Reading List

December 2017
  • The Bear and the Nightingale - Katherine Arden
  • Interpreter of Maladies - Jhumpa Lahiri
  • Battle Angel Alita, Rusty Angel - Yukito Kishiro (graphic novel)
November 2017
  • The Ocean at the End of the Lane - Neil Gaiman
  • Encyclopedia Brown, Boy Detective - Donald J. Sobol
  • All Our Wrong Todays - Elan Mastai
  • Life After Life - Kate Atkinson
  • The Philosopher's Flight - Tom Miller
  • Boy's Life - Robert McCammon
  • Turtles All the Way Down - John Green
  • Motherless Brooklyn - Jonathan Lethem
  • The High King - Lloyd Alexander
  • Magic City Gospel - Ashley M. Jones (poetry)
  • Royal City 1: Next of Kin - Jeff Lemire (graphic novel)
  • Lady Killer - Jamie S. Rich & Joëlle Jones (graphic novel)
  • Last Day In Vietnam - Will Eisner (graphic novel)
October 2017
  • The Last Town - Blake Crouch
  • Autonomous - Annalee Newitz
  • The Fires of Vesuvius: Pompeii Lost and Found - Mary Beard
  • Pines - Blake Crouch
  • Wayward - Blake Crouch
  • Taran Wanderer - Lloyd Alexander
  • A Wrinkle in Time - Madeleine L'Engle
  • Secret Weapons - Eric Heisserer & Raul Allen (graphic novel)
September 2017
  • They Both Die at the End - Adam Silvera
  • Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore - Robin Sloan
  • Refugee - Alan Gratz
  • Origins: 14 Billion Years of Cosmic Evolution - Neil deGrasse Tyson
  • We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves - Karen Joy Fowler
  • The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories - Ken Liu
  • 2012 Hugo Short Story Finalists - Various Artists
  • 2012 Hugo Short Story Finalists - Various Artists
  • 2012 World Fantasy Award Short Story Finalists - Various Artists
  • Lio, Happiness is a Squishy Cephalopod - Mark Tattulli (comic)
  • Stray Bullets, Vol. 1 - David Lapham (graphic novel)
August 2017
  • Howl's Moving Castle - Diana Wynne Jones
  • The Book of Three - Lloyd Alexander
  • The Black Cauldron - Lloyd Alexander
  • The Castle of Llyr - Lloyd Alexander
  • Annihilation - Jeff VanderMeer
  • Authority - Jeff VanderMeer
  • Acceptance - Jeff VanderMeer
  • Born a Crime - Trevor Noah
  • The Dark is Rising - Susan Cooper
  • Breaking Up Is Hard to Do - Hilary Campbell (graphic novel)
  • Fun Home - Alison Bechdel (graphic novel)
July 2017
  • Tender - Sofia Samatar
  • The Hobbit - J.R.R. Tolkien
  • Hidden Figures - Margot Lee Shetterly
  • The Shipping News - Annie Proulx
  • Middlesex - Jeffrey Eugenides
  • The Wide Window (S.of.U.E. #3) - Lemony Snicket
  • That Salty Air - Tim Sievert (graphic novel)
June 2017
  • World, Chase Me Down - Andrew Hilleman
  • Borne - Jeff VanderMeer
  • The Bad Beginning (S.of.U.E. #1) - Lemony Snicket
  • The Reptile Room (S.of.U.E. #2) - Lemony Snicket
  • S·Town - Brian Reed (podcast)
  • Wolverine: Not Dead Yet - Warren Ellis, Leinil  Yu (graphic novel)
  • I Am a Hero - Kengo Hanazawa (graphic novel)
  • Claymore - Norihiro Yagi - V.1-2 (graphic novel)
  • Roughneck - Jeff Lemire (graphic novel)
  • Bitch Planet V.1 - DeConnick and De Landro (graphic novel)
  • Ghost in the Shell - Shirow Masamune (graphic novel) 
May 2017
  • As You Wish - Cary Elwes
  • Strange the Dreamer - Laini Taylor
  • Distilled Knowledge - Brian D. Hoefling
  • Beartown - Fredrik Backman
  • Lincoln in the Bardo - George Saunders
  • Dark Money - Jane Mayer
  • The Round House - Louise Erdrich
  • Landmarks - Robert Macfarlane
  • The Nameless City - Faith Erin Hicks, Jordie Bellaire (graphic novel)
  • Spill Zone - Scott Westerfeld (graphic novel)
April 2017
  • Data and Goliath - Bruce Schneier
  • Silver Linings Playbook - Matthew Quick
