fuck yeah reading: 2017 books

Monday, January 1st, 2018

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So 2017 was a terrible year, for a variety of reasons. I wish I could say that the books (like the dogs) were always good, but the truth is that I read some pretty bad ones, and my reading slump wasn’t exactly helped by my depression and anxiety and general state of panic. But 2017 will go down as the year I really dove into comic books; some of my favorite reads this year (shout outs to Fetch, The Last Unicorn, Bitch Planet, and Kindred) were graphic novels, and I suspect I had a little more luck engaging with this format on those days when my brain was feeling especially slow and foggy. This was also a pretty great year for YA fiction that sticks it to rape culture; see, e.g., The Nowhere Girls and Vigilante.

As is the custom, here’s a complete list of my reads this year, with my top picks starred. And you can check out my Year in Books on Goodreads here, which looks lovely but is entirely too much to screencap.

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fuck yeah reading: 2017 book list

  1. The Furies by Natalie Haynes (2014)
  2. The Dark and Other Love Stories by Deborah Willis (2017); reviewed here
  3. The Impossible Fortress by Jason Rekulak (2017); reviewed here
  4. Wonder Woman, Vol. 1: Blood by Brian Azzarello, Cliff Chiang, and Tony Akins (2012); reread: originally reviewed here
  5. Kinski by Gabriel Hardman (2014)
  6. Amy Chelsea Stacie Dee by Mary G. Thompson (2016)
  7. The Last Final Girl by Stephen Graham Jones (2012)
  8. The Devil in America by Kai Ashante Wilson (2014); reviewed here
  9. A Crown of Wishes (The Star-Touched Queen #2) by Roshani Chokshi (2017); reviewed here
  10. Uprooted by Naomi Novik (2015)
  11. The Secret Loves of Geek Girls edited by Hope Nicholson (2016); reviewed here
  12. Everyone’s a Aliebn When Ur a Aliebn Too: A Book by Jomny Sun (2017); reviewed here *
  13. Final Girls by Mira Grant (2017); reviewed here
  14. Final Girls by Riley Sager (2017); reviewed here
  15. Waking Gods (Themis Files #2) by Sylvain Neuvel (2017); reviewed here
  16. The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit by Michael Finkel (2017)
  17. A Colony in a Nation by Christopher L. Hayes (2017)
  18. 20th Century Ghosts by Joe Hill (2007)
  19. Wonder Woman, Volume 2: Guts by Brian Azzarello, Cliff Chiang, and Tony Akins (2013)
  20. Wonder Woman, Volume 3: Iron by Brian Azzarello, Cliff Chiang, and Tony Akins (2013)
  21. Wonder Woman, Volume 4: War by Brian Azzarello, Cliff Chiang, and Goran Sudžuka (2014)
  22. Wonder Woman, Volume 5: Flesh by Brian Azzarello, Cliff Chiang, and Goran Sudžuka (2014)
  23. Wonder Woman, Volume 6: Bones by Brian Azzarello, Cliff Chiang, and Goran Sudžuka (2015)
  24. By the Silver Water of Lake Champlain by Joe Hill (2014)
  25. The Last Unicorn (The Last Unicorn Graphic Novels #1-6) by Peter S. Beagle, Peter B. Gillis, Renae De Liz, and Ray Dillon (2011) *
  26. Here We Are: Feminism for the Real World edited by Kelly Jensen (2017); reviewed here
  27. The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman (2013)
  28. How to Be Everything: A Guide for Those Who (Still) Don’t Know What They Want to Be When They Grow Up by Emilie Wapnick (2017)
  29. Bitch Planet, Vol 1: Extraordinary Machine (Bitch Planet #1-5) by Kelly Sue DeConnick (2015); reread
  30. Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill (2007)
  31. Bitch Planet, Vol. 2: President Bitch by Kelly Sue DeConnick, Taki Soma, and Valentine De Landro (2017); reviewed here *
  32. Our Endless Numbered Days by Claire Fuller (2015)
