Reading List

Keeping track of what I read makes recommending titles easier - if I don't write it down, then I might forget what it's called, even if I liked it. Last year I read 103 new books (and re-read several others, and started a few that I didn't feel obligated to finish). 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

Read in 2018:

0.1.* Prisoner of Trebekistan: A Decade in Jeopardy!, by Bob Harris
0.3.* Dead Girls and Other Stories, by Emily Geminder
1. The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano, by Sonia Manzano
1.1.* Hood, by Emma Donoghue
2. Harry Potter and the Method of Rationality, by Eliezer Yudkowsky
3. The Waiting: The True Story of a Lost Child, a Lifetime of Longing, and a Miracle for a Mother Who Never Gave Up, by Cathy LaGrow
4. This Is How It Always Is, by Laurie Frankel
5. Chasing Secrets, by Gennifer Choldenko
6. Empress of the World, by Sara Ryan
7. The Hundred-Foot Journey, by Richard C. Morais
7.1.* The Blacker the Berry, by Wallace Thurman
7.2.* Ophelia, by Lisa Klein
8. Home Is with Our Family, by Joyce Hansen 
9. A Reliable Wife, by Robert Goolrick
10. Red Clocks, by Leni Zumas
10.1.* Far From the Tree, by Robin Benway
11. The Summer We Got Free, by Mia McKenzie
12. One True Way, by Shannon Hitchcock
12.1.* Her Body and Other Parties, by Carmen Maria Machado

13. Babylon Sisters, by Pearl Cleage
14. Poisoned Blade, by Kate Elliott
15. Some Things I Thought I'd Never Do, by Pearl Cleage
16. The Secrets of Midwives, by Sally Hepworth
17. The Book of the Unnamed Midwife, by Meg Elison
27.1.* The Border of Paradise, by Esme Weijun Wang
28. Till You Hear from Me, by Pearl Cleage
29. Silhouette of a Sparrow, by Molly Beth Griffin
30. Silver Stars, by Michael Grant
31. On the Far Side of the Mountain, by Jean Craighead George
32. Crooked Little Heart, by Anne Lamott
33. The River King, by Alice Hoffman
33.1.* No Biking in the House without a Helmet, by Melissa Fay Greene
34. Purple Hearts, by Michael Grant
35. The Power, by Naomi Alderman
[Alanna: The First Adventure, by Tamora Pierce]
[In the Hand of the Goddess, by Tamora Pierce]
[The Woman Who Rides Like a Man, by Tamora Pierce]
36. Gwendy's Button Box, by Stephen King and Richard Chizmar
37. Tess of the Road, by Rachel Hartman
38. Dirty Mary No More, by Marion Page 
39. Hardscrabble, by Sandra Dallas
39.1.* Reading Picture Books to with Children: How to Shake Up Storytime and Get Kids Talking about What They See, by Megan Dowd Lambert
40. Red As Blood: Or, Tales from the Sisters Grimmer, by Tanith Lee
40.2.* My Ex-Life, by Stephen McCauley
41. Tempests and Slaughter, by Tamora Pierce
42. I'm Just Happy to Be Here: A Memoir of Renegade Mothering, by Janelle Hanchett
43. Bud Not Buddy, by Christopher Paul Curtis
44. Macy McMillan and the Rainbow Goddess, by Shari Green
44.1.* Probable Claws, by Rita Mae Brown
45. Love, Penelope, by Joanne Rocklin
46. Dreaming Dangerous, by Lauren DeStefano
47. Summer of Salt, by Katrina Leno
48. The Book of Essie, by Meghan MacLean Weir
49. Forever Mom: What to Expect When You're Adopting, by Mary Ostyn
50. Not Becoming My Mother, by Ruth Reichl
51. The Outsider, by Stephen King
51.1.* The Mars Room, by Rachel Kushner
52. Make Me a Mother, by Susanne Antonetta
53. The Vanderbeekers and the Hidden Garden, by Karina Yan Glaser
54. My Year in the Middle, by Lila Quintero Weaver
54.1.* The Residence: Inside the Private World of the White House, by Kate Andersen Brower
55. The Lotterys, More or Less, by Emma Donoghue
56. Girls Like Me, by Nina Packebush
57. Ink, by Sabrina Vourvoulias
58. The Summer of Owen Todd, by Tony Abbott
58.2.* Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company that Addicted America, by Beth Macy
59. Dread Nation, by Justina Ireland

*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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