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Books of 2016

Books I read in 2016, in reverse chronological order according to when I read them, favorites starred.

I made it past my goal of 60 books, and then basically didn't finish anything in all of December. Writing up this list I saw a lot of books that now seem like they weren't worth the time, or now are barely worth remembering--somehow I seem to have ended up finshing things this year that I might have let go in other years. But I also read some really great stuff, and it was great to get so many things read this year. I didn't make it to my goal of 25 books by women of color, but I did read 16, and setting that goal did make me really think carefully about how I cho(o)se what to read, what is most promoted at large, and what is suggested to me/in my filter bubble.

  1. Behold the Dreamers / Mbue *
  2. Train Your Dog Positively / Stillwell
  3. Both Ways is the Only Way I Want It / Meloy *
  4. The Everything New Puppy Book / DeVito
  5. Dear Sister / Factora-Borchers
  6. Asking for It / Harding *
  7. Baise-Moi / Despentes
  8. Turning Japanese / MariNaomi
  9. Post-Digital Print / Ludovico
  10. The Century of Artists' Books / Drucker (re-read)
  11. A Child of Books / Jeffers *
  12. Americanah / Adichie *
  13. King Kong Theory / Despentes *
  14. The Promise of Happiness / Ahmed

May 12, 2016

May 5, 2016

  • "Kentucky Is My Fate," by bell hooks, from Belonging: A Culture of Place. Wow.

May 2, 2016

April 29, 2016

  • Chapter three of Queer Art of Failure

April 13, 2016

April 11, 2016

January 3, 2016

  • Skimmed through Textual Poachers by Jenkins.
  • Read some pieces of de Certeau, some of the scriptural economy chapter and all of "Reading as Poaching" from The Practice of Everyday Life

2016 Reading Goals

Following Vicky's lead, this year I'm going to devote half of my reading to works made by women of color. I've got an overall goal of reading 60 books in 2016 (gulp). If you're interested to take on a similar challenge, Vicky's reading lists are a great place to start. Happy reading, all!

Late December

Been listening to H is for Hawk. So far I drift in and out of really hearing it, but the part about an unexpected death rings true. But it's not a punch in the stomach--it's a bowling ball to the guts. Wishing I'd developed that film that was of the piece I made in college that I must have threw away, but I also don't regret getting rid of things usually.

Reading in 2015

2015 isn't over yet, but I am past my 2015 goal of reading 50 books and wanted to post; even though some of the things below might not count as full-on books (there are some comics and shorter pieces). But here's my list, in the order I read, with those I especially enjoyed starred. In addition to this list, there are 3 things I'm not naming here, so I guess a grand total of 57, unless I sneak one more in.

Late this year I started getting into audio books again and found that I'll listen to things that I would have no patience for on the page. Those formats are noted here too.

  1. Will Not Attend: Lively Stories of Detachment and Isolation, Adam Resnick
  2. The Best American Comics 2014, ed. Scott McCloud
  3. Can't We Talk about Something More Pleasant?, Roz Chast
  4. Saga, Volume 4, Brian K. Vaughan
  5. Gast, Carol Swain

December 3-4, 2015

  • Lisa Gitelman's “Print Culture (Other Than Codex).” Comparative Textual Media. Eds. N. Katherine Hayles and
    Jessica Pressman. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2013. AND “Daniel Ellsberg and the Lost Idea of the Photocopy.” Participatory Media in Historical Context. Eds. Anders Ekström, et al. New York: Routledge, 2011.

November 30, 2015

October 15, 2015

Reading/dog-earing Coates' Between the World and Me.

October 14, 2013

Finished the Slice Harvester memoir within 12 hours of getting it from ILL. Highly recommended. Made me reminiscent of when I moved to the city and we would get a slice from Luigi's, back when Luigi was still there (and you would not necessarily encounter the dude who we now refer to as the "our friend jesus" guy), and eat it sitting by the canon every single day before my evening shift, with the ferocious pizza-eating squirrels.