  33. For Want of Water: and other poems (National Poetry Series) by Sasha Pimentel (2017); reviewed here
  34. Super Narwhal and Jelly Jolt (Narwhal and Jelly) by Ben Clanton (2017); reviewed here
  35. Best Vegan Science Fiction & Fantasy of 2016 edited by B. Morris Allen (2017); reviewed here
  36. Lady Mechanika, Volume 3: The Lost Boys of West Abbey (Lady Mechanika: The Lost Boys of West Abbey #1-2) by M.M. Chen, Joe Benítez, Peter Steigerwald, Martin Montiel, and Beth Sotelo (2017); reviewed here
  37. Lessons from Shadow: My Life Lessons for Boys and Girls by Shadow Bregman (2017); reviewed here
  38. Feminist Fables for the Twenty-First Century: The F Word Project by Maureen Burdock (2015); reviewed here
  39. Kindred: A Graphic Novel Adaptation by Octavia E. Butler, John Jennings (Illustrations), and Damian Duffy (Adapted by) (2017); reviewed here *
  40. Star Trek Cats by Jenny Parks (2017); reviewed here
  41. Red Rising (Red Rising #1) by Pierce Brown (2014); reread: originally reviewed here
  42. Poisoned Apples: Poems for You, My Pretty by Christine Heppermann (2014)
  43. Getting Grief Right: Finding Your Story of Love in the Sorrow of Loss by Patrick O Malley (2017); reviewed here
  44. Unleashed by Amanda Jones (2017); reviewed here
  45. A Fist of Permutations in Lightning and Wildflowers by Alyssa Wong (2016)
  46. The Ship Beyond Time (The Girl from Everywhere #2) by Heidi Heilig (2017); reviewed here
  47. Golden Son (Red Rising #2) by Pierce Brown (2015)
  48. Fetch: How a Bad Dog Brought Me Home by Nicole J. Georges (2017); reviewed here *
  49. All Our Wrong Todays by Elan Mastai (2017); reviewed here
  50. From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor (2016); reviewed here
  51. The Diary of Edward the Hamster 1990-1990 by Miriam Elia and Ezra Elia (2013)
  52. Morning Star (Red Rising #3) by Pierce Brown (2016)
  53. The Little Queen by Meia Geddes (2017); reviewed here
  54. Sorrow of the Earth: Buffalo Bill, Sitting Bull and the Tragedy of Show Business by Eric Vuillard; translated by Ann Jefferson (2017); reviewed here
  55. A Guide for Murdered Children by Sarah Sparrow (2018); review coming next year
  56. Dogs in Cars by Lara Jo Regan (2014)
  57. Vigilante by Kady Cross (2017)
  58. Invisible No More: Police Violence Against Black Women and Women of Color by Andrea Ritchie (2017); reviewed here
  59. Britt-Marie Was Here by Fredrik Backman (2016)
  60. The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah (2015) *
  61. The Hollow Girl by Hillary Monahan (2017); reviewed here
  62. Dread Nation by Justina Ireland (2018); review coming next year
  63. The Bazaar of Bad Dreams by Stephen King (2015)
  64. #Notyourprincess: Voices of Native American Women edited by Lisa Charleyboy and Mary Beth Leatherdale (2017); reviewed here
  65. Writing to Awaken: A Journey of Truth, Transformation, and Self-Discovery by Mark Matousek (2017); reviewed here
  66. Body Horror: Capitalism, Fear, Misogyny, Jokes by Anne Elizabeth Moore (2017)
  67. Get in Trouble: Stories by Kelly Link (2015)
  68. Ghost City by Madeline Claire Franklin (2014)
  69. Comics for a Strange World: A Book of Poorly Drawn Lines by Reza Farazmand (2017); reviewed here
  70. How to Be Perfectly Unhappy by Matthew Inman/The Oatmeal (2017); reviewed here
  71. If My Dogs Were a Pair of Middle-Aged Men by Matthew Inman/The Oatmeal (2017); reviewed here
  72. A Is for Asteroids, Z Is for Zombies: A Bedtime Book about the Coming Apocalypse by Paul Lewis and Kenneth Kit Lamug (2017); reviewed here
  73. Be a Unicorn: and Live Life on the Bright Side by Sarah Ford (2017); reviewed here
  74. Underground Airlines by Ben H. Winters (2015)
