Reading List

Keeping track of what I read encourages me to try new things (and makes recommending titles easier). Last year I read 142 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:
1. Family Pride: What LGBT Families Should Know About Navigating Home, School, and Safety in Their Neighborhoods, by Michael Shelton
2. Wench, by Dolen Perkins-Valdez
3. The All-of-a-Kind Family, by Sydney Taylor
4. Call the Midwife: A Memoir of Birth, Joy, and Hard Times, by Jennifer Worth
5. Seed to Harvest, by Octavia Butler
6. American Wife, by Curtis Sittenfeld
7. Elemental Magic: All New Tales of the Elemental Masters, edited by Mercedes Lackey
8. Openly Straight, by Bill Konigsberg
9. If You Could Be Mine, by Sara Farizan
10. Prayers for Sale, by Sandra Dallas
11. The Bride's House, by Sandra Dallas
12. Dim Sum, Bagels, and Grits: A Sourcebook for Multicultural Families, by Myra Alperson
[Music to My Sorrow, by Mercedes Lackey and Rosemary Edgehill]
13. The Family Way, by Rhys Bowen
14. Maizon at Blue Hill, by Jacqueline Woodson
15. Whiter Than Snow, by Sandra Dallas
16. The Roald Dahl Omnibus: Perfect Bedtime Stories for Sleepless Nights, by Roald Dahl
17. I Hadn't Meant to Tell You This, by Jacqueline Woodson
18. The Things I Want Most: The Extraordinary Story of a Boy's Journey to a Family of His Own, by Richard Miniter
19. How Tia Lola Came to Visit Stay, by Julia Alvarez
20. The Kitchen Counter Cooking School: How a Few Simple Lessons Transformed Nine Culinary Novices Into Fearless Home Cooks, by Kathleen Flinn
21. The Giant's House, by Elizabeth McCracken
22. Instant Mom, by Nia Vardalos
23. Falling to Earth, by Kate Southwood
24. Night Screams, ed. by Ed Gorman and Martin H. Greenberg
25. Curtsies and Conspiracies, by Gail Carriger
26. They Cage the Animals at Night: The True Story of a Child Who Learned to Survive, by Jennings Michael Burch
27. Dead Witch Walking, by Kim Harrison
27.5.* Biting the Sun, by Tanith Lee 
28. Learning All the Time, by John Holt
29. Sula, by Toni Morrison
30. Dumbing Us Down: The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling, by John Taylor Gatto
31. Surviving on the Streets: How to Go DOWN Without Going OUT, by Ace Backwords
32. The Stephen King Companion, edited by George Beahm
33. The House You Pass on the Way, by Jacqueline Woodson
[Shalador's Lady, by Anne Bishop]
[Dreams Made Flesh, by Anne Bishop]
[Street Magic, by Tamora Pierce]
33.5.* Does Anybody Else Look Like Me?: A Parent's Guide to Raising Multiracial Children, by Donna Jackson Nakazawa
34. Living Dead Girl, by Elizabeth Scott
35. Between Shades of Gray, by Ruta Sepetys
35.25.* Torch of Freedom, by David Weber and Eric Flint
36. The Lazy Person's Guide to Investing, by Paul B. Farrell
36.5.* In Darkness, by Nick Lake
37. The Woman Upstairs, by Claire Messud
37.5.* The Successful Child: What Parents Can Do to Help Kids Turn Out Well, by William Sears and Martha Sears
38. A Year of Biblical Womanhood: How a Liberated Woman Found Herself Sitting on Her Roof, Covering Her Head, and Calling Her Husband "Master", by Rachel Held Evans
[Page, by Tamora Pierce]
[Squire, by Tamora Pierce]
[Lady Knight, by Tamora Pierce]
38.5.* Frog Music, by Emma Donoghue
39. The Tyrant's Daughter, by J.C. Carleson
40. A Plague of Zombies, by Diana Gabaldon
41. Canary, by Rachele Alpine
42. Astray, by Emma Donoghue
43. The God of the Hive, by Laurie R. King
44. Garment of Shadows, by Laurie R. King
45. A Bride for All Seasons: The Mail-Order Bride Collection, edited by Margaret Brownley
