This year, I had an unofficial focus on women writers and writers of color. I ended up reading quite a few memoirs as a result and, as always, a lot of great books.

I also gave myself permission to give up on trying to read Dark Star Safari, a well written but completely misogynistic and colonialistic narrative. I’ve almost always finished books, no matter how much I disliked them or found them tedious. That’s something I want to change – there are so many exciting books out there. I don’t want to waste my reading time with something I hate.

Of the 34 books I read this year, these are some favorites:

How to Be a Heroine: Or, What I’ve Learned from Reading Too Much by Samantha Ellis

The Agency series by Y.S. Lee (I still need to read the 4th book!)

Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott

Zealot by Reza Aslan

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo

Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay

The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander

I was disappointed by a few that I read as well, namely Lena Dunham’s Not That Kind of Girl and Suzanne Joinson’s A Lady Cyclist’s Guide to Kashgar. Overall, though it was a good reading year. For the curious, my full list can be found on Goodreads.

For 2016, I’m going to continue to seek out new women and POC writers. I started off by listening to Aziz Ansari’s Modern Romance with my partner on a road trip, and it was fantastic.

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