What I'm Reading...

My favorite way to spend downtime is with a good book, preferably a good novel or memoir.  A couple of years ago, I asked a friend how she was able read so much during medical school. She told me that she chooses to wind down by reading for pleasure instead of turning on the television. Her answer spoke to her deep love for discovery, her colorful imagination, and her interest in actively unpacking the breadth of our human experience. I challenged myself to do the same.  My commitment to reading beyond necessity has changed the way I structure my time and find creative inspiration-- and I'm a better sociologist for it. Aside from academic research for my dissertation, here's what I've read so far in 2017:

Binti by Nnedi Okorafor

Commonwealth by Ann Patchett

Land of Love and Drowning by Tiphanie Yanique

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

Startup by Daree Shafrir

Hunger: A Memoir of My Body by Roxane Gay

The Boy Who was Raised as a Dog by Bruce Perry and Maia Szalavitz

Still Alice by Lisa Genova

Dear Life: Stories by Alice Munro

The Moment of Clarity by Christian Madsbjerg and Mikkel Rasmussen

Sex Object by Jessica Valenti

Exit West by Hamid Mohsin

Zeitoun by Dave Eggers

A Man Called Ove by Frederik Backman

Daughters of the Dragon by William Andrews

The Kitchen God's Wife by Amy Tan

The Handmaiden's Tale by Margaret Atwood

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

The Xenogenesis Trilogy by Octavia Butler

Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness by Susannah Cahalan

King of the Wild Suburb by Michael Messner

Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance

Girls on Fire by Robin Wasserman

The Mothers by Brit Bennett

What I read in 2016:

State of Wonder by Ann Patchett

My Mistake by Mkhokheli Brandt

The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm X and Alex Haley

Kindred by Octavia Butler

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler

Parable of the Talents by Octavia Butler

Dreams from my Father by Barack Obama

The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman

Necessary Lies by Diane Chamberlain

The Accidental Empress by Allison Pataki

We Love You, Charlie Freeman by Kaitlyn Greenidge

You: A Novel by Caroline Kepnes

Teaching My Mother How to Give Birth by Warsan Shire

The Days of Abandonment by Elena Ferrante

The Story of the Lost Child by Elena Ferrante

Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay by Elena Ferrante

The Story of a New Name by Elena Ferrante

My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante

What I read in 2015:

Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll

What We Talk About When We Talk About Love by Raymond Carver

How I Became Hettie Jones by Hettie Jones

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

Purity by Jonathan Franzen

Year of Yes by Shonda Rhymes

Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham

The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis

The Men We Reaped: A Memoir by Jesmyn Ward

Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi

Americanah By Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

The Brief Wondrous Life of  Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz

This is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz