Reading Log

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“What are you reading right now?” is a question I’m asked a lot, inevitably followed by an incredulous, “You finished _____ already?!”

Here is what I am reading right now:

2017

Parable of the Talents, Octavia E. Butler (May)

Parable of the Sower, Octavia E. Butler (May)

This One Is Mine, Maria Semple (April)

Today Will Be Different, Maria Semple (April)

The Gift, Louise Jensen (March)

This Is How It Always Is, Laurie Frankel (February)

Station Eleven, Emily St. John Mandel (February)

The Couple Next Door, Shari Lapena (February)

Everything You Want Me to Be, Mindy Mejia (January)

History of Wolves, Emily Fridlund (January)

Feminist Fight Club: An Office Survival Manual for A Sexist Workplace, Jessica Bennett (January)

2016

A Woman Trapped in a Woman’s Body (Tales From a Life of Cringe), Lauren Weedman (December)

Brave New World, Aldous Huxley (December)

Slaughterhouse-Five, Kurt Vonnegut (November) Note: I read this book for the first time when I was 14 or 15. I’ve gone back to it at least 7 or 8 times since. It is a comfort. So it goes.

Animal Farm, George Orwell  (November)

We Should All Be Feminists, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (November)

The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood (November) Note: This is maybe the 4th time I’ve read this novel. I dove head first into dystopian fiction immediately after the 2016 election. #ImStillWithHer

Find Her, Lisa Gardner (November) Note: The latest D.D. Warren novel — I love this series, which is straight up pulp fiction featuring a hard-boiled Boston detective who just so happens to be a tough-talking dame.

Big Fat Food Fraud: Confessions of a Health-Food Hustler, Jeff Scot Philips (November)

Hungry Heart: Adventures in Life, Love and Writing, Jennifer Weiner (October) Note: Oh, Jen. I have loved you and trusted you for such a long time. I identified with you, perhaps a little too much. And while I know we are not actually friends in real life, we have interacted on social media, and once on Facebook you agreed to be my imaginary back-up best friend, and I was so happy I printed it and hung it over my desk. But Jen, we need to talk about this book, because you hurt my feelings.

I’m Judging You: The Do-Better Manual, Luvvie Ajayi (October)

The Girl With the Lower Back Tattoo, Amy Schumer (October)

Agorafabulous!, Sara Benincasa (September) Note: I found Sara via her searing open letter about why she is so fat, and now I love her with my whole fat kid heart and want to be her real life friend.

Daring Greatly, Brene Brown (September) Note: Vulnerability is such a bitch. I’m working on it.

Love Warrior: A Memoir, Glennon Doyle Melton (September)

You’ll Grow Out of It, Jessi Klein (August) Note: Even though we have never met, Jessi Klein is my soul sister from another mister.

Dark Matter, Blake Crouch (August) Note: Holy shit this book was good. The last time I cried over physics, there was an exam involved.

Sex Object: A Memoir, Jessica Valenti (8/12)

Into Thin Air, John Krakauer (8/2) Note: I know it’s objectifying, but vis-a-vis John Krakauer, I would totally hit that. In a tent.

Leave Your Mark: Land Your Dream Job, Kill It In Your Career, Rock Social Media, Aliza Licht (7/28)

Daddy Needs A Drink, Robert Wilder (7/20)

The Girls, Emma Cline (7/15)

I Like You Just the Way I Am: Stories About Me and Some Other People, Jenny Mollen (7/10)

I Know I Am, But What Are You?, Samantha Bee (7/5)

The Ninth Life of Louis Drax, Liz Jensen (7/2)

I Almost Forgot About You, Terri McMillian (6/26)

It’s Okay to Laugh (Crying Is Cool Too), Nora McInerny Purmort (6/16)

Never Split the Difference: Negotiating As If Your Life Depended On It, Chris Voss (6/10)

Shrill: Notes From a Loud Woman, Lindy West (5/22) Note: I read this in one day. I teared up, I cheered, I tweeted about it. IT’S THAT GOOD.

Miss Fortune: Fresh Perspectives On Having It All From Someone Who Is Not OK, Lauren Weedman (5/21)

Zero K, Don DeLillo (5/15) Note: I did not finish this book. Reading it was like trying to have a conversation with my college boyfriend, who was a mediocre poet AND a philosophy major.

When Breath Becomes Air, Paul Kalanithi (5/7)

Luckiest Girl Alive, Jessica Knoll (5/1)

Lust and Wonder, Augusten Burroughs (3/28) Note: Read my review.

