Books I Read in 2015

In chronological order. Only ones I finished, or read like 90%. πŸ“±if I read it on my phone. πŸ” if I reread it. I read a lot of books by women, not intentionally but not... not intentionally. A sprinkling of sci-fi/fantasy/YA. I liked all of these enough to not stop reading.
  1. 1.
    Geek Love - Katherine Dunn
    Possibly I'm forgetting one before but I don't think so? This book was fun, after I waded through the first few pages and got down with the stylistic flourish.
  2. 2.
    Man V. Nature - Diane Cook
    Short stories, beautiful and bizarre, one of my favorites all year
  3. 3.
    Dune - Frank Herbert
    I read Dune VERY quickly. As is often the case with epic fantasy series with many volumes, I didn't feel like making the time for more Dunes so I read the Wikipedia for the rest of the books instead Β―\_(ツ)_/Β―
  4. 4.
    The Virgin Suicides - Jeffrey Eugenides πŸ“±
  5. 5.
    The Secret History - Donna Tartt
  6. 6.
    The First Bad Man - Miranda July
    Funny! Ouch! Borrowed from Shannon. I was nervous that things were going to get really bad but I was glad the ending was happy-ish. Was it? I've already forgotten.
  7. 7.
    The Bluest Eye - Toni Morrison
    Next year I will read the rest of Toni Morrison novels I haven't gotten to in life, because she is obviously the boss.
  8. 8.
    The Fever - Megan Abbott
    The plot synopsis was very similar to an idea I had about a story in a small town that had to do with hysteria about teenage female sexuality. It was different but also, gonna need a new idea.
  9. 9.
    The Drama of the Gifted Child - Alice Miller
    This was fun to talk about at therapy.
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    Bad Feminist - Roxane Gay
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    A Scanner Darkly - Philip K. Dick πŸ“±
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    I Love Dick - Chris Kraus
    In my head I always hear "Chris Kraus will make you... Jump, jump..." Started this late in 2014, picked it up and finished at some point this year. Intend to reread, for less fractured experience.
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    My Brilliant Friend - Elena Ferrante
    I intentionally haven't bought the rest of these books yet because I will take them to the face.
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    Kindred - Octavia Butler
    Octavia Butler writes through what would happen if a modern African American woman was whisked through time and space mysteriously to a plantation in pre-Civil War Maryland to live and intervene alongside her ancestors, black and white. So she has to survive slavery to ensure that she exists in and can return to her own time. Damn. Really fascinating to watch her think through it.
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    Girl in a Band - Kim Gordon
    Fucking go for it Kim. Tell it all.
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    Tender Morsels - Margo Lanagan
    I have a soft spot for books that are very audacious, whether structurally or stylistically like this one. I'm always impressed when people pull it off. This is a dark feminist fairy tale, written in a sort of dialect, could have been precious but I bought it. Gave to Z afterwards because it reminded me of her art- myth and folklore and feminism and reclaiming. Recently read about Romanian bear festival, an obvious inspiration for humans dressing as bears in (one of) the worlds of this novel.
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    Dept. Of Speculation - Jenny Ofill
    A gift from Emily. Infidelity, experienced as A Very Bad Thing, but written Very Beautifully.
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    Uglies - Scott Westerfeld
    Some random YA that I picked up after reading about it on some list. Pretty goofy. I'd still read the next one.
  19. 19.
    The Wallcreeper - Nell Zink
    Nell Zink is amazing.
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    Summer Sisters - Judy BlumeπŸ“±
    I read this years ago, but had forgotten most of it, so counting as new. Female friendship, salacious and satisfying.
  21. 21.
    MFA vs. NYC
    Lauren recommended. I had read a couple of these essays, but forgot about the book. It made me think, again, about grad school.
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    The Argonauts - Maggie Nelson
    It feels stupid to try to quickly or casually sum up the scope of this book. As good as everyone says. Motherhood and forming family and boundaries and sexuality.
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    Anna Karenina - Ol' Leo TolstoyπŸ“±
    I got bored after (spoiler alert) Anna died so I didn't quite finish it. Maybe someday. It was nice to read a daunting tome by flipping digi-pages, with no sense of scale. I had some real moments with Tolstoy, and the breadth and depth of his feel for people in all their nuance and evolution. Then I got frustrated. Does he indict or condone Anna's punishment? Was he a misogynist or just a product of his time? Is that a useful question? I'll have to look it up, someday.
  24. 24.
    Station Eleven - Emily St. John Mandel
    Post apocalyptic fiction, gets me every time. David Plotz recommended on the Slate Political Gabfest. This nytimes piece talks about women writing about the end of the world:
  25. 25.
