fuck yeah reading: 2019 books

January 1st, 2020 7:00 am by Kelly Garbato

RIP 2019: You totally sucked, but at least I got a ton of reading done.

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I devoured a whopping 184 books this year, because escapism was the name of the game. I’m hoping to go back to school next year, though, so my reading goals for 2020 will be scaled back dramatically (sob).

As per usual, my favorites are marked with an asterisk; as per not usual, there were only a dozen books that earned that honor. Actually, a dozen sounds pretty good, but not when couched as a ratio to total number of books read. Plus, one was a reread, so I’m not sure that counts.

Anyway, if I could only recommend one, it’d probably by The Light from Other Stars by Erica Swyler. It is fierce and magical and mind-bending, and will forever remind me of my sweet girl Rennie. Ditto: Kate Mascarenhas’s The Psychology of Time Travel, but I said ONE BOOK, so there you go.

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fuck yeah reading: 2019 book list

  1. Everything Grows by Aimee Herman (2019); reviewed here
  2. A People’s Future of the United States: Speculative Fiction from 25 Extraordinary Writers edited by Victor LaValle (2019); reviewed here
  3. Whose Boat Is This Boat?: Comments That Don’t Help in the Aftermath of a Hurricane by The Staff of the Late Show with Stephen Colbert (2018)
  4. A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo by Jill Twiss and E.G. Keller (2018) *
  5. The Raven’s Tale by Cat Winters (2019); reviewed here
  6. Red-Blooded American Male: Photographs by Robert Trachtenberg (2016); re-read: originally reviewed here *
  7. Man-Eaters, Volume 1 (#1-4) by Chelsea Cain and Kate Niemczyk (2019); reviewed here *
  8. Sawkill Girls by Claire Legrand (2018)
  9. A Bound Woman Is a Dangerous Thing: The Incarceration of African American Women from Harriet Tubman to Sandra Bland by DaMaris B. Hill (2019); reviewed here
  10. Strange Fruit, Volume I: Uncelebrated Narratives from Black History by Joel Christian Gill (2014)
  11. Pashmina by Nidhi Chanani (2017)
  12. Speak: The Graphic Novel by Laurie Halse Anderson and Emily Carroll (2018)
  13. Wires and Nerve, Volume 1: Wires and Nerve by Marissa Meyer and Douglas Holgate (2017)
  14. Women Talking by Miriam Toews (2019); reviewed here *
  15. Wires and Nerve, Volume 2: Gone Rogue by Marissa Meyer, Stephen Gilpin, and Douglas Holgate (2018)
  16. oh no by Alex Norris (2019); reviewed here
  17. Cretaceous by Tadd Galusha (2019); reviewed here
  18. Toil & Trouble: 15 Tales of Women & Witchcraft edited by Tess Sharpe and Jessica Spotswood (2018); reviewed here
  19. The Wrong End of the Table: A Mostly Comic Memoir of a Muslim Arab American Woman Just Trying to Fit in by Ayser Salman (2019); reviewed here
  20. The Outsider by Stephen King / narrated by Will Patton (2018)
  21. Window Horses by Ann Marie Fleming (2017); reviewed here
  22. The Underfoot, Volume 1: The Mighty Deep by Ben Fisher, Emily S. Whitten, and Michelle Nguyen (2019); reviewed here
  23. The Mermaid’s Voice Returns in This One (Women Are Some Kind of Magic #3) by Amanda Lovelace (2019); reviewed here
  24. This Land Is My Land: A Graphic History of Big Dreams, Micronations, and Other Self-Made States by Andy Warner and Sofie Louise Dam (2019); reviewed here
  25. Love Beyond Body, Space, and Time: An Indigenous LGBT Sci-Fi Anthology edited by Hope Nicholson (2016); reviewed here
  26. Fish Girl by David Wiesner and Donna Jo Napoli (2017)
  27. Tomboy: A Graphic Memoir by Liz Prince (2014)
  28. Rayne & Delilah’s Midnite Matinee by Jeff Zentner (2019); reviewed here
  29. Flying Couch: A Graphic Memoir by Amy Kurzweil (2016)
  30. On a Sunbeam by Tillie Walden (2018) *
  31. FTL, Y’all!: Tales From the Age of the $200 Warp Drive edited by C. Spike Trotman (2018)
  32. The Girl Who Married a Skull and Other African Stories, Volume 1 (Cautionary Fables & Fairytales) by Cameron Morris, et al. (2018)