Truth: The Press, the President, and the Privilege of Power, Mary Mapes (2/15)

Dietland, Sarai Walker (January)

Big Girl: How I Gave Up Dieting & Got a Life, Kelsey Miller (January)

Stranger Here: How Weight-Loss Surgery Transformed My Body and Messed With My Head, Jen Larsen (January)

The Blondes, Emily Schultz (January)

2015

Gorge: My Journey Up Kilimanjaro at 300 Pounds, Kara Richardson Whitely (December sometime, see below)

The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a Fuck: How to Stop Spending Time You Don’t Have With People You Don’t Like Doing Things You Don’t Want to Do, Sarah Knight (December sometime, see below)

Things No One Will Tell Fat Girls: A Handbook for Unapologetic Living, Jes Baker (December sometime, see below)

Living With a Wild God: A Nonbeliever’s Search for the Truth About Everything, Barbara Ehrenreich (December sometime, see below)

Maybe the Moon, Armistead Maupin (December sometime — I took a lot of time off and stopped looking at the calendar) Note: I am besotted with Armistead Maupin and have been since the late ’80s, when I discovered Tales of the City. I read this book when it first came out in 1992.

Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West, Gregory Maguire (12/8) Note: This is a repeat. I love this book so much, I go back to it every three years or so.

Bait and Switch, Barbara Ehrenreich (11/28)

Drunk Mom: A Memoir, Jowita Bydlowska (sometime in August)

You Too Can Have a Body Like Mine, Alexandra Kleeman (sometime in August)

Bennington Girls Are Easy, Charlotte Silver (sometime in August)

May I Be Happy: A Memoir of Love, Yoga, and Changing My Mind, Cyndi Lee (7/28)

The Girls from Corona del Mar, Rufi Thorpe (7/5)

God Help the Child, Toni Morrison (7/1)

In the Unlikely Event, Judy Blume (6/22)

Revival, Stephen King (6/19)

Momzillas, Jill Kargman (6/12) Note: I have never before left a comment about a book here, but if you are looking for suggestions for good things to read, this book is not it. This book is so terrible, I wanted to punch it.

Primates of Park Avenue: A Memoir, Wednesday Martin Ph.D. (6/7)

The Gluten Lie: And Other Myths About What You Eat, Alan Levinovitz (5/29)

So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed, Jon Ronson (5/25)

Where’d You Go, Bernadette, Maria Semple (4/20)

Ruby, Cynthia Bond (4/9)

Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief, Lawrence Wright (3/1)

The Spectacular Now, Tim Tharp (2/12)

Top of the Morning: Inside the Cutthroat World of Morning TV, Brian Stelter (2/14)

Love and Limerence: The Experience of Being in Love, Dorothy Tennov (2/8)

In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex, Nathaniel Philbrick (1/26)

The Martian, Andy Weir (1/15)

Before I Go To Sleep, S.J. Watson (1/10)

2014

Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness, Susannah Cahalan (12/22)

YOU, Caroline Kepnes (12/20)

Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life From Dear Sugar, Cheryl Strayed (12/13)

Small Victories: Spotting Improbable Moments of Grace, Anne Lamott (12/1)

The Invention of Wings, Sue Monk Kidd (11/25)

Carry On, Warrior, Glennon Doyle Melton (11/14)

Girl Walks Into A Bar…, Rachel Dratch (11/2)

Yes Please, Amy Poehler (10/29)

The Pact, Jodi Picoult (10/25)

The Good Nurse: A True Story of Medicine, Madness, and Murder, Charles Graeber (10/14)

Wild, Cheryl Strayed (10/11)

A House In The Sky, Amanda Lindhout and Sara Corbett (10/5)

The Average American Marriage, Chad Kultgen (10/2)

The Average American Male, Chad Kultgen (9/29)

Fired! Tales of the Canned, Canceled, Downsized, and Dismissed, Annabelle Gurwitch (9/28)

I See You Made An Effort, Annabelle Gurwitch (9/24)

Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy, Helen Fielding (9/14)

Men, Women & Children, Chad Kultgen (9/12)

Excellent Sheep: The Miseducation of the American Elite and the Way to a Meaningful Life, William Deresiewicz (9/6)

Dear Committee Members: A novel, Julie Schumacher (9/3)

Bad Feminist: Essays, Roxane Gay (8/16)

Moo, Jane Smiley (7/30)

I started this log in July of 2014, so below are the books I remember reading in 2014 prior to that, in no particular order:

American Gods, Neil Gaiman

Bad Behavior: Stories, Mary Gaitskill

Slaughterhouse-Five, Kurt Vonnegut

Lost at Sea: The Jon Ronson Mysteries, Jon Ronson

The Dark Half, Stephen King

The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business, Charles Duhigg

The Divergent Series Complete Collection, Veronica Roth

The Madwoman in the Volvo: My Year of Raging Hormones, Sandra Tsing Loh

Mother on Fire: A True Motherf%#$@ Story About Parenting!, Sandra Tsing Loh

The Object of My Affection, Stephen McCauley

If I Stay, Gayle Forman

The Fault In Our Stars, John Green

You Are Now Less Dumb, David McRaney

You Are Not So Smart, David McRaney

Mr. Mercedes, Stephen King

All Fall Down, Jennifer Weiner

Still Life With Breadcrumbs, Anna Quindlen

Black and Blue, Anna Quindlen

Rise and Shine, Anna Quindlen

In The Cut, Susanna Moore

Attachments, Judith Rossner

Every Last One, Anna Quindlen

August, Judith Rossner

Dreamcatcher, Stephen King

A Visit From the Goon Squad, Jennifer Egan

 

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