What Our Editors Are Reading

Being editors of a literary magazine, we don’t often have much time on our hands. But when we do, we’re normally curled up and reading a good book.

Here’s what our editors have been reading over the past few weeks!

What am I (Tiegan) reading?

The Shadowhunter’s Codex

by Cassandra Clare and Joshua Lewis

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I’m just finishing up The Shadowhunter’s Codex by Cassandra Clare and Joshua Lewis. I first got hooked on Shadowhunters when I watched the TV show (featuring Katherine McNamara and Dominic Sherwood) and bought myself a copy of The Bane Chronicles. I received this book in particular as a surprise for my birthday from my big brother, along with Lady Midnight,  by the same author.

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The Shadowhunter’s Codex is basically a fictional guide for humans wanting to become Shadowhunters: people who hunt the many varieties of demons. It’s also a helpful for young Shadowhunters who want to get to know the world they’re living in, and their history. It has scribbles all over it from the main characters of Shadowhunters.

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If you’re a Cassandra Clare fan, this book is definitely helpful in terms of gaining an understanding of the world she has created.

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What is Wesley reading?

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The Argonauts

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by Maggie Nelson

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The Residue Years
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by Mitchell S. Jackson
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Right now ,I’m reading two beautiful almost-memoirs: The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson and The Residue Years by Mitchell S. Jackson.
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My friend Emily told me I had to read The Argonauts last summer, so I’m reading it now. It’s heavy on theory of sexuality, mental health, and feminism; it’s a personal story, but the sort of personal story your incredibly brilliant and well-read and poetic friend might tell you over a month’s worth of coffee dates. Nelson’s narration sprawls through historical anecdotes, academic rhetoric, samples of poetry and philosophical text. As a work of narrative art, it’s stunning; as a story, it’s puzzling and engaging and fresh.
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I bought The Residue Years before attending a summer writing program where I took a fiction workshop under Mitchell S. Jackson. Residue Years is baffling—it’s between a memoir and a novel, between poetry and prose. Jackson’s sentences are beautiful, both mesmerizing in their precise, ever-changing rhythms and surprising in their mashed-up combinations of high and low diction. Jackson brings in the voices of the men and women he heard as a child in the drug- and crime-riddled parts of Portland, Oregon, and an incredible tonal awareness honed over years of graduate training in writing fiction. Residue Years is based largely on Jackson’s own life and his mom’s, but presents itself as the fictional story of Champ and Grace, a son and mother struggling with drug addiction and their own demons. 
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What is Rebecca reading?
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Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife
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by Mary Roach
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I just finished reading Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife by Mary Roach. It was my first foray into Roach (despite the fact that her book Stiff has been sitting on my bookshelf for the last year and a half) and it’s honestly some of the most accessible pop science writing I’ve ever read. Spook was goofy, clever, and full of weird and bizarre science history – I’m talking fake ectoplasm made of sheep guts, a lady who gave birth to rabbits, and refrigerators that carry messages from the dead. I’d highly recommend this book, or any by Roach, if you want to read about what it’s like to enroll in medium school, or if you just need a reminder that history is a strange and foreign land.
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What is Shonavee reading?
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The Wheel of Time
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by Robert Jordan
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I’ve recently finished the 14 book fantasy epic, Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan. An epic is what you expect and epic is what you get in this series, which covers two years in the life of three friends, joined together by fate, as they fight the Dark One to save humanity and the world from complete obliteration. The huge cast of characters that are pulled in by the Taveren trio – Rand, Mat and Perrin – are all equally important as they play out their fated roles in The Last Battle. The details put into creating this universe is extreme and provides readers with an addictively immersive reading experience. As added incentive to read this incredible written work, the WoT will be following in the footsteps of George R. R. Martin’s Game of Thrones and is heading to home screens. Don’t miss out and pick up Eye of the World, book one in the series, ASAP!
 
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