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 68 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

Read in 2019

Read in 2020:

1. La Línea, by Ann Jaramillo
2. Home for Erring and Outcast Girls, by Julie Kibler
3. Black Light, by Kimberly King Parsons
4. Small as an Elephant, by Jennifer Richard Jacobson
5. Hiking Naked: A Quaker Woman's Search for Balance, by Iris Graville
5.1.* Notes from a Small Island, by Bill Bryson 
5.2.* Because You're Mine, by Rea Frey
 Good Talk: A Memoir in Conversations, by Mira Jacob
7. Pet, by Akwaeke Emezi
7.1.* Chop Suey, USA: The Story of Chinese Food in America, by Yong Chen
8. Stay and Fight, by Madeline ffitch
9. The Mother-In-Law, by Sally Hepworth
10. Upright Women Wanted, by Sarah Gailey 
11. The Importance of Being Little: What Young Children Really Need from Grownups, by Erika Christakis 
12. Never Have I Ever, by Joshilyn Jackson
13. Mostly White, by Alison Hart
13.1.* Natural Born Learners: Unschooling and Autonomy in Education, edited by Beatrice Ekwa Ekoko and Carlo Ricci 
14. The Queen's Bargain, by Anne Bishop
[The War That Saved My Life, by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley]
[The War I Finally Won, by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley]
15. Food Security for the Faint of Heart: Keeping Your Larder Full in Lean Times, by Robin Wheeler
16. Samantha's Story Collection, by Susan S. Adler, Maxine Rose Schur, and Valerie Tripp
17. I Can Make This Promise, by Christine Day
18. The Journey of Little Charlie, by Christopher Paul Curtis
18.1.* Too Afraid to Cry: Memoir of a Stolen Childhood, by Ali Cobby Eckermann
18.2.* Amelia Lost: The Life and Disappearance of Amelia Earhart, by Candace Fleming
[Harbor Me, by Jacqueline Woodson]
19. Every Boy Should Have a Man, by Preston L. Allen
20. Summer of the Gypsy Moths, by Sara Pennypacker
20.1.* Gone Crazy in Alabama, by Rita Garcia-Williams
21. The First Day, by little0bird
22. The Best Revenge, by Arsinoe de Blassenville
23. The Best Revenge: Time of the Basilisk, by Arsinoe de Blassenville
[Just After Sunset, by Stephen King]
24. Two Naomis, by Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich and Audrey Vernick
24.1.* Marcus Vega Doesn't Speak Spanish, by Pablo Cartaya
25. The Secret Mother, by Shalini Boland
25.1.* Sign My Name to Freedom: A Memoir of a Pioneering Life, by Betty Reid Soskin
25.2.* The House Girl, by Tara Conklin
26. Lost Child: The True Story of a Girl Who Couldn't Ask for Help, by Torey Hayden
27. Rush, by Lisa Patton
27.1.* Cheaper by the Dozen, by Frank Gilbreth and Ernestine Gilbreth
27.2.* What to Expect the Second Year: From 12 to 24 Months, by Heidi Murkoff and Sharon Mazel
27.3.* Haunted Heart: The Life and Times of Stephen King, by Lisa Rogak

middle-grade stuff for work
stack of interesting new books I found while RFID tagging

*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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