2019 Reading List

My reading list for 2019 – one fiction, nonfiction, and poetry book a month for a year. A mix of classics, foreign authors, poetry, history, economics, philsophy.

My favorites (what I tell people they must read): (1) Second Hand Time by Svetlana Alexievic, (2) Our Women on the Ground: Essays by Arab Women Reporting From the Arab World compiled by Zahra Hankir, and (3) Everything published by Fitzcarraldo Editions.

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The Full List:

FICTION

-January-
1. Around the World in 80 Days – Jules Verne

-February-
2. Bonjour Tristesse – Françoise Sagan

-March-
3. One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Márquez

-April-
4. Go Tell It On The Mountain – James Baldwin

-May-
5. Disappearing Earth – Julia Phillips

-June-
6. Tell Them Of Battles, Kings, and Elephants – Mathias Enard

-July-
7. Nocilla Dream – Agustín Fernández Mallo

-August-
8. Florida – Lauren Groff

-September-
9. Insurrecto – Gina Apostol

-October-
10. The Fallen – Carlos Manuel Álvarez

-November-
11. The Secret Commonwealth – Philip Pullman
12. Circe – Madeline Miller

-December-
13. My Name is Leon – Kit de Waal

 

NONFICTION

-January-
1. The New Silk Roads: The Present and Future of the World – Peter Frankopan

-February-
2. How Rich Countries Got Rich and Why Poor Countries Stay Poor – Erik Reinert
3. The French Riviera: A Literary Guide for Travellers – Ted Jones

-March-
4. Capitalism, Socialism, and Democracy – Joseph Schumpeter
5. Vital Little Plans: The Short Works of Jane Jacobs – Edited by Samuel Zipp & Nathan Storring
6. Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions – Gloria Steinem

-April-
7. GDP: A Brief But Affectionate History- Diane Coyle
8. The Souls of Black Folks – W. E. B. Du Bois

-May-
9. Bit by Bit: Social Research in the Digital Age – Matthew J. Salganik

-June-
10. Silent Spring – Rachel Carson

-July-
11. Second Hand Time – Svetlana Alexievich

-August-
12. Period Piece: A Cambridge Childhood – Gwen Raverat

-September-
13. Man Alone With Himself – Friedrich Nietzsche
14. Arena of Ambition: A History of the Cambridge Union – Stephen Parkinson

-October-
15. Late Fragments: Everything I Want to Tell You About This Magnificent Life – Kate Gross
16. Pretentiousness: Why it Matters – Dan Fox

-November-
17. The Myth of Sisyphus – Albert Camus
18. New Kings of the World: Dispatches from Bollywood, Dixie, and K-Pop – Fatima Bhutto

-December-
19. Our Women on the Ground: Essays by Arab Women Reporting From the Arab World – Zahra Hankir
20. Sunshine State (Essays) – Sarah Gerard
21. The Fated Sky: Astrology in History – Benson Bobrick

 

POETRY

-January-
1. Who is Mary Sue? – Sophie Collins

-February-
2. A Thousand Mornings – Mary Oliver

-March-
3. My Poems Won’t Change the World – Patrizia Cavalli

-April-
4. And Still I Rise – Maya Angelou

-May-
5. Selected Poems – Rainer Maria Rilke

-June-
6. Please – Jericho Brown

-July-
7. Whereas – Layli Long Soldier

-August-
8. Selected Poems – Rumi

-September-
9. Lord Byron – selected by Paul Muldoon

-October-
10. She is Fierce: Brave, bold, and beautiful poems by women – Ana Sampson

-November-
11. Measure of Expatriation – Vahni Capildeo

-December-
12. Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám – Edward FitzGerald

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