books I read in 2020, 2021, and 2022

Might as well get caught up, I guess.


1. Yann Martel, Self
2. Carol Shields, The Republic of Love
3. D.A. Lockhart, The Gravel Lot That Was Montana
4. Nadia Hashimi, When the Moon is Low
5. Bernard Assiniwi, The Beothuk Saga (trans. Wayne Grady)
6. Claire Messud, The Emperor’s Children
7. Lynne Kutsukake, The Translation of Love
8. Shyam Selvadurai, Cinnamon Gardens
9. Jonathan Clements, The Samurai: A New History of the Warrior Elite
10. Chinua Achebe, Things Fall Apart
11. Gil Courtemanche, A Sunday at the Pool in Kigali
12. André Alexis, Childhood
13. Ian McEwan, Black Dogs
14. JT Leroy, The Heart is Deceitful Above All Things
15. Tony Kushner, Angels in America
16. Angela Carter, The Passion of New Eve
17. George Sansom, A History of Japan to 1334
18. Waubgeshig Rice, Moon of the Crusted Snow
19. Emily St John Mandel, The Glass Hotel
20. Shane Neilson, New Brunswick
21. Cherie Dimaline, The Marrow Thieves
22. George Sansom, A History of Japan 1334-1615
23. Zhang Wei, The Ancient Ship
24. Sarah Moss, Ghost Wall
25. M. G. Vassanji, The Assassin’s Song
26. Susan Choi, Trust Exercise
27. Sophie Mackintosh, Blue Ticket
28. Peter Høeg, The History of Danish Dreams
29. Haruki Murakami, Killing Commendatore
30. T.C. Boyle, Tooth and Claw
31. Heather O’Neill, Daydreams of Angels
32. Miriam Toews, Summer of My Amazing Luck
33. Haruki Murakami, Hard-boiled Wonderland and the End of the World
34. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Half of a Yellow Sun
35. Haruki Murakami, 1Q84
36. Sarah Moss, Cold Earth
37. Desmond Cole, The Skin We’re In
38. Fyodor Dostoevsky, The Idiot
39. Rob Spillman (ed.), Gods and Soldiers: The Penguin Anthology of Contemporary African Writing
40. Carmen Maria Machado, Her Body and Other Parties
41. Sarah Waters, Fingersmith
42. Natsuo Kirino, Out
43. Amos Tutuola, The Palm-Wine Drinkard
44. Michael Chekhov, A Tale About Lies and How Swiftly They Spread Across the Earth
45. Thomas King, The Inconvenient Indian: A Curious Account of Native People in North America
46. Amos Tutuola, Feather Woman of the Jungle


1. Merilyn Simonds, Gutenberg’s Fingerprint
2. Umberto Eco, Baudolino
3. Jay Rubin (ed.), The Penguin Book of Japanese Short Stories
4. Haruki Murakami, A Wild Sheep Chase
5. Angela Davis, Woman, Race, & Class
6. Laura Pursell, Bone China
7. Michel Basilières, Black Bird
8. Idra Novey, Those Who Knew
9. Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina (re-read)
10. Arthur Manual and Grand Chief Ronald M. Derrickson, Unsettling Canada
11. Sean Michaels, Us Conductors
12. Shauna Singh Baldwin, What the Body Remembers
13. Rudy Rucker, As Above, So Below
14. Orlo Miller, The Donnelys Must Die
15. Flannery O’Connor, Wise Blood (re-read)
16. Guy Vanderhaeghe, The Last Crossing
17. Yejide Kilanko, Daughters Who Walk This Path


1. Colm Tóibín, Bad Blood: A Walk Along the Irish Border
2. Casey Plett, A Safe Girl to Love
3. G.B. Sansom, Japan: A Short Cultural History
4. Josh Weil, The Great Glass Sea
5. André Alexis, The Hidden Keys
6. Eleanor Catton, The Luminaries
7. Casey Plett, A Dream of a Woman
8. Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing, The Mushroom at the End of the World
9. Neal Stephenson, Snow Crash
10. Russen Hoban, Riddley Walker
11. Jane Urquhart, The Night Stages
12. Anita Amirrezvani, Equal of the Sun
13. Jamen Gould Cozzens, The Just and the Unjust
14. Flannery O’Connor, The Violent Bear it Away
15. José Saramago, Journey to Portugal
16. Colm Tóibín Brooklyn
17. Carol Shields, Swann (re-read)
18. José Saramago, The Cave (re-read)
19. Ta-Nehisi Coates, The Water Dancer
20. Umberto Eco, The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana (re-read)
21. Colm Tóibín, Nora Webster
22. Carol Shields, The Box Garden
23. Kim Fahner, Emptying the Ocean
24. Drew Hayden Taylor, Take Us To Your Chief

books I read in 2019

1. Christos Tsiolkas, The Slap
2. Madeleine Thien, Do Not Say We Have Nothing
3. Brooke Davis, Lost & Found
4. Zadie Smith, On Beauty
5. Sarah Dunant, The Birth of Venus
6. Aurelie Sheehan, History Lesson for Girls
7. James Ngugi, Weep not, child
8. Jhumpa Lahiri, Unaccustomed Earth
9. Heather O’Neill, lullabies for little criminals
10. Wayson Choy, The Jade Peony
11. Jeannette Walls, The Silver Star
12. Mary Lawson, The Other Side of the Bridge
13. Tom McNeal, Goodnight, Nebraska
14. Muriel Barbery, The Elegance of the Hedgehog
15. Erica Ferencik, The River at Night
16. Jane Urquhart, A Map of Glass
17. Casey Plett, Little Fish
18. Heather O’Neill, The Lonely Hearts Hotel
19. Wayson Choy, All That Matters
20. Imbolo Mbue, Behold the Dreamers
21. Timothy Findley, Stones
22. Ha Jin, Waiting
23. Lisa Moore, February
24. Joy Kogawa, The Rain Ascends
25. Shilpi Somaya Gowda, The Golden Son
26. Louise Erdrich, The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse
27. Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney, The Nest
28. Katherena Vermette, The Break
29. Kim Echlin, The Disappeared
30. Jhumpa Lahiri, The Namesake
30. Miranda Hill, Sleeping Funny
31. Kim Edwards, The Lake of Dreams
32. Jane Urquhart, Away
33. Kim Fahner, These Wings
34. Mary Swan, The Boys in the Trees
35. Emily St. John Mandel, Station Eleven
36. Eowyn Lemay Ivey, The Snow Child
37. Jamie Zeppa, Beyond the Sky and Earth: A Journey Into Bhutan
38. Sue Miller, The World Below
39. Padma Viswanathan, The Ever After of Ashwin Rao
40. Nino Ricci, Testament
41. Mona Awad, Bunny
42. Paul Howarth, Only Killers and Thieves
43. Miriam Toews, Women Talking
44. Yasmina Khadra, The Swallows of Kabul
45. Joy Kogawa, Itsuka
46. David Benioff, City of Thieves
(in progress: George Sansom, A History of Japan to 1334)

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