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Event Factory - Renee Gladman
Essays Two - Lydia Davis
︎Perseverence - Ann Leckie

2024 Reading List
2023 Reading List
Bookshelf
2024 Reading List

January
2023 Reading List

January

Pegasus in Flight Anne Mcaffery (0/5) - what a waste
Spirit and Stone Marion Boatwright (3/5)
Fevered Star Rebecca Roanhorse (2/5)

February

The View From the Seventh Layer Kevin Brockmeier (3/5) 
Babel RF Kuang (4/5)
How to Loiter in a Turf War Coco Solid (4/5)

March

Story of a Brief Marriage Anuk Arudpragasm (5/5)
The Unbroken CL Clark (3/5)
The Great Derangement Amitav Ghosh (3/5)
Amsterdam: A History of the World’s Most Liberal City Russell Shorto (3/5)

April

A Closed and Common Orbit Becky Chambers (3/5) 
To Be Taught, if Fortunate Becky Chambers (4/5)

May

Calamaties Renee Gladman (4/5) - whew !! 
Ordinairy Notes Christina Sharpe (4/5) - *and* the formatting *chef’s kiss*

June

Akata Warrior Nnedi Okorafor (3/5)
My Volcano John Elizabeth Stintzi (2/5 with a few sections of 4/5)

July

The Wind’s Twelve Quarters Ursula K. LeGuin (2/5) - love UKLG but this was not her strongest
Luster Raven Leilani (2/5 with some of the writing 4/5) - willing to bet her next book is going be 5/5

August

A Painter of Our Time John Berger (4/5) - a gorgeous and painful read about art, hope, loneliness, and purpose; the format would be trite if it wasn’t so effective
Last Notes Granta, edited by Sigrid Rausing - especially loved Cairo Song by Wiam El-Tamami
How It Feels to Float Helena Fox (3/5) - devoured in a night; one of the only books I've ever read that adequately describes dissociation

September

The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay Michael Chabon (4/5) - historical detail so exact I found I couldn’t tell the difference between reality and fiction
︎Beowolf: A New Translation Maria Dahvana Headley (2/5)- maybe this shouldn’t have been my first introduction to beowolf. while i loved her text about her translation choices, i personally found some of the modernisms to be distracting to the point of triteness (”broooo”)
The Namesake Jhumpa Lahiri (3.5/5)- I have a feeling this is one I’ll have to let simmer and return to. some of the chapters I loved. Her characters are seamless. everyone’s motivations as clear or as opaque as any living person, always with a reason or a context. I felt Sonia was sold a little short in the telling and could have been given more depth without taking up more space.
Lessons in Chemistry Bonnie Garmus (1.5/5) - just... so over the top... kept being taken out of time by conversations and word choice... clear the author didn’t have any sense of what scientific research actually entailed... a quick read but also could have been cut by a third and tightened significantly
Nona the Ninth Tasmyn Muir (4/5) - this way exceeded my expectations. loved the worldbuilding. masterfully done ‘amnesia’. I loved Nona’s point of view and Muir’s description of her innocence and love without any pedantry, pity, or simpleness. john’s dreams were a little over the top for me. 

October

The Hurricane Wars Thea Guanzon (2/5) - needed a fun, easy read for my honeymoon. this fit the bill! a debut for sure - lots to tighten - but fun world building
︎Agency William Gibson (2/5) - just a redux of the Peripheral
Camp Zero Michelle Min Sterling (2/5) - there seems to be this trend in cli-fi right now where novels don’t get the editing they need. This includes poorly researched descriptions of science-related topics—e.g., the meteorologist gets a message titled “Absolute Zero” and makes a big deal of how that term is only used by other meteorologists, even though Kelvin is used across most scientific disciplines. The haracters felt loose, the structure felt haphazard. It’s a bummer! Camp Zero had an interesting premise and some exciting points of view; with more editing, it could have been fantastic, instead, it was middling and disengaged.

November

︎Old Path White Clouds Thich Nhat Hanh - I listened to this over the course of many months, on late night walks with my dog. I finished it just after she passed. No way to rate this, really. Peaceful and meditative, this relates the mostly mytholigized life of the Buddha, teaching, of course, as he lives
Satanic Verses Salman Rushdie (5/5) - immediately began rereading it, perhaps a first, here are some useful notes to have alongside.

December

Snake Agent Liz Williams (2/5) - read while isolating wtih Covid. superb world building and fun heaven/earth/hell relations! everything else was just okay
Anicllary Justice Ann Leckie (4/5) - a political and nuanced work of science fiction that takes place mostly internaly and through the memories of an AI locked into a single body. Immediately pops to the top of my sci-fi recommendation list, with .

Bookshelf
a forever list of books I want to read, have read, or have started but are not currently working on, some of which I own, in no order at all

Seiobo There Below - Lásló Krasznahorkai
Well Then There Now - Juliana Spahr
The Storyteller - Walter Benjamin
Sound and Sentiment - Steven Feld
Brief History of Seven Killings - Marlon James
The Suicide Museum - Ariel Dorfman
Ways of Seeing - John Berger
The Employees - Olga Ravn
Essays One - Lydia Davis
Solenoid - Mircea Cărtărescu
*Staying with the Trouble - Donna Haraway
Facing Gaia - Bruno Latour
Breasts and Eggs - Mieko Kawakami
Black Reconstruction in America - W.E.B. Du Bois
Foucalt’s Pendulum - Umberto Eco
A Brief History of Seven Killings - Marlon James
*Teaching to Transgress - bell hooks
*Climate Change and the New Polar Aesthetics - Lisa E. Bloom
*Infowhelm - Heather Houser
*Cosmicomics - Italo Calvino*
*︎The Year of Magical Thinking - Joan Didion
*The Human Argument - Agnes Denes

*read pieces of, read long ago