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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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Book Line-up Winter 2015-16

Here is what I’ve been reading at the end of 2015:

Finish poetry books not yet finish:

7) The Fact of a Doorframe by Adrienne Rich

15) How to be Drawn by Terrance Hayes

21) Home Course in Religion by Gary Soto


Finish or start these novels/collections:

22) Toughest Indian in the World by Sherman Alexie

23) Create Dangerously: The Immigrant Artist at Work by Edwidge Danticat

26) Son by Lois Lowry

27) To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

28) Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee


How I hope to start 2016:

1) Playing in the dark by Toni Morrison

2) Renaissance by Ruth Forman

3) Revolutionary Petunias by Alice Walker

4) My House by Nikki Giovanni

5) My father was a Toltec by Ana Castillo

6) How The Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents by Julia Alvarez

7) Bloodchild by Octavia Butler

I’m happy to end 2015 with hopefully 28 books under my belt. I do have to say that it is increasingly hard for me to focus my mind on reading because of the growth of tech in my life. I’m not against technology, per se. However, it is good to be aware of its impact on my focus.

I will be traveling to Mexico with Harper Lee’s books tucked in my backpack, hoping I will finish both amidst exploring and relaxing. And as 2016 rolls around, I have a lot of poetry on my list. As always, am wondering about the Asian American voices I should also find to read. I am also slowly mulling over Feminist Without Borders like it is medicine. It has been years since I started this academic, non-fiction book, so it doesn’t belong on any one list.

On this new moon I also set intentions on sending out my poetry collection in February, a grad school application timeline, and a commitment to use public/shared modes of transportation. The new moon was a week after someone hit my parked car. It was celestial timing, I suppose. It feels right.

What are you reading? How are you reflecting and ending or beginning this winter?

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