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In 2021 I started documenting the books I've finished reading on a roll of brown paper pasted outside my bedroom door. (The list of books I never finished reading is a different matter altogether)


Current (updated: February 23, 2023)

  • Gravity and Grace by Simone Weil

  • The Devils by Fyodor Dostoevsky

2023 Finished Books

  • Skim by Jillian Tamaki and Mariko Tamaki

  • Open City by Teju Cole*

  • Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi*

2022 Finished Books

  • The Waiting by Keum Suk Gendry-Kim*

  • The Myth of Normal by Gabor Maté

  • Freedom Hospital by Hamid Sulaiman

  • The Dispossessed by Ursula Le Guin*

  • Passing by Nella Larsen

  • Creation by Sylvia Nickerson 

  • The Vegetarian by Han Kang

  • Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi*

  • Good Talk by Mira Jacob

  • Stone Fruit by Lee Lai*

  • Boundless by Jillian Tamaki

  • When We Cease to Understand the World by Benjamín Labatut* 

  • Cairo Modern by Naguib Mahfouz

  • Department of Speculation by Jenny Offill*

  • Love's Work by Gillian Rose*

  • Pachinko by Min Jin Lee*

  • Cyclopedia Exotica by Aminder Dhaliwal

  • In My Own Moccasins by Helen Knott

  • No Bad Parts by Richard Schwartz

  • Grass by Keum-Suk Gendry-Kim, t: Janet Hong*

  • On Beauty by Zadie Smith*

  • War Primer by Bertolt Brecht; t: Stefan Brecht

  • Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata; t: Ginny Tapley Takemori*

  • Love Medicine by Louise Erdrich

  • The Subtle Knife by Philip Pullman

  • The Golden Compass by Phillip Pullman

  • Scattered Minds by Gabor Maté*

  • On Earth, We're Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong*

  • The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny by Bertolt Brecht; t: W.H. Auden

  • Medea by Euripedes; t: Rex Warner

  • In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts by Gabor Maté

2021 Finished Books

  • Weather by Jenny Offill*

  • Misfits by Michaela Coel

  • Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid

  • Norma Jeane Baker of Troy by Anne Carson

  • If Not Winter, Fragments of Sappho by Anne Carson*

  • On Tyranny by Nora Krug, Timothy Snyder

  • Smoke by John Berger, Selçuk Daniel

  • Palimpsest by Lisa Wool-Rim Sjoblom

  • Hot Comb by Ebony Flowers

  • Seek You by Kristen Radtke*

  • Paying the Land by Joe Sacco*

  • Mating in Captivity by Esther Perel

  • The Burnout Society by Byung Chul Han

  • The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui

  • Are You My Mother? by Alison Bechdel

  • The Story of the Lost Child by Elena Ferrante*

  • Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay by Elena Ferrante*

  • Sweet Time and Other Stories by Weng Pi Xin

  • Body Music by Julie Maroh

  • The Story of a New Name by Elena Ferrante*

  • Fun Home by Alison Bechdel

  • Minor Feelings by Cathy Park Hong 

  • The Days of Abandonment by Elena Ferrante

  • The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison*

  • The Book You Wish Your Parents Read by Philippa Perry

  • My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante*

  • Salvation by bell hooks

  • Shame on Me by Tessa McWatt

  • Footnotes in Gaza by Joe Sacco*

  • I Want You by Lisa Hanawalt

  • Belonging by Nora Krug

  • Global Warming and the Sweetness of Life by Matt Hern, Am Johal and Joe Sacco

  • The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali by Swami Satchidananda

  • The Highly Sensitive Person by Elaine Aron

  • The Contradictions by Sophie Yanow



In no particular order 

  • Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino

  • The Neapolitan Novels by Elena Ferrante

  • The Autobiography of Red by Anne Carson

  • Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke

  • Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke

  • Wayward Lives and Beautiful Experiments by Saidiya Hartman 

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