  75. Depression & Other Magic Tricks by Sabrina Benaim (2017); reviewed here
  76. Radical Hope: Letters of Love and Dissent in Dangerous Times edited by Carolina De Robertis (2017)
  77. The Creeps (Deep Dark Fears Collection #2) by Fran Krause (2017); reviewed here
  78. The Torture Report: A Graphic Adaptation by Sid Jacobson, Ernie Colón, Jane Mayer (Introduction) and Scott Horton (Afterword) (2017); reviewed here
  79. Touch by Claire North (2015); reviewed here
  80. How to Make Friends with a Ghost by Rebecca Green (2017); reviewed here
  81. My Depression: A Picture Book by Elizabeth Swados (2015)
  82. Blue Is the Warmest Color by Julie Maroh; translated by Ivanka Hahnenberger (2013); reviewed here
  83. Rolling in the Deep (Rolling in the Deep #0.5) by Mira Grant (2015)
  84. Fliers: 20 Small Posters with Big Thoughts by Nathaniel Russell (2017); reviewed here
  85. Three-Fifths a Man: A Graphic History of the African American Experience by Sid Jacobson and Ernie Colón (2018); review coming soon
  86. peluda by Melissa Lozada-Oliva (2017); reviewed here
  87. In My Hands: Memories of a Holocaust Rescuer by Irene Gut Opdyke (1992)
  88. Into the Drowning Deep (Rolling in the Deep #1) by Mira Grant (2017); reviewed here
  89. Menagerie (Menagerie #1) by Rachel Vincent (2015); reread: originally reviewed here *
  90. Survivors’ Club: The Complete Series by Lauren Beukes, Dale Halverson, Ryan Kelly, Iñaki Miranda, Mark Farmer, Eva de la Cruz, Clem Robins, and Bill Sienkiewicz (2016); reviewed here
  91. Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu (2017); I didn’t review it, but if I had, this is what I might have written *
  92. Warm Bodies (Warm Bodies #1) by Isaac Marion (2012) *
  93. Burger (Object Lessons) by Carol J Adams (2018); review coming soon
  94. Down Among the Sticks and Bones (Wayward Children #2) by Seanan McGuire (2017)
  95. Cry Your Way Home by Damien Angelica Walters (2018); review coming soon
  96. The Nowhere Girls by Amy Reed (2017) *
  97. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr (2014)
  98. I Wore My Blackest Hair by Carlina Duan (2017); reviewed here
  99. Helium by Rudy Francisco (2017); reviewed here
  100. Wild Embers: Poems of rebellion, fire and beauty by Nikita Gill (2017); reviewed here
  101. The Mother of All Questions by Rebecca Solnit (2017)
  102. Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah (2016) *
  103. Pines (Wayward Pines #1) by Blake Crouch (2012)
  104. Herding Cats (Sarah’s Scribbles #3) by Sarah Andersen (2018); review coming soon *
  105. Quiet Girl in a Noisy World: An Introvert’s Story by Debbie Tung (2017); reviewed here
  106. Babyteeth, Volume 1 by Donny Cates and Garry Brown (2017); reviewed here
  107. Sugar Town by Hazel Newlevant (2017); reviewed here
  108. POS: Piece of Sh*t by Pierre Paquet and Jesús Alonso Iglesias (2017); reviewed here
  109. Wild Beauty: New and Selected Poems by Ntozake Shange (2017); reviewed here
  110. Lockjaw and the Pet Avengers Unleashed by Chris Eliopoulos and Ig Guara (2010); reviewed here
  111. Comics for Choice: Illustrated Abortion Stories, History and Politics edited by Hazel Newlevant, Whit Taylor, and O.K. Fox (2018); review coming soon
  112. Big Mushy Happy Lump (Sarah’s Scribbles #2) by Sarah Andersen (2017) *
  113. Elsewhere, Volume 1 by Jay Faerber, Sumeyye Kesgin, and Ron Riley (2018); review coming soon
  114. Black, Volume 1 by Kwanza Osajyefo and Jamal Igle (2017); reviewed here
  115. Emma in the Night by Wendy Walker (2017)
  116. Love Is Love: A Comic Book Anthology to Benefit the Survivors of the Orlando Pulse Shooting by Marc Andreyko, et al. (2016)
  117. OINK: Heaven’s Butcher by John Mueller (2015)

