Writing Log

I am stealing the idea to list all my reading by year from the talented and insanely well-read, Matt Bell

If you've read any of these and want to chat about them, for the love of god email me. If there are books you think I should read, for the love of god email me. If you want to know how I feel about these particular books, check out my Goodreads or for the love god email me. If you want to see if I have read a particular author or book, use control-f to search by keyword--it's most efficient.


Longer Works

  1. The Fortunes by Peter Ho Davies

  2. The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin

  3. Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right's Stealth Plan for America by Nancy MacLean

  4. Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

  5. The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia by Masha Gessen

  6. Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward

  7. The Lathe of Heaven by Ursula K. Le Guin

  8. Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

  9. The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson

  10. The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware

  11. A Little Yellow Dog by Walter Mosley

  12. Leviathan Awakes by James S.A. Corey

  13. Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty

  14. Lies She Told by Cate Holahan

  15. Defending Jacob by William Landay

  16. American Gods by Neil Gaiman

  17. The Gunslinger by Stephen King

  18. The Drawing of the Three by Stephen King

  19. My Absolute Darling by Gabriel Tallent

  20. Final Girls by Riley Sager

  21. The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson

  22. Time’s Arrow by Martin Amis

  23. Black Water by Joyce Carol Oates

  24. The Chronicle of a Death Foretold by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

  25. Salem’s Lot by Stephen King

  26. Einstein’s Dreams by Alan Lightman

  27. Sabrina by Nick Drnaso

  28. The Last Cruise by Kate Christensen

  29. I Don’t Think of You (Until I Do) by Tatiana Ryckman


  1. Lucky and Other Stories by Jonathan Lethem

  2. A Universal History of Iniquity by Jorge Luis Borges

  3. The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2015 edited by John Joseph Adams

  4. Get in Trouble by Kelly Link

  5. The World to Come by Jim Shepard

  6. A Tree or a Person or a Wall: Stories by Matt Bell

  7. The Tenth of December by George Saunders

  8. CivilWarLand in Bad Decline by George Saunders

  9. Pastoralia by George Saunders

  10. The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2017 edited by John Joseph Adams

  11. The O. Henry Stories 2018 edited by Laura Furman

Literary Magazines (only short stories - I know; I'm a terrible person)

  1. Cimarron Review, Winter 2017

  2. Epoch, Winter 2017, 198

  3. The Cincinnati Review, 14.2

  4. Tin House: Candy, 19.3

  5. Indiana Review, Summer 2017, 39.1

  6. The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, September/October 2017

  7. The Paris Review, Issue 224

  8. Tin House: Winter Reading, 2017

  9. The Paris Review, Issue 223




Longer Works

  1. A Gambler's Anatomy by Jonathan Lethem

  2. All Our Wrong Todays by Elan Mastai

  3. Annihilation by James VanderMeer

  4. Being Mortal by Atul Gawande

  5. Chronic City by Jonathan Lethem

  6. Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond

  7. Exit West by Hamid Moshin

  8. Freebird by Jon Raymond

  9. Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders

  10. Mr. and Mrs. Doctor by Julie Iromuanya

  11. Nine Island by Jane Alison

  12. Return to Oakpine by Ron Carlson

  13. Spartina by John Casey

  14. The Age of Miracles by Karen Walker Thompson

  15. The Brief History of the Dead by Kevin Brockmeier

  16. The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

  17. The Man Who Loved Birds by Fenton Johnson

  18. The Moon is Down by John Steinbeck

  19. The Mothers by Brit Bennett

  20. The Throwback Special by Chris Bachelder

  21. The Turner House by Angela Flournoy

  22. Universal Harvester by John Darnielle

  23. We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

  24. When Captain Flint Was Still a Good Man by Nick Dybek

  25. Y by Marjoie Celona


  1. A Model World and Other Stories by Michael Chabon

  2. Demigods on Speedway by Aurelie Sheehan

  3. Holding Pattern by Jeffery Renard Allen

  4. Homesick for Another World by Ottessa Moshfegh

  5. Love and Hydrogen: New and and Selected Stories by Jim Shepard

  6. Men and Cartoons by Jonathan Lethem

  7. Other Electricities by Ander Monson

  8. Portrait of My Mother, Who Posed Nude in Wartime: Stories by Majorie Sandor

  9. Prodigals: Stories by Greg Jackson

  10. The Coast of Good Intentions by Michael Byers

  11. The Refugees by Viet Thanh Nguyen

  12. The Thin Tear in the Fabric of Space by Douglas Trevor

  13. The Wall of the Sky, the Wall of the Eye by Jonathan Lethem

  14. Why the Devil Chose New England for His Work: Stories by Jason Brown

  15. Difficult Women by Roxane Gay

  16. Ex-Boyfriend on Aisle 6 by Susan Jackson Rodgers

Literary Magazines (only short stories - I know; I'm a terrible person)

  1. Epoch, Spring 2017

  2. Kenyon Review, March/April 2017

  3. Indiana Review, Winter 2016

  4. The Georgia Review, Fall 2016

  5. The Paris Review, Spring 2017

  6. The Pushcart Prize XLI: Best of the Small Presses 2017

  7. Virginia Quarterly Review, Fall 2016

  8. Zyzzyva, Fall 2016


Longer Works

  1. Adulthood Rites by Octavia E. Butler

  2. A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers

  3. Batman: Year One by Frank Miller

  4. Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

  5. Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident, and the Illusion of Safety by Eric Schlosser

