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An academic librarian who also lives in a mid-sized town with a lovely public library. More a reading log than a real physical collection, anymore.

Currently reading: Spineless Wonders: Strange Tales from the Invertebrate World, Richard Conniff

Read in 2022:
Shipbreaker, Paolo Bacigalupi
A Friend of the Family, Lauren Grodstein
Good Natured: The Origins of Right and Wrong in Humans and Other Animals, Frans de Waal
Mystery at Shadow Pond, Mary C. Jane
The Weird Tales of William Hope Hodgson, ed. Xavier Aldana Reyes
Bury Your Dead, Louise Penny
American Warlord, Johnny Dwyer
The Information, Martin Amis
The Secret History of Fantasy. ed. Peter Beagle
The Perfect Storm, Sebastian Junger
The Golem & the Jinni, Helene Wecker
Ghost Story, Peter Straub
The Harvest, Robert Charles Wilson


2021 Total: 27
Top 10:
1. Warbreaker, Brandon Sanderson
2. The Cruelest Month, Louise Penny
3. Mistborn, Brandon Sanderson
4. The Hero of Ages, Brandon Sanderson
5. Arcanum Unbounded, Brandon Sanderson
6. The Once and Future Witches, Alix Harrow
7. The Institute, Stephen King
8. Oh William!, Elizabeth Strout
9. The Fireman, Joe Hill
10. A Rule Against Murder, Louise Penny

2020 Total: 36
Top 10 of 2020 (no order):
1. The Vanishing Princess, Jenny Diski
2. Priestdaddy, Patricia Lockwood
3. The Snoring Bird: My Family's Journey Through a Century of Biology, Bernd Heinrich
4. The Scar, China Mieville
5. The Sunshine State, Sarah Gerard
6. Leaving Brooklyn, Lynne Sharon Schwartz
7. Dawnshard, Brandon Sanderson
8. Rhythm of War, Brandon Sanderson
9. The Princess Casamassima, Henry James
10. The Mother of All Questions, Rebecca Solnit

2019 Total: 25
Top 10 of 2019 (no order):
1. Disposable People: New Slavery in the Global Economy, Kevin Bales
2. Ka: Dar Oakley in the Ruin of Ymr, John Crowley
3. The Way of Kings, Brandon Sanderson
4. Words of Radiance, Brandon Sanderson
5. How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents, Julia Alvarez
6. Oathbringer, Brandon Sanderson
7. Steps to an Ecology of Mind: Collected Essays in Anthropology, Psychiatry, Evolution, & Epistemology, Gregory Bateson
8. The Cabin at the End of the World, Paul Tremblay
9. The Rules of Magic, Alice Hoffman
10. The Vet's Daughter, Barbara Comyns

2018 Total: 36
Top 10 of 2018 (no order):
1. A Colony in a Nation, Chris Hayes
2. Afterlife, Marcus Sakey
3. Deathless, Catherynne Valence
4. Part of Our Lives: A People's History of the American Public Library, Wayne Wiegand
5. And the Dark Sacred Night, Julia Glass
6. The Glass Casket, McCormick Templeman
7. You Don’t Look Like Anyone I Know, Heather Sellers
8. Embattled Lawrence: Conflict & Community, eds. Dennis Domer & Barbara Watkins
9. The Mothers, Brit Bennett
10. Our Tragic Universe, Scarlett Thomas

2017 Total (baby #2 and Lots of Nonfiction): 36
Top 10 of 2017 (no order):
1. The Dark Mirror, Juilet Marillier
2. Live from New York: An Uncensored History of Saturday Night Live, Tom Shales & James Andrew Miller
3. The Luminaries, Eleanor Catton
4. Brothers: On His Brothers and Brothers in History, George Howe Colt
5. Old Venus, eds. George R.R. Martin & Gardner Dozois
6. Francis Bacon: Anatomy of an Enigma, Michael Peppiatt
7. The Bloody Chamber, Angela Carter
8. Living with His Camera, Jane Gallop
9. Dust, Elizabeth Bear
10. Summer World: A Season of Bounty, Bernd Heinrich

2016 Total: 26
Top 10 of 2016 (no order):
1. Every Heart a Doorway, Seanan McGuire
2. Annihilation, Jeff Vandermeer
3. Authority, Jeff Vandermeer
4. Acceptance, Jeff Vadermeer
5. White Teeth, Zadie Smith
6. The People in the Trees, Hanya Yanagihara
7. At the Mouth of the River of Bees, Kij Johnson
8. Dreams Underfoot, Charles de Lint
9. Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl, Carrie Brownstein
10. The Water Knife, Paolo Bacigalupi

