Reading List (2013-2015)

In 2013, I decided to keep track of every book I read in an attempt to track the amount I read annually. I’m still tracking, probably because I have compulsions about spreadsheets, lists, and organization. *shrug*

My rules: I only list books I read in their entirety. Comic books, children’s chapter books, graphic novels, plays, and manuscripts (mine or my author friends’) count. Audiobooks count, too, even though I technically I didn’t use my eyes to physically read (although I’ll often alternate between reading and listening, when I have a physical copy at hand).

I’m probably just going to start tracking ALL of my reading, soon, but right now just novels or larger-scale works.

Anyway, I don’t have the time to commit to a review of each book I read because I’m in the middle of a doctoral program and I have books of my own to write. So, although my original ambitions were quite large, all I really do with this list now (i.e., as of 2014) is mark the books I REALLY LIKED with an asterisk. If you are interested in the inception of this project and the original ridiculously involved and overly ambitious plan to detail/review each book, take a gander at


  1. Feed, Mira Grant*
  2. Sandman Slim, Richard Kadrey
  3. Discount Armageddon, Seanan McGuire*
  4. Midnight Blue-Light Special, Seanan McGuire*
  5. Half-Off Ragnarok, Seanan McGuire*
  6. Deadline, Mira Grant*
  7. Blackout, Mira Grant*
  8. Feeding the Ghosts, Fred D’Aguiar*
  9. Pocket Apocalypse, Seanan McGuire*
  10. Kill the Dead, Richard Kadrey
  11. Yes Please, Amy Poehler*
  12. The Hip Hop Wars, Tricia Rose
  13. Exile & Pride: Disability, Queerness and Liberation, Eli Clare
  14. The Colonial Harem, Malek Alloula*
  15. Little Lucy’s Wonderful Globe, Charlotte Yonge
  16. Habibi, Craig Thompson
  17. Bayou Volume One, Jeremy Love*
  18. Bayou Volume Two, Jeremy Love*
  19. Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet, Darynda Jones
  20. Fifth Grave Past the Light, Darynda Jones
  21. Sixth Grave On the Edge, Darynda Jones
  22. Persuasion, Jane Austen*
  23. Seventh Grave and No Body, Darynda Jones
  24. Clarissa, Samuel Richardson*
  25. Jonathan Wild the Great, Henry Fielding
  26. Moll Flanders, Daniel Defoe
  27. Half a Yellow Sun, Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche*
  28. Film Adaptation and Its Discontents: From Gone with the Wind to The Passion of the Christ, Thomas Leitch
  29. The Castle of Otranto, Horace Walpole
  30. The Mysteries of Udolpho, Ann Radcliffe*
  31. Zofloya, Charlotte Dacre*
  32. Mary, a Fiction, and Maria, or, The Wrongs of Woman, Mary Wollstonecraft
  33. Frankenstein, Mary Shelley*
  34. Caleb Williams, William Godwin
  35. Evelina, Fanny Burney*
  36. The Monk, Gregory Matthew Lewis
  37. Waverly, or Tis Sixty Years Since, Walter Scott
  38. The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner, James Hogg*
  39. Melmoth the Wanderer, Charles Maturin
  40. Tipping the Velvet, Sarah Waters
  41. A Theory of Adaptation, Linda Hutcheon*
  42. Black Butler #1, Yana Toboso and Tomo Kimura
  43. Dead to the World. iZombie # 1, Chris Roberson (writer) and Michael Allred (illustrator)
  44. Anime’s Media Mix: Franchising Toys and Characters in Japan, Marc Steinberg
  45. Intertextuality, Graham Allen
  46. A Sentimental Journey, Laurence Sterne
  47. The Old Manor House, Charlotte Smith
  48. A Red-Rose Chain, Seanan McGuire*
  49. You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost), Felicia Day*
  50. Possession, A.S. Byatt*
  51. Archive Fever, Jacques Derrida (Translated by Eric Prenowitz)*
  52. Typee: A Peep at Polynesian Life, Herman Melville*
  53. Lady Audley’s Secret, Mary Elizabeth Braddon**
  54. Dracula, Bram Stoker*
  55. Walden, Henry David Thoreau
  56. King Solomon’s Mines, H. Rider Haggard*
  57. Moby-Dick, Herman Melville
  58. Trailer Park Fae, Lilith Saintcrow
  59. Changeless, Gail Carriger*
  60. Blameless, Gail Carriger*
  61. Heartless, Gail Carriger
  62. Timeless, Gail Carriger
  63. The Thinking Woman’s Guide to Real Magic, Emily Croy Barker


