On my reading and watching list

I’m a voracious reader and lover of libraries (see my post about them)! See also my post about the 15 films, books and people that have changed my life.

This is just as much about me keeping track of what all I’ve read so I can look back at them as it is a way to share what I’ve been looking at recently. Have any suggestions? Send me an email 🙂

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x – finished    o – currently reading    _ – want to read    ***** – Five stars

2016 (I’ve been really bad about archiving my reads this year! Woops!)

o – Sayagyi U Ba Khin Journal: A Collection Commemorating The Teaching of Sayagyi U Ba Khin Compiled/Edited by Vipassana Research Institute

x – Peace Pilgrim: Her Life and Work In Her Own Words by Peace Pilgrim’s supporters

x – Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

x – This Changes Everything by Naomi Klein

x – Placemaking Guidebook by City Repair of Portland


x – A Mercy by Toni Morrison

x – The Girl Who Fell from the Sky by Heidi W. Durrow

x – Testo Junkie: Sex, Drugs, and Biopolitics in the Pharmacopornographic Era by Paul B. Preciado

x – Sex at the Margins: Migration, Labour Markets and the Rescue Industry by Laura María Agustín

x – Queen for a Day: Transformistas, Beauty Queens, and the Performance of Femininity in Venezuela by Marcia Ochoa

x – The Black Body in Ecstasy: Reading Race, Reading Pornography by Jennifer Nash

x – Sensational Flesh: Race, Power, and Masochism by Amber Jamilla Musser

x – A View from the Bottom by Hoang Tan Nguyen

x – Sexual Futures, Queer Gestures and Other Latina Longings by Juana Maria Rodriguez

x – The Archive and the Repertoire by Diana Taylor

x – Ancient Bodies, Ancient Lives: Sex, Gender, and Archaeology by Rosemary A. Joyce

o – Your Money or Your Life by Vicki Robin & Joe Dominguez

x – My Year of Meats by Ruth Ozeki (HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!)

x – A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki (HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!)

x – What The Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast by Laura Vanderkam

o – Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert M. Pirsig

x – Maangchi’s Real Korean Cooking by Maangchi

x – The Big Tiny by Dee Williams

x – Summer Blonde by Adrian Tomine

x – 台所リストラ術/一人一月9000円 魚柄仁之助

x – H is for Hawk by Helen McDonald

x – Belonging: A Culture of Place by bell hooks

x – The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo

x – The Good Life Lab: Radical Experiments in Hands-on Living by Wendy J Tremayne

x – Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage: A Novel by Haruki Murakami

x – Return to Sender by Julia Alvarez

x – The Art of Asking by Amanda Palmer

x – Cat’s Eye by Margaret Atwood

x – What Color is Your Parachute? by Richard Nelson Bolles

x – Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches by Audre Lorde

x – By Nightfall by Michael Cunningham


x -The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

x – Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston 

x – A Field Guide to Getting Lost by Rebecca Solnit

x – The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri

x – Lilith’s Brood by Octavia Butler

x –  Another Roadside Attraction by Tom Robbins

x – Bad Dyke by Allison Moon

x – No Longer Human by Osamu Dazai

x – The Secret Lives of People in Love by Simon Van Booy

x – The Autograph Man by Zadie Smith

x – Changing My Mind: Occasional Essays by Zadie Smith

x – Jitterbug Perfume by Tom Robbins

x – Salt. by Nayyirah Waheed ***** book of poetry that blew my mind!

x – White Teeth by Zadie Smith

x – Remembering Childhood in the Middle East: Memoirs from a Century of Change collected and edited by Elizabeth Warnock Ferne

x- Blue is the Warmest Color by Julie Maroh

x – The Fountain by Darren Arnorsky and Kent Williams

x – 序の舞 宮尾登美子

x – Short stories by Ryunosuke Akutagawa

x – A Home at the End of the World by Michael Cunningham*****

x – What Should I Do with My Life by Po Bronson*****

x – Women’s Power to Heal through Inner Medicine by Maya Tiwari*****

_ – Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz

_ – Collective Courage by Jessica Gordon Nembhard

x – Fierce Invalids from Hot Climates by Tom Robbins (this writer is brilliant!)

x – Kripalu Yoga: A Guide to Practice On & Off the Mat

x – Stumbling on Happiness by Daniel Gilbert

x – Tracks by Louise Erdrich

x – The Wisdom of Insecurity by Alan Watts

x – What I Know Now, Letters to My Younger Self, Edited by Ellyn Spragins

x – Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

x – Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

x – So Long Been Dreaming: Postcolonial Science Fiction & Fantasy

x – Vagina by Naomi Wolf

x – Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides ***** Incredible!

x – WomanCode by Alisa Vitti ***** SO EMPOWERING! Learn about your endocrine system and your hormones to be happy 🙂 Click the link to download the pdf for free!

x – The Thing Around Your Neck by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie ***** a collection of really potent short stories!

x – Even Cowgirls Get the Blues by Tom Robbins ***** Wow. Once I surrendered to Robbins’ style, I found so much wisdom in this book!

x – Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie **** (a bit protracted at some points and had the most GRE words ever! But was a great read nontheless)

x – Fledgling by Octavia Butler *** (I’ve read better novels by her but it was still fun)

x – Someone by Alice McDermott **** (An interesting read about a woman and her surroundings in Brooklyn)

x – The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd **** (I can see this book being on high school Language Arts class reading lists)

x – The Antelope Wife by Louise Erdrich *** (I liked her book Love Medicine a lot more than this one but it was still enjoyable)


x – The Cooked Seed by Anchee Min ***

x – The Book of Salt by Monique Truong ***** This was INCREDIBLE! Highly recommended!

x – The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery ***** So short yet incredibly deep. A classic!

x – The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts by Maxine Hong Kingston ****

x – Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe ***

x – Borderlands La Frontera–The New Mestiza by Gloria Anzaldua ****

x – Written on the Body by Jeanette Winterson ***** (What a great writer)

x – Samuel Pepys: The Unequalled Self by Claire Tomalin *** (A cool look into a period of history in the UK you don’t get to hear about that much especially in the US)

x – Tenth of December by George Saunders *** (A little too existential)

x- The Summer We Got Free by Mia McKenzie ***** (Powerful stuff! A QPOC writer who knows how to be nuanced)

x- White Tiger by  Aravind Adiga ***** (Such a funny read. Read this if you want something light and hilarious)

x- Why Be Happy When You Can Be Normal by Jeanette Winterson ***** (True story! About the author’s adoptive parent and how she came out etc.)

x – Four Ways to Forgiveness by Ursula Le Guin ****

x – A Fisherman of the Inland Sea by Ursula Le Guin ***** (These are some excellent sci-fi/speculative fiction stories by one of the best sci-fi authors out there)

x – Drown by Junot Diaz ****

x – The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula Le Guin ***

x – The Birthday of the World by Ursula Le Guin ****

x – The Opposite House by Helen Oyeyemi *****

x – Are you My Mother? by Alison Bechdel *** (I much prefer her first long graphic novel Funhome but it’s still worth reading)

x – With the Tiger by Inez Baranay ****

x – The Fish Can Sing by Halldor Laxness ***

x – Fear of Flying by Erica Jong ***

x – The Buddha of Suburbia by Hanif Kureishi **** (Funny and intriguing especially if you’ve seen how Indian spirituality has been co-opted by the West)

x – The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides ***

x – Always Hungry by Inez Baranay ***

x – Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim by David Sedaris **

x The Idiot by Fyodor Dostoyevsky ***

x The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes **

x Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi ****

x The Life of Pi by Yann Martel ***** (Haven’t watched the movie. This book drew me in completely! A great read)

x Who Ate All the Shinga by Wan-suh Park ****

x The Dawn of Modern Korea by Andrei Lankov ***

x Because I Have a Voice: Queer Politics in India by Arvind Narrain and Gautam Bhan ****

x Lies: A Journal of Materialist Feminism vol. 1 by Wendy Trevino ****

x The Art of the Commonplace by Wendell Berry *****

x Close, Too Close: The Tranquebar Book Of Queer Erotica Edited by Meenu & Shruti *****

x Lifestories: Conversations with Hijras by Revathi and others ***

x Gender Outlaws by Kate Bornstein ****


x The Gift by Lewis Hyde *****

x Sexing the Cherry by Jeanette Winterson *****

x Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino *****

x People Like Us: Sexual Minorities in Singapore by Lo, Joseph & Huang Guoqin

x Look Who’s Morphing by Tom Cho

x The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy

x The Prophet – Kahlil Gibran

x 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami

x The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins

x Galapagos by Kurt Vonnegut

x Wild Seed by Octavia Butler

x The Bonesetter’s Daughter by Amy Tan

x Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut

x A Journey to the Center of the World by Jules Verne

x Freedom by Jonathan Franzen

x Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer

x The Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill

x This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald

x Rooftops of Tehran by Mahbod Seraji

Dubliners by James Joyce

The Essential Neruda: Selected Poems by Pablo Neruda

The Queer Art of Failure – Judith Halberstam

Catfish and Mandala: A Two-Wheeled Voyage Through the Landscape and Memory of Vietnam

The Earth is the Lord’s by Abraham Joshua Heschel

What is Found There by Adrienne Rich

Undoing Gender by Judith Butler

The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon

The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

The Stranger by Albert Camus

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline Engle

Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman

Films (D-documentary Q-queer)


x – The Business of Being Born (D) ***** So good!

x – Bloods and Crips Made in America (D) ***** Watch this!

x – Dogtown and Z-Boys (D) ****

x – 180 degrees South (D) *****

x – A Punk Singer (D) *****

x – Fatherhood Dreams  (D) (Q) *****

x – Somewhere Between (D) *****

x- (A) Sexual (D) (Q) ****

x – Miss Representation (D) *****

x – How to Survive a Plague (D) (Q) *****

x – Happy (D) ****

x – 5 Broken Cameras (D) *****

x – The Square (D) *****

x – Jiro Dreams of Sushi (D) ***



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