Reading Log

I started this reading log in July of 2014 and stopped in August of 2020. Like a lot of things, it was fun until it wasn’t.




“What are you reading right now?” is a question I’m frequently asked, inevitably followed by an incredulous, “You finished _____ already?!”

Here is what I am reading right now:


Safe, S.K. Barnett (July)

The Roanoke Girls, Amy Engel (July)

The Familiar Dark, Amy Engel (July)

I Know This Much Is True, Wally Lamb (June) Note: I read this book when it first came out in 1998. It had a profound impact on me then, and has stayed with me. I was deeply disappointed with the television adaptation, and re-read the novel to restore my good feelings about this story.

In Five Years, Rebecca Serle (June)

Between Here and April, Deborah Copaken (May)

Such a Fun Age, Kiley Reid (May)

This is Big, Marisa Meltzer (May)

If It Bleeds, Stephen King (April)

Piece of Work, Laura Zigman (April)

Wow, No Thank You, Samantha Irby, (April)

Uncanny Valley, Anna Wiener (March)

You Are Not Alone, Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen (March)

An Anonymous Girl, Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen (February)

The Truants, Kate Weinberg (February)

The Wives, Tarryn Fisher (January)

Followers, Megan Angelo (January)


Your House Will Pay, Steph Cha (December)

Before We Were Yours, Lisa Wingate (December)

Educated, Tara Westover (December)

The Witches Are Coming, Lindy West (December)

The Whisper Man, Alex North (December)

Doctor Sleep, Stephen King (November)

The Shining, Stephen King (November)

Elevation, Stephen King (November)

Sweetbitter, Stephanie Danler (November)

Night, Elie Wiesel (October)

Lock Every Door, Riley Sager (October)

Lisey’s Story, Stephen King (October)

‘Salem’s Lot, Stephen King (September)

The Institute, Stephen King (September)

The Testaments, Margaret Atwood (September)

Shamed, Linda Castillo (September)

Recursion, Blake Crouch (August)

Is There Still Sex in the City?, Candace Bushnell (August)

Bunny, Mona Awad (August)

13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl, Mona Awad (August)

The Need, Helen Phillips (August)

The Last Time I Lied, Riley Sager (August)

Wanderers, Chuck Wendig (July)

Small Animals, Kim Brooks (July)

Hard Sell, Jamie Reidy (June)

The Farm, Joanne Ramos (June)

Disappearing Earth, Julia Phillips (June)

THICK, Tressie McMillan Cottom (May)

Expecting Adam, Martha Beck (May)

The Flight Attendant, Chris Bohjalian (April)

Every Fifteen Minutes, Lisa Scottoline (March)

The Fuck It Diet: Eating Should Be Easy, Caroline Dooner (March)

The Wife Between Us, Greer Hendricks (March)

Then She Was Gone, Lisa Jewell (March)

Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup, John Carreyrou (March)

The Hunting Party, Lucy Foley (March)

Luckiest Girl Alive, Jessica Knoll (February) Note: This is Jessica Knoll’s first novel, which I read when it was first released. I went back to it after reading Knoll’s 2nd book, The Favorite Sister, because I enjoy her voice so much. This is also the book that taught me to say, “Nice to see you,” instead of “Nice to meet you,” when being introduced to someone, and to pass the salt and pepper shakers together. I adore Jessica Knoll.

The Favorite Sister, Jessica Knoll (February)

The Woman in the Window, A.J. Finn (February)

Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother’s Will to Survive, Stephanie Land (January)

The Water Cure, Sophie Mackintosh (January)

Come Closer, Sara Gran (January)


I finished off 2018 by listening to the entire back catalog of Ghosts in the Burbs and drifting off at night to Scare You to Sleep. And while neither of them are more frightening than what Trump and his henchman are doing to this country, they did prove enormously entertaining. (December)

Claire: Ghosts in the Burbs, Liz Sower, audiobook read by the author (November)

Bird Box, Josh Malerman, audiobook read by Cassandra Campbell (October) Note: I listened to this in advance of watching the Sandra Bullock Netflix movie based on the novel. I liked it well enough, although I grew to hate the way the narrator pronounced certain words, including “eyes,” which, given that this is a book about keeping your eyes closed lest you see the creatures that make you kill other people before killing yourself, ultimately made it a tedious, annoying listen.