  • I, Claudius - Robert Graves
  • Wolf in White Van - John Darnielle
  • Goodnight, Punpun - Inio Asano (graphic novel)
March 2017
  • The Blackthorn Key - Kevin Sands
  • The Nature Fix - Florence Williams
  • Fifth Business - Robertson Davies
  • Breasts - Florence Williams
  • When Breath Becomes Air - Paul Kalanithi
  • Lovecraft Country - Matt Ruff
  • Knockemstiff - Donald Ray Pollock
  • Morning Star - Pierce Brown
  • Carter and Lovecraft - Jonathan L. Howard 
  • To the Lighthouse - Virginia Woolf
  • Ada's Violin - Susan Hood (children's)
February 2017
  • Rejected Princesses: History's Boldest Heroines, Hellions, and Heretics - Jason Porath
  • The King in Yellow - Robert W. Chambers
  • The Short-Timers - Gustav Hasford
  • The One-in-a-Million Boy - Monica Wood
  • Underground Airlines - Ben H. Winters
  • Station Eleven - Emily St. John Mandel
  • Shirley Jackson's "The Lottery" - Miles Hyman (graphic novel)
  • Encyclopedia of Early Earth - Isabel Greenberg (graphic novel)
  • The Enigma of Amigara Fault - Junji Ito (graphic novel)
January 2017
  • Crooked Kingdom - Leigh Bardugo
  • Save the Cat - Blake Snyder
  • Between the World and Me - Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • Dark Matter - Blake Crouch
  • Red Rising - Pierce Brown
  • Golden Son - Pierce Brown
  • Rosalie Lightning - Tom Hart (graphic novel)
  • The One Hundred Nights of Hero - Isabel Greenberg (graphic novel)
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December 2016
  • A Man Called Ove - Fredrik Backman
  • Neverwhere - Neil Gaiman
  • Scrappy Little Nobody - Anna Kendrick
  • The Year of Magical Thinking - Joan Didion
  • Dream of a Common Language - Adrienne Rich
  • Irmina - Barbara Yelin (graphic novel)
  • The Nightmare Factory - Lieb, MacDonald, Ligotti (graphic novel)
November 2016
  • The Man Who Was Thursday - G.K. Chesterton
  • The Sisters Brothers - Patrick deWitt
October 2016
  • Be Frank With Me - Julia Claiborne Johnson 
  • The Golem and the Jinni - Helene Wecker
  • The Screaming Staircase (Lockwood & Co. #1) - Jonathan Stroud
  • Time Travel - James Gleick
  • The Voices - Rainer Maria Rilke
  • The Hours of Prayer - Rainer Maria Rilke
  • The Ring of Solomon (Bartimaeus, #0.5) - Jonathan Stroud
  • The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl - North & Henderson (graphic novel)
September 2016
  • The Sorcerer of the Wildeeps - Kai Ashante Wilson
  • What If? - Randall Munroe
  • The Girl on the Train - Paula Hawkins
  • Survivor - Chuck Palahniuk
  • The Last American Man - Elizabeth Gilbert
  • The Outsiders - S.E. Hinton
  • Ill Met in Lankhmar - Fritz Leiber
  • Starve Better - Nick Mamatas
  • Wytches, Vol. 1 - Scott Snyder (graphic novel)
  • Southern Bastards, Vol. 1 - Aaron & Latour (graphic novel)
August 2016
  • The One and Only Ivan - Katherine Applegate
  • Graven Images - Paul Fleischman
  • Just Mercy - Bryan Stevenson
  • Syrup - Maxx Barry
  • Wild - Cheryl Strayed
  • Housekeeping - Marilynne Robinson
  • The Grownup - Gillian Flynn
  • Letters to a Young Poet - Rainer Maria Rilke
  • The Ballad of Black Tom - Victor LaValle
July 2016
  • Me Before You - Jojo Moyes
  • 2k to 10k: Writing Faster, Better and More - Rachel Aaron
  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Next - Ken Kesey
  • The Player of Games - Iain M. Banks
  • Travels With Charlie - John Steinbeck 
  • Tribe - Sebastian Junger
  • Their Eyes Were Watching God - Zora Neale Hurston
  • Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Life and Love - Cheryl Strayed
June 2016
  • A Prayer for Owen Meany - John Irving
