2016 Reading List

The 2015 reading list was so much fun that I have decided to do it again! I am making a couple of minor changes to the criteria here. First, this list will include books I have read, books I have purchased but not read, and literary journals which I purchase and/or read, all in the 2016 calendar year. With any luck I will have an even dozen from Caffeinated Press at the end of the year. Since 2016 is a leap year this may give me just enough time to reach that goal. Why not only list books I actually read? Because feck is over-rated.

Helping to fill this list are the subscriptions I have to the catalogs of independent publishers Open Letter Books, Restless Books, And Other Stories, Deep Vellum and Horse Less Press, as well as subscriptions to The Paris Review, Granta and Zyzzyva. These should get me, at minimum, 35 things to read this year. Just shy of three a month. So without further ado, here is the list.

January

  1. Zyzzyva, issue 31.3
  2. The Paris Review, issue 215
  3. Rodoreda, Mercè – War, So Much War (Open Letter Books)
  4. Anderson, Benedict – Imagined Communities
  5. Rattle, issue 50
  6. Piketty, Thomas – Capital in the Twenty-First Century
  7. Clark, PatriciaSunday Rising
  8. Harrison, JimDead Man’s Float
  9. Mecklenburg, Virginia – Modern Masters: American Abstraction at Midcentury
  10. n+1, issue 24
  11. Labbé, CarlosLoquela (Open Letter Books)
  12. Comola, Jessica – Everything We Met Changed Form & Followed the Rest (Horse Less Press)
  13. Bettis, ChristineBurnout Paradise (Horse Less Press)
  14. Burns, MeganSleepwalk With Me (Horse Less Press)
  15. Midwestern Gothic, issue 20
  16. Dunes Review, issue 19.2
  17. Mieville, ChinaThree Moments of an Explosion (Subterranean Press, signed, number 268/400)
  18. Michigan’s Voices, issue 3.2, Spring 1963
  19. The Noble Savage, issue 1, February 1960
  20. Gulf Coast, issue 20.2, Fall 2008
  21. Bamber, LindaMetropolitan Tang
  22. Wakoski, DianeArgonaut Rose (Black Sparrow Press)
  23. Meltzer, DavidNo Eyes: Lester Young (Black Sparrow Press)
  24. Kashin, OlegFardwor, Russia! (Restless Books)
  25. Velázquez, CarlosThe Cowboy Bible and Other Stories (Restless Books)
  26. Clark, Anna (ed) – A Detroit Anthology (Rust Belt Chic Press)
  27. The Tishman Review, issue 1.4
  28. Michigan Quarterly Review, issue 54.4
  29. Taylor, Jonathan Jay and Neill, FosterThe Michigan Poet
  30. O’Brien, Colleen – Spool in the Maze (New Michigan Press)
  31. Krieg, BrandonInvasives (New Rivers Press)
  32. El-Mohtar, AmalThe Honey Month (Papaveria Press, signed)
  33. Klaver, ChristianThe Adventure of the Lustrous Pearl (signed)
  34. Klaver, ChristianThe Adventure of the Innsmouth Whaler (signed)
  35. Kalver, ChristianThe Adventure of the Solitary Grave (signed)
  36. Klaver, ChristianShadows Over London (signed)
  37. McClellan, BrianServant of the Crown (signed)
  38. McClellan, BrianForsworn (signed)
  39. McClellan, BrianMurder a the Kinnen Hotel (signed)
  40. McClellan, BrianIn the Field Marshal’s Shadow (signed)
  41. Steinmetz, FerretFlex (signed)
  42. Steinmets, FerretThe Flux (signed)
  43. O’Keefe, MeganSteal the Sky (signed)
  44. Underwood, Michael R.Genrenauts: The Shootout Solution (signed)
  45. Underwood, Michael R.Genrenauts: The Absconded Ambassador (signed)
  46. Collins, Brigid – The Southern Dragon (signed)
  47. Bennett, Robert JacksonCity of Blades (signed)
  48. Olson, MelissaBoundary Crossed (signed)
  49. Toyama, KentaroGeek Heresy (signed)
  50. Duncan, Andy and Klages, Ellen – Wakulla Springs
  51. Wilson, Kai AshanteThe Devil in America
  52. Smale, AlanClash of Eagles
  53. Swanson, JayInto the Nanten (signed)
  54. Kloos, MarkoTerms of Enlistment (signed)
  55. Brown, PierceRed Rising
  56. Hurley, KameronMirror Empire (signed)
  57. Hurley, KameronGod’s War (signed)
  58. Gnarr, JonThe Pirate (Deep Vellum Publishing)
  59. The Gateway Review Issue 2.1
  60. Eastern Iowa Review, Spring/Summer 2015
  61. Tenev, GeorgiParty Headquarters (Open Letters Books)
  62. Rajaniemi, HannuCollected Fiction
  63. Dickinson, SethThe Traitor Baru Cormorant
  64. Wojtaszek, KristinaOpal (World Weaver Press, signed)
  65. Parrish, Rhonda (ed) – Scarecrow (World Weaver Press, signed)

