I just finished reading Tender Points by Amy Berkowitz, a booklength essay about trauma and fibromyalgia. It was exquisitely crafted and detailed. I have fibro as well, and it was like reading my own diary, which is both validating and a bit terrifying. From the website:
Tender Points is a narrative fractured by trauma. Named after the diagnostic criteria for fibromyalgia, the text explores sexual violence, gendered illness, chronic pain, and patriarchy through the lenses of lived experience and pop culture (Twin Peaks, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, noise music, etc.).
I read all of the finalists for the Lambda Literary Award in poetry this spring. The judges had a very difficult job, because all of the books were incredibly well-written, and showed quite a range of diverse styles. I've been reading the finalists for the Lammy in poetry for years, and it's a great way to discover great new poetry.
I'm slowly rereading Mansfield Park, one of my favorites by Jane Austen, but which I haven't read since college.
I'm listening to All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr on my Audible app, and I just began it, but so far I'm liking what I hear.
I'm slowly savoring The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson, which is the kind of book that so brilliantly mixes theory and memory and poetic writing that it makes me alternately want to write and want to give up writing. Nelson is so talented she has that effect on lots of us, but in the best way.
I also started A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara just today, upon the recommendation of a friend.
I have a huge TBR stack for my current writing projects on disability and everyday life, friendship, and girlhood trauma (those may or may not be separate projects; it's still too early to tell), so I set my Goodreads Challenge goal much lower than usual this year. I normally aim for 100 books, but since so many of my books are longer and heavy theory, I lowered it to 65, and I'm six books behind, but I actually get a lot of reading done once school starts, because I'm in the car commuting more.
What are you reading?