  33. Anarcha Speaks: A History in Poems by Dominique Christina (2018); reviewed here
  34. The Zombie Survival Guide: Recorded Attacks by Max Brooks and Ibraim Roberson (2008)
  35. The Cassandra: A Novel by Sharma Shields (2019); reviewed here
  36. The Silence of Our Friends by Mark Long, Jim Demonakos, and Nate Powell (2012)
  37. Womanthology: Heroic edited by Bonnie Burton, et al. (2012)
  38. Trish Trash #1: Rollergirl of Mars by Jessica Abel (2016)
  39. The End of Summer by Tillie Walden (2017); reviewed here
  40. Shattered Warrior by Sharon Shinn and Molly Ostertag (2017)
  41. Be Prepared by Vera Brosgol (2018)
  42. Spinning by Tillie Walden (2017)
  43. The Stillwater Girls by Minka Kent (2019); reviewed here
  44. The Psychology of Time Travel by Kate Mascarenhas (2019); reviewed here *
  45. Vagrant Queen Volume 1 (Vagrant Queen #1-6) by Magdalene Visaggio, Jason Smith, Harry Saxon, and Zakk Saam (2019); reviewed here
  46. Safely Endangered Comics by Chris McCoy (2019); reviewed here
  47. Gender Queer: A Memoir by Maia Kobabe (2019); reviewed here
  48. Smut Peddler Presents: Sex Machine (Smut Peddler #4) edited by C. Spike Trotman (2019); reviewed here
  49. Soppy by Philippa Rice (2014)
  50. How to Be Alone: If You Want To, and Even If You Don’t by Lane Moore (2018)
  51. Color Outside the Lines edited by Sangu Mandanna (2019); reviewed here
  52. Family Pets by Pat Shand, Sarah Dill, and Jim Campbell (2015)
  53. The Girl Who Owned a City: The Graphic Novel by O.T. Nelson, Dan Jolley, Joëlle Jones, and Jenn Manley Lee (2012)
  54. Zombies Calling by Faith Erin Hicks (2012)
  55. The Unwanted: Stories of the Syrian Refugees by Don Brown (2018)
  56. Honor Girl: A Graphic Memoir by Maggie Thrash (2015)
  57. Same Difference by Derek Kirk Kim (2011)
  58. Bloom by Kevin Panetta and Savanna Ganucheau (2019)
  59. Minus by Lisa Naffziger (2019); reviewed here
  60. This Place: 150 Years Retold by Chelsea Vowel, et al. (2019); reviewed here
  61. Light from Other Stars by Erika Swyler (2019); reviewed here *
  62. Nat Turner by Kyle Baker (2008)
  63. My Favorite Thing Is Monsters, Volume 1 by Emil Ferris (2017)
  64. A Book For Sad Pets by Kristin Tipping (2019); reviewed here
  65. Space Boy Volume 1 (Space Boy #1) by Stephen McCranie (2018)
  66. The Widow (Kate Waters #1) by Fiona Barton / narrated by Hannah Curtis, Nicholas Guy Smith, Mandy Williams, Jayne Entwistle, and Steve West (2016)
  67. Space Boy Volume 2 (Space Boy #2) by Stephen McCranie (2018); reviewed here
  68. Spill Zone (Spill Zone #1) by Scott Westerfeld, Alex Puvilland, and Hilary Sycamore (2017)
  69. The Broken Vow (Spill Zone #2) by Scott Westerfeld, Alex Puvilland, and Hilary Sycamore (2018)
  70. Last Pick (Last Pick #1) by Jason Walz (2018)
  71. Brain Camp by Susan Kim, Laurence Klavan, and Faith Erin Hicks (2012)
  72. i love this part by Tillie Walden (2015)
  73. Everything Is Teeth by Evie Wyld and Joe Sumner (2016); reviewed here
  74. Page by Paige by Laura Lee Gulledge (2011)
  75. Middlegame by Seanan McGuire (2019); reviewed here
  76. Reindeer Boy by Cassandra Jean (2016); reviewed here
  77. Friends With Boys by Faith Erin Hicks (2012)
  78. Habibi by Craig Thompson (2011)
  79. This is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel / narrated by Gabra Zackman (2018)
  80. SuperMutant Magic Academy by Jillian Tamaki (2015)
  81. Skim by Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki (2008)
  82. The Golden Compass Graphic Novel, Complete Edition by Philip Pullman, Stéphane Melchior-Durand, and Clément Oubrerie (2017) *
  83. The Adventures of Superhero Girl by Faith Erin Hicks (2013)
  84. Camp Midnight by Steven T. Seagle and Jason Katzenstein (2016)
  85. Baba Yaga’s Assistant by Marika McCoola and Emily Carroll (2015)
  86. Emiko Superstar by Mariko Tamaki and Steve Rolston (2008)
  87. Hidden: A Child’s Story of the Holocaust by Loïc Dauvillier, Marc Lizano, Greg Salsedo, Alexis Siegel (2014)
