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

Books read in 2019:

  1. Severance by Ling Ma+

  2. The Power by Naomi Alderman

  3. Magical Negro by Morgan Parker

  4. Bluebird, Bluebird by Attica Locke

  5. The Collected Schizophrenias: Essays by Esmé Weijun Wang

  6. Kid Gloves: Nine Months of Careful Chaos by Lucy Knisley

  7. Burnout: The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle by Emily and Amelia Nagoski

  8. The Overstory by Richard Powers

  9. A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki+

  10. Keep Going by Austin Kleon

  11. The Friend by Sigrid Nunez

  12. Educated by Tara Westover+

Books (fiction/nonfiction/poetry collections read in one sitting) read in 2018:

  1. The End We Start From by Megan Hunter

  2. The Misfit's Manifesto by Lidia Yuknavitch

  3. Text Me When You Get Home: The Evolution and Triumph of Modern Female Friendship by Kayleen Schaefer

  4. 300 Arguments by Sarah Manguso

  5. You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life by Jen Sincero

  6. Pachinko by Min Jin Lee+

  7. Sex at Dawn: The Prehistoric Origins of Modern Sexuality by Christopher Ryan and Cacilda Jethá

  8. Heart Talk: Poetic Wisdom for a Better Life by Cleo Wade

  9. Boundaries & Protection by Pixie Lighthorse

  10. Daybook: The Journal of an Artist by Anne Truitt

  11. Being Black: Zen and the Art of Living with Fearlessness and Grace by Angel Kyodo Williams

  12. Am I There Yet?: The Loop-de-Loop, Zigzagging Journey to Adulthood by Mari Andrew

  13. The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory+

  14. All About Love: New Visions by bell hooks

  15. I'll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer by Michelle McNamara

  16. No Way Home: A Memoir of Life on the Run by Tyler Wetherall

  17. Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds by adrienne maree brown

  18. Heads of the Colored People by Nafissa Thompson-Spires

  19. Future Sex by Emily Witt

  20. My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh

  21. Sick: A Memoir by Porochista Khakpour

  22. Feel Free: Essays by Zadie Smith+

  23. Inward by Yung Pueblo

  24. Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower by Brittney Cooper

  25. The Pisces by Melissa Broder+

  26. McGlue by Ottessa Moshfegh

  27. I'm Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness by Austin Channing Brown

  28. Take Me With You by Andrea Gibson

  29. How to Write an Autobiographical Novel by Alexander Chee

  30. The Carrying: Poems by Ada Limón

  31. The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment by Eckhart Tolle

  32. Circe by Madeline Miller

  33. The Incendiaries by R.O. Kwon+

  34. What a Time to Be Alone: The Slumflower's Guide to Why You Are Already Enough by Chidera Eggerue

  35. Women & Power: A Manifesto by Mary Beard

  36. Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi

  37. The Silent Hymn of the Jay by Gloria Hillard`

  38. Shiner by Maggie Nelson

  39. Gmorning, Gnight!: Little Pep Talks for Me & You by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jonny Sun

  40. The Idiot by Elif Batuman+

  41. Letters from Max by Sarah Ruhl and Max Ritvo

  42. True Refuge: Finding Peace and Freedom in Your Own Awakened Heart by Tara Brach, PhD

  43. Heartburn by Nora Ephron

  44. What You Owe Her by C. Bain`

  45. I Might Regret This: Essays, Drawings, Vulnerabilities and Other Stuff by Abbi Jacobson

  46. Self-Help: Stories by Lorrie Moore

  47. How to Walk by Thich Nhat Hanh

  48. A Short Guide to a Happy Life by Anna Quindlen

  49. The Lonesome Bodybuilder: Stories by Yukiko Motoya+

  50. Idaho by Emily Ruskovich

  51. Who is Mary Sue? by Sophie Collins

  52. Here by Richard McGuire

  53. Becoming by Michelle Obama

  54. My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite+

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 Trial by Maggie Nelson

  37. Too Fat, Too Slutty, Too Loud: The Rise and Reign of the Unruly Woman by Anne Helen Petersen

  38. Neon Soul by Alexandra Elle

  39. We Are Never Meeting in Real Life by Samantha Irby

  40. Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

  41. My Soul Looks Back by Jessica B. Harris

  42. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas+

  43. Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

  44. Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward

  45. A Field Guide to Getting Lost by Rebecca Solnit

  46. Stay With Me by Ayòbámi Adébáyò

  47. Wabi-Sabi for Artists, Designers, Poets & Philosophers by Leonard Koren

  48. Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng+

  49. the sun and her flowers by rupi kaur

  50. Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone by Brené Brown

  51. Stray City by Chelsey Johnson

  52. Electric Arches by Eve L. Ewing

  53. Unbelievable: My Front-Row Seat to the Craziest Campaign in American History by Katy Tur

  54. Art & Fear: Observations On The Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking by David Bayles and Ted Orland

  55. Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi

  56. Binti by Nnedi Okorafor

  57. Sour Heart by Jenny Zhang+

  58. Future Home of the Living God by Louise Erdrich

  59. Passage by Khary Lazarre-White

  60. Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado+

Some of the 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

  18. Circle Mirror Transformation by Annie Baker

Some of the 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

  59. Poem About My Rights by June Jordan

  60. If They Should Come For Us by Fatimah Asghar

  61. My Sister Says White Supremacy Is Making Her Crazy by Morgan Parker

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...