Reading List

Keeping track of what I read encourages me to try new things (and makes recommending titles easier). Last year I read 101 new books (and re-read several others, and started a few that I didn't feel obligated to finish).

If you have suggestions about what I should read, please feel free to comment below. I particularly enjoy YA fiction, horror, mystery, bestsellers, and other "brain popcorn", but I'm also looking for titles (especially non-fiction!) that I wouldn't normally choose for myself. So let me know what you've read lately and enjoyed, and I'll see if I can fit it in!


Read in 2012

Read in 2013


Read in 2014

Read in 2015

Read in 2016:
0.1.* Steelheart, by Brandon Sanderson
1. This Monstrous Thing, by Mackenzi Lee
2. Witch Hunter, by Virginia Boecker
3. Best Boy, by Eli Gottlieb
4. The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly, by Stephanie Oakes
5. Stealing Bases, by Anne Key
5.1.* The Paying Guests, by Sarah Waters
6. The Family Nobody Wanted, by Helen Doss
7. Robin's Country, by Monica Furlong
8. Bitten, edited by Susie Bright
9. Lost Boi, by Sassafrass Lowrey
10. Remake, by Ilima Todd
11. Red Queen, by Victoria Aveyard
12. Chronicles of Avonlea, by L.M. Montgomery
[Weaving a Family: Untangling Race and Adoption, by Barbara Katz Rothman]
13. Further Chronicles of Avonlea, by L.M. Montgomery
13.3.* A Manual for Cleaning Women, by Lucia Berlin
14. Finders Keepers, by Stephen King
15. Along the Shore, by L.M. Montgomery
15.1.* Midwinter Nightingale, by Joan Aiken
16. Mr. Mercedes, by Stephen King
16.1.* Between the World and Me, by Ta-Nehisi Coates
17. Carry On, by Rainbow Rowell
17.1.* A Chosen Exile, by Allyson Hobbs
17.2.* The Madman's Daughter, by Megan Shepherd
[Bloodhound, by Tamora Pierce]
18. Garlic and Sapphires: The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise, by Ruth Reichl
19. The Scorpion Rules, by Erin Bow
19.2.* Americanah, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
19.4.* Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools, by Monique W. Morris
20. Homecoming, by Cynthia Voight
21. Crenshaw, by Katherine Applegate
22. Running Loose, by Chris Crutcher
23. The Land of Forgotten Girls, by Erin Entrada Kelly
24. What We Saw, by Aaron Hartzler
24.1.* How to Raise an Adult: Break Free of the Overparenting Trap and Prepare Your Kid for Success, by Julie Lynchcott-Haims
25. Outrun the Moon, by Stacey Lee
25.1.* Hair Story: Untangling the Roots of Black Hair in America, by Ayana Byrd and Lori Tharps
26. What Was Mine, by Helen Klein Ross
27. Complicit, by Stephanie Kuehn
28. Seedfolks, by Paul Fleischman
29. Truth, by Julia Karr
30. The Boy Most Likely To, by Huntley Fitzpatrick
31. Girls Like Us, by Gail Giles
32. Slasher Girls and Monster Boys, edited by April Genevieve Tucholke
33. 145th Street, by Walter Dean Myers
34. Peas and Carrots, by Tanita S. Davis
34.1.* Lunatic Fringe, by Allison Moon
34.2.* A Life's Work: On Becoming a Mother, by Rachel Cusk
34.3.* Miss Anne in Harlem: The White Women of the Black Renaissance, by Carla Kaplan
35. Deadline, by Chris Crutcher
36. Solitary Blue, by Cynthia Voigt
37. Hold Me Closer: The Tiny Cooper Story, by David Levithan
37.1.* A Fighting Chance, by Claudia Melendez Salinas
37.2.* Ascension, by Jacqueline Koyanagi
38. "Multiplication is for White People": Raising Expectations for Other People's Children, by Lisa Delpit
38.1.* Tripping Back Blue, by Kara Storti
39. The Creeping, by Alexandra Sirowy
[The Wizard of London, by Mercedes Lackey]
