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What I read- 2018 edition

I thought this year I would remind folks that this list only includes books I read cover to cover. Most of the critical and a few of the creative works I read are “grad school reads,” meaning I do not (and cannot) read every page. I’ll link some of those books here in case you are interested. (I learned ONE of my friends reads this list, so you know, I have to maintain this list’s tradition of accuracy.)

  1. Swing Time by Zadie Smith
  2. Everything I Never Told you by Celeste Ng
  3. Beast/Meridian by Vanessa Angélica Villarreal
  4. Don’t Let Me Be Lonely by Claudia Rankine
  5. A Bestiary by Lily Hoang
  6. Field Theories by Samiya Bashir
  7. play dead by francine j. harris
  8. Ghost Of by Diana Khoi Nguyen
  9. My Year of Meats by Ruth Ozeki
  10. Hardly War by Don Mee Choi
  11. Silver Road by Kazim Ali
  12. These Days of Candy by Manuel Paul Lopez
  13. Goodbye Lyric by Ruth Ellen Kocher
  14. Together and By Ourselves by Alex Dimitrov
  15. Drinking Coffee Elsewhere by ZZ Packer
  16. In the Language of My Captor by Shane McCrae
  17. Bluets by Maggie Nelson
  18. Come as You Are by Emily Nagoski
  19. Don’t Call Us Dead by Danez Smith
  20. Zong! by M. Nourbese Philips
  21. Cane by Jean Toomer
  22. Eye Level by Jenny Xie
  23. A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki
  24. Life on Mars by Tracy K. Smith
  25. Dictee by Theresa Hak Kyung Cha
  26. Bringing Down the Shovel by Ross Gay
  27. Catalogue of Unabashed Gratitude by Ross Gay
  28. Digest by Gregory Pardlo
  29. Life in a Pretty Box by Dawn Lundy Martin
  30. Dogeaters by Jessica Hagedorn
  31. Translating Mo’um by Cathy Park Hong
  32. Engine Empire by Cathy Park Hong
  33. The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen
  34. Milk & Filth by Carmen Giménez Smith

It was a good year for reading. As we entered 2019 on the Gregorian calendar, I have been finishing up: The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead, Imaginary Vessels by Paisley Rekdal, and The Essential Gwendolyn Brooks. Also, finally bought a Lidia Yuknavitch book to read– The Small Backs of Children. Excited about 2019. Oh, today I also started The Undercommons by Stefano Harney and Fred Moten. But they don’t belong in any system of lists. 😉

 

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What I read– 2017 edition

  1. The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
  2. The Bluest Eyes by Toni Morrison
  3. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
  4. The Refugees by Viet Thanh Nguyen
  5. My Wicked Wicked Ways by Sandra Cisneros
  6. The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion
  7. Haikus by Richard Wright (working through it still…)
  8. Blood Dazzler, Poems by Patricia Smith
  9. The Pearl by John Steinbeck
  10. Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut
  11. Seam by Tarfia Faizullah
  12. January Children by Safia Elhillo
  13. all about love by bell hooks
  14. I’m So Fine: A List of Famous Men and What I Had On by Khadijah Queen
  15. Slow Lightning by Eduardo C. Corral
  16. Ode to Walt Whitman by Frederico Garcia Lorca
  17. [insert] boy by Danez Smith
  18. Whereas by Layli Long Soldier
  19. Afterland by Mai Ver Dang
  20. Eat a Bowl of Tea by Louis Chu
  21. When My Brother Was an Aztec by Natalie Diaz
  22. Palm Frond with its Throat Cut by Vickie Vertiz
  23. Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado
  24. Look by Solmaz Sharif
  25. Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward
  26. Odalisque in Pieces by Carmen Giménez Smith

Oddly, while I am in graduate school, this list isn’t as long as I thought it’d be, but I’ve read longer sections of books, mostly poetry collections this year. I’ve also jumped around a lot online, reading Ruth Ellen Kocher, Douglas Kearney, Julie Carr, Kevah Akbar, Ruth Madievsky, more Safia Elhillo, and others. I’ve poked my head into poems by Li-Young Lee and Sun Yung Shin. Also, I’m currently reading these two poetry books: Beast/Meridian by Vanessa Angélica Villarreal and Don’t Let Me Be Lonely by Claudia Rankine. Almost done with the novel Swing Time by Zadie Smith (I don’t know y’all. I guess I’m a hater, but from the sentence level to the story, I think it’s not as good as other novels. This one could be shortened and improved. Let Carmen Maria Machado head that project, Zadie.) Non-fiction: I’m in the first sections of We Gon’ Be Alright: Notes of Race and Resegregation by Jeff Chang and Ghostly Matters: Haunting and the Sociological Imagination by Avery Gordon.

The nice thing about these posts is that they are self-explanatory. For the record, I keep and share these lists for my review and accountability, not for some other motive, but if you like them, then cool!

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