December 2013 to present

In recent years blog reading surpassed book reading. I'd like to reverse that trend. Also, I'm getting old and forget which Jodi Picoult I've read. Hence, this page, which, by the way, contains affiliate links.


1. You Don't Have to Say You Love Me by Sherman Alexie. Like Roxane Gay's Hunger, this is a beautifully written memoir of grief, pain, and shame.
2. Negroland, a memoir by Margo Jefferson
3. Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah. The compelling story of his difficult childhood against a backdrop of poverty and apartheid.
4. Stretch: The unlikely making of a yoga dude by Neal Pollack. I remember him from the early days of blogging and I want to take yoga more seriously. Not super inspiring though.
5. Muslim Girl: a coming of age by Amani Al-Khatahtbeh
6. The Only Girl in the World: A Memoir by Maude Julien Tolstoy was right about unhappy families. This book is yet another take on a horrible childhood. I should make my own kids read it so they recognize what awesome parents they have.
7. Americanized: Rebel without a Green Card by Sara Saedi
8. Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead


1. Forgot to record
2. (Hidden Figures)
3. The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult
4. The Girl You Left Behind by Jojo Moyes
5. Sister, Mother, Husband, Dog by Delia Ephron
6. The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
7. Bejing Bastard: Coming of age in a changing China by Val Wang
8. A Tree Grows  in Brooklyn
9. Homegoing by Has Gyasi
10. Please Look after Mom: A Novel by Kyung-Sook Shin
11. Night at the Fiestas, Stories by Kristin Valdez Quade
12. Schadenfreude, a Love Story. Me, The Germans, and 20 Years of Attempted Transformations, Unfortunate Miscommunication, and Humiliating Situations That Only They Have Words For by Rebecca Schuman.
13. Hungry Heart: Adventures in life, love, and writing by Jennifer Weiner
14. Here I Am by Jonathan Safran Foer
15. The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
16. Today will be Different by Maria Semple
17. The Man in the High Castle by Philip K Dick
18. Bee Season by Myla Goldberg
19. Dying: A memoir by Cory Taylor
20. Are You Anybody? by Jeffrey Tambor
21. Hunger, A memoir of (my) body by Roxane Gay
22. The Heart is a Muscle the Size of a Fist by Sunil Yapa
23. Fermentation on Wheels: Road Stories, Food Ramblings, and 50 Do-It-Yourself Recipes from Sauerkraut, Kombucha, and Yogurt to Miso, Tempeh, and Mead by Tara Whitsitt


1. Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
2. Little Failure by Gary Shteyngart
3. Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson
4. Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes
5. My Life in France by Julia Child
6. Fun Home by Alison Bechdel
7. Lab Girl by Hope Jahren
8. The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson
9. The Book of Unknown Americans by Christina Henriquez
10. Lafayette in the Somewhat United States by Sarah Vowell. Wishing there was more Hamilton in it. I have forgotten from history class.
11. My Grandfather Would Have Shot Me by Jennifer Teege and Nikola Sellmair
12. Primates of Park Avenue by Wednesday Martin. I could never live there.
13. First Jobs by Merritt Watts. Quick read of anecdotes on the topic.
14. When Breathe becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi. A young neurosurgeon's dying wish.
15. Every Last Tie by David Kaczynski, brother of the Unabomber
16. Woman Rebel: The Margaret Sanger Story (graphic novel) by Peter Bagge
17. Without You, There Is No Us by Suki Kim. An inside peek at an elite North Korean university
18. Making Makers: Kids, Tools and the Future of Innovation by AnnMarie Thomas
19. Disrupted: My Misadventure in the Start-Up Bubble by Dan Lyons. 52 yo. laid-off journalist takes a job at a start-up where the average worker is literally half his age. Hilarity and annoyance ensue.
20. Uncovered: How I left Hasidic life and finally came home by Leah Lax.
21. A Thousand Naked Strangers: A paramedic's wild ride to the edge and back by Kevin Hazard.
22. You'll Grow Out of It by Jessi Klein (she writes for Inside Amy Schumer). Not as funny as Tina Fey's Bossypants, but ahead of Mindy Kahling's, Sarah Siverman's and Amy Poehler's books. Fun summer read.
23. The Telling: A memoir by Zoe Zolbrod. A middle-age woman reflects on the sexual abuse she experienced as a young child, but did disclose until many years later. Needless to say *trigger warning*. Some parts are intense.
24. Mother, Can You NOT? By Kate Siege, the young woman behind @crazyjewishmom on Instagram. Meh.
25. The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer. At turns funny, sometimes almost poignant, but it needed better editing. The book could have been better.
26. Chai Me by Tamar Manasseh
27. This One is Mine by Maria Stempel. After hearing the author on NPR I wanted to check out her new book, but the library only had her debut novel about a wealthy woman who has an affair available.
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1. Yes Please by Amy Poehler (compelled to read Rachel Dratch to complete the Fey-Poehler-Dratch trinity)
2. Heartburn by Nora Ephron
3. I think I forgot to record a book or two, which makes it fitting (scary?) that the next book is....
4. Still Alice
5. The Voyeurs by Gabrielle Bell (graphic novel)
6. Ready Player One (sci fi!) by Ernest Cline. A fun read for children of the 80s. Spielberg just signed on to make the movie.
7. The Teenage Brain by Dr. Frances Jensen and Amy Ellis Nutt
8. Where You Go is Not Who You'll Be by Frank Bruni
9. All Fall Down by Jennifer Weiner
10. Spoiled Brats by Simon Rich, a series of nonsensical and amusing short stories
11. Good in Bed by Jennifer Weiner, her books left me inspired to try my own hand at "chick lit"
12. Out of the Dust by    , a friend told me this was YA, but it's kiddie lit. Touching quick read about the Dust Bowl Days.
13. Elliot Allagash by Simon Rich. He's amusing that Simon Rich.
14. Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson, another YA poetry narrative. I especially liked the last third of the book.
15. Unaccustomed Earth by Jhump Lahiri, a great find from a local Little Free Library.
16. People I want to Punch in the Throat by Jen Mann. The kind of book I imagined writing once upon a time.
17. Elon Musk by Ashlee Vance I'm not much on biographies, but this was pretty interesting. Musk is brilliant/crazy.
18. Ant Farm by Simon Rich
19. The Martian by Andy Weir
20. Breakthrough by Jack Andraka
21. I was a Child by Bruce Erick Kaplan
22. Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl by Carrie Brownstein


