Some of the best kind of trouble in my life has come from Jill saying, “Wanna do this?” And then we do this.
Most recently, she lured me in with Danielle Mitchell’s “The Year I Read 100 Books.” I started August 25, and — no matter how good/bad it turns out (I am already behind, for example) — I have decided to document the journey here at my blog, which is way overdue for a dusting off.
My reading list is organized with the most recent on top so if, by chance, you stop by more than once for an update, you only have to scroll forever if you have forever to scroll! Note that I’ve extended the time frame to 12-ish months right out of the gate. My days of being so ambitious all the damn time are way behind me. Still, I’m invigorated by the attempt.
MILESTONE UPDATE (in progress)
Thoughts after reading 25 poetry books in 3-ish months
Sweet Insurgent by Elyse Fenton / 2017, Saturnalia Books
The Galaxy Is a Dance Floor by Bianca Lynne Spriggs / 2016, Argos Books
The Wynona Stone Poems by Caki Wilkinson / 2015, Persea Books
Mysteries in a World That Thinks There Are None by Gary McDowell / 2016, Burnside Review Press
Some Planet by Jamie Mortara / 2015, YesYes Books
There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyonce by Morgan Parker / 2017, Tin House Books
Every Room in the Body by Kerri French / 2017, Moon City Press
Something Like Forgiveness by Rebecca Schumejda / 2019, Stubborn Mule Press
Let’s Not Live On Earth by Sarah Blake / 2018, Wesleyan University Press
Inmost by Jessica Fisher / 2012, Nightboat Books
Deaf Republic by Ilya Kaminsky / 2019, Graywolf Press
every love story is an apocalypse story by Donna Vorreyer / 2016, Sundress Publications
Autoplay by Julie Babcock / 2014, MG Press
By My Precise Haircut by Cheryl Clarke / 2016, The Word Works
Groundspeed by Emilia Phillips / 2016, University of Akron Press
Half-Hazard by Kristen Tracy / 2018, Graywolf Press
The Second O of Sorrow by Sean Thomas Dougherty / 2018, BOA Editions
Misery Islands by January Gill O’Neil / 2014, CavanKerry Press
A Cruelty Special to Our Species by Emily Jungmin Yoon / 2018, HarperCollins
What I Learned at the War by Jeanetta Calhoun Mish / 2016, West End Press
- UPDATE/WARDROBE CHANGE (09-21-2019) –> When I first launched this post, I was including some quotes and notes with each title, but I have realized a couple things: #1/ that’s going to end up being one hell of a looooong list and #2 / it doesn’t give me room to say what I may want to say about each title. I think my instinct was to make keeping track in this way meaningful without being too time-consuming, but having some kind of response to the books has become more important… even if it slows me down. So I’m giving each of the books its own post (and I backdated the first few to when I finished them). This list, as it accumulates, links to those posts.
- The featured image in this post highlights a line from In the Pockets of Small Gods by Anis Mojgani