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I’m always reading something! For years I’ve shared my current reading list on Goodreads because it’s easy to do, but I am slowly switching over to The Storygraph.

Read in 2021

Amoralman: A True Story and Other Lies by Derek DelGaudio

The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel

The Midnight Library by Matt Haig

The Art of Showing Up: How to Be There for Yourself and Your People by Rachel Wilkerson Miller

Leviathan Wakes by James S.A. Corey — A solid start to a fun and fast-paced space opera. I enjoyed reading it about the same amount as watching S1 of “The Expanse” but for different reasons.

Read in 2020

The Happiness Advantage by Shawn Achor — The central premise of the book is that success stems from happiness, not the other way around, and I appreciated reading some familiar concepts with this lens.

Big Friendship: How We Keep Each Other Close by Aminatou Sow and Ann Friedman — This memoir of a close friendship took me a while to get through, despite being an engaging and enthralling read. I sat with some of the moments for a long time. Recommended, especially for those of us in interracial big friendships!

13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl: Fiction by Mona Awad — After reading Bunny, I had to have more of Mona Awad’s writing.

Bunny by Mona Awad

The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters — I picked this up on a whim after my mom mentioned the slow pace, because I wanted a calm and quiet read. The setting is extremely well-researched and well-written, especially the fate of grand estates in post-war Britain, but I wasn’t much interested in the plot or characters.

Pew by Catherine Lacey — I’m still confused about this book, months later. I think I enjoyed it?

Luster by Raven Leilani — When my hold on “Luster” appeared yesterday morning, I almost put it off, but I’m glad that I didn’t because I devoured it in just two sittings! I enjoyed falling into the twentysomething malaise of Edie, the protagonist, although I hated everyone around her as they consistently wallpapered over her personality with their own needs and desires. But that was intentional, of course, because the author is a magnificent writer. The prose was surprising and beautiful and so, so funny, although not in the ways I expected. I could say more about how deft a treatment of racism and classism this was, but I want you to read it already.

Catch and Kill: Lies, Spies, and a Conspiracy to Protect Predators by Ronan Farrow

Laguardia by Nnedi Okorafor and Tana Ford

Lakewood by Megan Giddings

So You Want to Talk about Race by Ijeoma Oluo

My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell

NOS4A2 by Joe Hill

The Testaments by Margaret Atwood

The Warlow Experiment by Alix Nathan

The Fortress by S.A. Jones — DNF at 11%. The premise was intriguing, but the execution was poor. I think the author wanted to make a statement about how women are treated in a misogynist world, but simply flipping the gender roles left out any nuance about gendered socialization and power.

Medallion Status: True Stories from Secret Rooms by John Hodgman

Lady in the Lake by Laura Lippman

Read before 2020

Watch this space! I’m still transferring things over.

Notes

The Hidden Palace
by Helene Wecker

Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor
by Layla F. Saad

How to Be an Antiracist
by Ibram X. Kendi

The Knitting Station
by Kirsti Wishart

Set Boundaries, Find Peace
by Nedra Tawaab

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