Reading List

Keeping track of what I read encourages me to try new things (and makes recommending titles easier). Last year I read 130 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 read a lot of YA fiction for work (although I do enjoy it), 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! My to-read-sometime list is on Amazon.

Read in 2012

Read in 2013

Read in 2014

Read in 2015

Read in 2016

Read in 2017:

1. In the Woods, by Robin Stevenson
2. Truth, by Tanya Lloyd Kyi
3. Counting Backwards, by Laura Lascarso
4. Our Kind, by Kate Walbert
5. Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things, by Jenny Lawson
6. Comfort Me with Apples: More Adventures at the Table, by Ruth Reichl
7. Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit, by Jaye Robin Brown
8. Closer to the Chest, by Mercedes Lackey
[Little House in the Big Woods, by Laura Ingalls Wilder]
[Little House on the Prairie, by Laura Ingalls Wilder]
[Farmer Boy, by Laura Ingalls Wilder]
8.1.* Outsiders Within: Writing on Transracial Adoption, by Jane Jeong Trenka, Julia Chinyere Oparah, and Sun Yung Shin
[On the Banks of Plum Creek, by Laura Ingalls Wilder]
9. We Were Here, by Matt de la Pena
[First Test, by Tamora Pierce]
10. Tempest, edited by Mercedes Lackey
11. Koyal Dark, Mango Sweet, by Kashmira Sheth
[Page, by Tamora Pierce]
12. The Detour, by S.A. Bodeen
[By the Shores of Silver Lake, by Laura Ingalls Wilder]
13. Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman, by Lindy West
14. Waiting for Still Water, by Susan White 
15. Riding Chance, by Christine Kendall
[The Long Winter, by Laura Ingalls Wilder]
16. Drita, My Homegirl, by Jenny Lombard
16.3.* A Taste for Monsters, by Matthew J. Kirby
17. Imani All Mine, by Connie Rose Porter
18. And Again, by Jessica Chiarella
19. Every Heart a Doorway, by Seanan McGuire
20. Out of My Mind, by Sharon M. Draper
21. Garvey's Choice, by Nikki Grimes
[Written in My Own Heart's Blood, by Diana Gabaldon]
[Rainbow Valley, by L.M. Montgomery]
22. Nobody's Goddess, by Amy McNulty
[Squire, by Tamora Pierce]
23. The Wonder, by Emma Donoghue
28. We Were Liars, by E. Lockhart
28.1.* Stars in My Pocket Like Grains of Sand, by Samuel R. Delany
29. Young Warriors: Stories of Strength, edited by Tamora Pierce and Josepha Sherman
30. Radical, by E.M. Kokie
31. Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City, by Matthew Desmond
32. Target, by Kathleen Jeffrie Johnson
32.1.Does My Head Look Big in This?, by Randa Abdel-Fattah
33. Allegedly, by Tiffany D. Jackson
34. The Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas
35. Our Only May Amelia, by Jennifer L. Holm
36. Twisted, by Hannah Jayne
36.2.* Bitter Fruit, by Achmat Dangor
37. I've Been Rich. I've Been Poor. Rich is Better., by Judy Resnick with Gene Stone
38. The Free, by Lauren McLaughlin
39. Rain Is Not My Indian Name, by Cynthia Leitich
40. Ironman, by Chris Crutcher
41. Chinese Handcuffs, by Chris Crutcher
42. Sky Memories, by Pat Brisson
42.2.* Piecing Me Together, by Renee Watson
43. Persephone the Phony, by Joan Holub and Suzanne Williams
44. Untangling My Chopsticks: A Culinary Sojourn in Kyoto, by Victoria Abbott Ricardi
44.2.* Breaking Faith, by E. Graziani
45. Prayers the Devil Answers, by Sharyn McCrumb

*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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  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

  2. I really enjoyed the Native Tongue trilogy I think you'd find the acquisition of language and linguistic covered in here as interesting as the sci-fi and feminism.

    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!

  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.

    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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