  6. Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

  7. Dawn by Octavia E. Butler

  8. Elileen by Ottesssa Moshfegh

  9. Everybody's Fool by Richard Russo

  10. Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by JD Vance

  11. Imago by Octavia E. Butler

  12. Kick-Ass by Mark Millar

  13. Kindred by Octavia E. Butler

  14. Lexicon by Max Barry

  15. Men We Reaped by Jesmyn Ward

  16. Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris

  17. Moonglow by Michael Chabon

  18. Nagasaki: Life After Nuclear War by Susan Southard

  19. Persepolis: The Story of Childhood by Marjane Satrapi

  20. Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward

  21. So You've Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson

  22. Swing Time by Zadie Smith

  23. The Core of the Sun by Johanna Sinisalo

  24. The Mushroom at the End of the World: On the Possibility of Life in Capitalist Ruins by Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing

  25. The Nix by Nathan Hill

  26. The Sandman Book 1: Preludes & Nocturnes by Neil Gaiman

  27. The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen

  28. The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

  29. Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging by Junger Sebastian

  30. When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

  31. What Belongs to You by Garth Greenwell

  32. Why We Write: 20 Acclaimed Authors on How and Why They Do What They Do by Meredith Maran

  33. Your Heart Is a Muscle the Size of a Fist by Sunil Yapa

  34. Zero K by Don DeLillo


  1. American Innovations by Rivka Galchen

  2. Blood Child and Other Stories by Octavia E. Butler

  3. Burn Collector: Collected Stories from One Through Nine by Al Burian

  4. Elegy on Kinderklavier by Arna Bontemps Hemenway

  5. Fullblood Arabian by Osama Alomar

  6. Man V. Nature by Diane Cook

  7. Natural Histories by Nettel Guadalupe

  8. Nobody Ever Gets Lost by Jess Row

  9. Praying Drunk by Kyle Minor

  10. Redeployment by Phil Klay

  11. The Babysitter at Rest by Jen George

  12. The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks About Race edited by Jesmyn Ward

  13. The Good Immigrant edited by Nikesh Shukla

Literary Magazines (only short stories - I know; I'm a terrible person)

  1. AGNI, 78

  2. Alaska Quarterly Review, Summer/Fall 2016

  3. Boulevard, 94

  4. Colorado Review, Fall/Winter 2013

  5. Epoch, 65.1 (2016)

  6. Indiana Review, Summer 2016

  7. Indiana Review, Summer 2015

  8. Indiana Review, Winter 2015

  9. Michigan Quarterly Review, Fall 2015

  10. Michigan Quarterly Review, Winter 2016

  11. Prairie Schooner, Summer 2016

  12. Prairie Schooner, Winter 2012

  13. The Gettysburg Review, Spring 2016

  14. The Iowa Review, Spring 2015

  15. The Missouri Review, Fall 2016

  16. The Missouri Review, Winter 2013

  17. The O. Henry Prize Stories 2015

  18. The Pushcart Prize XXXVI: Best of the Small Presses: 2012

  19. The Pushcart Prize XXXVII: Best of the Small Presses: 2013

  20. The Paris Review, Fall 2016

  21. Tine House, Summer 2015

  22. Tin House, Summer 2016

  23. Tin House, Winter 2015

  24. Virginia Quarterly Review, Spring 2016

  25. Virginia Quarterly Review, Summer 2016

  26. Virginia Quarterly Review, Winter 2015

  27. The O. Henry Prize Stories 2016


Longer Works

  1. Although of Course You End up Becoming Yourself: A Road Trip with David Foster Wallace by David Lipsky

  2. Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt

  3. Amnesia Moon by Jonathan Lethem

  4. Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie

  5. Ancillary Mercy by Ann Leckie

  6. Ancillary Sword by Ann Leckie

  7. Arabian Sands by Wilfred Thesiger

  8. Empire Falls by Richard Russo

  9. Girl in Landscape by Jonathan Lethem

  10. Go Down Together: The True Untold Story of Bonnie and Clyde by Jeff Guinn

  11. Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief by Lawrence Wright

  12. Gun, With Occasional Music by Jonathan Lethem

  13. Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer

  14. Jennifer Government by Max Barry

  15. Nobody's Food by Richard Russo

  16. Purity by Jonathan Franzen

  17. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

  18. Stanley: The Impossible Life of Africa's Greatest Explorer by Tim Jeal

  19. Straight Man by Richard Russo

  20. The Alchemy of Stone by Ekaterina Sedia

  21. The Beach by Alex Garland

  22. The ISIS Apocalypse: The History, Strategy, and Doomsday Vision of the Islamic State by William McCants

  23. The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America by Erik Larson

  24. The Devil's Highway: A True Story by Luis Alberto Urrea

  25. The Forever War by Dexter Filkins

  26. The Immortal Henrietta Lacks

  27. The Martian by Andy Weir

  28. The Road

  29. The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell

  30. The Water Knife by Paolo Bacigalupi

  31. The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi

  32. Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen


  1. Refresh, Refresh by Benjamin Percy