Holy cannoli! I think last month was my biggest book haul to date with 42 new additions to my library.


If you haven’t been following my reading challenge this year, one thing I started to do was track the types of books I was picking up. Was I reading books by more male authors or female authors? Did I read more fiction than non-fiction? Is there a variety in the writers and the writing? After figuring out my baseline and where I stand, my goal for next year is to read more of what I’m not reading now.

Though I’m trying to be more conscious of the books I buy in an attempt to diversify my reading, I have to admit that most of my September book haul consists of books that were on sale and sounded interesting. They cover a vast array of genres, but are limited in the scope of authors. Of the books below, 16 authors are female and 12 are POC (6 WOC, 6 MOC). Yikes. I gotta do better than that.

Have you read any of these? Let me know what you thought in the comments below!

  1. Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt
  2. Colors Insulting to Nature by Cintra Wilson
  3. Secrets From the Vinyl Cafe by Stuart McLean
  4. Nelly’s Version by Eva Figes
  5. The Big Over Easy by Jasper Fforde
  6. Woman Hollering Creek by Sandra Cisneros
  7. The Restaurant at the End of the Universe by Douglas Adams
  8. Johannes Cabal the Necromancer by Jonathan L. Howard
  9. The Yacoubian Building by Alaa Al Aswany
  10. Mona in the Promised Land by Gish Jen
  11. Havana: Autobiography of a City by Alfredo Jose Estrada
  12. The Orchard of Lost Souls by Nadifa Mohamed
  13. Lonely Planet’s Guide to Travel Writing
  14. Founding Brothers by Joseph J. Ellis
  15. A Room With a View by E.M. Forster
  16. Fugitives and Refugees by Chuck Palahniuk
  17. Neither Here Nor There: Travels in Europe by Bill Bryson
  18. Paprika by Yasutaka Tsutsui
  19. The Encyclopaedia of Good Reasons by Monica Cantieni
  20. The Lady Matador’s Hotel by Cristina Garcia
  21. El libro secreto de Frida Kahlo by F. G. Haghenbeck
  22. Emma by Jane Austen
  23. Rat Queens, Vol 1: Sass and Sorcery by Kurtis J. Wiebe and Roc Upchurch
  24. The Paris Wife by Paula McLain
  25. Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
  26. No Longer At Ease by Chinua Achebe
  27. Freakonomics by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner
  28. Darwin Among the Machines by George Dyson
  29. Passionate Minds: Women Rewriting the World by Claudia Roth Piermont
  30. Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
  31. The Vintage Book of Contemporary Chinese Fiction by Carolyn Choa and David Su Li-Qun
  32. To Show and To Tell by Phillip Lopate
  33. A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James
  34. Delta of Venus by Anaïs Nin
  35. The Elephant Vanishes by Haruki Murakami
  36. Fantastic Night by Stefan Zweig
  37. WikiLeaks and the Age of Transparency by Micah L. Sifry
  38. Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
  39. Six Easy Pieces by Richard Feynman
  40. Feeding a Yen: Savoring Local Specialties, from Kansas City to Kuzco by Calvin Trillin
  41. Batman: Year One by Frank Miller
  42. Lumberjanes, Vol 1: Beware the Kitten Holy by Noelle Stevenson