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What I read in 2019

January 1, 2020
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All the books I finished in 2019, plus foods. (In order, from the bottom right.)

Past editions of this list: 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008. This list is also available in pictorial format at Pinterest.

It was a very good year for reading here! Forty-eight books finished. I’m a slow reader who likes long books. Also, I stop reading books without guilt; so assume I also didn’t finish a dozen or so titles. BUT! This is the year I finally started taking advantage of audio books through Libby. It’s been great to listen to books during walks, on errands, doing chores, etc.

BG=Book Group selection. I’m in two book groups, so a lot of my reading is driven by that. Just because I read a book and listed it here doesn’t mean I liked it or would recommend it.  33/48 books are by female or non-binary authors this year.

These are numbered in chronological order, from January to December.

1. M. R. Carey, Fellside

2. Paul Kalanithi, When Breath Becomes Air BG

3. Theodora Goss, The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter

4. Jennifer Egan, Manhattan Beach BG

5. Mo Daviau, Every Anxious Wave BG

6. Rachel Khong, Goodbye Vitamin

7. Andrea Avery, Sonata BG

8. Elan Mastai, All Our Wrong Todays

9. Idra Novey, Those Who Knew

10.Dervla McTiernan, The Ruin BG

11.Lidia Yuknavitch, The Book of Joan

12. Chloe Benjamin, The Immortalists BG

13. Sylvain Neuvel, Only Human

14. Claire O’Dell, A Study in Honor

15. Cory Doctorow, Homeland

16. Alex Wagner, Futureface

17. Yann Martel, The High Mountains of Portugal

18. Sam J. Miller, Blackfish City

19. Ling Ma, Severance

20. Sophie Mackintosh, The Water Cure

21. Peng Shepherd, The Book of M

22. Alexander Chee, The Queen of the Night

23. Esmé Weijun Wang, The Collected Schizophrenias BG

24. Lisa Grunwald, Time After Time BG

25. Emma Newman, Planetfall

26. Maja Lunde, The History of Bees

27. Jenny Offill, Dept. of Speculation

28. Patrick Flanery, I Am No One

29. Justin Go, The Steady Running of the Hour

30. Rachel Joyce, The Music Shop

31. Sarai Walker, Dietland

32. Stephen Kuusisto, Have Dog Will Travel: A Poet’s Journey BG

33. Toni Morrison, A Mercy BG

34. Diane McKinney-Whetstone, Lazaretto

35. Paul Tremblay, The Cabin at the End of the World

36. Hilary Liftin and Kate Montgomery, Dear Exile

37. Charlotte Rogan, The Lifeboat

38. Mishell Baker, Borderline BG

39. Kate Atkinson, Big Sky BG

40. Tayari Jones, An American Marriage

41. M. R. Carey, The Boy on the Bridge

42. Jessie Burton, The Muse

43. Erika Swyler The Book of Speculation

44. Annalee Newitz, Autonomous

45. Lisa See, The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane

46. Christian White, The Nowhere Child

47. Abby Geni, The Lightkeepers

48. Robin Sloan, Sourdough

What I read in 2018

January 1, 2019
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Reading with ramen in 2018.

Past editions of this list: 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008. This list is also available in pictorial format at Pinterest.

It was a good year for reading here! Twenty-eight books finished. I’m a slow reader who likes long books; and this year my time for leisure reading continued to be limited by  carework responsibilities. Also, I stop reading books without guilt; so assume I also didn’t finish a dozen or so titles.

BG=Book Group selection. I’m in two book groups, so a lot of my reading is driven by that. Just because I read a book and listed it here doesn’t mean I liked it or would recommend it.  20/28 authors are female or non-binary this year; there was a long stretch over the summer when I didn’t want to read any more books by white guys, and I’m still not that interested, to be honest. The only even vaguely non-fiction books here are Lawson’s memoir and Satrapi’s graphic novel. I probably started a lot of others; just strongly preferring fiction right now.

These are numbered in chronological order, from January to December.

