Reading Log, 2019

This year I added comic books/graphic novels to the log (here’s links to 2018 and 2017). I probably missed a few things, like books that I read aloud with my kids, but on the whole I tried to make a note of everything I finished this year. Here’s the list, roughly in order of when I started reading them:

  • China Rich Girlfriend by Kevin Kwan
  • Good and Mad by Rebecca Traister
  • The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers
  • The Friend by Sigrid Nunez
  • His Dark Materials: The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman
  • Check, Please! (Book #1: #Hockey) by Ngozi Ukazu
  • Flights by Olga Tokarczuk
  • Washington Black by Esi Edugyan
  • The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry
  • The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander
  • Upgrade Soul by Ezra Clattan Daniels
  • Melmoth by Sarah Perry
  • Today Will Be Different by Maria Semple
  • The Mere Wife by Maria Dahvana Headley
  • Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine by Gail Honeyman
  • Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • The Power by Naomi Alderman
  • Black Panther: A Nation Under our Feet, Book Two by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • Black Panther: A Nation Under our Feet, Book Three by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • The Cross and The Lynching Tree by James Cone
  • A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki
  • Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
  • The Wildstorm, Vol. 3 by Warren Ellis and Jon Davis-Hunt
  • Mr. Fox by Helen Oyeyemi
  • Parenting Forward: How to Raise Children with Justice, Mercy, and Kindness by Cindy Wang Brandt
  • The Library Book by Susan Orlean
  • Bowlaway by Elizabeth McCracken
  • Immigrant, Montana by Amitava Kumar
  • My Heroes Have Always Been Junkies by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips
  • The Anatomy of Dreams by Chloe Benjamin
  • Infinite Detail by Tim Maughan
  • The Old Drift by Namwali Serpell
  • Where’d You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple
  • The Land of Stories: The Enchantress Returns by Chris Colfer
  • His Dark Materials: The Subtle Knife by Philip Pullman
  • Y: The Last Man: Vol. 1 by Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra
  • Y: The Last Man: Vol. 2 by Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra
  • Y: The Last Man: Vol. 3 by Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra
  • The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro
  • Rich People Problems by Kevin Kwan
  • The Witch Elm by Tana French
  • Euphoria by Lily King
  • Y: The Last Man: Vol. 4 by Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra
  • Y: The Last Man: Vol. 5 by Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra
  • Thick by Tressie McMillan Cottom
  • Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
  • Resilient Management by Lara Hogan
  • Y: The Last Man: Vol. 6 by Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra
  • Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
  • Trust Exercise by Susan Choi
  • Lost and Wanted by Nell Freudenberger
  • Empress of Forever by Max Gladstone
  • Y: The Last Man: Vol. 7 by Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra
  • Y: The Last Man: Vol. 8 by Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra
  • Y: The Last Man: Vol. 9 by Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra
  • Y: The Last Man: Vol. 10 by Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra
  • Normal People by Sally Rooney
  • In the Woods by Tana French
  • The Victorian Internet by Tom Standage
  • American Spy by Lauren Wilkinson
  • Severance by Ling Ma
  • The Parisian by Isabella Hammad
  • Paper Girls: Vol. 3 by Brian K. Vaughan and Cliff Chiang
  • Paper Girls: Vol. 4 by Brian K. Vaughan and Cliff Chiang
  • Paper Girls: Vol. 5 by Brian K. Vaughan and Cliff Chiang
  • The Other Americans by Laila Lalami
  • The Porpoise by Mark Haddon
