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--Audre Lorde

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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

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

Books of 2014

I didn't get anywhere close to meeting my reading goal in 2014. I set it at 65 books, and I read 38. I had a lot of significant life things that took up a lot of my extra time in the Spring and Summer this year, but really, I should have read more!

Here are the books I read in 2014, in reverse chronological order of when I read them, with those that I especially enjoyed starred:

  1. The Oral History Reader / Perks
  2. A Clash of Kings / Martin (Game of Thrones books make travel on planes and trains go tremendously fast, and there are so many pages it takes a long time to get through them. This note brought to you by my guilt about enjoying them!)
  3. *Assata: An Autobiography

2013: The Year in Books

I'm finishing up my thesis as my last project for 2013 and the very first of 2014. I'm not sure how that has affected my reading list, but here are the books I read in 2013, in reverse chronological order, with those that I especially enjoyed starred:

  1. The Walking Dead Vol. 18 / Kirkman
  2. The Craft of Research / Booth