1. Michel Faber, The Book of Strange New Things
2. Naomi Alderman, The Power
3. Jenny Lawson, Furiously Happy
4. Jac Jemc, The Grip of It
5. Haruki Murakami, Colourless Tsukuru Tazaki and his Years of Pilgrimage
6. Richard Kadrey, The Everything Box
7. Sarah Perry, The Essex Serpent BG
8. Patricia Park, Re Jane
9. Emily Fridlund, The History of Wolves BG
10. John Scalzi, Head On
11. Sylvain Neuvel, Waking Gods
12. Jennifer McMahan, Winter People
13. Marjane Satrapi, Embroideries
14. Meg Rosoff, How I Live Now
15. Zinzi Clemmons, What We Lose BG
16. Yxta Maya Murray, The Conquest
17. Charlie Jane Anders, All The Birds in the Sky
18.Idra Novey, Ways to Disappear
19. Rivers Solomon, An Unkindness of Ghosts
20. Ben H. Winters, The Last Policeman
21. Andrew Sean Greer, Less BG
22. Warren Ellis, Normal
23. Emma Healey, Elizabeth is Missing BG
24. Connie Willis, Belwether
25. Lauren Beukes, Zoo City
26. Margaret Atwood, The Penelopiad
27. Chloe Benjamin, The Anatomy of Dreams
28. Ruta Sepetys, Salt to the Sea BG

What I read in 2017

January 15, 2018
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A small Marge Piercy paperback and a grande coffee, wrapped in a crocheted cozy.

Past editions of this list: 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008. This list is also available in pictorial format at Pinterest.

It was a good year for reading here! Twenty-five books finished. I’m a slow reader who likes long books; and this year my time for leisure reading changed with more carework responsibilities. I’m still working on how to fit more reading into the new routine. Also, I stop reading books without guilt; so assume I also didn’t finish a dozen or so titles.

BG=Book Group selection. I’m in two book groups, so a lot of my reading is driven by that. REV=Reviewed for an academic journal. Just because I read a book and listed it here doesn’t mean I liked it or would recommend it.  Female author/male author ratio: 17/8 (counting Angel Catbird for Atwood); Fiction/nonfiction ratio: 19/6 (counting Rouse Up, O Young Men of the New Age! as fiction, though a lot of it isn’t).

These are numbered in chronological order, from January to December.

1. Margaret Atwood, Hag-Seed
2. Josh Malerman, Bird Box
3. Gabrielle Zevin, The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry
4. Marjorie Harper, ed., Migration and Mental Health, Past and Present REV
5. Claire Vaye Watkins, Gold Fame Citrus
6. Claire North, The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August BG
7. Matt Haig, The Humans BG
8. Margaret Atwood/Johnnie Christmas/Tamra Bonvillain, Angel Catbird #1
9. Angela Carter, Wise Children
10. Dawn French, Oh Dear Sylvia
11. Jenny Lawson, Let’s Pretend This Never Happened BG
12. Reyna Grande, The Distance Between Us BG
13. Jeff Vandermeer, Borne
14. Colson Whitehead, The Underground Railroad
15. Lauren Slater, Welcome to my Country BG
16. Sarah Waters, Fingersmith BG
17. Penelope Lively, How It All Began BG
18. Michael Berube, Life as Jamie Knows It BG
19. Kenzaburo Oe, Rouse Up, O Young Men of the New Age! BG
20. Tana French, The Trespasser BG
21. Marge Piercy, Woman on the Edge of Time
22. Maria Semple, Today Will Be Different BG
23. Ben H. Winters, Underground Airlines
24. Kamran Nazeer, Send in the Idiots BG
25. Ann Patchett, Commonwealth BG

What I read in 2016

January 1, 2017

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At left, photo of The Windup Girl, a book set in Thailand, next to fried rice at a Thai restaurant (Bamboo); because every once in a while my reading matches my eating.

Past editions of this list: 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008. This list is also available in pictorial format at Pinterest.