Audio versions of You and Hidden Bodies, written by Caroline Kepnes, read by Santino Fontana (September) Note: Between Kepnes’s visceral, terrifying stories and Fontana’s velvet voice, these books are enough to make you fall a little in love with a psychopathic murderer.

The Shakespeare Requirement, Julie Schumacher (September) Note: The sequel to Dear Committee Members. These books are hurt-yourself-laughing funny (and make me grateful I chose not to become a theatre professor).

An Ocean of Minutes, Thea Lim (September)

You Have the Right to Remain Fat, Virgie Tovar (September)

Crazy Rich Asians, China Rich Girlfriend, Rich People Problems Kevin Kwan (August)

Ghosted, Rosie Walsh (August)

Baby Teeth, Zoje Stage (August)

The Party, Robyn Harding (July)

Her Pretty Face, Robyn Harding (July)

Tangerine, Christine Mangan (July)

Calypso, David Sedaris (July)

Social Creature, Tara Isabella Burton (June)

The Outsider, Stephen King (June)

So You Want to Talk About Race, Ijeoma Oluo (May)

Drama High, Michael Sokolove (May)

A Lady’s Guide to Selling Out, Sally Franson (May)

The Street, Ann Petry (May)

Sunburn, Laura Lippman (April)

Saving Noah, Lucinda Berry (March)

I’ll Be Gone in the Dark, Michelle McNamara (March)

The Marriage Pact, Michelle Richmond (February)

I’m the One Who Got Away, Andrea Jarrell (February)

Look For Me, Lisa Gardner (February)


Mindhunter: Inside the FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit, John Douglas, Mark Olshaker (December)

Nasty Women: Feminism, Resistance, and Revolution in Trump’s America, edited by Kate Harding and Samhita Mukhopadhyay (November)

Turtles All the Way Down, John Green (November)

Two Whole Cakes, Lesley Kinzel (November)

What Happened, Hillary Rodham Clinton (September) Note: A year ago, I never could have imagined that reading about how Hillary appreciates comfy clothes, finds goldfish crackers delicious, and loves musical theatre would make me weep on the subway, but such is life in 2017.

Final Girls: A Novel, Riley Sager (September) Note: I spoiled this book for myself by reading ahead because I just couldn’t stand the suspense. Learn from my mistake!

How to be a Person in the World: Ask Polly’s Guide Through the Paradoxes of Modern Life, Heather Havrilesky (September)

The Obstacle is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumph, Ryan Holiday (September)

Small Great Things, Jodi Picoult (September)

Blackout: Remembering the Things I Drank to Forget, Sarah Hepola (August)

Happiness: A Memoir, Heather Harpham (August)

A Beautiful, Terrible Thing, Jen Waite (August)

An Untamed State, Roxane Gay (August)

Stories I’d Tell in Bars, Jen Lancaster (August)

Barking Up the Wrong Tree, Eric Barker (July)

We Are Never Meeting in Real Life: Essays, Samantha Irby (June)

Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body, Roxane Gay (June)

Everything, Everything, Nicola Yoon (May)

Parable of the Talents, Octavia E. Butler (May)

Parable of the Sower, Octavia E. Butler (May)

This One Is Mine, Maria Semple (April)

Today Will Be Different, Maria Semple (April)

The Gift, Louise Jensen (March)

This Is How It Always Is, Laurie Frankel (February)

Station Eleven, Emily St. John Mandel (February)

The Couple Next Door, Shari Lapena (February)

Everything You Want Me to Be, Mindy Mejia (January)

History of Wolves, Emily Fridlund (January)

Feminist Fight Club: An Office Survival Manual for A Sexist Workplace, Jessica Bennett (January)


A Woman Trapped in a Woman’s Body (Tales From a Life of Cringe), Lauren Weedman (December)

Brave New World, Aldous Huxley (December)

Slaughterhouse-Five, Kurt Vonnegut (November) Note: I read this book for the first time when I was 14 or 15. I’ve gone back to it at least 7 or 8 times since. It is a comfort. So it goes.

Animal Farm, George Orwell  (November)

We Should All Be Feminists, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (November)

The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood (November) Note: This is maybe the 4th time I’ve read this novel. I dove head first into dystopian fiction immediately after the 2016 election. #ImStillWithHer

Find Her, Lisa Gardner (November) Note: The latest D.D. Warren novel — I love this series, which is straight up pulp fiction featuring a hard-boiled Boston detective who just so happens to be a tough-talking dame.