  • Winesburg, Ohio - Sherwood Anderson
  • The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath
  • Stiletto - Daniel O'Malley
  • We Have Always Lived in the Castle - Shirley Jackson
  • Take Your Pants Off!: Outline Your Books... - Libbie Hawker
  • Two Brothers - Fábio Moon, Gabriel Bá (graphic novel)
  • Paper Girls, Vol. 1 - Vaughan, Chiang & Wilson (graphic novel)
May 2016
  • Stuff Matters: Exploring Marvelous Materials - Mark Miodownik
  • Marcelo in the Real World - Francisco X. Stork
  • Delicious Foods - James Hannaham
  • Heart-Shaped Box - Joe Hill
  • The Library at Mount Char - Scott Hawkins
  • The Book Thief - Markus Zusak
  • Rat Queens - Vol. #1-2 - Wiebe, Upchurch & Sejic (graphic novel)
April 2016
  • Bridge of Birds - Barry Hughart
  • Darkly Dreaming Dexter - Jeff Lindsay
  • Dearly Devoted Dexter - Jeff Lindsay
  • Trigger Warning - Neil Gaiman
  • Calamity - Brandon Sanderson
  • The Neon Rain - James Lee Burke
  • Consider Phlebas - Iain M. Banks
  • Six of Crows - Leigh Bardugo
  • Stumptown - Volume #1 - Greg Rucka (graphic novel)
March 2016
  • Invisible Ink - Brian McDonald
  • Landlines - Rainbow Rowell
February 2016
  • Room - Emma Donoghue
  • The Ladies of Grace Adieu and Other Stories - Susanna Clarke
  • Watchmen - Alan Moore & Dave Gibbons (graphic novel)
  • Saga - Volume I-III - B. Vaughan & F. Staples (graphic novel)
  • The Case of Charles Dexter Ward - Lovecraft / Culbard (graphic novel)
January 2016
  • The Haunting of Hill House - Shirley Jackson
  • Tenth of December - George Saunders
  • The Lifecycle of Software Objects - Ted Chiang
  • Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH - Robert C. O'Brien
  • The Giver - Lois Lowry
  • The Merchant and the Alchemist's Gate - Ted Chiang
  • The Very Persistent Gappers of Frip - George Saunders
  • Amulet - Kazu Kibuishi (graphic novel)
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December 2015
  • Steelheart - Brandon Sanderson
  • Firefight - Brandon Sanderson
  • The Chocolate War - Robert Cormier
  • Legion - Brandon Sanderson
  • Monster on the Hill #1 - Rob Harrell (graphic novel)
  • Smash! Trial by Fire – Chris & Kyle Bolton (graphic novel)
  • Tommysaurus Rex - Doug TenNapel (graphic novel)
  • Sweet Tooth - Out of the Deep Woods - Jeff Lemire (graphic novel)
  • X-Men: Dark Phoenix Saga - Claremont, Duffy, Byrne & Collins (graphic novel)
November 2015
  • The Clothes They Stood Up In & The Lady In the Van - Alan Bennett
  • Z for Zachariah - Robert C. O'Brien
  • The House on the Borderlands - William Hope Hodgson
October 2015
  • Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
  • Killing Floor - Lee Child
September 2015
  • The Magicians - Lev Grossman
  • The Magician King - Lev Grossman
  • The Magician's Land - Lev Grossman
August 2015
  • Catch-22 - Joseph Heller
  • Antiquities & Tangibles - Tim Pratt
  • An Astronaut's Guide to Earth - Chris Hadfield
  • The Birds - Tarjei Vesaas
July 2015
  • The Things They Carried - Tim O'Brien
  • In the Woods - Tana French
  • Every Day - David Levithan
  • Hart & Boot & Other Stories - Tim Pratt
June 2015
  • Einstein's Dreams - Alan Lightman
  • The Amulet of Samarkand - Stroud, Donkin, Sullivan & Chapuis (graphic novel)
  • The Night Circus - Erin Morgenstern
  • The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro
  • Beasts of the Southern Wild - Doris Betts
  • Cherry - Mary Karr
  • Pasture Art - Marlin Barton
May 2015
  • The Knife of Never Letting Go - Patrick Ness
  • The Girl with All the Gifts - M.R. Carey
  • The Underwater Welder - Jeff Lemire (graphic novel)