  1. Pinocchio, C. Collodi (Carlo Lorenzini)*
  2. A Series of Unfortunate Events: A Bad Beginning, Lemony Snicket*
  3. Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury*
  4. They Called Her La Llorona (my mystery novel–did a complete read through to edit. Not sure if this should really count, but it is 323 pages long at the moment, and this is my reading list *sticks out tongue*)
  5. Nameless: the Darkness Comes, Mercedes M. Yardley
  6. Quiet: the Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking, Susan Cain
  7. Dead Witch Walking, Kim Harrison
  8. Disease, Desire, and the Body in Victorian Women’s Popular Novels, Pamela K. Gilbert*
  9. The Good, the Bad, and the Undead, Kim Harrison
  10. Birds of a Feather, Jacqueline Winspear*
  11. Every Which Way But Dead, Kim Harrison
  12. A Fistful of Charms, Kim Harrison
  13. For a Few Demons More, Kim Harrison
  14. Mockingbird, Chuck Wendig*
  15. The Cormorant, Chuck Wendig*
  16. Skin Game, Jim Butcher*
  17. Hounded, Kevin Hearne
  18. Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore: A Novel, Robin Sloan*
  19. The Dark Victorian: Risen, Elizabeth Watasin
  20. Soulless (The Parasol Protectorate Series), Gail Carriger*
  21. Odd Thomas, Dean Koontz*
  22. The Line (Witching Savannah, Book 1), J.D. Horn
  23. The Source (Witching Savannah, Book 2), J.D. Horn
  24. The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency, Alexander McCall Smith*
  25. Lost Girl: The HiddenBook One, Colleen Vanderlinden
  26. Broken: The Hidden Book Two, Colleen Vanderlinden
  27. Karma,Donna Augustine
  28. Indexing, Seanan McGuire*
  29. Home: The Hidden Book Three, Colleen Vanderlinden
  30. Strife: The Hidden Book Four, Colleen Vanderlinden
  31. The Shape of Reason: Argumentative Writing in College, John T. Gage*
  32. Blightborn, Chuck Wendig*
  33. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets: J. K. Rowling
  34. Rosemary and Rue: an October Daye Novel, Seanan McGuire*
  35. Confessions of an English Opium-Eater, Thomas De Quincy
  36. A Small Place, Jamaica Kincaid*
  37. The Turkish Embassy Letters, Lady Mary Wortley Montagu*
  38. A Sentimental Journey through France and Italy, Laurence Sterne
  39. Letters Written during a Short Residence in Sweden, Norway, and Denmark, Mary Wollstonecraft*
  40. Travels in the Interior Districts of Africa, Mungo Park
  41. The History of Mary Prince, Mary Prince
  42. A Local Habitation, Seanan McGuire*
  43. An Artificial Night, Seanan McGuire*
  44. Late Eclipses, Seanan McGuire*
  45. The Ocean at the End of the Lane, Neil Gaiman*
  46. One Salt Sea, Seanan McGuire*
  47. Ashes of Honor, Seanan McGuire*
  48. Chimes at Midnight, Seanan McGuire*
  49. The Winter Long, Seanan McGuire*


  1. This Year You Write Your Novel, Walter Mosley
  2. Agents of Light and Darkness, Simon R. Green
  3. Tender at the Bone: Growing Up at the Table, Ruth Reichl
  4. My Antonia, Willa Cather
  5. Sherlock’s Sisters, Joseph Kestner
  6. Place: A Short Introduction, Tim Cresswell
  7. The Land of Little Rain, Mary Austin
  8. The Female Barber Detective, Albert W. Aiken
  9. The Professor’s House, Willa Cather
  10. Blood Meridian, Cormac McCarthy
  11. Gardens in the Dunes, Leslie Marmon Silko
  12. Tropic of Orange, Karen Tei Yamashita
  13. The Road, Cormac McCarthy
  14. The Woman Detective: Gender and Genre, Kathleen Gregory Klein
  15. The Lady Investigates, Patricia Craig and Mary Cadogan
  16. The Cats of Copenhagen, James Joyce
  17. Hark! A Vagrant! Kate Beaton
  18. Catching Fire, Suzanne Collins
  19. Mocking Jay, Suzanne Collins
  20. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Hunter S. Thompson
  21. Kitty Goes to Washington, Carrie Vaughn
  22. Outlining Your Novel: Map Your Way to Success, K.M. Weiland
  23. First Grave on the Right, Darynda Jones
  24. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest, Stieg Larsson
  25. Save the Cat! Blake Snyder
  26. Zen in the Art of Writing, Ray Bradbury
  27. Confessions of a Freelance Penmonkey, Chuck Wendig
  28. ‘A’ is for Alibi, Sue Grafton
  29. The Diabolist, Layton Green
  30. Second Grave on the Left, Darynda Jones
  31. Third Grave Dead Ahead, Darynda Jones
  32. ‘B’ is for Burglar, Suge Grafton
  33. Blackbirds, Chuck Wendig
  34. Kitty Takes a Holiday, Carrie Vaughn
  35. ‘C’ is for Corpse, Sue Grafton
  36. The Sorrows of Satan, Marie Corelli
  37. Laughing All the Way, George Shannon
  38. The Gashlycrumb Tinies, Edward Gorey
  39. Dead Until Dark, Charlaine Harris
  40. Living Dead in Dallas, Charlaine Harris
  41. Under Empyrean Sky, Chuck Wendig
  42. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams (and no, I did not do that on purpose 😉 )
  43. Harriet the Spy, Louise Fitzhugh
  44. Let’s Pretend this Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir)Jenny Lawson (The Bloggess)
  45. The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood
  46. Hyperbole and a Half, Allie Brosh

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