I set out this year to make my reading a bit more diverse. I fell a tad short of my goal for women writers making only 39.6% when I was aiming for 40% but had 13.5% non-white. I ended up choosing my next book to read 10.8% of the time in pursuit of these numbers. I had 9.9% of my reading written by dead white men and 30.1% by non-US authors.
69.8% of the books I read were by authors new to me, and I’ve met 10.8% of the authors of the books I’ve read. 60.8% was fiction and 5.9% was poetry. 3.9% was in translation and 1% was in Spanish.
And now, my top books of the year:
Stone Mattress by Margaret Atwood
Great short stories by a master of the form.
The Corpse Exhibition by Hassan Blasim
Magical realism and brutal realism in contemporary Iraq
The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford
I read this in college 25 years ago, coming back to it, I still love it.
Mariette in Ecstasy by Ron Hansen
A great account of a mystical experience.
The Instructions by Adam Levin
A work of pure genius. Once I finished, I went back to page one to read it again.
The Library at Night by Alberto Manguel
A lyrical tribute to libraries of all kind.
Superman: Red Son by Mark Millar, Dave Johnson, Killian Plunett, Andrew Robinson and Walden Wong
An alternate version of the Superman story done brilliantly.
Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi
A great investigation of identity and deception,
The Year of What Now: Poems by Brian Russell
A beautiful depiction of painful experience through poetry, even more impressive in that it’s fiction!