February

  1. River Styx issue 95
  2. Granta issue 132
  3. Farooqi, Musharraf AliBetween Clay and Dust (Restless Books)
  4. Harrison, JimThe Ancient Minstrel (signed)
  5. How Do I Begin? A Hmong-American Literary Anthology (Heyday Books)
  6. Barr, TerryDon’t Date Baptists: and Other Warnings from My Alabama Mother (Red Dirt Press)
  7. Sternin, Grigori and Kirillina, Jelena – Ilya Repin
  8. Rucker, Rudy and Sterling, BruceTransreal Cyberpunk (Transreal Books)
  9. Bell, Cristalyne (ed.) Rebel Reporting: John Ross Speaks to Independent Journalists
  10. Meruane, LinaSeeing Red (Deep Vellum)
  11. Eco, UmbertoSix Walks in the Fictional Woods
  12. Granta issue 134
  13. Estes, PhilHigh Life (Horse Less Press)
  14. Olszewska, DanielaAnswering Machine (Horse Less Press)
  15. Eco, UmbertoHow to Travel with a Salmon
  16. Eco, UmbertoTravels in Hyperreality
  17. Eco, UmbertoKant and the Platypus
  18. Eco, UmbertoMisreadings
  19. Eco, UmbertoSerendipities
  20. Eco, UmbertoThe Search for the Perfect Language
  21. Leckie, AnnAncillary Justice
  22. Tomaszewski, Z.G.All Things Dusk
  23. Dillard, AnnieThe Annie Dillard Reader
  24. Hawthorne, NathanielShort Stories
  25. Melville, HermanGreat Short Works of Herman Melville
  26. Tolstoy, LeoThe Death of Ivan Illych & Other Stories
  27. Campbell, JamesThe Ghost Mountain Boys
  28. Least Heat-Moon, WilliamPrairyErth
  29. Eco, UmbertoThe Prague Cemetery
  30. Eco, UmbertoArt and Beauty in the Middle Ages

March

  1. Abani, ChrisThe Face: Cartography of the Void (Restless Books)
  2. Aw, TashThe Face: Strangers on a a Pier (Restless Books)
  3. Ozeki, RuthThe Face: A Time Code (Restless Books)
  4. Lynch, Sean – The City of Your Mind (Whirlwind Press)
  5. Whirlwind, issue 5
  6. Whirlwind, issue 6
  7. Whirlwind, issue 7
  8. Sinister, BuckyBlack Hole: A Novel (Soft Skull Press)
  9. Ali, Taha MuhammadSo What (Copper Canyon Press)
  10. Hô Xuân Huong – Spring Essence: The Poetry of Hô Xuân Huong (Copper Canyon Press)
  11. The Paris Review #216
  12. Pfeijffer, Ilja LeonardLa Superba (Deep Vellum)
  13. VanderMeer, Ann (ed.) The Bestiary (Centipede Press)
  14. Chambers, JamesThe Engines of Sacrifice (Dark Regions Press)
  15. Meikle, WilliamThe Plasm (Dark Regions Press)
  16. Pugmire, W.H. & Thomas, JeffreyEncounters with Enoch Coffin (Dark Regions Press)
  17. Sammons, Brian M & Barrass, Glynn Owen (eds.) – World War Cthulhu (Dark Regions Press)
  18. Jamneck, Lynne (ed.) – Dreams from the Witch House (Dark Regions Press)
  19. Accola, Rosie – So That Tonight I Might See (chapbook)
  20. Lake, Brandon – Something Lacking, vol. 1 (Split Filter Press, chapbook)
  21. Brace, Kristen – The Farthest Dreaming Hill (chapbook)
  22. Austin, Melissa B. – Keys (chapbook)
  23. The Bandit Zine – Issue 3, Alt Fashion and D.I.Y.
  24. The Bandit Zine – Love + Heart Break issue
  25. de Alba, CassandaHabitats (Horse Less Press)
  26. Schapira, KateHandbook for Hands That Alter as We Hold Them Out (Horse Less Press)
  27. Porter, Bill (Red Pine)Finding Them Gone (Copper Canyon Press)

