Winter Reading List

I’ve decided to continue to read by season. I started last Fall and I’m going to continue this Winter with a few tweaks.

Instead of 4 books from each author, this season I’m going to read 3 from each of my selected writers, plus one memoir, one book of essays, and one book of poetry. I’ll also read a few books on writing.

I don’t think these will be the only books I’ll read in the next three months but they are the ones I want to intentionally study and annotate this season.

Jhumpa Lahiri

Interpreter of maladies
Unaccustomed earth
The namesake

Annie Dillard

Holy the Firm
For the Time Being
Living by Fiction


One Long River of Song by Brian Doyle


The Liar’s Club by Mary Karr


Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman

On writing

The Art of Memoir by Mary Karr
On writing by Stephen King

Also on my bookshelf

About a bazillion YA books, it seems. I’m just finishing All the Wind in the World by Samantha Mabry and about to start Eliza and her Monsters by Francesca Zappia. I’m trying to figure out if the novel I’m writing might be YA. Is it a book written about a young person or is it a book written for a young person? Or both? Jury (of one!) is still out.

Also been working my way through Ambition & Survival: Becoming a Poet by Christian Wiman and Selected Poems by Gwendolyn Brooks.

What have you been reading lately? Anything I should add to my list?

To see what I mean by “reading by season,” click here. And this is my complete 2020 book list with my top recommendations, if you’re interested in that sort of thing or just trying to figure out what you want to read next.

Happy reading, friends.