Favorite Reading

I have always loved reading, including short stories and novels, but only in the past few years have I started reading beyond science fiction, fantasy, and horror. I’m also reading a lot more poetry. I continue to read genre fiction, but some of my favorite recent novels have been literary, and I’m especially interested in how genre and literary fiction blend and overlap and make these labels meaningless.

You can find my book, magazine, journal, and story reviews in the “Literature” category.




  • Bestiary by Donika Kelly
  • Life on Mars by Tracy K. Smith
  • Lucky Fish by Aimee Nezhukamatathil
  • Prelude to Bruise by Saeed Jones
  • Oceanic by Aimee Nezhukumatathil
  • view with a grain of sand by Wisława Szymborska


Journals & Magazines:


  • The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling


  • Call Me By Your Name by André Aciman
  • A Deepness in the Sky by Vernor Vinge
  • Doctor Faustus by Christopher Marlowe
  • The Fifth Season by N. K. Jemisin
  • A Fire Upon the Deep by Vernor Vinge
  • The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
  • House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski
  • It by Stephen King
  • The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin
  • Paradise Lost by John Milton
  • Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
  • Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
  • Unknown Caller by Debra Spark


  • Always Happy Hour by Mary Miller
  • The Girl in the Flammable Skirt by Aimee Bender
  • Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado
  • In Another Country by David Constantine
  • Magic for Beginners by Kelly Link
  • Monsters by Karen Brennan
  • Our Dreams Might Align by Dana Diehl
  • There’s So Much They Haven’t Told You by Michelle Ross
  • TV Girls by Dana Diehl
  • Unclean Jobs for Women and Girls by Alissa Nutting


  • On Writing by Stephen King
  • A Poetry Handbook by Mary Oliver
  • Save the Cat! by Blake Snyder
  • Why Poetry by Matthew Zapruder
  • A Writer’s Guide to Persistence by Jordan Rosenfeld
  • Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg


Book cover of In the Palm of Your Hand by Steve Kowit

In the Palm of Your Hand, Second Edition: A Poet’s Portable Workshop by Steve Kowit


Call Me By Your Name by André Aciman
Book cover of The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas


My Favorites Books in 2013