It’s almost time for Orange July, the annual reading event devoted to reading at least one book that has won or been nominated for the Orange Prize for Fiction. I had a great time during Orange January, reading 4 nominees, and ever since the 2011 Orange Prize announcement I’ve been fine-tuning my July reading list. And this time I also have a mascot!
Seven years ago we were staying in temporary housing, waiting for our house to be built. About a week before moving day, a sweet cat turned up on our porch. We put signs up everywhere, but no one claimed him. We couldn’t just leave him there, so we packed him up with the rest of the menagerie, and brought him to our new house. It took him a while to adjust; he spent years in that typical cat state somewhere between timid and aloof. But recently he decided I am his favorite human. He likes to hang out in my reading chair, and crawls into my lap when I sit down. So this year, as I was choosing my Orange July reads, I asked Pumpkin for his opinion. After all, he’s orange.
Pumpkin and I plan to read:
- The Tiger’s Wife, by Téa Obreht (2011 winner)
- The Memory of Love, by Aminatta Forna (2011 shortlist)
- Great House, by Nicole Krauss (2011 shortlist)
- Molly Fox’s Birthday, by Deirdre Madden (2009 shortlist)
- The White Family, by Maggie Gee (2002 shortlist)
Pumpkin specifically recommends The Tiger’s Wife (because it’s about a cat, right?), and Great House (because the cover is very orangey). As you can see, he’s not exactly an expert in literature. But I’ll be sure to share more of his commentary during Orange July!