 
bonus list: miscellaneous

  1. My Rad Life: A Journal by Kate Schatz and Miriam Klein Stahl (2017); reviewed here
  2. Start Where You Are Note Cards by Meera Lee Patel (2017); reviewed here
  3. Do One Thing Every Day That Makes You Happy: A Journal by Robie Rogge and Dian G. Smith (2017); reviewed here
  4. The Daily Question: My Five-Year Spiritual Journal by WaterBrook (2017); reviewed here
  5. 30 Days to Peace: A One-Month Creative Journal by Waterbrook (2017); reviewed here
  6. 30 Days to Joy: A One-Month Creative Journal by Waterbrook (2017); reviewed here

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fuck yeah reading: 2016 books

Sunday, January 1st, 2017

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This year I set my reading goal at 105 books – the standard two a week plus one for good luck – and absolutely smoked it with 155 books. I even beat my old record of 148 (set in 2014).

I can’t figure out how to embed them (sad!), but here are screenshots of my 2016 Reading Challenge and My Year in Books on Goodreads.

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(The reading challenge is one book off, since I had a whopping one reread and Goodreads doesn’t have a way of logging multiple sets of dates. Also, click through each image to enbiggen.)

As always, my favorites are singled out with asterisks, BUT. To make things extra-easy for you, here are a dozen titles that I think deserve a little TLC above and beyond. Like, if you read nothing else this year, make it these bad girls.

In no particular order:

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Not to get all pushy, but.

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fuck yeah reading: 2015 books

Friday, January 1st, 2016

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This year I set a goal of 105 books – about two per week – and beat it by 17, despite my rather dismal showing in the Real Book Challenge. (Book-wise, 2015 will go down as the year I got hooked on ebooks. eARCs, especially!)

I read some really amazing books – The Gracekeepers, The Library at Mount Char, More Happy Than Not, Church of Marvels – but if I could only recommend one, it’d be Rachel Vincent’s Menagerie, for its wonderfully unexpected animal rights elements. Of course you can’t expect me to choose just one (!), so honorable mentions go to Octavia Butler’s Kindred (an oldie) and Sandra Newman’s The Country of Ice Cream Star (more recently published), both of which are simply phenomenal.

Basically I had a really great year in books, even if my personal life was in shambles. Goodreads made it into a pretty little display, too. (If a little misleading: there are a ton of 5-star books that aren’t obviously marked as such on the page. Just in case you’re wondering why Butler isn’t more prominently displayed.)

After the jump is a full list of what I devoured last year, along with links to reviews and a cover gallery. As per usual, my favorites are marked with asterisks!

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fuck yeah reading: 2014 books

Thursday, January 1st, 2015

148 books, wow. How ever did I find time to eat or sleep? So many books, so little time.

My absolute favorites are marked with an asterisk, but I’d like to give special shout-outs to (in no particular order):

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If you’re wondering what to read next, wonder no more!

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fuck yeah reading: 2013 books

Wednesday, January 1st, 2014

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The year of twenty and thirteen turned out to be a much better year in books than dogs for me. Probably because I took to drowning my dog-related sorrows in dystopian novels (in between mouthfuls of strawberry daiquiris and cheesy fries, that is). BUT LET’S NOT GO THERE. I am so ready to leave this year behind me.

2013 is the year I finally took to comic books – once I discovered what I liked; the year I caught on to Marvel’s Stephen King adaptations, and gave his son Joe a try (and then kicked myself for not doing so sooner); the year I whiled away my summer in bed surrounded by the dogs and The Uglies; the year I fell in love with Red Rising and wondered why everyone else was so enamored of Miss Peregrine. The year I was propositioned to review multiple books on dieting (ugh!) and guides on how to pick up women (huh?). The year I actually started using my Goodreads account. (Hit me up, vegans! I don’t hardly have any friends!)

I exceeded my goal of 75 books by eleven (yay me!) and reviewed about 70% of them (59 and counting; as per usual, the starred ones are my absolute faves). According to Goodreads, that’s 23,758 pages (a rough estimate, I think, given how often its page counts seem to be off. But still! Not bad!) I also worked my way through one-two-three-FOUR vegan cookbooks. And still my book pile continues to grow at an alarming rate. Wait, did I say “alarming”? I meant happy-making!

I’ve been sitting here for five minutes or more, trying to come up with a list of book-related goals for 2014, but I’ve got nothing. There’s so much I want to read, how can I choose just a few books? Well, I would like to (finally!) read The Adventures of Vivian Sharpe, Vegan Superhero, which I’ve been putting off due to a serious case of vegan burnout; also, Vegan for Her, Persepolis, Nicole Georges’ graphic novels, Not a Drop to Drink, Dan Wells’ Partials trilogy, the complete Joe Hill oeuvre, Anna Carey’s Eve series, the 28 Days Later comics, These Broken Stars, Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi … blurg. So many books, so little time!

