A graphic novel told through stories about food? Yes, please. She includes recipes for meals that fit in with each story, which is very fancy. Her style and use of color is so different and great.

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I read This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki (illustrator) in, like, two days. Came home from work, made a drink, and read until I fell asleep. This is one of the best graphic novels I’ve read in a long time. The art is striking and the story is so smart.

Around the internet, things were sassy. The Washington Post wrote a style guide for how to cover Donald Trump, including the phrase “garbage fart.” The New York Times wrote a piece about the decline of periods, without using periods, and I got VERY twitchy. And at Jezebel, a woman (a daughter of my coworker!) contacted a bunch of women across the internet who share her name to see what they had in common, or not, and wrote about their chats.

What I learned:

The Serial Reader app is seriously the best. Kareem at Book Riot wrote a love letter to it, and I am obsessed. I read The Importance of Being Earnest as a trial run, and it is so fun. The play and the app. It turns reading into a game of streaks and you get badges for number of words read and just GET IT ALREADY, OKAY?

What I wrote:

I toured my neighborhood to photograph all the literary murals along the train tracks for Literary Tourism of Oak Park, Illinois at Book Riot. I fell in love with books about making a house a home, and wrote about my favorites in Genre Kryptonite: Books about Nesting. Also at the Riot: Comic Book Conversion Stories (mine is Noelle Stevenson’s Lumberjanes) and the big kahuna: The Best Books of 2016 So Far (mine is Mona Awad’s 13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl). On the blog, I corralled all of my favorite photos from my road trip to New York City.

Have a happy July, friends!


This is the second edition of my quasi-newsletter. I’m rounding up my month with what I read, what I learned, and what I wrote, in a hope to be more mindful of my days. If you gotta write about it later, you make notes to remember stuff, you know? Check last month’s letter, and the This Month archive.

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3 comments on “Jitter June Bug

  1. Literary murals and literary tourism sound like the absolute best thing ever. Loved the piece. I get too excited about stuff like that.
    I never really think to read graphic novels, but the ones you mention seem so interesting and I often pick up unique looking ones in work. Really enjoyed this :) My birthday was in June I might start referring to myself as a jitter june bug.

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    • There’s no such thing as too much excitement for such things!

      You should absolutely read RELISH and THIS ONE SUMMER. Graphic novels are great! Other good ones: PERSEPOLIS by Marjane Satrapi, FUN HOME by Alison Bechdel, and LUMBERJANES by Noelle Stevenson (Okay, that last one is a comic book series, but it’s so fun!).

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