It's been a really good reading year! So here are my favorites so far in no particular order because that would be too hard...
  1. Giovanni's Room by James Baldwin
    This book! I finally know what people mean when they say "heart wrenching" and yet when I finished I immediately wanted to reread it! Also my first James Baldwin which I rectified
  2. March (volume 1 & 2) by John Robert Lewis
    Graphic novel about John Lewis part in the civil rights movement. I'm still waiting for the next volume but you can bet I will be reading it as soon as it's available
  3. The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
    I feel like this needs no further explanation
  4. The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz
    I'm apparently very late to the Junot Diaz party but another problem finally fixed this year! And with such a short back-list!
  5. Sophia: Princess, Suffragette, Revolutionary by Anita Anand
    Fascinating non-fiction about a woman I can't believe I've never heard about! It also has a great bibliography that I will be taking advantage of for further reading
  6. The Complete Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
    Coming of age story during the Islamic Revolution in Iran. I also highly recommend this memoir graphic novel style.
  7. Redefining Realness by Janet Mock
    Incredibly open and brave, she did not need to be that honest.
  8. Tipping the Velvet by Sarah Waters
    Historical lesbian fiction! No other details needed! Another author I will be reading back-list
  9. The Three Body Problem by Cixin Liu
    Author is billed as "the bestselling sci-fi author in China" who only recently became translated into English.
  10. The Small Backs of Children by Lidia Yuknavitch
    I read this in one sitting and I do not read quickly. I actually had to remind myself to eat meals
  11. The Art of Asking by Amanda Palmer
    Listened to the audiobook while doing holiday driving. I knew very little about Amanda before her TED talk. It's beautiful. The difference between looking at someone and seeing them; begging for somethinG and asking!
  12. In Order to Live by Yeonmi Park
    First hand account of N. Korean woman's escape to China then defecting to S. Korea. Honest discussion of the horrors of living in dictatorship and then human trafficking. Everyone should read this book!