And then there’s Bake and Destroy and Home-Cooked Vegan Comfort Food, x-mas presents from my sis…

On that note, I have a Kindle to cuddle.

fuck yeah reading: 2013 book list

  1. Katniss the Cattail: An Unauthorized Guide to Names and Symbols in Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games, Valerie Estelle Frankel (2012); reviewed here
  2. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, Ransom Riggs (2011); reviewed here
  3. The Panem Companion: An Unofficial Guide to Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games, From Mellark Bakery to Mockingjays, V. Arrow (2012); reviewed here *
  4. Bumped, Megan McCafferty (2012); reviewed here
  5. The Dark Tower, Book 7: The Dark Tower, Stephen King (2006) *
  6. Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm: A New English Version, Philip Pullman (2012); reviewed here
  7. Witch Child, Celia Rees (2000); reviewed here
  8. Dollhouse Volume 1: Epitaphs, Andrew Chambliss et al. (2012); reviewed here *
  9. Buffy the Vampire Slayer Omnibus, Vol. 2, Scott Allie, ed. (2007); reviewed here
  10. Sorceress, Celia Rees (2002); reviewed here
  11. Tell Me a Riddle, Tillie Olsen (1971) *
  12. The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ, Philip Pullman (2010)
  13. Thumped, Megan McCafferty (2012); reviewed here
  14. Divergent, Veronica Roth (2012); reviewed here *
  15. Approaching the Hunger Games Trilogy: A Literary and Cultural Analysis, Tom Henthorne (2012); reviewed here
  16. Insurgent, Veronica Roth (2012) *
  17. American Elsewhere, Robert Jackson Bennett (2013); reviewed here
  18. Wither, Lauren DeStefano (2011); reviewed here
  19. Fray, Joss Whedon et al. (2003); reviewed here *
  20. Fever, Lauren DeStefano (2013); reviewed here
  21. Sever, Lauren DeStefano (2013); reviewed here
  22. Z for Zacharia, Robert C. O’Brien (2007); reviewed here
  23. Tank Girl (Remastered Edition), Book 1, Alan C. Martin and Jamie Hewlett (2009)
  24. Lilith’s Brood, Octavia E. Butler (2000); reviewed here *
  25. UR, Stephen King (2010); reviewed here
  26. Full Dark, No Stars, Stephen King (2010); reviewed here *
  27. Confronting Animal Exploitation: Grassroots Essays on Liberation and Veganism, Kim Socha and Sarahjane Blum, eds. (2013); reviewed here *
  28. The Colorado Kid, Stephen King (2005)
  29. Blockade Billy, Stephen King (2010)
  30. Stung, Bethany Wiggins (2013); reviewed here
  31. Fembodyverse: An Inner-Stellar Adventure Into Womanhood, Michele Elizabeth (2012); reviewed here
  32. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Stieg Larsson (2008) *
  33. Atheist Yoga, Anton Drake (2013); reviewed here
  34. The Lovely Bones, Alice Sebold (2002); blogged here *
  35. The Lucky Ones: My Passionate Fight for Farm Animals, Jenny Brown (2012); reviewed here
  36. Fight Club: A Novel, Chuck Palahniuk (1999) *
  37. No Safety In Numbers, Dayna Lorentz (2012); reviewed here
  38. The Many Faces of Katniss Everdeen: Exploring the Heroine of the Hunger Games, Valerie Estelle Frankel (2013); reviewed here
  39. No Easy Way Out, Dayna Lorentz (2013); reviewed here
  40. Cycle of the Werewolf, Stephen King (1985)
  41. We Who Are About To…, Joanna Russ (1975); reviewed here *
  42. World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War, Max Brooks (2006) *
  43. New Zapata, Teri Hall (2013); reviewed here
  44. Uglies, Scott Westerfeld (2005)
  45. Pretties, Scott Westerfeld (2005) *
  46. The Girl Who Played with Fire, Stieg Larsson (2009) *
  47. Teaching with Harry Potter: Essays on Classroom Wizardry from Elementary School to College, Valerie Estelle Frankel, ed. (2013); reviewed here
  48. Specials, Scott Westerfeld (2006)
  49. Extras, Scott Westerfeld (2007)
  50. L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future, Volume 29, Dave Wolverton, ed. (2013); reviewed here
  51. The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger Born, Peter David, Stephen King, Robin Furth and Jae Lee (2007); reviewed here *
  52. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest, Stieg Larsson (2010) *
  53. Women of the American Circus, 1880-1940, Katherine H. Adams and Michael L. Keene (2012); reviewed here
  54. Street Dogs, Traer Scott (2007)
  55. Christian Nation: A Novel, Frederic C. Rich (2013); reviewed here
  56. The Cure, Sonia Levitin (2000); reviewed here
  57. I Am Legend, Richard Matheson (1954)
  58. The Rottweiler, Ruth Rendell (2004)
  59. For Every Dog An Angel, Christine Davis (2004); reviewed here *
  60. Stephen King’s N., Marc Guggenheim et al. (2011); reviewed here
  61. MaddAddam, Margaret Atwood (2013) *
  62. The Very Best of Barry N. Malzberg, Barry N. Malzberg (2013); reviewed here
  63. Just After Sunset: Stories, Stephen King (2009) *
  64. The Girl Who Would Be King, Kelly Thompson (2012); reviewed here
  65. Lisey’s Story, Stephen King (2006) *
  66. Red Rising, Pierce Brown (2014); reviewed here *
  67. Joyland, Stephen King (2013); reviewed here
  68. Escape from Berlin, Irene N. Watts (2013); reviewed here
  69. The Illegal Rebirth of Billy The Kid, Rebecca Ore (1991); reviewed here
  70. March: Book One, John Lewis (2013); reviewed here
  71. The Last Days of California, Mary Miller (2014); reviewed here
  72. Warm Bodies, Isaac Marion (2010) *
  73. Allegiant, Veronica Roth (2013) *
  74. Runaways Vol. 1: Pride & Joy, Brian K. Vaughan (2009); reviewed here
  75. Bleating Hearts: The Hidden World of Animal Suffering, Mark Hawthorn (2013); reviewed here
  76. Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened, Allie Brosh (2013); reviewed here *
  77. Witch Hunts: A Graphic History of the Burning Times, Rocky Wood, Lisa Morton, and Greg Chapman (2012); reviewed here
  78. Shifters, Douglas J. Pershing and Angelia L. Pershing (2013); reviewed here
  79. Django Unchained, Quentin Tarantino (2013); reviewed here
  80. Stranded in Space (The Stellar Life of Jpeg the Robot Dog #1), C.J. Atticus (2013); reviewed here
  81. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, Book 1, Denise Mina (2012); reviewed here
  82. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, Book 2, Denise Mina (2013); reviewed here
  83. NOS4A2, Joe Hill (2013); reviewed here *
  84. The Culling, Robert Johnson (2014); reviewed here
  85. The First Days: As the World Dies, Rhiannon Frater (2011); reviewed here
  86. Twittering from the Circus of the Dead, Joe Hill (2013)