    On Directing Film - David Mamet
    Nina recommended, such a great read. The nail doesn't have to look like a house. Only the house has to look like a house.
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    F-250 - Bud Smith
    Read a Rumpus interview with this dude, who works heavy construction because he likes it and writes novels on his iPhone in the margins, because why not? Good for you Bud, I'm happy for you. But I really liked it, kindof a modern Bukowski or Fante vibe. But sweeter.
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    The Vacationers - Emma Straub πŸ“±
    A confection, went down real easy.
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    An Untamed State - Roxane Gay πŸ“±
    Been interested in seeking out debut novels. This one kindof confounded me and I haven't totally worked out my thoughts about it.
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    Panic in a Suitcase - Yelena Akhtiorskaya πŸ“±
    I didn't 100% finish this. Checked out ePub from the Queens library and forgot to renew. I will someday.
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    The Eye of the World - Robert Jordan
    My sister tried to get me on her Robert Jordan/ Wheel of Time train. I got on it but I got off again when I considered the time it would take it read the other eleven books in the series, or just like, one more. Similar to Dune- intricate world building, kindof boring but also compelling. There are a bunch of series like this that I will probably never read because they just seem so dudely to me, anymore.
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    Bluets - Maggie Nelson
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    Diary of a Teenage Girl - Phoebe Gloeckner
    Because I wanted to see the movie, which I still haven't managed to. And I am interested in young female narrative voices.
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    Eating Animals - Jonathan Safran Foer
    This book is as challenging as it should be without scolding or judging. I'm not a strict vegetarian yet but am always trying to err that direction. Passed it to my parents immediately, hoping it would have the same effect on them. Verdict still out but Mom was feeling it.
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    Bloodchild - Octavia Butler
    The most inventive, most badass sci-fi
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    Daring Greatly - Brene Brown
    I like her writing voice- very chatty and comforting. And I dig her subject matter, about shame resilience and silencing haters, ya dig?
  36. 36.
    Getting to Yes: Negotiating Agreement without Giving In - Roger Fischer and William Ury
    I heard it mentioned on an episode of Another Round contemporaneous with a moment when I needed to ask for a raise.
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    Reviving Ophelia - Mary Pipher
    I remember seeing this on my mom's bookshelf, but if she read it I never knew. A friend was surprised that I'd never read it. She said it was the most salacious and exciting when she was in high school. I love case study books and psychology that makes it to some larger bubble of cultural consciousness. Also I related, because I was very much broken by adolescence, and I wonder how this book has aged or if there are new paradigms for girlhood yet.
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    Half of a Yellow Sun - Chichimanda Adichie Ngozi
    I read her short story collection a few years ago, this epic novel about the Nigerian civil war killed me.
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    Mislaid - Nell Zink
    Nell Zink is amazing.
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    Jesus' Son - Denis Johnson πŸ”
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    The Total Filmmaker - Jerry Lewis πŸ“±
    Rob sent me a pdf and I read it slowly for months. Called "impossibly rare" by the Internet.
  42. 42.
    Torch - Cheryl Strayed
    Part of an ongoing project to read earlier work by writers I follow/read on the Internet or when they are having a moment, and to read first novels in particular.
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    See You in the Morning - Mairead Case
    When someone I know writes a book I feel amazed and thrilled.
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    Best Selected Stories - Alice Munro πŸ“±
    I read this on my phone for months. Canada never looked so good. I often find that a certain story of hers will stick with me for days or weeks or months, until I go back and revisit it. In this book there were a bunch, most recently "Differently" which is about a woman who abruptly ends a friendship and then reflects on it years later.
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    Tenth of December - George Saunders πŸ”
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    Bird by Bird - Anne Lamott πŸ”
    This is such a great, heartening book about writing.
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    Men Explain Things to Me - Rebecca Solnit
    I have a crush on Rebecca Solnit. I had already read the essay, bought the attractive and slim volume at City Lights in SF.
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    You Should Pity Us Instead - Amy Gustine
    Sarabande Swag from Ariel
  49. 49.
    A Visit From the Goon Squad - Jennifer Egan πŸ”
    Still crushing it, a few years later
  50. 50.
    Upright Beasts - Lincoln Michel
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    Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl - Carrie Brownstein
  52. 52.
    Between the World and Me - Ta-Nehisi Coates
    Bought for my brother for Christmas with intentions of reading it first but only got through first third, then my sister gifted it to me πŸ’ͺ
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    Immortals Series - Tamora Pierce
    Girl power! Talking to animals! I loved these fantasy books as a yung teen and I like to skim the fuck out of them when I'm back at my parents' house, bored and taking baths.