Books I Loved in 2019

I read just shy of 50 new-to-me books in 2019, not including my class assignments (which included some chapbooks as well as short stories and poems). Of those, there are about a dozen that I am still thinking about, even if it's been months since I read them. I love these books because they are… Continue reading Books I Loved in 2019

Books I read and loved in 2018

Five years ago, in response to a rise in discourse about why women authors are less read and reviewed than male authors, I posted a roundup of all the books by women I read in 2013. But this blog has always been about creating a personal record for myself above all else, so I've kept… Continue reading Books I read and loved in 2018

Books I Read and Loved in 2017

November/December was a little bit of a wash reading-wise. I trudged my way through two more books for my book reviewer side hustle, and continued to enjoy Moby-Dick but there's so much of it! Then I downloaded Carmen Maria Machado's Her Body and Other Parties and devoured it and felt alternately amazing and awful, like drinking… Continue reading Books I Read and Loved in 2017

Books I read and loved in 2016

I know, it is certainly not 2016 anymore. And I know, my end-of-year roundup is usually Books By Women I Loved (in 2013, 2014, and 2015). You'll see below that I still mostly read books by women. But I also set a goal two years in a row to make my reading list less white and… Continue reading Books I read and loved in 2016

Books by women I re-read and loved in 2015

I spent most of 2015 working on my dissertation, so I didn't have a ton of extra time for reading new books--but during this process, I re-read a number of books I first encountered years ago. Man, do I ever love the books I am writing about. These novels continue to be my favorites! The Unpossessed by… Continue reading Books by women I re-read and loved in 2015

Books by women I read and loved in 2015

The Doctor's Wife by M. E. Braddon. Just as last year was my Year of Elizabeth Gaskell, 2015 was my year of Mary Elizabeth Braddon. Like George Eliot, Braddon had the audacity to live with a man who was not her husband in the 19th century; unlike Eliot, Braddon wrote sensation novels about crime and adultery and… Continue reading Books by women I read and loved in 2015