Big Fat Food Fraud: Confessions of a Health-Food Hustler, Jeff Scot Philips (November)

Hungry Heart: Adventures in Life, Love and Writing, Jennifer Weiner (October) Note: Oh, Jen. I have loved you and trusted you for such a long time. I identified with you, perhaps a little too much. And while I know we are not actually friends in real life, we have interacted on social media, and once on Facebook you agreed to be my imaginary back-up best friend, and I was so happy I printed it and hung it over my desk. But Jen, we need to talk about this book, because you hurt my feelings.

I’m Judging You: The Do-Better Manual, Luvvie Ajayi (October)

The Girl With the Lower Back Tattoo, Amy Schumer (October)

Agorafabulous!, Sara Benincasa (September) Note: I found Sara via her searing open letter about why she is so fat, and now I love her with my whole fat kid heart and want to be her real life friend.

Daring Greatly, Brene Brown (September) Note: Vulnerability is such a bitch. I’m working on it.

Love Warrior: A Memoir, Glennon Doyle Melton (September)

You’ll Grow Out of It, Jessi Klein (August) Note: Even though we have never met, Jessi Klein is my soul sister from another mister.

Dark Matter, Blake Crouch (August) Note: Holy shit this book was good. The last time I cried over physics, there was an exam involved.

Sex Object: A Memoir, Jessica Valenti (8/12)

Into Thin Air, John Krakauer (8/2) Note: I know it’s objectifying, but vis-a-vis John Krakauer, I would totally hit that. In a tent.

Leave Your Mark: Land Your Dream Job, Kill It In Your Career, Rock Social Media, Aliza Licht (7/28)

Daddy Needs A Drink, Robert Wilder (7/20)

The Girls, Emma Cline (7/15)

I Like You Just the Way I Am: Stories About Me and Some Other People, Jenny Mollen (7/10)

I Know I Am, But What Are You?, Samantha Bee (7/5)

The Ninth Life of Louis Drax, Liz Jensen (7/2)

I Almost Forgot About You, Terri McMillian (6/26)

It’s Okay to Laugh (Crying Is Cool Too), Nora McInerny Purmort (6/16)

Never Split the Difference: Negotiating As If Your Life Depended On It, Chris Voss (6/10)

Shrill: Notes From a Loud Woman, Lindy West (5/22) Note: I read this in one day. I teared up, I cheered, I tweeted about it. IT’S THAT GOOD.

Miss Fortune: Fresh Perspectives On Having It All From Someone Who Is Not OK, Lauren Weedman (5/21)

Zero K, Don DeLillo (5/15) Note: I did not finish this book. Reading it was like trying to have a conversation with my college boyfriend, who was a mediocre poet AND a philosophy major.

When Breath Becomes Air, Paul Kalanithi (5/7)

Luckiest Girl Alive, Jessica Knoll (5/1)

Lust and Wonder, Augusten Burroughs (3/28) Note: Read my review.

Truth: The Press, the President, and the Privilege of Power, Mary Mapes (2/15)

Dietland, Sarai Walker (January)

Big Girl: How I Gave Up Dieting & Got a Life, Kelsey Miller (January)

Stranger Here: How Weight-Loss Surgery Transformed My Body and Messed With My Head, Jen Larsen (January)

The Blondes, Emily Schultz (January)


Gorge: My Journey Up Kilimanjaro at 300 Pounds, Kara Richardson Whitely (December sometime, see below)

The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a Fuck: How to Stop Spending Time You Don’t Have With People You Don’t Like Doing Things You Don’t Want to Do, Sarah Knight (December sometime, see below)

Things No One Will Tell Fat Girls: A Handbook for Unapologetic Living, Jes Baker (December sometime, see below)

Living With a Wild God: A Nonbeliever’s Search for the Truth About Everything, Barbara Ehrenreich (December sometime, see below)

Maybe the Moon, Armistead Maupin (December sometime — I took a lot of time off and stopped looking at the calendar) Note: I am besotted with Armistead Maupin and have been since the late ’80s, when I discovered Tales of the City. I read this book when it first came out in 1992.

Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West, Gregory Maguire (12/8) Note: This is a repeat. I love this book so much, I go back to it every three years or so.