40. Burn Girl, by Mandy Mikulencak
41. The Memory of Light, by Francisco X. Stork
41.1.* Heartbreak Trail, by Susan K. Marlow
42. What We Left Behind, by Robin Talley
[Chronicles of Avonlea, by L.M. Montgomery]
[Further Chronicles of Avonlea, by L.M. Montgomery]
43. The Ashford Affair, by Lauren Willig
44. From a High Tower, by Mercedes Lackey 
[Kushiel's Scion, by Jacqueline Carey]
45. If I Was Your Girl, by Meredith Russo
46. End of Watch, by Stephen King
47. A Wish After Midnight, by Zetta Elliott
48. David's Search, by Joan Lowery Nixon
49. Down to the Bone, by Mayra Lazara Dole
50. Other Broken Things, by C. Desir
51. Keeping Secrets, by Joan Lowery Nixon
52. A Study in Sable, by Mercedes Lackey
53. Gracefully Grayson, by Ami Polonsky
54. Taking Sides, by Gary Soto
54.1.* The Robber Bride, by Margaret Atwood
55. Burning, by Danielle Rollins
55.1.* Burn Baby Burn, by Meg Medina
56. Midwives, by Chris Bohjalian
56.2.* Midnight Without a Moon, by Linda Williams Jackson
57. Water Witches, by Chris Bohjalian
58. The Tiger's Child, by Torey Hayden
59. Keeping Corner, by Kashmira Sheth
60. Revival, by Stephen King
61. The Girls of August, by Anne Rivers Siddons
62. The True Tails of Baker and Taylor: The Library Cats Who Left Their Pawprints on a Small Town... And the World, by Jan Louch with Lisa Rogak
62.1.* Where the Edge Gathers: Building a Community of Radical Inclusion, by Yvette Flunder
63. The Not-So-Star-Spangled Life of Sunita Sen, by Mitali Perkins
64. Kiss Kill Vanish, by Jessica Martinez
65. How It Went Down, by Kekla Magoon 
66. Ruby on the Outside, by Nora Raleigh Baskin
66.1.* Before There Were Bars: the P.O.P.S. the Club anthology
66.3.* Making Room in Our Hearts: Keeping Family Ties through Open Adoption, by Micky Duxbury
67. Three More Words, by Ashley Rhodes-Courter
67.1.* Beloved, by Toni Morrison 
68. Where the Stars Still Shineby Trish Doller 
69. Turning Stones: My Days and Nights with Children at Risk (A Caseworker's Story), by Marc Parent
70. A Spool of Blue Thread, by Anne Tyler
71. Family Matters: Why Homeschooling Makes Sense, by David Guterson
72. Exit Pursued by a Bear, by E.K. Johnston
73. Violent Ends: A Novel in Seventeen Points of View, published by Simon Pulse
73.1.* Kicked Out, edited by Sassafras Lowrey
74. Witness, by Karen Hesse 
75. Property of the State: The Legend of Joey, by Bill Cameron
76. From a Buick 8, by Stephen King
77. Little Peach, by Peggy Kern
78. The Way I Used to Be, by Amber Smith
79. Homeschooling: A Family's Journey, by Gregory and Martine Millman
80. For White Folks Who Teach in the Hood... And the Rest of Y'All Too: Reality Pedagogy and Urban Education, by Christopher Emdin
81. The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace: Empowering Organizations by Encouraging People, by Gary Chapman and Paul White
82. Kushiel's Justice, by Jacqueline Carey
83. Kushiel's Mercy, by Jacqueline Carey
84. Bumped, by Megan McCafferty
85. Thumped, by Megan McCafferty
86. Bastards, by Mary Anna King
87. Doctor Sleep, by Stephen King
[Shalador's Lady, by Anne Bishop]
87.2.* Throw Away Sisters, by Debbie Winnekins Deutsch
88. This Side of Home, by RenĂ©e Watson
89. Karen Memory, by Elizabeth Bear
90. The Killer in Me, by Margot Harrison 
91. Secret Thoughts of an Adoptive Mother, by Jana Wolff
92. Pretty Peg, by Skye Allen
[Tris's Book, by Tamora Pierce]
92.1.* For the Family's Sake: The Value of Home in Everyone's Life, by Susan Schaeffer Macaulay
[Heaven, by V.C. Andrews]