46. The Shiksa Syndrome, by Laurie Graff
46.25.* Of Human Bondage, by W. Somerset Maugham
46.5.* The Magic Circle, by Donna Jo Napoli
47. The Road, by Cormack McCarthy
48. The Urban Homestead: Your Guide to Self-Sufficient Living in the Heart of the City, by Kelly Coyne
49. Scaling Down: Living Large in a Smaller Place, by Marj Decker and Judi Culbertson
50. Love, Julie, by Christine Bush
51. Sweet Water, by Christina Baker Kline
52. Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer, by Novella Carpenter
[Gerald's Game, by Stephen King]
[A Leaf on the Wind of All Hallows, by Diana Gabaldon]
53. Hidden, by M. Lathan
[The Beekeeper's Apprentice, by Laurie R. King]
54. Remember Me, by Danice Allen
55. Call the Midwife: Farewell to the East End, by Jennifer Worth
56. Hazardous Duty, by Christy Barritt
[A Monstrous Regiment of Women, by Laurie R. King]
57. The Truth Is...: My Life in Love and Music, by Melissa Etheridge
58. The Children of Willesden Lane: Beyond the Kindertransport: A Memoir of Music, Love, and Survival, by Mona Golabek
59. The Baby-Blue Rip-Off, by Max Allan Collins
60. The Outcast, by Jolina Petersheim
61. The Bride Price: An African Romance, by Suzanne Popp
61.5.* Everyday Bicycling: How to Ride a Bike for Transportation (Whatever Your Lifestyle), by Elly Blue
62. Battle Magic, by Tamora Pierce
62.5.* Clara's War: One Girl's Story of Survival, by Clara Kramer
63. The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls, by Anton DiSclafani
64. Inside Transracial Adoption, by Beth Hall and Gail Steinberg
65. Orphan Train, by Christina Baker Kline
65.5.* Chasing the American Dyke Dream: Homestretch, edited by Susan Fox Rogers
66. Beyond the Whiteness of Whiteness: Memoir of a White Mother of Black Sons, by Jane Lazarre
67. The Killer Wore Leather, by Laura Antoniou
68. Written in My Own Heart's Blood, by Diana Gabaldon
68.5.* One Acre and Security: How to Live Off of the Earth Without Ruining It, by Bradford Angier
69. The Fresco, by Sheri S. Tepper
70. Rose Under Fire, by Elizabeth Wein
71. Toning the Sweep, by Angela Johnson
[Nineteen Minutes, by Jodi Picoult]
[Sideshow, by Sheri S. Tepper]
72. This is How We Do It: The Working Mothers' Manifesto, by Carol Evans
[Another Place at the Table, by Kathy Harrison]
73. Wildthorn, by Jane Eagland
74. Such a Pretty Girl, by Laura Wiess
75. Defending Jacob, by William Landay
76. Caucasia, by Danzy Senna
77. My Life Next Door, by Huntley Fitzpatrick
78. Whale Talk, by Chris Crutcher
79. Switch, by Megan Hart
80. The Good Braider, by Terry Farish
81. Call the Midwife: Shadows of the Workhouse, by Jennifer Worth
82. The Space Between Us, by Thrity Umrigar
83. Private Life, by Jane Smiley
84. Angry Management, by Chris Crutcher
85. King of the Mild Frontier: An Ill-Advised Autobiography, by Chris Crutcher
86. Heat: An Amateur's Adventures as Kitchen Slave, Line Cook, Pasta-Maker, and Apprentice to a Dante-Quoting Butcher in Tuscany, by Bill Buford
87. I Wish I Had a Red Dress, by Pearl Cleage
88. Love Walked In, by Marisa de los Santos
89. We are All Welcome Here, by Elizabeth Berg
90. Ragtime, by E.L. Doctorow
91. Overwhelmed: Work, Love, and Play When No One Has the Time, by Brigid Schulte
92. Quicksand, by Nella Larsen
93. A Most Dangerous Woman, by Lee Jackson
94. Passing, by Nella Larsen
95. The Ways of White Folks, by Langston Hughes
96. Can Such Things Be?: Tales of Horror and the Supernatural, by Ambrose Bierce

*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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