books I read in 2018

1. Thomas King, Green Grass, Running Water
2. Christina Schwarz, All is Vanity
3. Shusaku Endo, Silence
4. Anuradha Roy, The Folded Earth
5. Tim Powers, The Drawing of the Dark
6. Nadia Hashimi, A House Without Windows
7. Joy Kogawa, Obasan
8. Haruki Murakami, The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle
9. Lawrence Hill, The Book of Negroes
10. Andrea Levy, Small Island
11. Jane Urquhart, The Underpainter
12. Andre Alexis, Fifteen Dogs
13. Sue Miller, While I Was Gone
14. Anosh Irani, The Song of Kahunsha
15. Michael Ondaatje, Divisadero
16. Lori Lansens, Rush Home Road
17. Three plays: Yvette Nolan, The Unplugging; Kevin Loring, Where the Blood Mixes; Tara Beagan, Dreary and Izzy
18. Orhan Pamuk, Snow
19. Rachael Herron, How to Knit a Heart Back Home
20. Nadia Hashimi, The Pearl That Broke Its Shell
21. Leila Slimani, The Perfect Nanny
22. Cintra Wilson, Colors Insulting To Nature
23. Miriam Toews, Irma Voth
24. Lawrence Hill, The Illegal
25. Saroo Brierly, Lion
26. Charlee Fam, Last Train to Babylon
27. Vincent Lam, Bloodletting & Miraculous Cures
28. Kim Fahner, Some Other Sky
29. Keigo Higashino, The Devotion of Suspect X
30. David Ebershoff, The Danish Girl
31. Roch Carrier, The Lament of Charlie Longsong
32. Aravind Adiga, The White Tiger
33. Chang-rae Lee, A Gesture Life
34. Tim Powers, Three Days to Never
35. Vinita Hampton Wright, Velma Still Cooks in Leeway
36. Margaret Mazzantini, Twice Born
37. Matt Haig, The Humans
38. Douglas Preston, The Lost City of the Monkey God
39. Andrew Taylor, The Ashes of London
40. Harriet Beecher Stowe, Uncle Tom’s Cabin
41. Elif Shafak, The Forty Rules of Love
42. Camilla Gibb, Sweetness in the Belly
43. Margaret Atwood, The Blind Assassin
44. Cormac McCarthy, No Country For Old Men
45. Mary Lawson, Crow Lake
46. Miriam Toews, All My Puny Sorrows
47. Antonio Ruiz-Camacho, Barefoot Dogs
48. Lawrence Hill, Any Known Blood
49. Laura Purcell, The Silent Companions
50. Dionne Brand, Theory
51. Lori Lansens, The Girls
52. Jessica Blank, Almost Home

books I read in 2017

In reverse chronological order, roughly:

Camilla Gibb, The Petty Details of So-and-so’s Life
Dai Sijie, Once on Moonless Night
Khaled Hosseini, And The Mountains Echoed
Silas House, A Parchment of Leaves
Sarah Waters, The Little Stranger
Khaled Hosseini, A Thousand Splendid Suns
Kim Edwards, The Memory Keeper’s Daughter
Jamaica Kincaid, Annie John
Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner
Rudy Wiebe, A Discovery of Strangers
Carrie Brownstein, Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl
Carol Shields, Dressing up for the Carnival
Celeste Ng, Little Fires Everywhere
Leanne Betasamosake Simpson, This Accident of Being Lost
Lisa Moore, Alligator
Kim Gordon, Girl in a Band
James Gould Cozzens, Children & Others
Jose Saramago, Cain
Jeffrey Eugenides, The Virgin Suicides
Cormac McCarthy, The Road
Margaret Atwood, the Year of the Flood
Robert A. Heinlein, Red Planet
Tatjana Soli, the Lotus Eaters
Sarah Waters, The Paying Guests
Miriam Toews, An Uncomplicated Kindness
Thomson Highway, the Kiss of the Fur Queen
Tracy K Smith, Life on Mars
Aimee Laberge, Where the River Narrows
Angela Carter, Nights at the Circus
Jane Urquhart, The Stone Carvers
Lindy West, Shrill
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Americanah
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, The Thing Around Your Neck
Carol Shields, Unless
Margaret Atwood, The Penelopiad
Jeffrey Eugenides, The Marriage Plot
Azar Nafisi, Reading Lolita in Tehran
Rebecca Solnit, Men Explain Things to Me
Milan Kundera, Ignorance
William Faulkner, Light in August
William Faulkner, As I Lay Dying
William Faulkner, The Sound and the Fury* (re-read)
David J Haskins, Who Killed Mr. Moonlight
Anita Brookner, Brief Lives
Anuradha Roy, An Atlas of Impossible Longing
Frederick Douglass, Narrative of the Life of
Harriet Jacobs, Life of a Slave Girl
Timothy Findley, You Went Away

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I picked up an old scrapbook album in a thrift store over the weekend because of these fantastic hand-lettered shop signs that were still mounted in its pages.
Today I opened it up for a better look and came across this little pencil drawing of a bewildered Hitler tucked in the back. Surprise.