My summer reading list: Owen Torres


Owen Torres
Fiction, 2nd year

I intend to finally get to a few books that have been gathering dust on my shelf, plus a few new ones, of which include:

Unicorn Battle Squad by Kirsten Alene — I picked this up at the AWP conference from Eraserhead Press. I have no idea what I’m getting into with this. The cover has an armor-plated unicorn battling a giant crab. The blurb says, “Somewhere between Kafka and My Little Pony, only even weirder than it sounds.” Umm … I dare say, hell yes!

Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie — It has been on my shelf since last summer. I’ve been wanting to read it for a while now, but just haven’t had the time. For whatever reason, I really want to delve into some heavy-handed symbolism with egotistical heroes.

Germinal by Émile Zola — A late professor gave me a copy of this book when I helped her clear out her office when she retired. She insisted I read it as a study of class struggle in Second Empire France, but also because it was one of those classics that often goes under the radar.

I also plan on cracking the spine of Every Night Is Ladies Night by Michael Jaime-Becerra and Two Sams by Glen Hirshberg, and I’d like to revisit for the first time in five years The Book of Disquiet by Fernando Pessoa, Samuel Johnson Is Indignant by Lydia Davis, and Sympathy for the Devil: An Anthology. I’m building an arsenal of short fiction to teach in my English 43 undergraduate creative writing class in the fall. And one last addendum to my list would be my ongoing reading of The Sandman: The Complete Collection by Neil Gaiman. I started reading it casually in the fall, and I’ve been dying to read more.


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