Some Books I've Read


2020
 
Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid
A journey towards health insurance coverage. ★★★★☆
 
I Have Crossed an Ocean by Grace Nichols
"Such golden obsessions Could only create golden monsters" ★★★☆☆
 
How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
There's hope for all of us. ★★★★☆
 
And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
Essentially quarantine 2020. ★★☆☆☆
 
Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo
As lady-centric as advertised. ★★★★★
 
Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
Great if you love love. I do not. ★★☆☆☆
 
Dear Girls by Ali Wong
She writes about spam musubi and Costco so it's impossible for me to be impartial. ★★★☆☆
 
2019
 
Territory of Light by Yūko Tsushima
Not afraid to portray small children as very annoying. ★★★★☆
 
On Earth, We're Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong
"Every grain of rice you leave behind is one maggot you eat in hell." ★★★★☆
 
Trick Mirror by Jia Tolentino
An appropriate number of words dedicated to scammers. ★★★☆☆
 
My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite
The natural outcome of having to date millenial men. ★★★☆☆
 
Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
Still recovering from the deaths in chapter one. ★★★★☆
 
I Must Be Living Twice by Eileen Myles
"Life is a plot to make me move." ★★☆☆☆
 
How to Write an Autobiographical Novel: Essays by Alexander Chee
If you need material for you autobiography become a cater waiter. ★★★☆☆
 
Educated by Tara Westover
Combines my top fears of religion and heavy machinery. ★★★★☆
 
Severance by Ling Ma
My end of the world also involves one last taste of shark fin soup. ★★★☆☆
 
Becoming by Michelle Obama
Really couldn't have been more endearing. ★★★★☆
 
2018
 
Dietland by Sarai Walker
Being a girl is exhausting. ★★☆☆☆
 
This Will Only Hurt a Little by Busy Philipps
Story of a very full teenage life. ★★★★☆
 
Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur
"our struggle to celebrate each other is what's proven most difficult in being human" ★★★☆☆
 
The Wonder by Emma Donaghue
Extreme dedication to summer bod. ★★★★☆
 
Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
Exactly how I imagined Ohio would be. ★★★☆☆
 
Push by Sapphire
Based on the movie Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire. ★★★★☆
 
The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
Probably coming in 2019. ★★★★☆
 
salt. by nayyirah waheed
"listen to my poems. but do not look for me. look for you." ★★★☆☆
 
There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyoncé by Morgan Parker
"When I get to heaven I'm going to wear my good bra" ★★★★☆
 
Wishful Drinking by Carrie Fisher
Being Princess Leia was the least weird thing about her life. ★★★☆☆
 
Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed
Only an advice columnist could melt my black heart. ★★★★☆
 
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
A letter to his son on the fragility of his black body. Not light. ★★★★☆
 
Men Without Women by Haruki Murakami
Possibly the origin story of those Japanese body pillows. ★★★☆☆
 
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
"The Hate U Give Little Infants Fucks Everyone" —Tupac ★★★★☆
 
2017
 
Call Me By Your Name by André Aciman
Some boys playing with their apricocks. ★★★☆☆
 
Hunger by Roxane Gay
Our bodies are unruly. Also, an entire joyful chapter on Ina Garten. ★★★☆☆
 
Commonwealth by Ann Patchett
A book within a book. V meta. ★★★★☆
 
Free Food for Millionaires by Min Jin Lee
Annoyingly similar to the novel I started writing. ★★★☆☆
 
Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay
Made me hate The Help. ★★★★☆
 
The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander
So depressing. Read immediately. ★★★★★
 
Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer
Confirms my suspicion of high altitudes. ★★★☆☆