books of the year: mostly gay and black history, and a little sff

Another mixed year in my reading life. I read a lot of books by comedians, which are fine to keep your eyes moving when the world is falling down around you. I read a number of multi-generational sagas and a number of books set in 21st century New York, choices that reflect publishing industry trends more than my personal tastes. I did better with audiobooks, especially after I acquired an hour-long commute. I read as much good escapism as I could lay my hands on.

Of the 147 or so books I read this year, here are my favourites. Can’t help noticing that only one of these was written by a man. Get it together, dudes.


  • The Secret River
  • The Gifts of the Body
  • Their Eyes Were Watching God
  • Submergence
  • We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves
  • Mending the Moon
  • The Perilous Life of Jade Yeo


  • The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration
  • Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln
  • The Gentrification of the Mind: Witness to a Lost Imagination
  • Fairyland: A Memoir of my Father
  • Impro
  • Depression: A Public Feeling
  • Scatter, Adapt, and Remember: How Humans Will Survive a Mass Extinction
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