Looking for something to read? Here are the books, plays, and poems I've read the last few years.

(FYI: * = reading for grad school, + = reading for book club, ^ = audiobook)

Books (fiction/nonfiction/poetry collections read in one sitting) read in 2017:

  1. Swing Time by Zadie Smith
  2. Eleven Hours by Pamela Erens
  3. The Vegetarian by Han Kang+
  4. Difficult Women by Roxane Gay
  5. The Girl Who Fell From the Sky by Heidi W. Durrow
  6. The Beauty of the Husband by Anne Carson
  7. Theater for Beginners by Richard Maxwell*
  8. There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyoncé by Morgan Parker
  9. Patient. by Bettina Judd
  10. People Who Led to My Plays by Adrienne Kennedy*
  11. 1984 by George Orwell^
  12. Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler+
  13. The Castle Cross the Magnet Carter by Kia Corthron
  14. It's All Absolutely Fine: Life is Complicated so I've Drawn It Instead by Ruby Elliot
  15. Saga, vol. 1 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples
  16. The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood+
  17. Women Without Men by Shahrnush Parsipur
  18. The Chronology of Water by Lidia Yuknavitch
  19. The Small Backs of Children by Lidia Yuknavitch
  20. Free for All: Joe Papp, The Public, and the Greatest Theater Story Ever Told by Kenneth Turan*
  21. Let's Talk About Love by Carl Wilson*
  22. The Wellness Project: How I Learned to Do Right by My Body, Without Giving Up My Life by Phoebe Lapine
  23. Whatever Happened to Interracial Love? Stories by Kathleen Collins+
  24. The Devil Finds Work by James Baldwin*
  25. Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body by Roxane Gay
  26. What We Lose by Zinzi Clemmons
  27. Jane: A Murder by Maggie Nelson
  28. 15-Second Plays curated by The Debate Society
  29. 20 Love Poems for 10 Months by Mary Austin Speaker
  30. The Mothers by Brit Bennett
  31. Goodbye, Vitamin by Rachel Khong
  32. New People by Danzy Senna
  33. Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More by Janet Mock+
  34. everyone's a aliebn when ur a aliebn too by jomny sun
  35. Afterglow by Eileen Myles
  36. The Red Parts: Autobiography of a Trail by Maggie Nelson

Plays read in 2017:

  1. The Call by Tanya Barfield
  2. The Year of Magical Thinking (a play based on the memoir) by Joan Didion
  3. Stage Kiss by Sarah Ruhl
  4. dirty butterfly by debbie tucker green
  5. Endgame by Samuel Beckett*
  6. Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett*
  7. Mad Forest by Caryl Churchill*
  8. Happy Days by Samuel Beckett*
  9. The Room by Harold Pinter*
  10. The America Play by Suzan-Lori Parks*
  11. Thom Pain by Will Eno*
  12. Grimly Handsome by Juila Jarco*
  13. The Flick by Annie Baker*
  14. The Fever by Wallace Shawn*
  15. Aunt Dan & Lemon by Wallace Shawn*
  16. Melancholy Play by Sarah Ruhl*
  17. The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui by Bertolt Brecht

Poems read in 2017 (not including those in poetry collections read in one sitting):

  1. Midnight, Talking About Our Exes by Ada Limón
  2. Bellow by Ada Limón 
  3. After Long Illness by Ellen Bass
  4. The Boy in the Egyptian Wing by Dan Chiasson
  5. Cosmology Meditation #1 by Devorah Major
  6. Near Misses by Laura Kasischke
  7. Before by Ada Limón 
  8. My Hostel Cleaner Has Refused to Throw Away Sanitary Napkins by Shubham Shree
  9. My Boyfriend by Shubham Shree
  10. nommo/how we come to speak by devorah major
  11. Good Bones by Maggie Smith
  12. Day of Song, Day of Silence by Ada Limón
  13. In the Country of Resurrection by Ada Limón
  14. Mythicana by Destiny O. Birdsong
  15. Remember by Joy Harjo
  16. Learning to Pray by Kaveh Akbar
  17. The Noisiness of Sleep by Ada Limón
  18. Charity by Kevin Young
  19. The Quiet World by Jeffrey McDaniel
  20. Love, Maybe by Audre Lorde
  21. year of the dragon by devorah major
  22. What the Living Do by Marie Howe
  23. The Boy by Marie Howe
  24. Sixth Grade by Marie Howe
  25. The Font by Marie Howe
  26. From My Father's Side of the Bed by Marie Howe
  27. The Last Quatrain from the Ballad of Emmett Till by Gwendolyn Brooks
  28. And what about the children by Audre Lorde
  29. The Burying Beetle by Ada Limón
  30. The Problem with Sappho by Charles Rafferty
  31. A Poem so that the Weight of this Country does not Crush You by Yosimar Reyes
  32. My Blood is Black by DéLana R.A. Dameron
  33. I'm Your Trap Queen by Camonghne Felix
  34. Visiting Whitney Plantation by Rio Cortez
  35. Wildly Constant by Anne Carson
  36. 108 (flotage) by Anne Carson
  37. My Life Had Stood -- a Loaded Gun by Emily Dickinson
  38. Objectivity as Blanket by Zoe Hitzig
  39. Ode to the Double "L" by Michelle Brittan Rosado
  40. Love After Love by Derek Walcott
  41. Buying the Baby by Marie Howe
  42. Practicing by Marie Howe
  43. Call to Post by Ada Limón
  44. What We Need by David Budbill
  45. If You're Over Staying Woke by Morgan Parker
  46. Merry Christmas from Hegel by Anne Carson
  47. A Name by Ada Limón
  48. Good People by W.S. Merwin
  49. In Divers Fashion by Jessica Laser
  50. Only she who has breast-fed by Vera Pavlova
  51. An Ordinary Composure by James L. White
  52. Aunties by Kevin Young
  53. 6. from Contradictions: Tracking Poems by Adrienne Rich
  54. It's Not Fitness, It's a Lifestyle by Nicole Sealey
  55. A Great Need by Hafiz
  56. This Sky by Hafiz
  57. Someday I'll Love by Ocean Vuong
  58. A Small Needful Fact by Ross Gay

