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