  • Standard Deviation by Katherine Heiny
  • Conversations with Friends by Sally Rooney
  • Divided We Fail by Sarah Garland
  • Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter
  • A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James
  • I Like to Watch by Emily Nussbaum
  • The Paragon Hotel by Lyndsey Faye
  • Big Sky by Kate Atkinson
  • Lock Every Door by Riley Sager
  • Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler
  • Ms Marvel Vol. 5: Super Famous by G. Willow Wilson and Takeshi Miyazawa
  • Thor Vol. 1: The Goddess of Thunder by Jason Aaron, Russel Dauterman, and Jorge Molina
  • Ms Marvel Vol. 6: Civil War II by G. Willow Wilson and Takeshi Miyazawa
  • The Mighty Thor Vol. 1: Thunder in Her Veins by Jason Aaron, Russel Dauterman
  • Ms Marvel Vol. 7: Damage Per Second by G. Willow Wilson and Takeshi Miyazawa
  • On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong
  • Prism Stalker Vol. 1 by Sloane Leong
  • The Dearly Beloved by Cara Wall
  • How to be an antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
  • The Overstory by Richard Powers
  • Fleishman is in Trouble by Taffy Brodesser-Akner
  • Go Ahead in the Rain: Notes to A Tribe Called Quest by Hanif Abdurraquib
  • Disappearing Earth by Julia Phillips
  • Frankly in Love by David Yoon
  • Everyday Information Architecture by Lisa Maria Martin
  • We are Never Meeting in Real Life by Samantha Irby
  • That All Shall be Saved by David Bentley Hart
  • Rules for Visiting by Jessica Francis Kane
  • Horror Stories by Liz Phair
  • The First Rule of Punk by Celia C. Pérez
  • The Tenth Muse by Catherine Chung
  • Survival Math by Mitchell S. Jackson
  • The Learning Curve by Mandy Berman
  • Red at the Bone by Jacqueline Woodson
  • The Secrets We Kept by Lara Prescott
  • Trouble I’ve Seen: Changing the Way the Church Views Racism by Drew G. I. Hart
  • Tumbling by Diane McKinney-Whetstone
  • Batgirl Vol. 5: Art of the Crime by Mairghread Scott and Paul Pelletier
  • Commonwealth by Ann Patchett
  • Dominicana by Angie Cruz
  • Paper Girls: Vol. 6 by Brian K. Vaughan and Cliff Chiang
  • Shameless: A Sexual Reformation by Nadia Bolz-Weber
  • The Snakes by Sadie Jones
  • Does Jesus Really Love Me? by Jeff Chu
  • Dept. of Speculation by Jenny Offill
  • How We Fight for Our Lives: A Memoir by Saeed Jones
  • In the Dream House: A Memoir by Carmen Maria Machado
  • A History of the Bible by John Barton
  • The Wildstorm, Vol. 4 by Warren Ellis and Jon Davis-Hunt
  • The New Me by Halle Butler
  • Inland by Téa Obreht
  • The Travelers by Regina Porter
  • Persephone by Loïc Locatelli-Kournwsky
  • Curious Toys by Elizabeth Hand
  • Dune by Frank Herbert
  • Three Women by Lisa Taddeo
  • Trick Mirror by Jia Tolentino

Last year I wrote this:

What’s next? For 2019 I’m less fixated on the volume of books. There were times where I felt good about tearing through my reading stack, but at times it felt a little bit like racing through a meal without really savoring it. This year my goal is to dig a little bit deeper and gather a bit more data about my reading, like the date I started a book and finished (or abandoned) it. I also want to record my notes and impressions instead of just logging titles.

Well.

It turns out that I pretty much ignored my modest goals — I did gather a bit more data (date started, date finished) but on the whole it’s clear that I did not slow down and savor what I was reading. I realize that reading is a comfort thing for me, and sometimes I just need to gulp down large quantities of text. The world is terrible right now, and even when I’m reading non-fiction about difficult subjects it’s reassuring to feel that the horrors within are bound by the constraints of the book.

I’m hesitant to set goals for 2020, but I do want to figure out how to best update my reading log during the year, similar to how Winston Hearn and Mandy Brown treat books on their sites. I’m loathe to use Goodreads, and it feels like giving this list a home on my site is the right move.