In keeping with the 2020 trend, my reading total was pretty sad, as you can tell.
As always, it's about quality, not quantity, but surely I can surpass thirteen read books in 2022. To my credit, I did start so many more books, and I was invested in all of them, but working full-time, trying to rekindle my writing, and dealing with a pandemic on top of all that? I need to treat myself with more kindness. When I wrote my recap last January, I wrote two terse sentences, the weight of 2020 heavy.
My writing goals are modest: I want to finish and polish three or four of the half-written essays I currently have open on my laptop, and perhaps pull together an essay collection. I'm still amazed at how I've shifted so dramatically to essays and creative nonfiction; I haven't written a piece of fiction since late 2019, which feels like a lifetime ago.
I'm rambling, but generally happier than I've been in a long time, and while my goals are only half-concrete, I feel good about ending 2022 in a better place, both mentally and creatively. Happy New Year, y'all. <3
1.) Luster: a Novel by Raven Leilani
2.) Intimations: Six Essays by Zadie Smith
3.) In the Dream House: a Memoir by Carmen Maria Machado
4.) Outlawed: a Novel by Anna North
5.) Catrachos: Poems by Roy G. Guzman
6.) Sidelined: Sports, Culture, and Being a Woman in America by Julie DiCaro
7.) Bad Anatomy: Poems by Hannah Cohen (reread)
8.) Last Call: A True Story of Love, Lust, and Murder in Queer New York by Elon Green
9.) Whimsy: a Novella by Shannon McLeod
10.) Craft in the Real World: Rethinking Fiction Writing and Workshopping by Matthew Salesses
11.) Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly by Anthony Bourdain
12.) Mexican Gothic: a Novel by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
13.) The Unreality of Memory: and Other Essays by Elisa Gabbert
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