  • The Sculptor - Scott McCloud (graphic novel)
  • El Deafo - Cece Bell (graphic novel)
  • Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist - by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan
  • The Family Fang - Kevin Wilson 
  • Through the Woods - Emily Carroll (graphic novel)
  • Tunneling to the Center of the Earth - Kevin Wilson
April 2015
  • Worshiping Small Gods - Richard Parks
  • Invincible Vols. #1 - #14 - Robert Kirkman (graphic novel compilations)
  • What I Came to Tell You - Tommy Hays
  • I Kill Giants - Joe Kelly & J.M. Ken Niimura (graphic novel)
March 2015
  • A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole
  • Ubik - Philip K. Dick
  • The Call of Cthulhu and Other Stories - H.P. Lovecraft
  • The London Eye Mystery - Siobhan Dowd
  • The Nobody - Jeff LeMire (graphic novel)
  • Kick-Ass 3 - Mark Millar / John Romita, Jr. (graphic novel)
February 2015
  • Redshirts - John Scalzi
  • The Stars My Destination - Alfred Bester
  • Machine Man - Max Barry
  • Frankenstein - Mary Shelley
  • Moby Dick - Herman Melville
  • My Heart and Other Black Holes - Jasmine Warga
  • Kick - John L. Monk
  • Old Man's War - John Scalzi
  • The Book of Sand - Jorge Luis Borges
  • Attachments - Rainbow Rowell
January 2015
  • The Goldfinch - Donna Tartt
  • Through the Language Glass - Guy Deutscher
  • Redemption in Indigo - Karen Lord
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October- December 2014
  • The Rook - Daniel O'Malley
  • Ready Player One - Ernest Cline
  • Eleanor & Park - Rainbow Rowell
  • The Games - Ted Kosmatka
  • The Elegance of the Hedgehog - Muriel Barbery
  • Devil in the Grove - Gilbert King
  • Winter's Tale - Mark Helperin
September 2014
  • Jhereg - Steven Brust
  • The Martian - Andy Weir
  • Throne of the Crescent Moon - Saladin Ahmed
  • Jennifer Government - Max Barry
January - August 2014
  • A Clash of Kings - George R.R. Martin
  • The Scorpio Races - Maggie Stiefvater
  • The Rithmatist - Brandon Anderson
  • Lexicon - Max Barry
  • Winter's Bone - Daniel Woodrell
  • The Cross Garden - Marlin Barton
  • Slouching Toward Bethlehem - Joan Didion
  • Shoofly Pie - Tim Downs
  • All the King's Men - Robert Penn Warren
  • A Visit from the Goon Squad - Jennifer Egan
  • Slaughterhouse Five - Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
  • The Year of the Gadfly - Jennifer Miller
  • Sharp Objects - Gillian Flynn
  • Gone Girl - Gillian Flynn
  • Dark Places - Gillian Flynn
  • Five Novels for the South Carolina Arts Commission First Novel Competition
June, July, August 2013
  • A Game of Thrones - George R.R. Martin
  • Amped - Daniel H Wilson
  • Horns - Joe Hill
  • Fire in the Hole - Elmore Leonard
  • The Power of Habit - Charles Duhigg
  • After the Fall, Before the Fall, During the Fall - Nancy Kress
  • Adrift - Steven Callahan
  • The Eyre Affair - Jasper Fforde
  • Countless short stories - Hugo & Nebula Award Winners
January 2012 - December 2013 : MFA
  • The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian - Sherman Alexie
  • The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood
  • The Girl in the Flammable Skirt - Aimee Bender
  • Hunger - Elise Blackwell
  • Jane Eyre - Charlotte Brontë
  • Ender's Game - Orson Scott Card
  • I Am One of You Forever: A Novel - Fred Chappell
  • The Body Artist - Don DeLillo
  • Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
  • The Lie That Tells a Truth - John Dufresne
  • The Lover - Marguerite Duras
  • A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius - Dave Eggers
  • The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald
  • The Good Soldier - Ford Madox Ford
  • The Art of Fiction: Notes on Craft for Young Writers - John Gardner
  • On Becoming a Novelist - John Gardner
  • The Fault in Our Stars - John Green
  • Legends of the Fall - Jim Harrison
  • The Old Man and the Sea - Ernest Hemingway
  • The Essential Hemingway - Ernest Hemingway
  • The Cider House Rules: A Novel - John Irving
  • The Best American Short Stories 2011 - Geraldine Brooks and Heidi Pitlor
  • The Metamorphosis - Franz Kafka
  • Annie John - Jamaica Kincaid
  • Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life - Anne Lamott
  • The Language of the Night - Ursula K LeGuin
  • Wildwood - Colin Meloy and Carson Ellis
  • Who Will Run the Frog Hospital?: A Novel - Lorrie Moore
  • After the Quake: Stories - Haruki Murakami
  • Norwegian Wood - Haruki Murakami
  • The Wind-up Bird Chronicle - Haruki Murakami
  • The Complete Stories - Flannery O'Connor
  • The Little Disturbances of Man - Grace Paley
  • The Catcher in the Rye - J D Salinger
  • Nine Stories - J D Salinger
  • Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters, and Seymour - J D Salinger
  • The Mosquito Coast: A Novel - Paul Theroux
  • This Boy's Life: A Memoir - Tobias Wolff
  • Mrs. Dalloway - Virginia Woolf
  • Black Boy - Richard Wright
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December 2011
  • LOTS of Short Stories for 2012 MFA Creative Writing Residency
  • How to Say Goodbye in Robot - Natlie Standiford 
  • The Cardturner - Louis Sachar
November 2011
  • Schooled - Gordon Korman
  • Healthy at 100 - John Robbins 
  • A Fly For the Prosecution - M. Lee Goff
  • Flush - Carl Hiaasen
  • Monster Zoo - Doug TenNapel
  • Born to Rock - Gordon Korman
  • The Adoration of Jenna Fox - Mary E. Pearson
October 2011
  • Hoot - Carl Hiaasen
  • Behemoth - Scott Westerfeld
  • Whitewash - Joseph Keon
  • Along For the Ride - Sarah Dessen
  • Surviving the Extremes - Kenneth Kamler
September 2011
  • Ex-Heroes - Peter Clines
  • 13 Days to Midnight - Patrick Carman
  • Evolution, Me & Other Freaks of Nature - Robin Brande
August 2011
  • Pandemonium - Daryl Gregory
  • Servant of a Dark God - John Brown
  • LOTS of Short Stories at Uncle Orson's Literary Boot Camp
  • The Death Collector - Justin Roberts
  • The Alchemyst -Michael Scott
 July 2011
  • 13 Reasons Why - Jay Asher
  • The Straw Men - Michael Marshall
 June 2011
  • Characters & Viewpoints - Orson Scott Card
  • The Scar - China Miéville
  • The Monstrumologist - Rick Yancey
  • The Thief - Megan Whalen Turner
May 2011
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - J.K. Rowling
  • The Paris Wife - Paula McClain
  • Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince - J.K. Rowling
April 2011
  • The Disappearing Spoon - Sam Kean
  • The Power of Small - Linda Kaplan Thaler and Robin Koval
March 2011
  •  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix - J.K. Rowling
  • Theodora Goss - In the Forest of Forgetting
  • The Children of Cthulhu -  edited by John Pelan and Benjamin Adams
February 2011
  • Leviathan - Scott Westerfeld
  • Looking For Jake - China Miéville
  • When You Reach Me - Rebecca Stead
  • The Black Book of Secrets - F.E. Higgins
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - J.K. Rowling
  • Superfreakonomics - Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner
  • Factotum - D.M. Cornish
  • Full Dark, No Stars - Stephen King

January 2011
  • Perdido Street Station - China Miéville
  • Will Grayson, Will Grayson - John Green & David Levithan

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