April

  1. Fanning, RobertSheet Music (Three Bee Press, chapbook)
  2. Fanning, RobertAmerican Prophet (Marick Press)
  3. Zyzzyva 32.1
  4. Volodine, AntoineBardo or Not Bardo (Open Letter Books)
  5. Hirsch, Edward – A Poet’s Glossary
  6. Rich, Adrienne – Later Poems
  7. Pederson, Miriam – This Brief Light (Finishing Line Press, chapbook)
  8. Ferlinghetti, Lawrence – Writing Across the Landscape
  9. Custer, Nic (La©luster) – Nothing Works, Everyone Labors
  10. Secret Bully, issue 1 (chapbook)
  11. Stairs in the Middle of the Street – Creative Youth Center of Grand Rapids
  12. Under the Sun – Creative Youth Center of Grand Rapids
  13. Green a Table, Green an Elephant – Grand Rapids Creative Youth Center
  14. Pratchett, Terry and Baxter, Stephen – The Long Utopia
  15. Bat-Ami, Miriam – Two Suns in the Sky
  16. Pushcart Prize VIII (1983-1984)
  17. Stoppard, Tom – The Invention of Love
  18. Startling Sci-Fi (New Lit Salon Press)
  19. Haight, Ian – Magnolia and Lotus (White Pine Press)
  20. Best of Vine Leaves Literary Journal (Vine Leaves Press)
  21. Topology Magazine (Spring 2016 issue)
  22. Hariharan, Githa – Almost Home (Restless Books)
  23. Tin House issue 61
  24. Rastalli, Janeen, et al – Heart Radicals (ELJ Publications)
  25. Magoon, Mark – The Upper Peninsula Misses You (ELJ Publications)
  26. Hamilton, Carol – Umberto Eco Lost His Gun (Pudding House Publications)
  27. Winn, Howard – Four-Picture Sequence of Desire and Love (Front Street Publishers)
  28. Bridges: Poets of Dutchess and Ulster Counties (Springtown Press)
  29. Hamilton, Carol – Such Deaths (Purple Flag)
  30. Cope, David – Turn the Wheel (The Humana Press)
  31. Big Scream, issue 51
  32. Big Scream, issue 54
  33. Hinrichsen, Dennis – Skin Music (Southern Indiana Review Press)
  34. Rappleye, Greg – Figured Dark (University of Arkansas Press)
  35. Arkins, Priscilla – The Cafe of Our Departure (Sibling Rivalry Press)
  36. Granta issue 135

May

  1. Villoro, Juan – God is Round (Restless Books)
  2. Zhadan, Serhiy – Voroshilovgrad (Deep Vellum Publishing)
  3. Audin, Michèle – One Hundred Twenty-one Days (Deep Vellum Publishing)
  4. Neruda, Pablo – Then Come Back: The Lost Neruda Poems (Copper Canyon Press)
  5. Gross, Terry – All I Did Was Ask
  6. Marquez, Gabriel Garcia – Collected Novellas
  7. Barker, Clive – The Scarlet Gospels
  8. Martin, George and Dozois, Gardner – Rogues
  9. Pratchett, Terry – Raising Steam
  10. Saer, Juan Jose – The Clouds (Open Letter Books)

June

  1. Gablik, Suzi – Conversations Before the End of Time
  2. Pavlov, Konstantin – Cry of a Former Dog
  3. Burrows, E.G. – Man Fishing
  4. Kooser, Ted – Local Wonders
  5. Tvedten, Brother Benet – The View From a Monastery
  6. Duras, Marguerite – Abahn Sabana David (Open Letter Books)
  7. Beneath a Single Moon: Buddhism in Contemporary American Poetry (Shambhala Press)
  8. Conversations with Henry Miller (University Press of Mississippi)
  9. Conversations with Jorge Luis Borges (University Press of Mississippi)
  10. The Paris Review, issue 217
  11. Jodorowsky, Alejandro – Albinia and the Dog-Men (Restless Books)
  12. Enjoy! (826michigan)
  13. Vigus, Rebecka – Rivers Edge (Lilac Publishing)
  14. Edwards, Zev Lawson – The New Punk
  15. Glaysher, Frederick – The Parliament of Poets (Earthrise Press)
  16. Clay, Anissa – The God Conception (Red Engine Press)
  17. Third Wednesday, Vol. IX, No. 2
  18. Reynolds, Alastair – Beyond the Aquila Rift (Subterranean Press)
  19. Moon, Jung Young – Vaseline Buddha (Deep Vellum)
  20. Laroui, Fouad – The Curious Case of Dassoukine’s Trousers (Deep Vellum)

