From Penthouse to White House: 2011 Year in Review Part 4

Since 2000, I have been writing down all of the books I read every year in my journal. I like to keep track of what I read and try to make improvements. I am hoping that posting this list will encourage me to read more.

Here are (in no particular order) books (and plays) I read this year for school, book club, research, and just plain enjoyment. Sometimes they all just blur together. A little bit down from last year (35), but to be fair, I probably read well over two hundred scholarly articles.

I want to read more books in 2012. I usually try and read a couple from the Pultizer Prize list, but will have to make that a priority this year. And I have been reading two different Lincoln biographies forever that I need to finish…

  •  Their Eyes are Watching God – Zora Neale Hurston (2nd time)
  • The Help – Kathryn Stockett
  • Mrs. Warren’s Profession – George Bernard Shaw
  • The French Quarter – Herbert Asbury
  • Dust Tracks on a Road – Zora Neale Hurston
  • The Great Southern Babylon – Alecia Long
  • Sarah’s Key – Tatiana de Rosnay
  • Brothels, Depravity & Abandoned Women – Judith Schaffer (I actually met her to talk with her about my research and she was awesome! Very funny)
  • The Bluest Eye – Toni Morrison
  •  Sula – Toni Morrison
  •  Storyville – Al Rose (2nd time)
  • Topdog/Underdog – Suzan-Lori Parks
  • Slave Narratives – Frederick Douglas (first book I bought and read on my kindle)
  •  In the Blood – Suzan-Lori Parks
  • Fucking A – Suzan-Lori Parks
  • Jarhead – Anthony Swofford
  • African American Solider in the Civil War – Mark Lardas
  • Whip Smart – Melissa Febos
  •  Quicksand – Nella Larsen
  •  Home to Harlem – Claude McKay
  • Last Exit to Brooklyn – Hubert Selby, Jr. (BLEW MY SOCKS OFF)
  •  Graphs, Maps, Trees – Franco Moretti
  • A Light in August – William Faulkner (2nd time)
  • The Invisible Man – Ralph Ellison (4th time)
  •  The Garden of Eden – Ernest Hemingway
  • Mad Madame LaLaurie – Victoria Cosner Love & Lorelei Shannon (I need to loan this one to Trixie)
  • Sin in the Second City – Karen Abbott (Thanks, Amanda for giving me this book)
  • Welcome to the Monkey House – Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
  • Song of Solomon – Toni Morrison (2nd time)

 Looking forward to an even better year of books in 2012!


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