Books I read in 2016, a running list

Last year, I got to the end of the year and had almost no memory of what I had read in the past 12 months. I know I read things in 2015 because I ran out of shelf space and had to start stacking books on the floor. It’s also very difficult to keep track of whether or not I’m reading diverse writers (by publish date, gender, race, and nationality) if I’m not tracking what I’m reading.

But now I have a new shelf, and a new plan, and I am going to list my book list here. I guess this is a new resolution! Happy March!


The Narrow Door, by Paul Lisicky

Under the Udula Trees, by Chinelo Okparanta

Baltimore Blues, by Laura Lippman

The Silent Woman, by Slyvia Plath

The Song Machine, by John Seabrook

Lolly Willowes, by Sylvia Townsend Warner

The Gilded Razor, by Sam Lansky

Milk & Honey, by Rupi Kaur

Queen of the Night by Alexander Chee

The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion

The Border of Paradise by Esmé Weijun Wang

After Birth by Elisa Albert

Problems by Jade Sharma

Ways to Disappear by Idra Novey

All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders

The Geography of Bliss by Eric Weiner

The Vegetarian by Han Kang

So Sad Today by Melissa Broder

The Beauty of the Husband: a fictional essay in 29 tangos by Anne Carson

There Once Lived a Mother Who Loved Her Children, Until They Moved Back In: Three Novellas About Family by Ludmilla Petrushevskaya

the Way Forward is with a Broken Heart by Alice Walker

Mama Day by Gloria Naylor

The Mothers by Britt Bennett

I Love Dick by Chris Kraus

How Should a Person Be? by Sheila Heti

The Girls by Emma Cline

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

The Crown Ain’t Worth Much by Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib

Pond by Claire-Louise Bennet

Varieties of Exile by Mavis Gallant

Autobiography of Red by Anne Carson

American Sweethearts by Ilana Nash

I Must Be living Twice by Eileen Myles

The Revolutionaries Try Again by Mauro Javier Cardenas

Citizen by Claudia Rankin

Wrapped in Rainbows by Valerie Boyd

Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson

Abba Gold by Elisabeth Vincentelli (33 1/3)

Swing Time by Zadie Smith

Love Story by Erich Segal

Stasiland by Anna Funder

The Turner House by Angela Flournoy

Welcome to the Goddamn Ice Cube by Blair Braverman




last updated: December 13, 2016

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