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
33. Allegedly, by Tiffany D. Jackson
33.1.* The Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas

*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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