2010 Reading

This is my ever-growing list of things I’ve read since January 1, 2010. Only books are counted toward my goal of reading 100 books I’ve never read before in 2010, but this list includes anything literary: essays, poetry, short stories, etc. It does not include news websites, blogs, social networking sites or cereal boxes. ūüôā


Beloved, Toni Morrison*
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, Junot Diaz*
Cane, Jean Toomer*
Crossing the Mangrove, Maryse Conde*
Every Storm, Lori Wick
Exile According to Julia, Gisele Pineau*
Fever Dream, Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child*
Flabbergasted, Ray Blackston*
Frankenstein, Mary Shelley*
Hard Times, Charles Dickens*
In the Time of the Butterflies, Julia Alvarez*
Krik? Krak!, Edwidge Danticat*
Maggie Come Lately, Michelle Buckman*
No Telephone to Heaven, Michelle Cliff*
Pretense, Lori Wick
The Proposal, Lori Wick*
Prospero’s Daughter, Elizabeth Nunez*
The Rescue, Lori Wick
The Scent of Rain and Lightning, Nancy Pickard*
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Robert Louis Stevenson*
A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens*
White Chocolate Moments, Lori Wick
Wide Sargasso Sea, Jean Rhys


Brother, I’m Dying, Edwidge Danticat*
Let Justice Roll Down, John Perkins*
Literary Criticism: An Introduction to Theory and Practice, 4th ed., Charles E. Bressler*
The Lost Continent: Travels in Small-Town America, Bill Bryson*
A Small Place, Jamaica Kincaid*
Stuff Christians Like, Jonathan Acuff*

Young Adult and Children’s Literature

Along for the Ride, Sarah Dessen
The Ask & The Answer, Patrick Ness
The Baby-Sitter’s Club: The Summer Before, Ann M. Martin*
Backwater, Joan Bauer*
Bloom, Elizabeth Scott*
The Body of Christopher Creed, Carol Plum-Ucci*
Breathing Underwater, Alex Flinn*
Camilla, Madeleine L’Engle*
Catalyst, Laurie Halse Anderson*
Catching Fire, Suzanne Collins*
Claudia and the World’s Cutest Baby (BSC #97), Ann M. Martin*
Claudia Kishi, Live from WSTO! (BSC #85), Ann M. Martin*
The Compound, S. A. Bodeen* (my first book-on-CD)
The Dead & the Gone, Susan Beth Pfeffer*
The Devil’s Arithmetic, Jane Yolen*
Distant Waves: A Novel of the Titanic, Suzanne Weyn*
Double Fudge, Judy Blume*
The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things, Carolyn Mackler
The Forest of Hands and Teeth, Carrie Ryan*
God is in the Pancakes, Robin Epstein*
Gossamer, Lois Lowry*
Here Lies the Librarian, Richard Peck
Hope Was Here, Joan Bauer
The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins*
Jacob Have I Loved, Katherine Paterson
Keep Out, Claudia (BSC #56), Ann M. Martin*
Keeping the Moon, Sarah Dessen
The Knife of Never Letting Go, Patrick Ness
The Last Book in the Universe, Rodman Philbrick
Life As We Knew It, Susan Beth Pfeffer*
The Lonely Hearts Club, Elizabeth Eulberg*
Love You Hate You Miss You, Elizabeth Scott*
Mallory’s Christmas Wish (BSC #92), Ann M. Martin*
Monsters of Men, Patrick Ness*
My Beautiful Disaster, Michelle Buckman*
Peaches, Jodi Lynn Anderson
Percy Jackson and the Olympians Book 1: The Lightning Thief, Rick Riordan*
Perfect You, Elizabeth Scott*
Prom, Laurie Halse Anderson
Ralph S. Mouse, Beverly Cleary*
The Sisters Grimm Book 1: The Fairytale Detectives, Michael Buckley*
The Six Rules of Maybe, Deb Caletti*
Something, Maybe, Elizabeth Scott*
Stacey the Math Whiz (BSC #105), Ann M. Martin*
Stealing Heaven, Elizabeth Scott*
The Story Girl, L. M. Montgomery*
Thirteen Reasons Why, Jay Asher*
This World We Live In, Susan Beth Pfeffer*
Titanic: The Long Night, Diane Hoh
The Truth about Forever, Sarah Dessen
Two-Way Street, Lauren Barnholdt*
The Unwritten Rule, Elizabeth Scott*
The Year of Secret Assignments, Jaclyn Moriarty
The Young Merlin Trilogy (Passager, Hobby, & Merlin), Jane Yolen*

