2018: Year of Reading

Okay. So every year is the “year of reading.” Nevertheless, the privilege to read is a beautiful one and I am grateful for having the opportunity to encounter so many beautiful works of art. To celebrate, I compiled a list of my favorite books I read this year. Enjoy. xoxo

NOVELS: 

Kindred by Octavia Butler             

Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

A Spark of Light by Jodi Picoult

Those Girls by Chevy Stevens 

11/22/63 by Stephen King 

Christine by Stephen King 

NONFICTION: 

Resistance Behind Bars: The Struggles of Incarcerated Women by Victoria Law

A World Apart: Women, Prison, and Life Behind Bars by Cristina Rathbone 

Dreams from the Monster Factory by Sunny Schwartz 

Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemptionby Bryan Stevenson

Breaking the Walls of Silence: AIDS and Women in a New York State Maximum Security Prison by ACE Program, Members of ACE, and Whoopi Goldberg (Forward)

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michele Alexander 

I’ll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara

Vulture: The Private Life of an Unloved Birdby Katie Fallon 

The Road to Jonestown: Jim Jones and Peoples Temple by Jeff Guinn

The Borden Murders: Lizzie Borden and the Trial of the Century by Sarah Miller 

ESSAYS:

Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde

Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

SHORT STORIES:

Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado 

ANTHOLOGIES: 

Making History: The Struggle for Gay and Lesbian Equal Rights:1945-1990: An Oral History edited by Eric Marcus

Wall Tappings: An International Anthology of Women’s Prisons Writings 200 to the Present edited by Judith A. Scheffler 

Inside This Place, Not Of It edited by Ayelet Waldman and Robin Levi with a forward by Michele Alexander 

Satanic Panic: Pop-Cultural Paranoia in the 1980’s edited by Kier-la Janisse

MEMOIRS/AUTOBIOGRAPHIES:

Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology by Leah Remini

Where Am I Now?: True Stories of Girlhood and Accidental Fame by Mara Wilson

YOUNG ADULT

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas 

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

COMICS 

Bitch Planet: Extraordinary Machine Book One by Kelly Sue DeConnick, Taki Soma, Valentine De Landro and Robert Wilson IV 

BOOKS I LOVED REREADING THIS YEAR: 

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson 

Pet Sematary by Stephen King 

Dark Places by Gillian Flynn 

The Grownup by Gillian Flynn

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