  88. #WeRateDogs: The Most Hilarious and Adorable Pups You’ve Ever Seen by Matt Nelson (2017)
  89. White Rose by Kip Wilson (2019)
  90. Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart / narrated by Rebecca Soler (2017)
  91. Pirate Queen: The Legend of Grace O’Malley by Tony Lee and Sam Hart (2019); reviewed here
  92. Girls on the Verge by Sharon Biggs Waller (2019)
  93. Life of the Party: Poems by Olivia Gatwood (2019); reviewed here
  94. Glory O Brien’s History of the Future by A.S. King / narrated by Christine Lakin (2014)
  95. Flight, Volume 2 edited by Kazu Kibuishi (2007)
  96. All of Us with Wings by Michelle Ruiz Keil (2019); reviewed here
  97. Ask the Passengers by A.S. King / narrated by Devon Sorvari (2012)
  98. The City on the Other Side by Mairghread Scott and Robin Robinson (2018)
  99. Sanity & Tallulah (Sanity & Tallulah #1) by Molly Brooks (2018)
  100. Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier (2016)
  101. Wilder Girls by Rory Power (2019); reviewed here
  102. The Dry (Aaron Falk #1) by Jane Harper / narrated by Steven Shanahan (2016)
  103. (H)afrocentric Comics: Volumes 1–4 by Juliana “Jewels” Smith, Mike Hampton, and Ronald Nelson (2017); reviewed here
  104. The Black Mage by Daniel Barnes and DJ Kirkland (2019); reviewed here
  105. The Altered History of Willow Sparks by Tara O’Connor (2018)
  106. Trish Trash: Rollergirl of Mars Omnibus (Trish Trash #1-3) by Jessica Abel (2019)
  107. The Escape Manual for Introverts by Katie Vaz (2019); reviewed here
  108. Sacred Heart by Liz Suburbia (2015); reviewed here
  109. Rise: The Complete Newsflesh Collection (Newsflesh 0.5, 3.1-3.6) by Mira Grant (2016)
  110. The Avant-Guards, Volume 1 (The Avant-Guards #1-6) by Carly Usdin and Noah Hayes (2019); reviewed here
  111. El Deafo by Cece Bell and David Lasky (2014)
  112. The Swallows by Lisa Lutz (2019); reviewed here
  113. Jerusalem: A Family Portrait by Boaz Yakin and Nick Bertozzi (2013)
  114. Under The Moon: A Catwoman Tale (DC Ink) by Lauren Myracle and Isaac Goodhart (2019); reviewed here
  115. After the Flood by Kassandra Montag (2019); reviewed here
  116. Rebel Girls by Elizabeth Keenan (2019); reviewed here
  117. Lagoon by Nnedi Okorafor / Narrated by Adjoa Andoh and Ben Onwukwe (2014)
  118. Dr. Horrible (Second Edition) by Zack Whedon, Joss Whedon, Joëlle Jones, and Jim Rugg (2019); reviewed here
  119. We Are Here Forever by Michelle Gish (2019); reviewed here
  120. Irena Book One: Wartime Ghetto by Jean-David Morvan, Séverine Tréfouël, and David Evrard (2019); reviewed here
  121. No Ivy League by Hazel Newlevant (2019); reviewed here
  122. Stay by Lewis Trondheim and Hubert Chevillard (2019); reviewed here
  123. Redwood and Ponytail by K.A. Holt (2019); reviewed here
  124. Bone Gap by Laura Ruby / Narrated by Dan Bittner (2016)
  125. Autocomplete: The Book by Justin Hook (2019); reviewed here
  126. Dahlia Black by Keith Thomas (2019); reviewed here
  127. Commute: An Illustrated Memoir of Female Shame by Erin Williams (2019); reviewed here
  128. Nuclear Winter, Volume 1 by Caroline Breault (2018)
  129. Nuclear Winter, Volume 2 by Caroline Breault (2019)
  130. It’s a Whole Spiel edited by Katherine Locke and Laura Silverman (2019); reviewed here
  131. Kiss Number 8 by Colleen A.F. Venable and Ellen T. Crenshaw (2019) *
  132. The Grace Year by Kim Liggett (2019); reviewed here *
  133. Dark Sparkler by Amber Tamblyn (2015)
  134. Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me by Mariko Tamaki and Rosemary Valero-O’Connell (2019)
  135. Full Throttle by Joe Hill (2019); reviewed here
  136. Orpheus Girl by Brynne Rebele-Henry (2019); reviewed here
  137. Homesick: Stories by Nino Cipri (2019); reviewed here
  138. Sparrowhawk (Sparrowhawk #1-5) by Delilah S. Dawson and Matias Basla (2019); reviewed here
  139. A Girl in the Himalayas by David Jesus Vignolli (2018)
  140. The Handmaid’s Tale: The Graphic Novel by Renée Nault and Margaret Atwood (2019) *
  141. Escaping Exodus by Nicky Drayden (2019); reviewed here
