The 52 Book Project

After my friend Mollie posted on facebook asking for book recommendations and mentioned a goal to read a book a week in 2018, I decided to borrow her goal for myself. I’m trying to read a mix of fiction and nonfiction, and within the nonfiction category, a mix of essays, memoir, and narrative nonfiction. I’m trying not to read too many books that will make me sad (even if they’re really good) and am focusing most on books written recently. I love the idea of reading books by authors who might be actively promoting their writing right now! I might have the chance to go hear them read!

My college roommate and I have loved talking about books since we met way back in 2001. She’s a post-doc in evolutionary biology and is trying to find time to read between work, research, applications and taking care of her a 12-week old baby girl. I told her I’d write something–more than a list less than a series of reviews?–about the books I encountered in my year of reading.

I’m going to keep a running list of books read here and am working on figuring out the best way to link to/include some brief thoughts on each one. Since I’m reading so many living authors, I’m only planning to write about those I’d recommend (though I do have a policy of abandoning any book I don’t feel like finishing (life’s too short!) so I’ll mark those in some way and (I guess?) not count them toward my total.


Sing, Unburied, Sing

Manhattan Beach

Fire Sermon

Her Body and Other Parties




And the Heart Says Whatever

Between the World and Me

Prairie Fires

What Are We Doing Here?

Fast Girl