[ I read a lot of fantastic books this year, especially in the realms of non-fiction (29 books), queer fiction (15 books – rather low for me), and just about anything featuring cats (19 books). I challenged myself with Guns, Germs, and Steel near the end of the year, and will be picking up Atlas Shrugged on January 1st. Then maybe I’ll just read comic books for the rest of the year… (joking!)]
The Outlaw Varjak Paw – S.F Said
Babylon’s Ark: The Incredible Wartime Rescue of the Baghdad Zoo – Lawrence Anthony
Princess: A True Story of Life Behind the Veil in Saudi Arabia – Jean Sasson
I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban – Malala Yousafzai and Christina Lamb
The Good Man of Nanking: The Diaries of John Rabe – John E. Woods
Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy: Four Women Undercover in the Civil War – Karen Abbott
Ten Days in a Mad-House – Nellie Bly
The Demon in the Freezer: A True Story – Richard Preston
The Wicked and the Divine Vol. One: The Faust Act – Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie
Descent to the Goddess: A Way of Initiation for Women – Sylvia Brinton Perera
The World Peace Diet: Eating for Spiritual Health and Social Harmony – Will Tuttle
In the Wake of the Goddesses: Women, Culture, and the Biblical Transformation of Pagan Myth – Tikva Frymer-Kensky
Unit 731 Testimony – Hal Gold
Outsider in the White House – Bernie Sanders and John Nichols
Survivor – Chuck Palahniuk
Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers – Mary Roach
Ashes and Snow – Gregory Colbert
The Wicked and the Divine Vol. Two: Fandemonium – Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie
My Sister’s Keeper – Jodie Picoult
In Order to Live: A North Korean Girl’s Journey to Freedom – Yeonmi Park
Wild Ones: A Sometimes Dismaying, Weirdly Reassuring Story About Looking at People Looking at Animals in America – Jon Mooallem
Prisoner of Tehran: One Woman’s Story of Survival Inside an Iranian Prison – Marina Nemat
The Art of Forgetting: Rider – Joanne Hall
The Wicked and the Divine Vol. Three: Commercial Suicide – Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie
Geisha: A Life – Mineko Iwasaki
The Art of Forgetting: Nomad – Joanne Hall
The Wild Road – Gabriel King
Vestal – Ashley Schwellenbach
Nimona – Noelle Stevenson
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone – JK Rowling
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets – JK Rowling
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban – JK Rowling
The Raven and the Reindeer – T. Kingfisher
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire – JK Rowling
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix – JK Rowling
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince – JK Rowling
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – JK Rowling
You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost): A Memoir – Felicia Day
Sharp Ends: Stories from the World of the First Law – Joe Abercrombie
Catfantastic: Nine Lives and Fifteen Tales – ed. Andre Norton and Martin H. Greenberg
Beast of Never, Cat of God: The Search for the Eastern Puma – Bob Butz
The Golden Cat – Gabriel King
Shadow Cat: Encountering the American Mountain Lion – ed. Susan Ewing and Elizabeth Grossman
North of Hope: A Daughter’s Arctic Journey – Shannon Huffman Polson
Inanna, Lady of Largest Heart: Poems of the Sumerian High Priestess – Betty De Shong Meador and Judy Grahn
The Scourge of the Righteous Haddock – Ashley Schwellenbach
Swallow You Whole – Jasper Black
The Red Tent – Anita Diamant
Delphi Complete Works of Sappho – Sappho of Lesbos
The Sign of the Cat – Lynne Jonell
Suicide Watch – Kelley York
Sinful Cinderella (Dark Fairy Tale Queen Series Book 1) – Anita Valle
Part of the Pride: My Life Among the Big Cats of Africa – Kevin Richardson and Tony Park
Ellie Jordan, Ghost Trapper – JL Bryan
Tarot: Plain and Simple – Anthony Louis
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – JK Rowling
Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books – Azar Nafisi
The Ghatti’s Tale, Book One: Finders-Seekers – Gayle Greeno
Heiresses of Russ 2015: The Year’s Best Lesbian Speculative Fiction – ed. Steve Berman and Jean Roberta
The Ghatti’s Tale, Book Two: Mindspeaker’s Call – Gayle Greeno
The Tygrine Cat – Inbali Iserles
The Ghatti’s Tale, Book Three: Exile’s Return – Gayle Greeno
The Wicked and the Divine Vol. Four: Rising Action – Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie
Gutted: Beautiful Horror Stories – ed. D. Alexander Ward and Doug Murano
Egyptian Paganism for Beginners: Bring the Gods and Goddesses of Ancient Egypt Into Daily Life – Jocelyn Almond
The Gayer-Anderson Cat (British Museum Objects in Focus) – Neal Spencer
Cat Born to the Purple: A Sequel to Yeshua’s Cat (Yeshua’s Cats Book 4) – C. L. Francisco
This Is How You Die: Stories of the Inscrutable, Infallible, Inescapable Machine of Death – ed. Ryan North, et. al.
The Girls of No Return – Erin Saldin
BaneWreaker: Volume 1 of The Sundering – Jacqueline Carey
Godslayer: Volume 2 of The Sundering – Jacqueline Carey
The Island of the Blue Dolphins – Scott O’Dell
Moth – S.E. Diemer
Julie of the Wolves – Jean Craighead George
The Book of Lost Things – John Connolly
To Reign in Hell: A Novel – Steven Brust
The Call of the Wild – Jack London
Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fate of Human Societies – Jared Diamond
In 2007, I missed telling you about my history classes.
In 2008, I missed you helping me buy gear for my fieldwork on Mount Rainier.
In 2009, I missed showing you the rock samples I collected in New Mexico.
In 2010, I missed seeing you at my college graduation.
In 2011, I missed introducing you to my new favorite band.
In 2012, I missed hiking in Yosemite with you.
In 2013, I missed introducing you to my girlfriend.
In 2014, I missed you helping me move into my first official apartment.
In 2015, I missed discussing Ray Bradbury with you.
In 2016, I missed showing you my engagement ring.
In 2017, I will miss you walking me down the aisle.