Books read in 2016:

  1. Get Over It by Corinne Mucha
  2. There Is No Right Way to Meditate and Other Lessons by Yumi Sakugawa
  3. Turning the Mind Into an Ally by Sakyong Mipham
  4. When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
  5. Glass, Irony & God by Anne Carson
  6. salt. by nayyirah waheed
  7. How to Love by Thich Nhat Hanh
  8. Bluets by Maggie Nelson
  9. nejma by nayyirah waheed
  10. bone by Yrsa Daley-Ward
  11. Fail, Fail Again, Fail Better by Pema Chodron
  12. Your Illustrated Guide to Becoming One with the Universe by Yumi Sakugawa
  13. When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times  by Pema Chodron
  14. How to Relax by Thich Nhat Hanh
  15. A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James
  16. My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante
  17. The Story of a New Name by Elena Ferrante
  18. Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay by Elena Ferrante
  19. The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz
  20. The Story of the Lost Child by Elena Ferrante
  21. Teaching My Mother How to Give Birth by Warsan Shire
  22. So Sad Today: Personal Essays by Melissa Broder
  23. White is for Witching by Helen Oyeyemi
  24. Tilted: The Post-Brain Surgery Journals by Louise Krug
  25. Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine
  26. The Days of Abandonment by Elena Ferrante
  27. Shrill: Notes From a Loud Woman by Lindy West
  28. Sex Object: A Memoir by Jessica Valenti
  29. Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
  30. Autobiography of Red by Anne Carson
  31. Don't Let Me Be Lonely: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine
  32. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne*
  33. The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin
  34. The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
  35. You Can't Touch My Hair And Other Things I Still Have to Explain by Phoebe Robinson
  36. The Nutcracker and Mouse King by E.T.A. Hoffman
  37. The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher

Plays read 2016:

  1. A Delicate Balance by Edward Albee*
  2. Cat on a Hot Tin Roof by Tennessee Williams*
  3. The Man Who Had All The Luck by Arthur Miller*
  4. All My Sons by Arthur Miller*
  5. Miss Julie by August Strindberg*
  6. A View From The Bridge by Arthur Miller*
  7. The Beggar's Opera by John Gay*
  8. The London Merchant by George Lillo*
  9. Awake and Sing! by Clifford Odets*
  10. Hippolytus by Euripides*
  11. Desire Under the Elms by Eugene O'Neill*
  12. Phaedra by Jean Racine*
  13. Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller*
  14. An Enemy of the People by Arthur Miller*
  15. The Crucible by Arthur Miller*
  16. The Good Woman of Setzuan by Bertolt Brecht*
  17. Mary Stuart by Friedrich Schiller*
  18. The Bald Soprano by Eugene Ionesco*
  19. The Colored Museum by George C. Wolfe*
  20. The Twins and The Sumida River by Chikamatsu Monzaemon*
  21. The Intruder by Maurice Maeterlinck*
  22. Rockaby by Samuel Beckett*
  23. The Poor of New York by Dion Boucicault*
  24. The Forest of Bondy, or, The Dog of Montargis by René Charles Guilbert de Pixérécourt*
  25. After the Fall by Arthur Miller*
  26. Incident at Vichy by Arthur Miller*
  27. The Price by Arthur Miller*
  28. King Charles III by Mike Bartlett*
  29. The Seagull by Anton Chekhov*
  30. The Archbishop's Ceiling by Arthur Miller*
  31. The Creation of the World and Other Business by Arthur Miller*
  32. The Tooth of Crime by Sam Shepard*
  33. Edmond by David Mamet*
  34. The Danube by Maria Irene Fornes*
  35. The American Clock by Arthur Miller*
  36. Ma Rainey's Black Bottom by August Wilson*
  37. M. Butterfly by David Henry Hwang*
  38. Tartuffe by Moliére*
  39. Playing for Time by Arthur Miller*
  40. Angels in America, Part One by Tony Kushner*
  41. The Ride Down Mt. Morgan by Arthur Miller*
  42. The Last Yankee by Arthur Miller*
  43. The Threepenny Opera by Bertolt Brecht*
  44. Broken Glass by Arthur Miller*
  45. Mr Peter's Connections by Arthur Miller*
  46. Resurrection Blues by Arthur Miller*
  47. Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992 by Anna Deavere Smith*
  48. In the Blood by Suzan-Lori Parks*
  49. Come and Go by Samuel Beckett*
  50. Act Without Words I by Samuel Beckett*
  51. Act Without Words II by Samuel Beckett*
  52. The Maids by Jean Genet*
  53. Iphigenia 2.0 by Charles Mee*
  54. A Tempest by Aimé Césaire*
  55. A Map of Virtue by Erin Courtney*
  56. Fat Men in Skirts by Nicky Silver*
  57. You Got Older by Clare Barron*
  58. We Are Proud to Present a Presentation About the Herero of Namibia, Formerly known as Southwest Africa, From the German Sudwestafrika, Between the Years 1884-1915 by Jackie Sibblies Drury*
  59. The Nether by Jennifer Haley*
  60. The Promise by José Rivera*
  61. Blackbird by David Harrower
  62. The Scarlet Letter by Phyllis Nagy*
  63. Elective Affinities by David Adjmi*
  64. Fucking A by Suzan-Lori Parks*
  65. Abingdon Square by Maria Irene Fornes*
  66. The Long Christmas Dinner by Thornton Wilder*
  67. Enter the Night by Maria Irene Fornes*
  68. Far Away by Caryl Churchill*
  69. The Skriker by Caryl Churchill*
  70. Carol (screenplay) by Phyllis Nagy*
  71. The Talented Mr. Ripley (play) by Phyllis Nagy*
  72. Jacuzzi by The Debate Society*
  73. Blood Play by The Debate Society*
  74. The Story by Tracey Scott Wilson
  75. antigonick translated by Anne Carson

* - reading for grad school, in case you were wondering... 


Books read in 2015:

  1. Still Life with Bread Crumbs by Anna Quindlen
  2. Manage Your Day-to-Day: Build Your Routine, Find Your Focus & Sharpen Your Creative Mind edited by Jocelyn K. Glei
  3. Lunch with Buddha by Roland Merullo
  4. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
  5. The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea by Yukio Mishima
  6. The Other Side by Lacy M. Johnson
  7. 100 Essays I Don't Have Time to Write on Umbrellas and Sword Fights, Parades and Dogs, Fire Alarms, Children, and Theater by Sarah Ruhl
  8. Excavation: A Memoir by Wendy C. Ortiz
  9. Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande
  10. And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini
  11. Dept. of Speculation by Jenny Offill
  12. All Our Names by Dinaw Mengestu
  13. Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  14. Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  15. Wave by Sonali Deraniyagala
  16. The Children Act by Ian McEwan
  17. Outline by Rachel Cusk
  18. A Little Love Story by Ronald Merullo
  19. Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward
  20. We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  21. The Art of Work: A Proven Path to Discovering What You Were Meant To Do by Jeff Goins
  22. God Help The Child by Toni Morrison
  23. Men We Reaped: A Memoir by Jesmyn Ward
  24. Codependent No More: How to Stop Controlling Others and Start Caring for Yourself by Melody Beattie
  25. The Crossroads of Should and Must: Find and Follow Your Passion by Elle Luna
  26. The Worrier's Guide to Life by Gemma Correll
  27. The New Codependency: Help and Guidance for Today's Generation by Melody Beattie
  28. Dinner with Buddha by Roland Merullo
  29. Fear: Essential Wisdom for Getting Through the Storm by Thich Nhat Hanh
  30. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo
  31. Loving Day by Mat Johnson
  32. About Alice by Calvin Trillin
  33. Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  34. Interviews with Francis Bacon by David Sylvester*
  35. seeing is forgetting the name of the thing ones sees: over thirty years of conversation with robert irwin by Lawrence Weschler*
  36. Poetics by Aristotle*
  37. The Oresteia by Aeschylus*
  38. A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara
  39. Rising Strong by Brené Brown, PhD, LCSW
  40. Feminism and Theatre by Sue-Ellen Case*
  41. Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
  42. The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson
  43. Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari
  44. Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand in the Sun, and Be Your Own Person by Shonda Rhimes
  45. Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur
  46. Blackout: Remembering the Things I Drank to Forget by Sarah Hepola
  47. Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling
  48. The Lady in the Van by Alan Bennett
  49. Love x Style x Life by Garance Doré
  50. The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself by Michael A. Singer
  51. Start Where You Are: A Guide to Compassionate Living by Pema Chodron
  52. Dear Mr. You by Mary-Louise Parker

* - reading for grad school, in case you were wondering...