My year in extracurricular* reading: 2016

Bibliography compiled from scratch in 83 minutes (I’m slow—also, I first formatted the entries using the 7th ed. MLA guidelines, then changed them to conform to the 8th ed. guidelines hahaha. I must say I prefer the 8th to the 7th ed. because typing “Print,” “Ebook,” etc. after every entry is tedious. So is determining the city of publication in the age of transnational publishing). I’d put excerpts and pictures in this post, too, but I still have to read a pile of books and articles for a paper huhuhu. The titles in red, I have not finished reading. The titles in blue, I read not for the first time. I wish somebody (god???) could hand me a Works Cited list of everything I’ve read since age four. And that would be my biography, at least of vita contemplativa.

I realized that last year, I was able to read 40+ books, while this year I read just 20+. I think it’s mostly because of the insane political climate and other roiling events of 2016, but also because I should, must, ought to watch less TV shows and movies, spend less time online, and just read more books!!!


Acker, Kathy and McKenzie Wark. I’m Very Into You: Correspondence 1995-1996. Edited by Matias Viegener, Semiotext(e), 2015.

Arendt, Hannah. On Violence. Hougton Mifflin Harcourt, 1970.

—. The Human Condition. 2nd ed., University of Chicago Press, 1998.

Baker, Chris and Jacob Hansen. The Elements of F*cking Style. St. Martin’s Griffin, 2011.

Balibar, Etienne. The Philosophy of Marx. 1993. Translated by Chris Turner, Verso, 2013.

Baudrillard, Jean. In the Shadow of the Silent Majorities. Translated by Paul Foss, Paul Patton, and John Johnston, Semiotext(e), 1983.

Boo, Katherine. Behind the Beautiful Forevers : Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity. 2012. Portobello Books, 2014.

Boully, Jenny. The Body: An Essay. Essay Press, 2007.

Bronte, Charlotte. Jane Eyre. 1847. Bounty Books, 2012.

Chan, Stephen. The End of Certainty: Towards a New Internationalism. Zed Books, 2009.

Cruz, Conchitina. There is No Emergency. Youth and Beauty Brigade, 2015.

Drake, Michael S. Political Sociology for a Globalizing World. Polity Press, 2010.

Evans, Kate. Red Rosa. Edited by Paul Buhle, Verso, 2015.

Fayolle, Marion. Los Traviesos. Nórdica Cómic, 2015.

Freire, Paulo. Pedagogy of the Oppressed. 1970. Translated by Myra Bergman Ramos, Penguin Books, 1996.

Iyengar, B.K.S. Light on Yoga. Schocken Books, 1979.

Kang, Han. Human Acts. Translated by Deborah Smith, Portobello Books, 2016.

—. The Vegetarian. Translated by Deborah Smith, Portobello Books, 2015.

Kawakami, Hiromi. Strange Weather in Tokyo. Translated by Allison Markin Powell, Portobello Books, 2014.

Kondo, Marie. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. 2011. Translated by Cathy Hirano, Ten Speed Press, 2014.

Miéville, China. The City & The City. 2009. Pan Books, 2010.

Murakami, Haruki. After Dark. 2004. Translated by Jay Rubin, Vintage, 2008.

Rhys, Jean. Wide Sargasso Sea. 1966. Penguin, 2015.

Rilke, Rainer Maria. Letters to a Young Poet. Translated by Stephen Mitchell, Vintage, 1986.

Thayil, Jeet. Narcopolis. Faber and Faber, 2012.

Toscano, Alberto and Jeff Kinkle. Cartographies of the Absolute. Zero Books, 2015.

Vuong, Ocean. Night Sky With Exit Wounds. Copper Canyon Press, 2016.

Williams, Raymond. Culture and Materialism. 1980. Verso, 2005.

* i.e. Not really for class or academic work. Then again one can argue that no reading is ever really extracurricular, haha.


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