bonus list: cookbooks reviewed

  1. American Vegan Kitchen, Tami Noyes (2010); reviewed here *
  2. Vegan Italiano: Meat-free, Egg-free, Dairy-free Dishes from Sun-Drenched Italy, Donna Klein (2006); reviewed here *
  3. Vegan Pizza: 50 Cheesy, Crispy, Healthy Recipes, Julie Hasson (2013); reviewed here
  4. The Cheesy Vegan: More Than 125 Plant-Based Recipes for Indulging in the World’s Ultimate Comfort Food, John Schlimm (2013); reviewed here *

bonus list: miscellaneous

  1. The Happy Zombie Sunrise Home, Naomi Alderman and Margaret Atwood (2011); available for free here *

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fuck yeah reading: 2012 books

Tuesday, January 1st, 2013

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Second annual! So this is a new tradition that I started last year, after I saw Marji’s list; only this year I did it more better, because I kept track of the books as I went. (Imagine that!) Also I managed to nearly double the number of books I read last year – no small feat when you throw in Justin Cronin’s The Passage, as well as the veritable epics of Stephen King – so there’s that. I starred all my favorites (there are a few!), and also included links to those I reviewed (handy!).

If I have to recommend just one, hands down I’d pick The Book Thief. Have you ever hesitated to review a book – or to even attempt to discuss it with someone who hasn’t read it – for fear that anything you might say would only sully the sheer awesomeness of it? That’s The Book Thief. Beautiful and magical, yet also brutally painful; lovingly crafted, even down to the smallest details; a book that can instill both a sense of hope and one of fatalism about the human condition. Indescribably painful, for good and bad. Like a knife to the heart. I can’t even. You should read it, you know, unless you’re triggered by violence. (It’s about the Holocaust, so there’s that.)