Comic Books & Graphic Novels

Angel: After the Fall, Volume 1 (issues 1-5), Brian Lynch & Joss Whedon*
Angel: After the Fall: First Night, Volume 2 (Issues 6-8), Lynch & Whedon*
Angel: After the Fall, issues 9-12*
Angel: Barbary Coast, issues 1-3, David Tischman*
Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Season 8, Volume 6 (issues 26-30): Retreat, Jane Espenson*
Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Season 8, issues 31-39*
Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Season 8: Willow, Joss Whedon*
Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Season 8: Riley, Jane Espenson*
Coraline, Neil Gaiman, adapted and illustrated by P. Craig Russell*
Death: The High Cost of Living, Neil Gaiman*
Dr. Horrible, Zack Whedon*
The Guild, issues 1-3, Felicia Day*
Kill Shakespeare, issue 1, Conor McCreery & Anthony Del Col*
Serenity: Better Days, Joss Whedon, Brett Matthews & Will Conrad*
Serenity: Float Out, Patton Oswalt* (a one-shot)
Serenity: Those Left Behind, Brett Matthews & Joss Whedon*
Spike: After the Fall, Brian Lynch*
The Spike Omnibus, Peter Davis, et al.*
Superman: Red Son, Mark Millar*
Torchwood: The Official Comic, Issue 1, John Barrowman, Gary Russell*
The Unwritten: Tommy Taylor and the Bogus Identity, Mike Carey & Peter Gross*
Victorian Undead: Sherlock Holmes vs. Zombies, Issues 1-2, Ian Edginton*


The Importance of Being Earnest, Oscar Wilde*

Short Stories

  • Kate Chopin: “Respectable Woman”*
  • Arthur Conan Doyle: “A Scandal in Bohemia”*
  • Elizabeth Gaskell: “Our Society at Cranford”*
  • Thomas Hardy: “The Withered Arm”*
  • Nathaniel Hawthorne: “The Minister’s Black Veil”
  • “Jack and the Beanstalk”
  • Yukio Mishima: “Swaddling Clothes”*
  • Beatrix Potter: “The Tale of Peter Rabbit”
  • Tiphanie Yanique: “How to Escape from a Leper Colony”*


