Oh dear. Only 4 books so far? Looks like I should have set the 25-books-in-a-year goal…maybe I’ll have more time to read this summer? Slash when I’m taking three English classes in the fall, I’ll definitely do some reading.
But anyway. Naked Pueblo by Mark Jude Poirier is my most recent read. I stumbled upon it while browsing for books in the Stacks, and the title caught my eye. I pulled the book off the shelf, read the first page, and was still intrigued.
Thing is, since it’s a library book, it didn’t have the dust cover. So it wasn’t until I was fifty pages or so in that I realized it was not a novel, as I previously thought, but a book of short stories. I was wondering why the characters kept changing and each chapter seemed unrelated!
Once I got over that hurdle, I really enjoyed these stories. I like Poirier’s style of writing A LOT and would like to read more by him. The endings of his stories were all a little funky (not really endings, in my opinion), but his characters were so developed and vivid in such a short space of words.
The other two books I’ve read since my last entry are A Happy Childhood and The Search Party, both books of poetry by William Matthews. I read them for my creative writing class and really enjoyed them, especially “The Hummer.”