They Don't Push, Don't Crowd, Congregate Until They're Much Too Loud

Happy Year of the Rat! I missed the Western calendar new year, so thought I'd use this lunar new year to reflect back on my favorite books of 2019. Without further ado, here are the books that are still lingering with me in 2020:

Nonfiction
In the Dream HouseCarmen Maria Machado
Leaving the Witness: Exiting a Religion and Finding a LifeAmber Scorah
Good Talk: A Memoir in ConversationsMira Jacob
The Book of DelightsRoss Gay
The Happiness Advantage: The Seven Principles of Positive Psychology That Fuel Success and Performance at WorkShawn Achor

Fiction
The Starless SeaErin Morgenstern
A Song for a New DaySarah Pinsker
On the Come UpAngie Thomas
The Nickel BoysColson Whitehead
Spinning SilverNaomi Novik
Sooner or Later Everything Falls Into the SeaSarah Pinsker
Washington BlackEsi Edugyan
How Long 'til Black Future Month?N.K. Jemisin

Poetry
Monument: Poems New and SelectedNatasha Trethewey

I also decided to start something new this year, by tallying my book stats to delve a bit more into my reading habits. Here's what I found:

Books read: 35

*by women: 25 (71%)
*by BIWOC: 12 (34%)
*by men: 10 (29%)
*by BIMOC: 3 (9%)
*by BIPOC: 15 (43%)

Queer Literature: 9 (26%)
Latinx Literature: 2 (6%)
Native/Indigenous Literature: 1 (3%)
Asian/Pacific Islander Literature: 2 (6%)
Black Literature: 10 (29%)

Fiction: 17 (49%)
Nonfiction: 11 (31%)
Poetry: 6 (17%)
Genre is a Blurry Thing: 1 (3%)

I read a lot fewer books in 2019 than usual. (My average is typically somewhere between 50 and 80.) What happened? Life.

Also, I read way less poetry than usual. A lot of my 2019 books were on my e-reader (a new thing for me), which often doesn’t lend itself well to poetry.

Instead, I read more nonfiction. Some of my favorite books of 2019 were memoirs and essay collections.

I read quite a bit of queer lit and black lit this year! Hooray! But where were my genderqueer writers this year? Yeesh.

2020 reading goals
*More poetry!
*More books in print. I miss turning pages.
*More books by BIPOC, especially Latinx, Native, and Asian authors.
*More books by non-binary and genderqueer writers.
(Thanks to Electric Lit, I’ve got some ideas for books that combine these last 2 goals.)

What did your 2019 reading look like? What are your reading goals for 2020?
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Published on January 26, 2020 12:45 Tags: diversereads, queerreads-diversebooks, read, readinggoals, readpoc, readwoc, readwomen, yearinreview
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