  • Sandy Alexandre & Ravi Y. Howard: “My Turn in the Fire: A Conversation with Edwidge Danticat”*
  • Tina Barr: “‘Queen of the Niggerati’ and the Nile: The Isis-Osiris Myth in Zora Neale Hurston’s TEWWG“*
  • Nina Baym: “Melodramas of Beset Manhood”*
  • Fred Botting: “Reflections of Excess: Frankenstein, the French Revolution, and Monstrosity”*
  • Jana Evans Braziel: “Re-membering Defilee: Dedee Bazile as Revolutionary Lieu de Memoire“*
  • Lawrence Buell: “The Ecocritical Insurgency”*
  • Barbara Christian: “The Race for Theory”*
  • Deborah Clarke: “‘The Porch Couldn’t Talk for Looking’: Voice and Vision in Their Eyes Were Watching God“*
  • David Collings: “The Monster and the Maternal Thing: Mary Shelley’s Critique of Ideology”*
  • Maryse Conde: “Order, Disorder, Freedom, and the West Indian Writer”*
  • Rocio G. Davis: “Oral Narrative as Short Story Cycle: Forging Community in Edwidge Danticat’s Krik? Krak!“*
  • Jacques Derrida: “Structure, Sign, and Play in the Discourse of the Human Sciences”*
  • Sandra Drake: “Race and Caribbean Culture as Thematics of Liberation in Jean Rhys’ WSS“*
  • Michael Eberle-Sinatra: “Readings of Homosexuality in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and Four Film Adaptations”*
  • Mary Lou Emery: “Modernist Crosscurrents”*
  • A. A. Garman: “‘Yes! We Have No Bananas’: A Marxist Literary Critique on Capitalism in Gabriel Garcia Marquez’ One Hundred Years of Solitude“*
  • Stephen Greenblatt: “King Lear and Harsnett’s ‘Devil-Fiction'”* and the Introduction to The Power of Forms in the English Renaissance*
  • Kim Hammond: “Monsters of Modernity: Frankenstein and Modern Environmentalism”*
  • Abdul R. JanMohamed: “The Economy of Manichean Allegory: The Function of Racial Difference in Colonialist Literature”*
  • Deniz Kandiyoti: “Identity and Its Discontents: Women and the Nation”*
  • Steven Kruger: “Claiming the Pardoner: Toward a Gay Reading of Chaucer’s Pardoner’s Tale”*
  • Claude Levi-Strauss: “The Structural Study of Myth”*
  • George Levine: “Frankenstein and the Tradition of Realism”*
  • Lawrence Lipking: “The Practice of Theory”*
  • Bette London: “Mary Shelley, Frankenstein, and the Spectacle of Masculinity”*
  • Mary Lowe-Evans: “Reading with a ‘Nicer Eye’: Responding to Frankenstein“*
  • Paul de Man: “Semiology and Rhetoric”*
  • Frann Michel: “Lesbian Panic and Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein”*
  • Shawn E. Miller: “‘Some Other Way to Try’: From Defiance to Creative Submission in Their Eyes Were Watching God“*
  • Warren Montag: “The ‘Workshop of Filthy Creation’: A Marxist Reading of Frankenstein“*
  • Lisa Morel: “In Praise of Creoleness?”*
  • Beth Newman: “Narratives of Seduction and Seductions of Narrative: The Frame Structure of Frankenstein“*
  • Florence Nightingale: “Cassandra”*
  • Beverley Ormerod: “The Representation of Women in French Caribbean Fiction”*
  • Cyrena N. Pondrum: “The Role of Myth in Hurston’s TEWWG“*
  • Kenneth Ramchaud: “The Place of Jean Rhys and WSS“*
  • Alice Reich: “Pheoby’s Hungry Listening”*
  • Caroline Rody: “Burning Down the House: Revisionary Paradigm of Jean Rhys’s WSS“*
  • Ferdinand de Saussure: “Nature of the Linguistic Sign”*
  • Allen Lloyd Smith: “‘This Thing of Darkness’: Racial Discourse in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein“*
  • Johanna M. Smith: “‘Cooped Up’ with ‘Sad Trash’: Domesticity and the Sciences in Frankenstein“*
  • Laurence Talairach-Vielmas: “‘Portrait of a Governess, Disconnected, Poor, and Plain’: Staging the Spectral Self in Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre“*
  • “The¬†Victorian Period,” introductory essay in the Longman Anthology of British Literature
  • Derek Walcott: Nobel Prize address: “The Antilles: Fragments of Epic Memory”*
  • Clarisse Zimra: “Daughters of Mayotte, Sons of Frantz: The Unrequited Self in Caribbean Literature”*


  • Matthew Arnold: “The Buried Life,” “Dover Beach,” “Isolation. To Marguerite,” “Stanzas from the Grande Chartreuse,” and “To Marguerite–Continued”
  • Hillaire Belloc: “Introduction,” “The Yak,” and “The Lion,” from The¬† Bad Child’s Book of Beasts and “Jim Who Ran Away from His Nurse, and Was Eaten by a Lion” from Cautionary Tales for Children
  • Elizabeth Barrett Browning: excerpts from Aurora Leigh
  • Robert Browning: “The Bishop Orders His Tomb at Saint Praxed’s Church,” “Fra Lippo Lippi,” “My Last Duchess,” “Porphyria’s Lover,” “Soliloquy of the Spanish Cloister”
  • Arthur Hugh Clough: “Epi-strauss-ium” and “The Latest Decalogue”
  • Eliza Cook: “The Mouse and the Cake”
  • Lord Alfred Douglas: “Impression du Nuit”
  • T.S. Eliot: “Ash-Wednesday”
  • W.S. Gilbert: “If You’re Anxious for to Shine in the High Aesthetic Line”
  • Heinrich Hoffmann: “The Story of Augustus Who Would Not Have Any Soup”
  • Gerard Manley Hopkins: “Carrion Comfort,” “Duns Scotus’s Oxford,” “Felix Randal,” “God’s Grandeur,” “Hurrahing in Heaven,” “Pied Beauty,” “Spring,” “Spring and Fall,” and “Windhover: To Christ Our Lord”
  • Rudyard Kipling: “Fuzzy Wuzzy,” “Gunga Din,” “If”, “Last of the Light Brigade,” “Processional,” “Tommy,” and “The Widow of Windsor”
  • Edward Lear: selected limericks for children, “How Pleasant to Know Mr. Lear!,” “The Jumblies,” and “The Owl and the Pussycat”
  • Thomas Miller: “The Watercress Seller”
  • William Miller: “Willie Winkie”
  • William Morris: “The Defense of Guenevere”
  • Henry Newbolt: “Vitai Lampada”
  • Christina Rossetti: “After Death,” “An Apple-Picking,” “Goblin Market,” “‘No, Thank You, John,'” “Promises Like Pie Crust,” “Remember,” “Song,” “Song,” “Up-Hill,” and “Winter: My Secret”
  • Dante Gabriel Rossetti: “The Blessed Damozel,” “The Burden of Ninevah,” and “The Woodspurge”
  • Robert Louis Stevenson: from A Child’s Garden of Verses
  • Algernon Charles Swinburne: “A Forbidden Garden” and “The Leper”
  • Arthur Symons: “Pastel” and “White Heliotrope”
  • “Table Rules for Little Folks” (Victorian moral verse)
  • Alfred, Lord Tennyson: “Break, Break, Break,” “The Eagle: A Fragment,” “The Epic,” “The Kraken,” “The Lady of Shalott,” “Locksley Hall,” “The Lotos-Eaters,” “Mariana,” “Tithonus,” “Ulysses” and excerpts from Idylls of the King
  • Oscar Wilde: “The Harlot’s House,” “Impression du Matin,” and “Symphony in Yellow”
  • William Butler Yeats: “Second Coming”


