The Chronology of Water | Lidia Yuknavitch | When I went to Roxane Gay's book tour for Hunger, she said that the structure of the book was heavily influenced by The Chronology of Water. I decided to read this before Hunger, and whether or not I read it before or after doesn't really matter in the end. I found Lidia Yuknavitch's voice, and I'm so ready to read the rest of her work.
Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body | Roxane Gay | If you're familiar with Roxane Gay, her new memoir is probably on your TBR list. If not, start with Bad Feminist then pick up Hunger. You won't be able to put it down, I finished it in one sitting.
Witch: Unleased Untamed. Unapologetic. | Lisa Lister | I'd seen a lot of recommendations for this book around the internet and decided I would put it on my reading list for next year. Butttttt, I opened it as soon as I got home and I've been tearing through it. I love talking about it with people, asking their opinions, and showing them different sections that articulate what I'm feeling way better than I've been able to.
Pansy | Andrea Gibson | My best friend Caylee told me that I had to read some Andrea Gibson. I should always listen to her, because she shows me beautiful things like this. We just bought tickets to see her read in April. Go check this out, you won't be disappointed.
The Rebecca Solnit Triology | Hope in the Dark. Men Explain Things to Me. The Mother of All Questions. | Rebecca Solnit | I read Men Explain Things to Me at the beginning of the year and it was devastating. I finished The Mother of All Questions more recently, and it felt more timely than ever (there's a lengthy essay about the history of silence). I'm in the middle of Hope in the Dark now, and these three collections are definitely meant to be kept on the nightstand. You'll be going back to them constantly.
Women Who Run With the Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype | Clarissa Pinkola Estes, Ph.D | It took me almost the entire year to get through this beautiful book. It's almost five hundred pages long, but worth every single page. It's structured into sections that dissect folklore and traditional stories, then bring those myths into everyday life. There were definitely some stories that I liked more than others. It can help to find a story that you connect with first, then move around from there. But I guarantee there will be at least one that feels like a punch to the heart.
Dark Sparkler | Amber Tamblyn | I've always loved reading Amber Tamblyn's op-eds, so I picked up some of her early poetry. Dark Sparkler is raw and unexpected. She's working on more poetry and a new novel. Keep an eye out for it.
blud | Rachel McKibbens | I heard Rachel McKibbens read from this new collection and it was profoundly moving. I went out to buy it immediately. I recently found a playlist that McKibbens curated while writing, so I'm really looking forward to revisiting this one.
literally show me a healthy person | darcie wilder | I don't quite know how to describe this book. It's a novel, but it's written like a series of tweets. And I mean that in the absolute best way. I sent more pictures of these pages than any other book I read this year. Find it, and follow darcie on Twitter.
Love Warrior | Glennon Doyle Melton I This was one of the first books I read this year. I don't know if I was ready for it at the time, but the first line is one I plan on getting as a tattoo at some point. Glennon is fearless, and she makes me want to be brave. I definitely need to reread it soon.