End of Year Book Report

Memoirs/Biographies

  • I am Malala – Malala Yousafzai
    • As a professional student, this book reminds me how lucky it is to learn. 
  • A River in Darkness – Masaji Ishikawa
    • A story of lives stolen by North Korea and toxic masculinity. A real life sisyphus situation.
  • Coming Clean – Kimberly Rae Miller
    • I wanted to throw out everything I own after reading this. The grace this woman afforded her parents for so long is hard to read.
  • Know My Name – Chanel Miller
    • An incredible first-hand account of the justice system as a victim.
  • How We Fight for Our Lives – Saeed Jones
    • I heard him read and the joy he brings is inspiring.
  • This Will Only Hurt a Little – Busy Philipps
    • I wish she still had her talk show.
  • Small Fry – Lisa Brennan-Jobs
    • Steve Jobs acted like an irritable eccentric genius but I’m unclear if the first two were necessary for the genius.
  • Born a Crime – Trevor Noah
    • He has lived a lot of lives in his short life.
  • In Pieces – Sally Field
  • Heavy – Kiese Laymon
    • A book for the weight of this world. Number 1 for this year.
  • On the Other Side of Freedom – Deray Mckesson
    • I can’t believe he is still fighting lawsuits from police.
  • Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls – T Kira Madden
    • Family. Can’t live with them. Still sad without them.
  • The Collected Scizhophrenias – Esmé Weijun Wang
  • Robin – Dave Itzkoff
  • I Might Regret This – Abbi Jacobson
  • Love, Loss and What We Ate – Padmi Lakshmi
    • I love Padma.

Non-Fiction

  • Bad Feminist – Roxane Gay
    • I like all her writing.
  • Strong at the Broken Places – Linda T Sanford
  • Daring Greatly – Brené Brown
    • Being vulnerable is the way to be.
  • Thick and Other Essays – Tressie McMillan Cottom
  • Say Nothing – Patrick Radden Keefe
    • Great overview of a topic I had the least knowledge on.
  • No god but God – Reza Aslen
    • Increased my fluency at being near my in-laws.
  • How to Change your Mind – Michael Pollan
    • Considering my interest in the topic, I found it kind of dry. 
  • Maybe You Should Talk to Someone – Lori Gottlieb
  • She Said – Jodie Kantor and Meghan Twohey
    • Men are the worst.
  • Catch and Kill – Ronan Farrow
    • Men and the women who help them are the worst.
  • War on Peace – Ronan Farrow

Fiction

  • An American Marriage – Tayari Jones
    • Favorite fiction of the year
  • The Silent Patient – Alex Michaelides
    • Gone Girlish
  • All This I Will Give to You – Delores Redondo
  • Go – Kazuki Kaneshiro
  • The Atlas of Red and Blues – Devi S. Laskar
  • All You Can Ever Know – Nicole Chung
  • Seveneves – Neal Stephenson
    • I hated this book.
  • The Summer of Jodi Perez – Amy Spalding
  • Regeneration Trilogy – Pat Barker
  • The Man in the High Castle – Philip K Dick
    • I wanted to like this a lot more.

 

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