Bait and Switch, Barbara Ehrenreich (11/28)

Drunk Mom: A Memoir, Jowita Bydlowska (sometime in August)

You Too Can Have a Body Like Mine, Alexandra Kleeman (sometime in August)

Bennington Girls Are Easy, Charlotte Silver (sometime in August)

May I Be Happy: A Memoir of Love, Yoga, and Changing My Mind, Cyndi Lee (7/28)

The Girls from Corona del Mar, Rufi Thorpe (7/5)

God Help the Child, Toni Morrison (7/1)

In the Unlikely Event, Judy Blume (6/22)

Revival, Stephen King (6/19)

Momzillas, Jill Kargman (6/12) Note: I have never before left a comment about a book here, but if you are looking for suggestions for good things to read, this book is not it. This book is so terrible, I wanted to punch it.

Primates of Park Avenue: A Memoir, Wednesday Martin Ph.D. (6/7)

The Gluten Lie: And Other Myths About What You Eat, Alan Levinovitz (5/29)

So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed, Jon Ronson (5/25)

Where’d You Go, Bernadette, Maria Semple (4/20)

Ruby, Cynthia Bond (4/9)

Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief, Lawrence Wright (3/1)

The Spectacular Now, Tim Tharp (2/12)

Top of the Morning: Inside the Cutthroat World of Morning TV, Brian Stelter (2/14)

Love and Limerence: The Experience of Being in Love, Dorothy Tennov (2/8)

In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex, Nathaniel Philbrick (1/26)

The Martian, Andy Weir (1/15)

Before I Go To Sleep, S.J. Watson (1/10)


Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness, Susannah Cahalan (12/22)

YOU, Caroline Kepnes (12/20)

Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life From Dear Sugar, Cheryl Strayed (12/13)

Small Victories: Spotting Improbable Moments of Grace, Anne Lamott (12/1)

The Invention of Wings, Sue Monk Kidd (11/25)

Carry On, Warrior, Glennon Doyle Melton (11/14)

Girl Walks Into A Bar…, Rachel Dratch (11/2)

Yes Please, Amy Poehler (10/29)

The Pact, Jodi Picoult (10/25)

The Good Nurse: A True Story of Medicine, Madness, and Murder, Charles Graeber (10/14)

Wild, Cheryl Strayed (10/11)

A House In The Sky, Amanda Lindhout and Sara Corbett (10/5)

The Average American Marriage, Chad Kultgen (10/2)

The Average American Male, Chad Kultgen (9/29)

Fired! Tales of the Canned, Canceled, Downsized, and Dismissed, Annabelle Gurwitch (9/28)

I See You Made An Effort, Annabelle Gurwitch (9/24)

Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy, Helen Fielding (9/14)

Men, Women & Children, Chad Kultgen (9/12)

Excellent Sheep: The Miseducation of the American Elite and the Way to a Meaningful Life, William Deresiewicz (9/6)

Dear Committee Members: A novel, Julie Schumacher (9/3)

Bad Feminist: Essays, Roxane Gay (8/16)

Moo, Jane Smiley (7/30)

I started this log in July of 2014, so below are the books I remember reading in 2014 prior to that, in no particular order:

American Gods, Neil Gaiman

Bad Behavior: Stories, Mary Gaitskill

Slaughterhouse-Five, Kurt Vonnegut

Lost at Sea: The Jon Ronson Mysteries, Jon Ronson

The Dark Half, Stephen King

The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business, Charles Duhigg

The Divergent Series Complete Collection, Veronica Roth

The Madwoman in the Volvo: My Year of Raging Hormones, Sandra Tsing Loh

Mother on Fire: A True Motherf%#$@ Story About Parenting!, Sandra Tsing Loh

The Object of My Affection, Stephen McCauley

If I Stay, Gayle Forman

The Fault In Our Stars, John Green

You Are Now Less Dumb, David McRaney

You Are Not So Smart, David McRaney

Mr. Mercedes, Stephen King

All Fall Down, Jennifer Weiner

Still Life With Breadcrumbs, Anna Quindlen

Black and Blue, Anna Quindlen

Rise and Shine, Anna Quindlen

In The Cut, Susanna Moore

Attachments, Judith Rossner

Every Last One, Anna Quindlen

August, Judith Rossner

Dreamcatcher, Stephen King

A Visit From the Goon Squad, Jennifer Egan


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