Read Women 2014

I’ve committed to reading only books by female authors in 2014. Below is a list of the books I’ve finished or am reading at the moment, in some cases with links to mini-reviews.

  1. A Tale for the Time Being: A Novel by Ruth Ozeki
  2. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood (mini-review of 1 & 2)
  3. Doc: A Novel by Mary Doria Russell
  4. Geek Love: A Novel by Katherine Dunn (I couldn’t finish this one, I’m coming back to it later, we’ll call it 4 and 1/2 for the moment. It was too much like Swamplandia!, which I hated. I know hate is a strong word, but really, it was not good.)
  5. Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel. Loving this right now.
  6. The Faraway Nearby by Rebecca Solnit. Entranced by the first few pages.
  7. Autobiography of Red by Anne Carson. Just go read it. Go read it now.
  8. Gone Girl: A Novel by Gillian Flynn. Somehow bizarre and blase at the same time. Very carefully written (and pretty screwed up).
  9. The Flamethrowers: A Novel by Rachel Kushner. Some mixed feelings, and feeling a little overidentified with the main character, but overall, I really liked it.
  10. A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan
  11. Orphan Train: A Novel by Christina Baker Kline. a quick, enjoyable read. Wraps up a little too neatly and quickly, but if you have two hours to spare, a good way to spend it. Also, this one moved up from the to-read list!
  12. Lives of Girls and Women: A Novel by Alice Munro. Heartbreakingly beautiful and relatable. Any woman I know would find some part of her in this book.
  13. Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.
  14. The Story of Beautiful Girl by Rachel Simon.
  15. The Gin Closet: A Novel by Leslie Jamison.

My To-read list (ideally, things move from down here to up there, but really this list just keeps getting longer.)

  1. October: A Novel Zoë Wicomb
  2. The Round House: A Novel by Louise Erdich
  3. The Transit of Venus by Shirley Hazzard
  4. Heart Songs and Other Stories by Annie Proulx
  5. We Need to Talk About Kevin tie-in: A Novel by Lionel Shriver
  6. The Last Samurai by Helen deWitt
  7. The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North
  8. Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness by Susannah Cahalan
  9. The Goldfinch: A Novel (Pulitzer Prize for Fiction) by Donna Tartt

Last Update: April 29, 2014

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