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2016

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!