  • Aijaz Ahmad: from Jameson’s Rhetoric of Otherness and the “National Allegory*
  • John F. Alexander: “On Taking Attendance at Church or My Personal Relationship with Jesus,” chapter 4 from The Secular Squeeze: Reclaiming Christian Depth in a Shallow World*
  • Matthew Arnold: from Culture and Anarchy* and from The Study of Poetry*
  • Homi K. Bhabha: “Of Mimicry and Man: The Ambivalence of Colonial Discourse,” chapter 4 from The Location of Culture*
  • Cleanth Brooks: from My Credo: Formalist Criticism*
  • Thomas Carlyle: from Past and Present*
  • Shane Claiborne: “Another Way of Doing Life,” from The Irresistible Revolution: Living as an Ordinary Radical
  • Michele Cliff: from Abeng* (a novel…I didn’t like it and couldn’t finish it)
  • R.S. Crane: from The Critical Monism of Cleanth Brooks*
  • Carole Boyce Davies & Elaine Savory Fido, eds.: from Out of the Kumbla: Caribbean Women and Literature*
  • Benjamin Disraeli: from Sybil*
  • Rachel Blau DuPlessis: chapter 1, “Endings and Contradictions,” from Writing beyond the Ending: Narrative Strategies of Twentieth-Century Women Writers*
  • Belinda Edmonson: from Making Men: Gender, Literary Authority, and Women’s Writing in Caribbean Narrative*
  • Friedrich Engels: from The Condition of the Working Class in England in 1844*
  • Lee Erwin: from “‘Like in a Looking Glass’: History and Narrative in WSS“*
  • Frantz Fanon: from Black Skin, White Masks*
  • Judith Fetterley: “Introduction” to The Resisting Reader*
  • Michel Foucault: from The History of Sexuality*
  • Henry Louis Gates, Jr.: from The Signifying Monkey: A Theory of African-American Literary Criticism*
  • Paul Gilroy: from The Black Atlantic: Modernity and Double-Consciousness*
  • Sam Haigh: “Introduction” from Mapping a Tradition: Francophone Women’s Writing from Guadeloupe*
  • bell hooks: “Postmodern Blackness” from Yearnings*
  • Frederic Jameson: from The¬†Political Unconscious* and from Third-World Literature in the Era of Multinational Capitalism*
  • Francoise Lionnet: “Introduction: Logiques metisses: Cultural Appropriation and Postcolonial Representations,” from Postcolonial Representations: Women, Literature, Identity*
  • Anne McClintock: “Introduction: Postcolonialism and the Angel of Progress,” from Imperial Leather*
  • John Stuart Mill: from On Liberty* and from The Subjection of Women*
  • Chandra Talpade Mohanty: from “Under Western Eyes: Feminist Scholarship and Colonial Discourse”*
  • Benita Parry: from “Problems in Current Theories of Colonial Discourse”*
  • John Ruskin: from Modern Painters* and from The Stones of Venice*
  • Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak: from “Can the Subaltern Speak?”* and from “Three Women’s Texts and a Critique of Imperialism”*
  • Arthur Symons: from “The Decadent Movement in Literature”*
  • Lois Tyson: “African American Criticism” from Critical Theory Today*
  • James Abbott McNeill Whistler: from “Mr. Whistler’s Ten O’Clock”*
  • Raymond Williams: from Marxism and Literature*

*denotes a first-time read


Books I Read in 2009


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