As happy as I was with my progress this year, there were still a number of books in my pile that I didn’t get to: I didn’t quite finish The Dark Tower, for one. Grendel by John Gardner. Some other oldies: Catch-22, I Am Legend. Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood and The Adventures of Vivian Sharpe, Vegan Superhero by Marla Rose, aka The Vegan Feminist Agitator. A few re-readings: Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials and Atwood’s Mad Adam trilogy (the first two parts, anyhow!). Several pieces of nonfiction: Inside of a Dog and Fear of the Animal Planet. This and that. Ah well, there’s always next year.

As an aside, if you’re trying to motivate yourself to read more, I’ve found that keeping track of one’s progress – coupled with the prospect of publishing said progress (or lack thereof) publicly – gives quite the push. Exhibit A: My increase from 25 to 44 books in 2011/2012. Just saying.

 

fuck yeah reading: 2012 book list

  1. Firefly: The Official Companion: Volume One, Joss Whedon (2006)
  2. New Skies: An Anthology of Today’s Science Fiction, Patrick Nielsen Hayden, ed. (2003)
  3. Nekropolis, Maureen F. McHugh (2001) *
  4. The Dark Tower, Book 1: The Gunslinger, Stephen King (1982)
  5. In Other Worlds: SF and the Human Imagination, Margaret Atwood (2011); blogged here and here
  6. The Dark Tower, Book 2: The Drawing of the Three, Stephen King (1987)
  7. Towelhead: A Novel, Alicia Erian (2008) *
  8. Gas Drilling and the Fracking of a Marriage, Stephanie C. Hamel (2011); reviewed here
  9. The Walking Dead Chronicles: The Official Companion Book, Paul Ruditis (2011)
  10. China Mountain Zhang, Maureen F. McHugh (1992) *
  11. Love + Sex with Robots: The Evolution of Human-Robot Relationships, David N. L. Levy (2008); reviewed here
  12. The Girl Who Was on Fire: Your Favorite Authors on Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games Trilogy, Movie Edition, Leah Wilson, ed. (2011) *
  13. The Dark Tower, Book 3: The Waste Lands, Stephen King (1991)
  14. Half the Day is Night, Maureen F. McHugh (1994); reviewed here
  15. Mission Child, Maureen F. McHugh (1998); reviewed here and blogged here *
  16. A Vacation on the Island of Ex-Boyfriends, Stacy Bierlein (2012); reviewed here
  17. Of Muscles and Men: Essays on the Sword and Sandal Film, Michael Cornelius, ed. (2011); reviewed here
  18. The Del Rey Book of Science Fiction and Fantasy: Sixteen Original Works by Speculative Fiction’s Finest Voices, Ellen Datlow, ed. (2008); reviewed here
  19. The Dark Tower, Book 4: Wizard and Glass, Stephen King (1997)
  20. The Penelopiad, Margaret Atwood (2005); reviewed here *
  21. Good Bones and Simple Murders, Margaret Atwood (1994); reviewed here
  22. White Bread: A Social History of the Store-Bought Loaf, Aaron Bobrow-Strain (2012); reviewed here
  23. My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me: Forty New Fairy Tales, Kate Bernheimer, ed. (2010); reviewed here
  24. Mothers & Other Monsters: Stories, Maureen F. McHugh (2006); reviewed here *
  25. The Tent, Margaret Atwood (2006); reviewed here
  26. Santa Olivia, Jacqueline Carey (2009); reviewed here *
  27. History Is Dead: A Zombie Anthology, Kim Paffenroth, ed. (2007); reviewed here
  28. I Am Number Four, Pittacus Lore (2010); reviewed here *
  29. Boy of Bone: Twelve Stories Inspired by the Mutter Museum, K.R. Sands (2012); reviewed here *
  30. The Book Thief, Markus Zusak (2006) *
  31. Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl, Anne Frank (1958)
  32. The Law of Superheroes, James Daily & Ryan Davidson, eds. (2012); reviewed here
  33. The Dark Tower, Book 5: Wolves of the Calla, Stephen King (2003)
  34. Buffy and the Heroine’s Journey: Vampire Slayer as Feminine Chosen One, Valerie Estelle Frankel (2012); reviewed here
  35. Buffy the Vampire Slayer Omnibus, Vol. 1, Joss Whedon et al. (2007); reviewed here
  36. The Power of Six, Pittacus Lore (2012); reviewed here
  37. The Rise of Nine, Pittacus Lore (2012); reviewed here
  38. I Am Number Four: The Lost Files: The Legacies, Pittacus Lore (2012); reviewed here
  39. Saints Astray, Jacqueline Carey (2011); reviewed here
  40. The Passage (Book One of The Passage Trilogy), Justin Cronin (2011) *
  41. The Performance Identities of Lady Gaga: Critical Essays, Richard J. Gray II, ed. (2012); reviewed here
  42. Of Bread, Blood and the Hunger Games: Critical Essays on the Suzanne Collins Trilogy, Mary F. Pharr & Leisa A. Clark, eds. (2012); reviewed here
  43. The Dark Tower, Book 6: Song of Susannah, Stephen King (2004) *
  44. The Twelve (Book Two of The Passage Trilogy), Justin Cronin (2012)

