Reading list


As a bookseller, I profited greatly from learning what other book-lovers had read and loved. So here, inspired by Art Garfunkel’s reading list, are all the books I have read since January 2017 (like Mr. Garfunkel, favorites are marked with an asterisk). You can also connect with me on LibraryThing.

2019 Reading List - in progress

  1. The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen *

  2. Exist Otherwise: The Life and Works of Claude Cahun by Jennifer L. Shaw

  3. Sabrina by Nick Drnaso

  4. An Angel at My Table by Janet Frame

  5. The Envoy From Mirror City by Janet Frame

  6. My Most Secret Desire by Julie Doucet

  7. House of Women by Sophie Goldstein

2018 Reading List

  1. The Rise of Liberal Religion: Book Culture and American Spirituality in the Twentieth Century by Matthew S. Hedstrom

  2. Geek Love by Katherine Dunn (re-read)

  3. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

  4. Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado

  5. The Expendable Man by Dorothy B. Hughes

  6. Blues for Mister Charlie by James Baldwin *

  7. Last Look by Charles Burns (re-read) *

  8. Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

  9. The Trickster: A Study in American Indian Mythology by Paul Radin

  10. When They Call You a Terrorist by Patrisse Cullors and asha bandele

  11. Breath, Eyes, Memory by Edwidge Danticat

  12. Darkest America: Black Minstrelsy from Slavery to Hip-Hop by Jake Austen and Yuval Taylor

  13. Myths to Live By by Joseph Campbell *

  14. The Infernal Desire Machines of Doctor Hoffman by Angela Carter *

  15. You Shall Die by Your Own Evil Creation! by Fletcher Hanks, ed. Paul Karasik

  16. Rising Strong by Brené Brown

  17. Young Frances by Hartley Lin

  18. The Heart by Maylis de Kerangal

  19. Poochytown by Jim Woodring

  20. Green Girl by Kate Zambreno

  21. Gnani Yoga by Yogi Ramacharaka

  22. In the First Circle by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

  23. Negroland by Margo Jefferson *

  24. The Answers by Catherine Lacey

  25. White Teeth by Zadie Smith

  26. Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward

  27. Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather *

  28. Ms. Marvel (Books 1 & 2) by G. Willow Wilson

  29. The Blazing World by Siri Hustvedt

  30. Coyote Doggirl by Lisa Hanawalt

  31. Dreams, Illusion and Other Realities by Wendy Doniger *

  32. Your Black Friend and Other Strangers by Ben Passmore

  33. The Sundial by Shirley Jackson *

  34. To the Is-Land by Janet Frame

  35. The Refugees by Viet Thanh Nguyen

  36. What It Means When A Man Falls From The Sky by Lesley Nneka Arimah

  37. Some Trick by Helen DeWitt *

  38. The Hundred Headless Woman by Max Ernst

  39. Signs Preceding the End of the World by Yuri Herrera *

  40. The Hole by Hye-young Pyun *

  41. The Juniper Tree by Barbara Comyns

  42. Somnambulance by Fiona Smyth

2017 Reading list

  1. Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave by Frederick Douglass *

  2. Inter Ice Age 4 by Kōbō Abe *

  3. The Sinistra Zone by Ádám Bodor

  4. Bumperhead by Gilbert Hernandez

  5. Band for Life by Anya Davidson *

  6. Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman by Lindy West

  7. School Spirits by Anya Davidson

  8. What is Obscenity? by Rokudenashuko

  9. Someone Please Have Sex With Me by Gina Wynbrandt

  10. In the Great Green Room by Amy Gary *

  11. Hangsaman by Shirley Jackson *

  12. Chocky by John Wyndham

  13. Black Movie by Danez Smith

  14. The Dark Wood of Golden Birds by Margaret Wise Brown

  15. I Shall Destroy All the Civilized Planets by Fletcher Hanks, ed. Paul Karasik

  16. Walkabout by James Vance Marshall

  17. A Perfect Spy by John le Carré *

  18. The Subsidiary by Matias Celedon

  19. Albina and the Dog-Men by Alejandro Jodorowsky

  20. Rolling Blackouts by Sarah Glidden

  21. Last Letters from Montmarte by Qiu Miaojin

  22. Prometheus Bound by Aeschylus, trans. by Joel Agee

  23. Songs of Kabir by Kabir, trans. by Arvind Krishna Mehrotra *

  24. Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami

  25. Xenogenesis by Octavia Butler

  26. Attic by Katherine Dunn

  27. How to Be Happy by Eleanor Davis

  28. You & A Bike & A Road by Eleanor Davis

  29. Tell Me How It Ends by Valeria Luiselli

  30. A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller, Jr. *

  31. A Cure for Suicide by Jesse Ball