LHughes

2018 & 2019

books i’ve read

In early 2018 I realized that although I identified as a person who read and enjoyed books, I wasn’t reading much at all. Akwaeke Emezi’s Freshwater ignited the spark and by mid-year I had decided to commit to reading ten books before the year’s end. Yet I found myself, on December 27, having only completed four books and partway through six other books, none of which were with me. Wanting to being 2019 in a good headspace — feeling confident in my ability to follow throw on personal projects — I decided I would find a way to read six books in the remaining four days of the year; and that’s just what I did.

2018:

Books Read
Freshwater - Akwaeke Emezi
Swing Time - Zadie Smith
Things Fall Apart - Chinua Achebe
Hunger - Roxane Gay
Becoming - Michelle Obama
The Measure of a Man - Sidney Poitier
Ayiti - Roxane Gay
The Thing Around Your Neck - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America - Kiese Laymon
Milk and Honey - Rupi Kaur

Favorites
Freshwater & Ayiti


Determined to take this energy into 2019, I vowed not to end up in the same predicament at the end of this year. I set a goal of twenty books, twice as many as last year, but certainly doable given what I’d managed to due the waning days of December. With more time in NYC than last year I made some commitments to ensure steady progress. First, that I’d continue carrying a book with me at all times. I started doing this in 2018, though that didn’t mean I was reading it. Second, that I’d read whenever I’m on the subway — whether it be my daily commute, or on the weekends. Lastly, that I’d maintain a reading list of books mentioned by the authors I was reading, or ones I stumbled upon while perusing bookstores or on social media.

2019:

Books Read (As of April 10)

The Bonesetter’s Daughter - Amy Tan
Purple Hibiscus - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Changing My Mind - Zadie Smith
Homegoing - Yaa Gyasi
Black No More - George S Schuyler
The Underground Railroad- Colson Whitehead
The Fire Next Time - James Baldwin
Magical Negro - Morgan Parker
Heavy - Kiese Laymon
Zami - Audre Lorde
Black Ink - Stephanie Stokes Oliver
Create Dangerously - Edwidge Danticat