Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Books I Read in 2013

For the last few years, I've been keeping a record of all the books I read during the year. One of my goals this year was to read 50 books, and I'm ending the year having read 63. This is a record for me. Living in New York has actually helped. For starters I live in a city with actual bookstores (many that sell used books). I also now travel by subway, which gives me more reading time. My work schedule has also helped.

Over the year I read a good mix of poetry, fiction, and even a few non-fiction books. Yes, many of the poetry books were short (making them quicker to read), but I also read quite a few long poetry collections like The Complete Poems by Anne Sexton that comes in at over 500 pages. One of my other goals was to read more Virginia Woolf (my favorite novelist) and I did.

Here's my reading list (may it give you some reading ideas):

1.     Dear Darkness by Kevin Young
2.     Spit by Esther Lee
3.     Real Man Adventures by T. Cooper
4.     The Complete Poems by Edwin Denby
5.     Autobiography of Red by Anne Carson
6.     Love Rise Up edited by Steve Fellner and Phil E. Young
7.     Looking for the Gulf Motel by Richard Blanco
8.     Double Shadow by Carl Phillips
9.     My Index of Slightly Horrifying Knowledge by Paul Guest
10.  Useless Landscape or A Guide for Boys by D.A. Powell
11.  For the Comfort of Automated Phrases by Jane Cassady
12.  The Voyage Out by Virginia Woolf
13.  H by Jim Elledge
14.  The Days Run Away Like Wild Horses Over the Hills by Charles Bukowki
15.  A Worldly Country by John Ashbery
16.  Go Tell It on the Mountain by James Baldwin
17.  The Complete Poems by Anne Sexton
18.  The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
19.  Sudden Dog by Matthew Pennock
20.  Deleted Names by Lawrence Schimel
21.  Appetite by Aaron Smith
22.  Render by Collin Kelley
23.  Blowout by Denise Duhamel
24.  Best New Poets 2012 edited by Matthew Dickman
25.  Milk and Honey: A Celebration of Jewish Lesbian Poetry edited by Julie R. Enszer
26.  Red Doc> by Anne Carson
27.  Less Fortunate Pirates by Bryan Borland
28.  Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls by David Sedaris
29.  Hanging Between Heaven and Earth: Capital Crime, Execution Preaching, and Theology in Early New England by Scott Seay
30.  Shakespeare Makes the Playoffs by Ron Koertge
31.  Open Winter by Rae Gouirand
32.  Tilt by Ellen Hopkins
33.  Percival Everett by Virgil Russell by Percival Everett
34.  Jacob’s Room by Virginia Woolf
35.  Nocturnes of the Brothel of Ruin by Patrick Donnelly
36.  Men in the Off Hours by Anne Carson
37.  The Talking Day by Michael Klein
38.  Brit Lit by D. Gilson 
39.  Ceremonies by Essex Hemphill
40.  This assignment is so gay: lgbtiq poets on the art of teaching edited by Megan Volpert
41.  Torn by C. Dale Young
42.  Peyton Place: A Haiku Soap Opera by David Trinidad
43.  The Magical Breasts of Britney Spears by Ryan G. Van Cleave
44.  Our Naked Lives: Essays from Gay Italian-American Men edited by Joseph Anthony LoGiudice and Michael Carosone
45.  The Year of What Now by Brian Russell
46.  The Stone Diaries by Carol Shields
47.  The Biscuit Joint by David Kirby
48.  Trans by Hilda Raz
49.  Letters to Kelly Clarkson by Julia Bloch
50.  Pier Queen by Emanuel Xavier
51.  Horoscopes for the Dead by Billy Collins
52.  Emerald Ice: Selected Poems 1962-1987 by Diane Wakoski
53.  Fair Copy by Rebecca Hazelton
54.  Orlando by Virginia Woolf
55.  Running for Trap Doors by Joanna Hoffman
56.  Purpose and Devil Piss by Robert Siek
57.  Nefarious by Emanuel Xavier
58.  The Collected Stories by Amy Hempel
59.  Between the Acts by Virginia Woolf
60.  Alternative Medicine by Rafael Campo
61.  Here Be Monsters by Colin Cheney
62.  Between: New Gay Poetry edited by Jameson Currier
63.  White Girls by Hilton Als

-Stephen (Reading)


  1. Its good to read about essay writing.

  2. I am pretty happy to read your collection of books which you had read in 2013. Actually I try my best to read some books but hardly read one or two chapter due to lack of time. For students these books are full of knowledge and practical experiences. There are some helpful resources for easy completion of your thesis which confused lot of students due to tough step of researching.