Reading List


Jackie Hill Perry – Holier Than Thou: How God’s Holiness Helps Us Trust Him
Alice Walker – In Love & Trouble


Kiese Laymon – Long Division (second half)
Michael Zapata – The Lost Book of Adana Moreau
Kiley Reid – Such a Fun Age
Ayana Mathis – The Twelve Tribes of Hattie
Raven Leilani – Luster
Marie Benedict & Victoria Christopher Murray – The Personal Librarian
Zakiya Dalila Harris – The Other Black Girl
adrienne maree brown – Pleasure Activism: The Politics of Feeling Good (started, unfinished)


Roxane Gay – Ayiti
Edwidge Danticat – Everything Inside
Terry McMillan – I Almost Forgot About You (also here)
Roxane Gay – Hunger
Suzanne Collins: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes
Kiese Laymon – Long Division (first half)


Octavia Butler – Lilith’s Brood (re-read)
Emily Bernard – Black Is the Body
Roxane Gay – Difficult Women
Atul Gawande – Being Mortal
Lois Lowry – The Giver
Lois Lowry – Gathering Blue
Lois Lowry – Messenger
Lois Lowry – Son
Octavia Butler – Seed to Harvest (re-read)
Liane Moriarty – The Hypnotist’s Love Story
Angie Smith – What Women Fear
Octavia Butler – Parable of the Sower
Brit Bennett – The Vanishing Half


Baldwin, James                          If Beale Street Could Talk
Hurston, Zora Neale                 Barracoon
Jones, Tayari                              An American Marriage
Edim, Glory                                Well-Read Black Girl
Gyasi, Yaa                                   Homegoing
Adeyemi, Tomi                          Children of Blood and Bone
Braithwaite, Oyinkan               My Sister, the Serial Killer
Collins, Kathleen                       Notes from a Black Woman’s Diary
Carty-Williams, Candice          Queenie
Rivers, Francine                         Redeeming Love
Imarisha, Walidah                     Octavia’s Brood
& Brown, Adrienne Maree
Adeyemi, Tomi                           Children of Virtue & Vengeance


Blanco, Jodee                          Please Stop Laughing at Me
Crouch, Blake                          Dark Matter
Due, Tananarive                     The Black Rose
Knight, Wesley                        Thirst: Quenching Your Deepest Desire
Morrison, Toni                        Paradise
Orwell, George                        1984
Turner, Jamie Langston        A Garden to Keep


Channer, Colin (ed.)                Kingston Noir
Coates, Ta-Nehisi                     Between the World and Me
Coelho, Paulo                            The Alchemist
Danticat, Edwidge (ed.)          Haiti Noir
Koontz, Dean                            Lightening
Marquez, Gabriel Garcia         One Hundred Years of Solitude

This is a list of books that I read prior to 2017. I’ve read many more books than are on this list, but I can’t keep up with things I don’t write down somewhere safe.


Harper, Hill                             Letters to a Young Sister
Lockwood, Michael J.           Women Have all the Power…


Charters, Ann                    The Story and Its Writer: An Introduction to Short Fiction, 7th Ed.
Donnell and Welsh                 The Routledge Reader in Caribbean Lit.
Early and Harris                      Best African American Fiction: 2009
Gates Jr. and McKay               Norton Anthology of African American Lit., 2nd Ed.
Gilbert and Gubar                   Norton Anthology of Literature by Women, 2nd Ed.
Greenblatt, Stephen               Norton Anthology of English Literature, Vol. 1, 8th Ed.
Greenblatt, et. al.                    The Norton Shakespeare, based on Oxford, 2nd Ed.
Lauter, Paul                            Heath Anthology of Am. Lit. Colonial-1800; Vol. A, 5th Ed.
Lauter, Paul                             Heath Anthology of Am. Lit. 1800-1865; Vol. B, 5th Ed.
McMichael, et. al.                    Anthology of American Literature Vol. 2,  9th Ed.
Meyer, Michael                        Bedford Introduction to Literature 7th Ed.
Stavans, Ilan                             Norton Anthology of Latino Literature
Staunton, Howard                   The Globe Illustrated Shakespeare , Annotated
UCF Student Government     The Cypress Dome Issue 17, 2006
UCF Student Government     The Cypress Dome Issue 21, 2010

Crime/Medical Drama

Connelly, Michael                   City of Bones
Cook, Robin                             Outbreak
Cornwell, Patricia                   Black Notice
Holleman, Jane                       Holy Terror
Matera, Lia                               Havana Twist
Palmer, Michael                      Fatal
Patterson, James                     1st to Die


Hansberry, Lorraine              A Raisin in the Sun
Johnson, Keith Lee                 Hell has no Fury
Jones, Tarsha                           Have you Met Miss Jones?
McMillan, Terry                       A Day Late and a Dollar Short
Nabokov, Vladimir                  Lolita
Simply Shakespeare                Romeo & Juliet (Tragedy)


Dunant, Sarah                         The Birth of Venus (Historical Fiction)
Fitzgerald, F. Scott                  The Great Gatsby
Hurston, Zora Neale              Their Eyes Were Watching God
Morrison, Toni                         Sula
Stockett, Kathryn                    The Help
Wright, Richard                       Native Son


Babloyan and Shumskaya       Folk Tales from the Soviet Union
Marcantonio, Patricia S.          Red Ridin’ in the Hood
Tchana, Katrin                           The Serpent Slayer…
Velde, Vivian Vande                  Cloaked in Red
Young, Ed                                    Lon Po Po