[Sandry's Book, by Tamora Pierce]
93. Between Mom and Jo, by Julie Anne Peters
94. Hoodoo, by Ronald L. Smith
95. Jam on the Vine, by LaShonda Katrice Barnett
96. The Baby, by Lisa Drakeford
97. Enough, by Mary Jennifer Payne
98. Killer Instinct, by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
99. Princess Academy, by Shannon Hale
100. Everything, Everything, by Nicola Yoon
101. Kate's Choice / What Love Can Do / Gwen's Adventure in the Snow: Three Fire-Side Stories to Warm the Heart, by Louisa May Alcott
102. A Dark Truth, by Jeff Ross
103. The Glass Arrow, by Kristen Simmons
104. Another Miserable Love Song, by Brooke Carter
105. Under Threat, by Robin Stevenson
106. Scam, by Lesley Choyce
107. My Life in France, by Julia Child and Alex Prud'homme
108. Sister Wife, by Shelley Hrdlitschka
108.1.* Black Baby, White Hands: A View from the Crib, by Jaiya John
109. Never Missing, Never Found, by Amanda Panitch
110. When, by Victoria Laurie
111. The Midwife's Confession, by Diane Chamberlain
112. A Torch Against the Night, by Sabaa Tahir
113. The Swan Riders, by Erin Bow
114. I See Reality: Twelve Short Stories About Real Life, edited by Grace Kendall
115. Gang Tackle, by Eric Howling
115.1.* Bettyville, by George Hodgman
115.2.* Bait and Switch: The (Futile Pursuit) of the American Dream, by Barbara Ehrenreich
116. Future Shock, by Elizabeth Briggs
116.1.* Treecat Wars, by David Weber
117. Waiting for June, by Joyce Sweeney
118. The Missing Golden Ticket and Other Splendiferous Secrets, by Roald Dahl
119. Vivian Apple at the End of the World, by Katie Coyle
120. Thirteen: 13 Tales of Horror by 13 Masters of Horror, by R.L. Stine et al
121. Liar, by Justine Larbalestier 
122. 5 to 1, by Holly Bodger
123.Come to Me, by Amy Bloom
124. The Open-Hearted Way to Open Adoption: Helping Your Child Grow Up Whole, by Lori Holden and Crystal Hass


*I started reading these fractional selections, but couldn't finish (or haven't yet). If I do finish one, it will get its own whole-numbered slot later in the list. If not, it will languish in the interstitial.

[These selections are re-reads that I completed in full. They don't count as new books.]


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5 comments:

  1. i cannot believe you read THAT many books! wow. soo jealous. if i read 12 books this year, i'm calling it a success!
    i just started gone girl from the recommendations of a lot of people

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  2. I really enjoyed the Native Tongue trilogy http://www.amazon.com/Native-Tongue-Suzette-Haden-Elgin/dp/1558612467 I think you'd find the acquisition of language and linguistic covered in here as interesting as the sci-fi and feminism.

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    1. That looks like something I could really sink my teeth into. I like Margaret Atwood's work, which Native Tongue is compared to. Added to the library list -- thanks!

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  3. Anything by Sheri Tepper, but especially "The Gate to Women's Country". Also, "Into the Forest" by Jean Hegland. Plus one on the Native Tongue series, I really liked that.

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    1. You introduced me to "The Gate to Women's Country" when we were working together -- I love it! Really liking "Native Tongue" so far (barely cracked the first one). Obviously I have sympatico folks to make recommendations. :)

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