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My year in books

I’ve always loved to read.

As a young child, I would spend hours at the top of the the mimosa tree in my backyard, nestled in a perfect arrangement of branches forming an natural lounge chair and lap-table, my own little organic reading nook. There were of course times, like just after graduating university, where I needed a break in order to rediscover my joy of reading by following my interests outside of any assigned syllabus.

Nonetheless, books have accompanied me along the way. They have kept me company while life shifted and changed, from my days as a single artist in New York, through motherhood, migration, career and family ups and downs, even (and especially) during lockdown in a the global pandemic. I crave the escape offered by immersing into someone else’s experience, story, perspective, and imagination, and despite said pandemic, I seem not to have lost my flavour for a juicy, post-apocalyptic dystopian fantasy.

As an experiment, I started writing down the titles of the books I read each year: like a journal entry tracking the ebb and flow of my interests, a through-line of learning and discovery. After a recent conversation where a colleague asked for recommendations, I realized that maybe my list could serve a purpose more than just satisfying my own curiousity.

Thus the inspiration for my very first "Year in Books" blog post, where I'll happily share my reading list from 2022 with you, not to intimidate (seriously, even I was shocked to see a whopping total of 71 titles!), but to inspire. Some were wonderful escapes (thank you YA fiction!), many kicked me out of my own perspective, others kept me wondering how the seeds we sow create ripples in the lives and futures of others. My absolute top favs are bolded, in case you're curious.

No matter what the title, I'm happy to share my insight if there's a particular title or author that grabs your attention - drop me a line.

Happy Reading, and stay tuned: in my next blog post I'll share where I source my titles, both for my personal pleasure as well as for for the littles in Storytime!

My 2022 Reading List:

  • A Children‘s Bible, Lydia Millet

  • Termination Shock, Neal Stephenson

  • A History of Wild Places, Shea Ernshaw

  • Of Women and Salt, Gabriela Garcia

  • Her Body and Other Parties, Carmen Maria Machado

  • Bird Box, Josh Malerman

  • Mallory, Josh Malerman

  • You Feel It Just Below the Ribs, Janina Matthews + Jeffrey Cranor

  • The Only Good Indians, Stephen Graham Jones

  • The Other Black Girl, Zakiya Dalila Harris

  • Reprieve, James Han Matteson

  • Cloud Cuckoo Land, Anthony Doerr

  • The School for Good Mothers, Jessamine Chan

  • Mouth to Mouth, Antoine Wilson

  • How High we Go in the Dark, Sequoia Nagamatsu

  • Deep Dive, Ron Walters

  • Atlas 6, Olivie Blake

  • They Both Die at the End, Adam Silveria

  • American Dirt, Jeanine Cummins

  • Shadow and Bone, Leigh Bardugo

  • The Passage, Justin Cronin

  • Light from Uncommon Stars, Ryka Aoki

  • How Beautiful We Were, Imbolo Mbue

  • The Island of Missing Trees, Elif Shafak

  • Sorrowland, Rivers Salomon

  • The 5 Wounds, Kirstin Valdez Quade

  • The Cartographers, Peng Shepherd

  • Siege and Storm, Leigh Bardugo

  • Ruin and Rising, Leigh Bardugo

  • The Book of M, Peng Shepherd

  • The Vanishers, Heidi Julavits

  • Truly Devious, Maureen Johnson

  • The Circus Infinite, Khan Wan

  • The Book of Accidents, Chuck Wendig

  • The Library at Mount Char, Scott Hawkins

  • This Thing Between Us, Gus Moreno

  • The Resting Place, Camille Asten

  • When We Were Birds, Ayanna Lloyd Banwo

  • Mexican Gothic, Sylvia Moreno-Garcia

  • The New Wilderness, Diane Cook

  • Sanatorium, Sarah Pearse

  • Come With Me, Ronald Malfi

  • The Southern Book Club‘s Guide to Slaying Vampires, Grady Hendrix

  • Neverworld, Neil Gaiman

  • The Woven Kingdom, Tahareh Mafi

  • The Plot, Jean Hanff Korelitz

  • And Then I Woke Up, Malcolm Devlin

  • Reverie, Ryan la Sala

  • The Cabin at the End of the World, Louis Tremblay

  • The People’s History of the Vampire Uprising, Raymond A Villareal

  • Black Mouth, Ronald Malfi

  • Hide, Kierstan White

  • No One Is Talking About This, Patricia Lockwood

  • Little Darlings, Melanie Golding

  • A Head Full of Ghosts, Louis Tremblay

  • A Cosmology of Monsters, Shaun Hamill

  • Olga Dies Dreaming, Xochitl Gonzalez

  • The Fold, Peter Clines

  • Thislefoot, GenneRose Nethercott

  • The Honeys, Ryan la Sala

  • Femlandia, Christina Dalcher

  • Hotel Magnifique, Emily J Taylor

  • All my Rage, Sabaa Tahir

  • The Bird King, G Willow Wilson

  • How to Stay Sane in an Age of Division, Elif Shafak

  • Woman Eating, Claire Kodha

  • Weaveworld, Clive Barker

  • Black Cake, Charmaine Wilkerson

  • Poster Girl, Veronica Roth

  • The Last White Man, Mohsin Hamid

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