2019 in Review: BOOKS

I don’t have energy to write about my decade. That’s intense, and I recommend just exploring Reshapingreality.org.

Happy New Year, and Happy New Decade!  Let’s talk about the books I read in 2019, and my goal for reading in 2020.

38 books in total. (Edit: There may be some eBooks I read and forgot about now that I’m thinking about this. For some reason my brain doesn’t compute eBooks as “real” books. If I remember them, I’ll edit to add them in at the bottom).

Longest book: Capital Volume 1 by Karl Marx

Shortest book: SHURI: Search for the Black Panther Comic by Nnedi Okorafor

Still reading as of today Take 1 (fiction): The Last Report of the Miracles at Little No Horse by Louise Erdich (60% finished, I’m pretty sure I’ll end up recommending this one)

Still reading as of today Take 2 (nonfiction): Potential History: Unlearning capitalism by Arielle Aisha Azoulay (50%, and will probably end up recommending this one too).

Books I read in 2019 in no particular order. I will bold the books I highly recommend others read.

1. Capital Volume 1 by Karl Marx

2. Capital Volume 2 by Karl Marx

3. How Will Capitalism End? By Wolfgang Streeck

4. The Vanishing Kind by Lavie Tidhar

5. SHURI: Search for the Black Panther Comic by Nnedi Okorafor

6. Feminism for the 99%: A Manifesto by Chinzia Arruzza, Titthi Bhattacharya, Nancy Fraster

7. Transcendent 3 edited by Bogi Takacs

8. Alien Zone edited by Annette Kuhn

9: From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation by Keeanga Yahmatta-Taylor

10. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

11. A Blade So Black by L. L. McKinney

12. Parable of the Sower by Octavia E. Butler

13. Book of Dissent edited by Verso Books

14. Racecraft: The Soul of Inequality in American Life by Karen E Fields

15. Feminism and Nationalism in the Third World by Sudhir Kumar Singh

16. Central Station by Lavie Tidhar

17. Prey of the Gods by Nicky Draden

18. The City & The City by China Mieville

19. Black Enough edited by Ibi Zoboi

20. Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

21. Inventing the Future: Postcapitalism by Nick Srnicek

22. Kindling the Native Spirit by Denise LInn

23. Evenfair by Nisi Shawl

24. Rescuing Jesus: How People of Color, Women, and Queer Christians are Reclaiming Evangelicalism by Deborah Jian Lee

25. Tracks by Louise Erdrich

26. Star Wars: Leia: Princess of Alderaan by Claudia Gray

27. Parable of the Talents by Octavia E. Butler

28: Smoke Gets in Your Eyes & Other Stories from the Crematory by Cailtin Doughty

29: The Southern Reach Trilogy: Annihilation, Authority, and Acceptance by Jeff Vandermeer

30. Policing the Planet edited by Jordan T. Camp

31. Radical Happiness: Moments of Collective Joy by Lynee Segal

32. Climate Leviathan by Geoff Mann and Joel Wainwright

33. Signal to Noise by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

34: The Assimilated Cuban’s Guide to Quantum Santeria by Carlos Hernandez

35: Queer Magic by Tomas Prower

36: The Stone Sky (Book 3 of the Broken Earth Trilogy by N.K. Jemisen)

37. A Companion to Karl Marx’s Capital by David Harvey

38: Fog Mound: Travels of Theolonious Book 1 by Schade and Buller


What did all of you read?


GOAL for 2020: I hope to hit 40 books read in 2020.

Categorized as Writing

By Aibird

Open the door, step inside. Here you find a forest, teeming with animals and birds, which sweeps up the sides of snow-capped mountains. Here in the small pocket of beauty, one finds the essence of my soul. A writer at heart, I delve deep into the finer details of humanity's spirit, and seek to share with others what gems I uncover. I find life exciting and full of interesting surprises, and despite the great pain that often confronts me, I persevere with the joy in my heart still bubbling, and the light of my soul still aflame. There is a time and a place to introspect one's self, but often enough it is best to not look back in regret, but leap forward in the present toward the achievement of one's deepest dreams. I am a wanderer. An explorer. One place cannot contain me for long, but to my friends and family, I remain loyal, for love is not bound by time nor place. Once cultivated and nourished continuously, it binds people together on a journey through the unknown reaches of life.


  1. I read hundreds of e-books: always escapism fiction. I’ve read Lackey, Lee Child, cozy mysteries , and other hard backs. Some may think that sad to say I read mostly fiction. The only non-fiction books I read were biographies of saints, or diaries of near saints, examples are sister Faustina’ diary, biography of Pope John Paul.


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