As a graduate student, I mostly read textbooks and articles from scientific journals. Still, I think it’s important to take time to read for pleasure. Here’s a truly eclectic list of non-academic books I’ve read since I started this blog, organized by year. Titles in bold are books I’d highly recommend!

August 2014
Fresh Off the Boat: A Memoir | Eddie Huang
Understanding Comics | Scott McCloud
Freedom | Jonathan Franzen
Sparkers | Eleanor Glewwe
The Shadow Hero | Gene Luen Yang & Sonny Liew
Quiet | Susan Cain
A Christmas Carol and Other Christmas Stories | Charles Dickens

The Golden Compass | Philip Pullman
The Subtle Knife | Philip Pullman
The Amber Spyglass | Philip Pullman
Brave New World | Aldous Huxley
The Umbrella Academy: Apocalypse Suite | Gerard Way and Gabriel Bá
Mossflower | Brian Jacques
Taipei | Tao Lin
Does Jesus Really Love Me? A Gay Christian’s Pilgrimage in Search of God in America | Jeff Chu
The Smartest Kids in the World: And How They Got That Way | Amanda Ripley
The Road | Cormac McCarthy
Me Talk Pretty One Day | David Sedaris
Love in the Time of Cholera | Gabriela Garcia Marquez
The Ocean at the End of the Lane | Neil Gaiman
Oryx and Crake | Margaret Atwood
What Is Code? | Paul Ford1
The Satanic Verses |  Salman Rushdie
Bible, Gender, Sexuality: Reframing the Church’s Debate on Same-Sex Relationships | James V. Brownson
The Martian | Andy Weir
Sum | David Eagleman

The Sparrow | Mary Doria Russell
Not the Israel My Parents Promised Me | Harvey Pekar and JT Waldman
Wool | Hugh Howey
This One Summer | Jillian Tamaki
What I Talk About When I Talk About Running | Haruki Murakami
Children of God | Mary Doria Russell
Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore | Robin Sloan
Don’t Sleep, There Are Snakes | Daniel L. Everett
Americanah | Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
American Born Chinese | Gene Luen Yang2
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly | Jean-Dominique Bauby
Pride and Prejudice | Jane Austen
Equus | Peter Shaffer
Lexicon | Max Barry
Just Mercy | Bryan Stevenson
Between the World and Me | Ta-Nehisi Coates
The Wicked + The Divine: The Faust Act | Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie
Deadly Class, Vol. 1: Reagan Youth | Rick Remender, Wes Craig, and Lee Loughridge
Wildings | Eleanor Glewwe
The Wicked + The Divine: Fandemonium | Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie
The Wicked + The Divine: Commerical Suicide | Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie
The Long Loneliness | Dorothy Day
Zeitoun | David Eggers
Um… | Michael Erard
The Last Lecture | Randy Pausch
A Grief Observed | C.S. Lewis

The God of Small Things | Arundhati Roy
Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls | David Sedaris
Arrival (Stories of Your Life and Others) | Ted Chiang
After Dark | Haruki Murakami
A Thousand Splendid Suns | Khaled Hosseini
The Devil Wears Prada | Lauren Weisberger
American Gods | Neil Gaiman
At Home in Exile: Finding Jesus among My Ancestors and Refugee Neighbors | Russell Jeung
Monstress, Vol. 1: Awakening | Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda
A Place of Their Own: Creating the Deaf Community in America | Barry A. Crouch and John V. Van Cleve
Everything I Never Told You | Celeste Ng
The Interpreter | Suki Kim
Turning Japanese: A Graphic Memoir | MariNaomi
March | John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell
The Handmaid’s Tale | Margaret Atwood
The Omnivore’s Dilemma | Michael Pollan

Let Go | Jonathan Perry, Cecilia Latella, and Ted Kupper
Saga (Book 1 & Book 2) | Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo | Stieg Larsson
This Explains Everything | John Brockman (ed.)
Native Speaker | Chang-Rae Lee
Sleeping Giants | Sylvain Neuvel
Snow | Orhan Pamuk
The Bluest Eye | Toni Morrison
The Kitchen God’s Wife | Amy Tan
The Sympathizer | Viet Thanh Nguyen
Strange Glory: A Life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer | Charles Marsh
Slade House | David Mitchell
Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic | Alison Bechdel
Waking Gods | Sylvain Neuvel
The Audacity of Hope | Barack Obama
Green Island | Shawna Yang Ryan
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian | Sherman Alexie
The Professor Is In: The Essential Guide to Turning Your PhD into a Job | Karen Kelsky
Have a Little Faith | Mitch Albom

Be Everything at Once: Tales of a Cartoonist Lady Person | Dami Lee
The Lucky Ones: One Family and the Extraordinary Invention of Chinese America | Mae Ngai

Building Stories | Chris Ware
Saga (Volumes 7-8) | Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples
Paper Girls (Volume 1) | Brian K. Vaughan and Cliff Chiang
Paradise | Toni Morrison
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts I & II | J. K. Rowling, Jack Thorne, and John Tiffany

Currently reading: The Making of Asian America: A History by Erika Lee

What should I read next? Suggestions always welcome!

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1Not a book, but at 38,000 words, longer than some children’s novels! So I’m counting it here.
2For like the third time, too! I love this graphic novel.


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  3. Naudia says:

    All the Light we Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
    The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai


  4. Steph says:

    Homegoing by Yaa _____


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