It was a good year for reading here! Thirty-three books finished, including books read at the Grand Canyon and in London on family trips, and at least one I read in the hospital (kidney stones). I’m a slow reader who likes long books, so anything over 30 books finished is a pretty good year for me. Also, I stop reading books without guilt; so assume I also didn’t finish a dozen or so titles.

BG=Book Group selection. I’m in two book groups, so a lot of my reading is driven by that.  Just because I read a book and listed it here doesn’t mean I liked it or would recommend it.  Female author/male author ratio: 19/14; Fiction/nonfiction ratio: 28:5.

These are numbered in chronological order, from January to December.

1. Celeste Ng, Everything I Never Told You

2. Ransom Riggs, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

3. Rachel Adams, Raising Henry BG

4. Barry Unsworth, Morality Play

5. Kimberly Elkins, What is Visible BG

6. Kate Atkinson, A God in Ruins

7. Magnus Flyte, City of Dark Magic

8. M. R. Carey, The Girl with All the Gifts

9. Scarlett Thomas, Our Tragic Universe

10. Graeme Simsion, The Rosie Project BG

11. Angela Carter, Heroes and Villains

12. Laline Paull, The Bees

13. Maria Semple, Where’d You Go, Bernadette BG

14. Julie Schumacher, Dear Committee Members

15. Lisa See, China Dolls

16. David Finch, Journal of Best Practices BG

17. Laila Lalami, The Moor’s Account

18. Hannah Kent, Burial Rites BG

19. Gregory Sherl, The Future for Curious People

20. Walter M. Miller Jr., A Canticle for Liebowitz

21. Margaret Atwood, Lady Oracle

22. Kate Atkinson, Started Early, Took my Dog

23. Sam Kean, Tale of the Dueling Neurosurgeons BG

24. Siri Hustvedt, The Shaking Woman or a History of My Nerves BG

25. Carol Rivka Brunt, Tell the Wolves I’m Home

26. Paolo Bacigalupi, Windup Girl

27. Yangsze Choo, The Ghost Bride BG

28. Neil Gaiman, The Ocean at the End of the Lane

29. Tommy Wallach, We All Looked Up BG

30. Kit Reed, Where

31. Ashok Rajamani, The Day My Brain Exploded BG

32. Mark Salzman, The Soloist

33. Sylvain Neuvel, Sleeping Giants BG

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What I read in 2014

January 3, 2015

Past editions of this list: 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008. This list is also available in pictorial format at Pinterest.

It was a good year for reading here! Thirty-eight books finished. Some illustrated books, some YA novels, one academic book read for review. BG=Book Group selection. I’m in two book groups, so a lot of my reading is driven by that.

This year in books (for me) was shaped by the closing of Mysterious Galaxy Redondo Beach in the late spring, the first of several local business closures this year that upset my routines–RIP Cork’er, Neighborhood Grinds, Soup Bar, and soon, Harmony Works.

These are numbered in chronological order, from January to December.