  1. The End of Your Life Book Club (inspiring; made me want to read more) 
  2. My Education by Susan Choi (a high-minded beach read)
  3. The Interestings (dragged on; I stopped halfway in because life is short)
  4. Roar of Thunder, Hear My Cry (why did I not read this as a child?)
  5. Between a Rock and a Hard Place (bought this book in Kanab, Utah)
  6. Truth and Beauty (touching story of IRL friendship between the author and Lucy Grealy of Anatomy of a Face)
  7. Open Mic: Riffs on Life between Cultures in Ten Voices (good, but I wanted more depth. Then again, it's a book from the youth collection)
  8. The Reader (quick, but disturbing read)
  9. The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P. (HBO's "Girls" meets Holden Caufield)
  10. You're Not Doing it Right  by Michael Ian Black (like his show "Michael and Michael have issues," the book is sometimes funny)
  11. Bedwetter by Sarah Silverman (if you want to read a lot of books in one year, choose books by comedians; they're quick, fun reads)
  12. Ten Year Nap by Meg Wolitzer (Only slightly more engaging than The Interestings, but I finished this one)
  13. Relish by Lucy Knisely (practically cheating here it's an easy read graphic novel--with illustrated recipes
  14. Letters to My Daughter by Maya Angelou
  15. The Husband's Secret by Lian Moriarty(stopped reading book for two weeks after the secret was revealed as it seemed improbable, but eventually returned and the book's epilogue tied things up nearly to my satisfaction.)
  16. What Alice Forgot by Lian Moriarty (Liked this book better than her last. Once again the epilogue tied things up neatly)
  17. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (Touching YA novel; a good read)
  18. Let's Explore Diabetes with Owlsby David Sedaris 
  19. Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trailby Cheryl Strayed (I saw a trailer for the movie and knew I had to read the book first!)
  20. What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank by Nathan Englander. Contemporary Jewish short stories. I was a fan of his debut collection, For the Relief of Unbearable Urges.
  21. Her Beautiful Brain by Ann Hedreen. A mother, a daughter, Alzheimer's. 
  22. Can't We Talk about Somethng More Pleasant? by Roz Chast A memoir in comic/graphic form. Very quick read.
  23. The Circle by Dave Eggers. A disturbing glimpse inside a fictional Facebook/Instagram/Google social media behemoth.
  24. Wonder by RJ Palacio. A quick, engaging YA read

To read:

A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park (YA)
Half the Sky by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn
Where the Streets Had a Name – Randa Abdel Fattah
Day of Honey by Ciezadlo
Kitchen Literacy by Vileisis
Rachel Carson's Sisters
The End of Eve by Ariel Gore
Kalooki Nights
A Stranger in My Own Country by Yascha Mounk
Lust and Wonder by Augusten Burrows
Riven Rock by Boyle followed by The Birth of the Pill by Jonathon Eig
Ghost Boy by Martin Pistorious
Think Like a Freak by Steven D Levitt
Here is Where by Andrew Carroll (for DH)
The Good Girl by Mary Kubica<--started and="" did="" down.="" grab="" i="" it="" ne.="" not="" p="" put="">All the Light We cannot See by Anthony Doerr
Anna Lefler's new book
“Things Fall Apart,” by Chinua Achebe
Sweet as Sin a history of candy by Susan Benajmin
The Diver's Clothes Lie Empty by Vendale Viva
The Reason I Jump by Naoki Higashida

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