bonus reading list: short stories

  1. ILU-486, Amanda Ching (2012)

bonus list: cookbooks reviewed

  1. Vegan Junk Food, Lane Gold (2011); reviewed here
  2. Cooking Vegan, Vesanto Melina & Joseph Forest (2012); reviewed here
  3. The Chinese Vegan Kitchen, Donna Klein (2012); reviewed here

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fuck yeah reading!: 2011 books

Saturday, January 21st, 2012

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Inspired in part by Marji – who logged an impressive 40 books in 2011 (But not “the 80+ books of 2009”! WHAT.) – I compiled a list of all the books I read last year. Or rather, those I’m sure I read in 2011. This is totally from memory, so I’m probably missing a few. Or at least I hope I am; 25 seems a sorry number next to Marji’s 40 to 80! Doubly so when half of these are audiobooks. (Oh my gods I am THE WORST.)

Anyway, this year I’m actually keeping track, a strategy which should motivate me to read more. So far it seems to be working; already I’ve got two books under my belt and am in the middle of two more. One of the new series I’ve started is Stephen King’s The Dark Tower – which could hurt my overall numbers, given the series’ epicness. (Each book grows progressively longer; compare The Gunslinger‘s 264 pages to The Dark Tower‘s 1072. The only exception is Book 6, Song of Susannah, which weighs in at 560 pages.)

Library Thing is a fun tool for this – as I finished them, I’m tagging books “read in 2012” so that I don’t have to rely on memory this time next year. Plus, FREE BOOKS! (#2, 16, 17, 18, and 23 are all books I snagged through LT’s Early Reviewer program.)

 

fuck yeah reading!: 2011 book list

  1. The Fall, Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan (2010)
  2. The Energy Glut: Climate Change and the Politics of Fatness, Ian Roberts (2010); reviewed here *
  3. For Her Own Good: Two Centuries of the Experts Advice to Women, Barbara Ehrenreich (2005) *
  4. The Last Unicorn, Peter S. Beagle (1977) *
  5. The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins (2008) *
  6. Catching Fire, Suzanne Collins (2009) *
  7. Mockingjay, Suzanne Collins (2010) *
  8. The Golden Compass, Philip Pullman (1995) *
  9. The Subtle Knife, Philip Pullman (1997) *
  10. The Amber Spyglass, Philip Pullman (2001) *
  11. The Girl Who Was on Fire: Your Favorite Authors on Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games Trilogy, Leah Wilson, ed. (2011)
  12. The Gingerbread Girl, Stephen King (2008)
  13. The Breathing Method, Stephen King (2009)
  14. Cell, Stephen King (2006)
  15. Under the Dome, Stephen King (2009) *
  16. The Moral Lives of Animals, Dale Peterson (2011); reviewed here
  17. The Sex Doll: A History, Anthony Ferguson (2010); reviewed here
  18. The Believing Brain: From Ghosts and Gods to Politics and Conspiracies – How We Construct Beliefs and Reinforce Them as Truths, Michael Shermer (2011); reviewed here
  19. Bossypants, Tina Fey (2011)
  20. The Bedwetter, Sarah Silverman (2010)
  21. Discovering the Golden Compass: A Guide to Philip Pullman’s Dark Materials, George Beahm (2007); reviewed here
  22. Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials Trilogy (Continuum Contemporaries), Claire Squires (2003) *
  23. With Liberty and Justice for Some: How the Law Is Used to Destroy Equality and Protect the Powerful, Glenn Greenwald (2011); reviewed here *
  24. The Walking Dead: Compendium One, Robert Kirkman (2009)
  25. After the Apocalypse: Stories, Maureen F. McHugh (2011) *

* Top picks!

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