1. Jo Walton, Farthing

2. Robin Sloan, Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore

3. Kirsten Miller, Kiki Strike: The Darkness Dwellers

4. Meg Wollitzer, The Ten-Year Nap BG

5. Hanya Yanagihara, The People in the Trees

6. Naoki Higashida, The Reason I Jump

7. David Handler, Runaway Man

8. Margaret Atwood, MaddAddam

9. Mark Dunn, Ella Minnow Pea BG

10. Helen Dunmore, The Greatcoat

11. Colum McCann, Transatlantic

12. Jessica Ellen Sewell, Woman and the Everyday City

13. Andy Weir, The Martian

14. Jeff Vandermeer, Authority

15. Lauren Groff, Arcadia BG

16. Karen Joy Fowler, We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves BG

17. Gerbrand Bakker, Ten White Geese

18. Rupert Thomson, Divided Kingdom

19. Jane Jeong Trenka, The Language of Blood

20. Octavia Butler, Fledgling

21. Paul Auster, Book of Illusions

22. Donna Tartt, The Goldfinch BG

23. Haruki Murakami, The Wind-up Bird Chronicle

24. Tana French, Faithful Place

25. Natalie Danford, Inheritance

26. Ruth Ozeki, A Tale for the Time Being BG

27. Jeff Vandermeer, Acceptance

28. Cory Doctorow, Little Brother BG

29. David Gerrold, The Martian Child

30. Hari Kunzru, Transmission

31. Jhumpa Lahiri, The Lowland BG

32. Oliver Sacks, Hallucinations BG

33. Jo Walton, My Real Children

34. Tom Perrotta, The Leftovers

35. Jonathan Auxier, The Night Gardener

36. Kenny Fries, The History of My Shoes and the Evolution of Darwin’s Theory BG

37. M. L. Stedman, The Light Between Oceans BG

38. John Scalzi, Lock In

What I read in 2013

December 31, 2013

Past editions of this list:  2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008.  This list is also available in pictorial format at Pinterest.

It was a good year for reading here!  Thirty-nine books finished.  Some illustrated books, some YA novels–and I counted 1Q84 as THREE books, because it is. 😉 BG=Book Group selection.  I’m in two book groups, so a lot of my reading is driven by that. Also, I’ve been getting a lot of advanced reader copies from Mysterious Galaxy Redondo Beach, so some of these were read in that format (one of the books listed, Annihilation, won’t be published until February 2014, for example).  Finally, this was the first year I read any books on a Kindle (starting with The Age of Miracles).

These are numbered in chronological order, from January to December.

1.  Erin Morgenstern, The Night Circus (BG)
2. Jo Walton, Among Others (BG)
3. Rhoda Janzen, Mennonite in a Little Black Dress
4. Cory Doctorow, Eastern Standard Tribe
5. Lisa Genova, Left Neglected
6. Jess Walter, Beautiful Ruins (BG)
7. Cory Doctorow, Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town
8. Melanie Gideon, Wife 22 (BG)
9. Katy Gardner, Losing Gemma
10.-12. Haruki Murakami, 1Q84 (three volumes)
13. Cheryl Strayed, Wild (BG)
14. Kirsten Miller, Kiki Strike:  Inside the Shadow City
15. Erik Larson, Thunderstruck (BG)
16. Marisha Pessl, Night Film
17. Doris Lessing, The Fifth Child
18. Jim Knipfel, Slackjaw (BG)
19. Kirsten Miller, Kiki Strike:  The Empress’s Tomb
20. Jim Knipfel, Quitting the Nairobi Trio
21.  Karen Thompson Walker, The Age of Miracles
22. Peter Heller, The Dog Stars
23.  Molly Peacock, The Paper Garden
24. Susan Nussbaum, Good Kings Bad Kings (BG)
25.  Kirsten Menger-Anderson, Doctor Olaf van Schuler’s Brain
26.  Kate Atkinson, Behind the Scenes at the Museum (BG)
27.  Nick Bantock, The Forgetting Room
28.  Heidi W. Durrow, The Girl Who Fell from the Sky
29.  Amy Gail Hansen, The Butterfly Sister
30. Jeff Vandermeer, Annihilation
31. Nick Bantock, The Venetian’s Wife
32. Lisa Brackmann, Hour of the Rat
33. Thrity Umrigar, The Space Between Us (BG)
34.  Tana French, In the Woods
35.  Julian Barnes, England, England
36.  Connie Willis, To Say Nothing of the Dog (BG)
37.  John Scalzi, Redshirts
38.  Tana French, The Likeness
39. Ann Patchett, The Patron Saint of Liars (BG)

What I read in 2009

January 2, 2010

BG=Book Group selection.  I’m in two book groups (and sometimes a third), so a lot of my reading is driven by that.  These are numbered in chronological order, from January to December.  I don’t read very fast, and I don’t read a lot of short books, so 23 books in a year is kinda good for me.