Adams, Stacy Hawkins          watercolored pearls
Amos, Robyn                           Cosmic Rendezvous
Barbieri, Elaine                       Miranda and the Warrior
Brooks, Helen                         Mistress to a Millionaire
Brown, Sandra                        Eloquent Silence
Grant, Lovely, Rax                 Crush
Hawthorne, Nathaniel          The Scarlet Letter
Murray, Victoria C.                Joy
Novak, Brenda                        Shooting the Moon
Rochon, Farrah                       Deliver Me
Tomlinson, Dar                       Broken

Graphic Novels

Bechdel, Alison                      Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic
Bellstorf, Arne                        Baby’s in Black
Brosgol, Vera                          Anya’s Ghost
Croci, Pascal                           Auschwitz
Hwa, Kim Dong                     The Color of Earth
Lat                                             Kumpung Boy
Moore and Bolland                Batman: The Killing Joke
Phelan, Matt                            The Storm in the Barn
Satrapi, Marjane                     Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood
Shakespeare, William            A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Smith, Jeff                                Bone: Out from Boneville
Spiegelman, Art                      Maus: A Survivor’s Tale
Tan, Shaun                               The Arrival
Urrea, Luis Alberto                 Mr. Mendoza’s Paintbrush
Yang, Gene Luen                     American Born Chinese
Yang, Gene Luen                     Level Up

Latin American/Caribbean

Agosín, Marjorie                   At the Threshold of Memory
Agosín, Marjorie                    Dear Anne Frank
Allende, Isabel                        My Invented Country
Alvarez, Julia                          In the Name of Salomé
Cañon, James                         Tales from the Town of Widows…
Cofer, Judith Ortiz                 the Latin Deli
Ferré, Rosario                        The House on the Lagoon
Fornes, Maria Irene               Fefu and her Friends
Poniatowska, Elena                Lilus Kikus
Alexis, Jacques Stephen        General Sun, My Brother
Danticat, Edwidge                  Anacaona: Golden Flower
Danticat, Edwidge                  Behind the Mountains
Danticat, Edwidge                  Breath, Eyes, Memory
Danticat, Edwidge                 Krik? Krak!
Danticat, Edwidge                  The Dew Breaker
Danticat, Edwidge                  The Farming of Bones
Kincaid, Jamaica                    Annie John
Prince, Mary                            The History of Mary Prince…
Roumain, Jacques                  Masters of the Dew


McBride, James                       The Color of Water
Wiesel, Elie                               Night

LIS Career

Kane, Laura Townsend           Straight from the Stacks
Shontz and Murray                  A Day in the Life

Race Relations

Delgado, Richard                   The Rodrigo Chronicles
Schaefer, Richard T.               Race and Ethnicity in the United States


Butler, Octavia E.                  Kindred
Butler, Octavia E.                  Lilith’s Brood
Butler, Octavia E.                  Parable of the Sower
Butler, Octavia E.                  Parable of the Talents
Butler, Octavia E.                  Seed to Harvest
Lloyd, Marjorie Lewis          It Must Have Been an Angel
Marsh, Kathy J.                      The Aura of Love
Starr, Pamela Leigh               Illusions
Starr, Pamela Leigh               Mission


Burroway, Janet                      Imaginative Writing
Lamott, Anne                          bird by bird…
McCloud, Scott                        Understanding Comics
Sebranek, Kemper, Meyer     Writers Inc
Strunk and White                    The Elements of Style

Young Adult

Alexie, Sherman                      …Diary of a Part-Time Indian
Anderson, Laurie Halse         Fever 1793
Choldenko, Gennifer              No Passengers Beyond this Point
Collins, Suzanne                      The Hunger Games
Collins, Suzanne                      Catching Fire
Collins, Suzanne                      Mockingjay
Condie, Ally                              Matched
Condie, Ally                              Crossed
Condie, Ally                              Reached
Curtis, Christopher Paul       The Watsons Go to Birmingham—1963
Falls, Kat                                  Dark Life
Flinn, Alex                               Cloaked
Funke, Cornelia                      The Thief Lord
Gaiman, Neil                           Coraline
Green, John                             The Fault in Our Stars
Haddix, Margaret P.              Among the Hidden
Hirsch, Jeff                              The Darkest Path
Hirsch, Jeff                              The Eleventh Plague
Johnson, Angela                     the first part last
Joyce, William                        …Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore
Lu, Marie                                  Legend
Meyer, Marissa                       Cinder
Meyer, Marissa                       Scarlet
Ryan, Pam Muñoz                  Becoming Naomi León
Schrefer, Eliot                         Endangered
Sepetys, Ruta                           between shades of gray
Skármeta, Antonio                 the composition
Stead, Rebecca                        When You Reach Me
Taylor, Theodore                     The Cay
Uehashi, Nahoko                    Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit
Williams-Garcia, Rita            One Crazy Summer
Yancey, Rick                            The 5th Wave
Yancey, Rick                            The Infinite Sea
Zhang, Kat                               What’s Left of Me


Dallas, Gregor                         Metro Stop Paris… (Travel)
Eman, Diet                              Things We Couldn’t Say (Autobiography)
Frankl, Viktor                          Man’s Search for Meaning (Psychology)

Gawande, Atul                         Better (Personal Narrative)
Nietzsche, Friedrich              Beyond Good & Evil (Philosophy)
Roth, Phillip                             Goodbye, Columbus (Novella/Short Stories)
Shange, Ntozake                      For Colored Girls… (Choreopoem)