July

  1. Klongart, Josephine – One of Us Is Sleeping (Open Letter Books)
  2. Chu, Wesley – Time Siege
  3. Yoss (Gomez, Jose MIguel Sanchez) – Super Extra Grande (Restless Books)
  4. Colasacco, John – Two Teenagers (Horse Less Press)
  5. Jordan, Ahmunet Jessica – Black and Blue Prints
  6. Granta 136
  7. Boullosa, Carmen – Before (Open Letter Books)
  8. Devi, Ananda – Eve Out of Her Ruins (Open Letter Books)
  9. Lawrence, Stephon – Nerves (Horse Less Press)
  10. Miller, Frank – 300
  11. McGuane, Thomas – Gallatin Canyon
  12. Salter, James – All That Is

August

  1. Saccomanno, Guillermo – Gesell Dome (Open Letter Books)
  2. Poetry (July/August 2016)
  3. Gaiman, Neil – The View From the Cheap Seats
  4. Year’s Best Science Fiction #32
  5. New American Writing #34
  6. Amezcua, Eloisa – On Not Screaming (Horse Less Press)
  7. De Rojas, Agustin – The Year 200 (Restless Books)
  8. Volksmode 2014 (Issue Press)
  9. Campbell, Anna – Ever Your Friend (Issue Press)
  10. Curry, Erin – Poems to the Sea (Issue Press)
  11. Johnson, Cathy G – Thank God, I Am In Love (Issue Press)
  12. Wietor, George – Past Lives (Issue Press)
  13. Batt, J. Daniel – Keaghan in the Tales of Dreamside (Story Jitsu)
  14. Genius Loci – Tales of the Spirit of Place (Ragnarok Publications)
  15. Eastern Iowa Review issue 2
  16. Night Sky with Exit Wounds
  17. Zyzzyva #107

September

  1. Neuman, Andres – How to Travel Without Seeing (Restless Books)
  2. Stephenson, Neal – The Diamond Age (Subterranean Press; signed – 292 of 500)
  3. Benford, Gregory – The Best of Gregory Benford (Subterranean Press)
  4. McCammon, Robert – Blue World (Subterranean Press)
  5. Chu, Wesley – The Days of Tao (Subterranean Press; signed – 321 of 1000)
  6. Kuznia, Yanni (ed.) – A Fantasy Medley II (Subterranean Press)
  7. Powers, Tim – Down and Out In Purgatory (Subterranean Press)
  8. Lansdale, Joe and Lansdale, Kasey – The Case of the Bleeding Wall (Subterranean Press; signed – 278 of 500)
  9. Armstrong, Kelley – Driven (Subterranean Press; signed – 502 of 1000)
  10. Armstrong, Kelley – Forsaken (Subterranean Press; signed – 372 of 1000)
  11. Achebe, Chinua – Things Fall Apart
  12. Levy, Ariel (ed.) – The Best American Essays 2015
  13. N+1 #26
  14. Pagano, Emmanuelle – Trysting (&  Other Stories)
  15. Raud, Rein – The Brother (Open Letter Books)
  16. The Paris Review #218
  17. Browne, Colin – I Had an Interesting French Artist to Visit Me This Summer (Figure 1 Publishing)
  18. Yahgulanaas, Michael Nicoll – Red – A Haida Manga
  19. Scott, Walter – Wendy (Koyama Press)
  20. Bell, Marc – Stroppy (Drawn & Quarterly Press)
  21. Bernard, Bruce (ed.) – Vincent by Himself

October

  1. Hines, Jim – Libriomancer
  2. Allfrey, Ellah Wakatama – Africa 39: New Writing from Africa South of the Sahara
  3. Passages: Africa (PEN America)
  4. Glossolalia Issue 2 (PEN America)
  5. Suah, Bae – A Greater Music (Open Letter Books)
  6. Montes, Lara Mimosa – The Somnambulist (Horse Less Press)
  7. Powell, AJ – Grayson Rising (Caffeinated Press)
  8. Brewed Awakenings II (Caffeinated Press)
  9. Joshi, S.T. (ed) – Dark Wings V (PS Publishing)