1. April Witch (Majgull Axelsson)

2. People of the Book (Geraldine Brooks) BG

3. Planet of the Blind (Stephen Kuusisto) BG

4. A Fraction of the Whole (Steve Toltz) BG

5. Idiocy: A Cultural History (Patrick McDonagh)

6. Out of Joint (Mary Felstiner) BG

7. The Book Borrower (Alice Mattison) BG

8. The Unheard (Josh Swiller) BG

9. The Diagnosis (Alan Lightman)

10. Unaccustomed Earth (Jhumpa Lahiri) BG

11. The Air We Breathe (Andrea Barrett) BG

12. A Blind Man Can See How Much I Love You (Amy Bloom)

13. When We Were Orphans (Kazuo Ishiguro) BG

14. Black Snake Green (David Mitchell)

15. The Peppered Moth (Margaret Drabble)

16. Franklin Flyer (Nicholas Christopher) BG

17. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Steig Larsson) BG

18. The Monsters of Templeton (Lauren Groff)

19. The Fig Eater (Jody Shields)

20. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows) BG

21. Hippolyte’s Island  (Barbara Hodgson)

22. The Confessions of Madame Psyche (Dorothy Bryant)

23.  Up in the Air (Walter Kirn) BG

Quote for a birthday weekend

April 25, 2009

From a recent book group read:

“The most terrifying words you could hear in our house came out of Anouk’s mouth when you had a birthday coming up. ‘I’m making you something,’ she’d say, and no smile was wide enough to conceal the oceans of dread bubbling beneath.”
–Steven Toltz, A Fraction of the Whole (p. 367)

What I read in 2008

January 7, 2009

BG=Book Group selection.  I’m in two book groups (and sometimes a third), so a lot of my reading is driven by that.  These are numbered in chronological order, from January to December.  I don’t read very fast, so 29 books in a year is pretty good for me (but several of them are very short novels, and a few were revisits).

1. The Ladies of Grace Adieu and Other Stories (Susanna Clarke)

2. The Book of Lost Things (John Connolly)  BG

3. Ghostwritten (David Mitchell)

4. The Ship Captain’s Wife (Martha Hodes) BG

5. Passing for Normal (Amy S. Wilensky) BG

6. Triangle: The Fire that Changed America (David von Drehle)

7. Kindred (Octavia Butler) BG–re-read.

8. Mapping Fate (Alice Wexler)  BG–re-read.

9. Don’t Let’s Go Down to the Dogs Tonight (Alexandra Fuller) BG

10. Memory Keeper’s Daughter (Kim Edwards) BG

11. Anil’s Ghost (Michael Ondaatje) BG

12. The Center Cannot Hold (Elyn Saks) BG

13. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Klay (Michael Chabon) BG

14. Sarah Canary (Karen Joy Fowler)

15. Lying Awake (Mark Salzman)

16. The Bookshop (Penelope Fitzgerald)

17. The Museum at Purgatory (Nick Bantock)

18. Moving Violations (John Hockenberry) BG

19. A Guide for the Perplexed (Jonathan Levi)

20. The Sensualist (Barbara Hodgson)

21. Wheeling the Deal: The Outrageous Legend of Gordon Zahler, Hollywood’s Flashiest Quadriplegic (Chip Jacobs)

22. Daughter of Fortune (Isabel Allende) BG

23. My Body Politic (Simi Linton) BG

24. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao (Junot Diaz) BG

25. Memoirs of a Spacewoman (Naomi Mitchison)

26. March (Geraldine Brooks)

27. Sister Moon (Karen Joy Fowler)

28. Riven Rock (TC Boyle)  BG

29.  Eavesdropping (Stephen Kuusisto)  BG–re-read

We’re in the New Yorker–er, kinda…

November 7, 2008

There’s an old picture of me and Nell dressed as Hester Prynne and baby Pearl from the Scarlet Letter at the New Yorker‘s Book Bench blog–click through the slideshow of literary Halloween costumes, we’re hard to miss!  We won best mother-child costume at our very first MOMS Club meeting in those costumes, in 2000.  The dress on Nell was her baptismal gown; the Scarlet Letter on my chest was embroidered by my mother when I was in high school, which tells you how long I’ve been dressing as Hester Prynne, every few years…