  142. The Nameless City (The Nameless City #1) by Faith Erin Hicks (2016)
  143. The Stone Heart (The Nameless City #2) by Faith Erin Hicks (2017)
  144. The Divided Earth (The Nameless City #3) by Faith Erin Hicks (2018)
  145. Everything’s Trash, But It’s Okay by Phoebe Robinson (2018); reviewed here
  146. You Must Not Miss by Katrina Leno (2019)
  147. Betty Bites Back: Stories to Scare the Patriarchy edited by Mindy McGinnis, Demitria Lunetta, and Kate Karyus Quinn (2019); reviewed here
  148. Little Weirds by Jenny Slate (2019); reviewed here
  149. You Can’t Touch My Hair: And Other Things I Still Have to Explain by Phoebe Robinson (2016)
  150. Space Boy Volume 2 (Space Boy #2) by Stephen McCranie (2018); reread: originally reviewed here
  151. Space Boy Volume 3 (Space Boy #3) by Stephen McCranie (2019); reviewed here
  152. Space Boy Volume 4 (Space Boy #4) by Stephen McCranie (2019)
  153. Foul Is Fair (Foul Is Fair #1) by Hannah Capin (2020); review coming soon
  154. Mischling by Affinity Konar / Narrated by Vanessa Johansson (2016)
  155. My Dark Vanessa: A Novel by Kate Elizabeth Russell (2020); review coming soon
  156. This Darkness Mine by Mindy McGinnis / Narrated by Brittany Pressley (2017); reviewed here
  157. Mooncakes by Suzanne Walker and Wendy Xu (2019); reviewed here
  158. Porn & Revolution in the Peaceable Kingdom by Micaela Morrissette (2013)
  159. Clean Room, Volume 1: Immaculate Conception (Clean Room #1-6) by Gail Simone, Jon Davis-Hunt, Quinton Winter, Todd Klein, and Jenny Frison (2016)
  160. Exit, Pursued by a Bear by E.K. Johnston / Narrated by Jorjeana Marie (2016)
  161. Clean Room, Volume 2: Exile (Clean Room #7-12) by Gail Simone, Jon Davis-Hunt, Quinton Winter, Todd Klein, and Jenny Frison (2017)
  162. Clean Room, Volume 3: Waiting for the Stars to Fall (Clean Room #13-18) by Gail Simone, Walter Giovani, Sanya Anwar, Quinton Winter, Todd Klein, Jenny Frison (2017)
  163. The Forest of Hands and Teeth (The Forest of Hands and Teeth #1) by Carrie Ryan / Narrated by Vane Millon (2009); reviewed here
  164. The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye (Millennium #5) by David Lagercrantz / Narrated by Simon Vance (2017)
  165. Fury (Menagerie #3) by Rachel Vincent (2018); review coming soon
  166. I Hunt Killers (I Hunt Killers #1) by Barry Lyga / Narrated by Charlie Thurston (2012)
  167. Bird Brain: Comics About Mental Health, Starring Pigeons by Chuck Mullin (2019); reviewed here
  168. Game (I Hunt Killers #2) by Barry Lyga / Narrated by Charlie Thurston (2013)
  169. My Bison by Gaya Wisniewski (2020); review coming soon
  170. The Living (Warm Bodies #3) by Isaac Marion (2018); review coming soon *
  171. Long Story Short: 100 Classic Books in Three Panels by Lisa Brown (2020); review coming soon
  172. Greta and the Giants: inspired by Greta Thunberg’s stand to save the world by Zoe Tucker and Zoe Persico (2019); reviewed here
  173. What I Lick Before Your Face … and Other Haikus By Dogs by Jamie Coleman (2019); reviewed here
  174. Blood of My Blood (I Hunt Killers #3) by Barry Lyga / Narrated by Charlie Thurston (2014)
  175. The Boy on the Bridge (The Girl With All the Gifts #2) by M.R. Carey / Narrated by Finty Williams (2017)
  176. Come See the Living Dryad by Theodora Goss (2017)
  177. Darling Rose Gold by Stephanie Wrobel (2020); review coming soon
  178. Dangerous Games to Play in the Dark by Lucia Peters (2019); review coming soon
  179. Blood Countess by Lana Popović (2020); review coming soon
  180. War and Peas: Funny Comics for Dirty Lovers by Jonathan Kunz and Elizabeth Pich (2020); review coming soon
  181. That Can Be Arranged: A Muslim Love Story by Huda Fahmy (2020); review coming soon
  182. The Companions by Katie M. Flynn (2020); review coming soon
  183. Gudetama: Love for the Lazy by Gaydos Sarah (2020); review coming soon
  184. Pumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowell and Faith Erin Hicks (2019)

 

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