November

  1. Fonseca, Carlos – Colonel Lagrimas (Restless Books)
  2. Sanchez-Andrade, Christina – The Winterlings (Restless Books)
  3. Spencer, Cynthia – Girl Tramp (Horse Less Press)
  4. Danos, Stephen – Missing Slides (Horse Less Press)
  5. Okorafor, Nnedi – The Book of Phoenix
  6. Geiger, Arno – The Old King In His Exile (& Other Stories)
  7. Loeb, Paul Rogat – The Impossible Will Take a Little While
  8. Byatt, A.S. – Babel Tower
  9. Early, Tim – Linthead Stomp (Horse Less Press)
  10. Jimenez, Claudia Salazar – Blood of the Dawn (Deep Vellum Publishing)
  11. Jaffe, Noemi – What are the Blind Men Dreaming? (Deep Vellum Publishing)
  12. Rabasa, Eduardo – A Zero-Sum Game (Deep Vellum Publishing)
  13. Poetry magazine CCIX:2 November 2016
  14. Lehman, David (ed.) – Best American Poetry 2016
  15. Burton, Richard Francis (trans.) – Tales from the Arabian Nights
  16. Millidge, Gary Spencer – Alan Moore: Storyteller
  17. Campbell, Hayley – The Art of Neil Gaiman
  18. Zaleski, Philip and Carol – The Fellowship
  19. Crowley, John – The Chemical Wedding by Christian Rosencruetz (Small Beer Press)
  20. Crowley, John – Lord Byron’s Novel
  21. Mondrup, Iben – Justine (Open Letter Books)
  22. Davis, Jean – Sahmara
  23. Kaag, John – American Philosophy
  24. Pushkin, Alexander – Novels, Tales, Journeys: The Complete Prose of Alexander Pushkin

December

  1. Ellis, Warren – Transmetropolitan 1: Back on the Street
  2. Ellis, Warren – Transmetropolitan 2: Lust for Life
  3. Ellis, Warren – Transmetropolitan 3: Year of the Bastard
  4. Ellis, Warren – Transmetropolitan 4: The New Scum
  5. Ellis, Warren – Transmetropolitan 5: Lonely City
  6. Ellis, Warren – Transmetropolitan 6: Gouge Away
  7. Ellis, Warren – Transmetropolitan 7: Spider’s Thrash
  8. Ellis, Warren – Transmetropolitan 8: Dirge
  9. Ellis, Warren – Transmetropolitan 9: The Cure
  10. Ellis, Warren – Transmetropolitan 10: One More TIme
  11. Pratchett, Terry – Discworld Companion
  12. Zyzzyva #108
  13. Tea, Michelle – Black Wave (And Other Stories)
  14. Calvino, Italo – If On a Winter’s Night A Traveler
  15. Calvino, Italo – Invisible Cities
  16. Hines, Jim C. – Codex Born
  17. Hines, Jim C. – Unbound
  18. Borges, Jorge Luis – Selected Non-fictions
  19. Paris Review #219
  20. Eir, Oddny – Land of Love and Ruins (Restless Books)
  21. Granta #137
  22. Shah, Bullhe – Sufi Lyrics
  23. Cardoso, Lucio – Chronicle of the Murdered House (Open Letter Books)
  24. Chambers, Robert W. – The King in Yellow (Book Revivals Press)
  25. Reppion, John (ed.) – Spirits of Place (Daily Grail Publishing)
  26. Dillard, Annie – The Abundance
  27. Marshall, Tim – Prisoners of Geography
  28. Karl Marx – Das Kapital
  29. Michael Bakunin – God and the State
  30. Kropotkin, Peter – Anarchism
  31. Herman, Edward S. and Chomsky, Noam – Manufacturing Consent
  32. Hedges, Chris – Wages of Rebellion
  33. Hedges, Chris – American Fascism
  34. Hedges, Chris and Sacco, Joe – Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt
  35. Hedges, Chris – Empire of Illusion
  36. Ismailov, Hamid – The Underground (Restless Books)
  37. Goff, Nichole – Aluminum Necropolis (Horse Less Press)
  38. Gurton-Wachter, Anna – Blank Blank Blues (Horse Less Press)
  39. Snyder, Gary – The Great Clod
  40. Coates, Ta-Nehisi – Between the World and Me
  41. Diaz, Junot – The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
2016 Reading List

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