2015 Total: 25 (the year I had a baby and didn't read for about 4 months straight)
Top 10 of 2015 (no order):
1. Butterfly Isles: A Summer in Search of our Emperors and Admirals, Patrick Barkham
2. The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, N.K. Jemisin
3. The World of Ice & Fire, George R. R Martin et al
4. The Light in the Piazza, Elizabeth Spencer
5. Station Eleven, Emily St. James Mandel
6. The Day She Died, Catriona McPherson
7. The Adjacent, Christopher Priest
8. Stone Mattress, Margaret Atwood
9. All The Light We Cannot See, Anthony Doerr
10. The Year's Best Fantasy v. 2, eds. Ellen Datlow & Terri Windling

2014 Total: 45
Top 10 of 2014 (no order):
1. The Absolute Sandman Series, Neil Gaiman
2. The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court, Jeffrey Toobin
3. Lovers at the Chameleon Club 1932, Francine Prose
4. The Goldfinch, Donna Tartt
5. The Problems of Philosophy, Bertrand Russell
6. The Disaster Artist: My Life Inside the Room, the Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made, Greg Sestero
7. Revival, Stephen King
8. Winterspell, Claire Legrand
9. The Witches of Worm, Zilpha Keatley Snyder
10. Smilla’s Sense of Snow, Peter Hoeg

2013 Total: 60
Top 10 of 2013 (no order):
1.The Rise of Ransom City, Felix Gilman
2. A Storm of Swords, George R.R. Martin
3. Welcome to Bordertown, eds. Holly Black & Ellen Kushner
4. The Accursed, Joyce Carol Oates
5. The Absolute Sandman v. 1, Neil Gaiman
6. Great North Road, Peter F Hamilton
7. The Locke & Key series, Joe Hill
8. The Collected Stories, William Faulkner
9. Red Country, Joe Abercrombie
10. Joyland, Stephen King

2012 Total: 45
Top 10 of 2012 (no order):
1. 11/22/63, Stephen King
2. Telegraph Avenue, Michael Chabon
3. In Advance of the Landing: Folk Concepts of Outer Space, Douglas Curran
4. Two Worlds & In Between, Caitlin Kiernan
5. The Wind Through the Keyhole, Stephen King
6. The Year of the Beasts, Cecil Castellucci
7. The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down, Anne Fadiman
8. Embassytown, China Mieville
9. the Bartender's Tale, Ivan Doig
10. The Islanders, Christopher Priest

2011 Total: 36 (the year of very long books, and the year I started play roller derby)
Top 10 of 2011 (no order):
1. Infinite Jest, David Foster Wallace
2. Sunnyside, Glen David Gold
3. Galileo's Dream, Kim Stanley Robinson
4. Tender Morsels, Margo Lanagan
5. Full of Secrets: Critical Approaches to Twin Peaks, ed. David Lavery
6. The Information, James Gleick
7. The Hidden Reality: Parallel Universes and the Deep Laws of the Cosmos, Brian Greene
8. Made from Scratch: Discovering the Pleasures of a Handmade Life, Jenna Woginrich
9. Secrets of the Sideshows, Joe Nickell
10. To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee

2010 Total: 86
Top 10 of 2010 (no particular order):

1. Finch, Jeff VanderMeer
2. How We Became Human, Joy Harjo
3. Paradise Lost, John Milton
4. The Windup Girl, Paolo Bacigaloupi
5. Pandemonium, Daryl Gregory
6. The City & the City, China Mieville
7. Abarat, Clive Barker
8. More Than Human, Theodore Sturgeon
9. The Shadow Year, Jeffrey Ford
10. The Engines of God, Jack McDevitt

2009 total: 83
Top 10 of 2009 (no particular order):

1. Ptolemy's Gate, Jonathan Stroud
2. Our Mutual Friend, Charles Dickens
3. Blankets, Craig Thompson
4. Portnoy's Complaint, Philip Roth
5. Day, A.L. Kennedy
6. The Moonstone, Wilkie Collins
7. Wonderful Life: The Burgess Shale and the Nature of History, Stephen Jay Gould
8. The Night Battles, M.F. Bloxam
9. Fun Home, Alison Bechdel
10. The Elegant Universe: Superstrings, Hidden Dimensions, and the Quest for the Ultimate Theory, Brian Greene

2008 total: 120
Top 10 of 2008 (no particular order):

1. Never Let Me Go, Kazuo Ishiguro
2. Steppenwolf, Hermann Hesse
3. The New Weird, Eds. Ann & Jeff Vandermeer
4. The Book of Lost Things, John Connolly
5. Baltasar and Blimunda, Jose Saramago
6. Buddenbrooks, Thomas Mann
7. The Time Traveler's Wife, Audrey Niffenegger
8.The General in His Labyrinth, Gabriel Garcia Marquez
9. The Wall, John Hersey
10. Mr. Wilson's Cabinet of Wonder: Pronged Ants, Horned Humans, Mice on Toast, and Other Marvels of Jurassic Technology, Lawrence Weschler

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