A year of reading

(and writing and applying…)

Hey, 2014 has been a pretty good year. Here are a few numbers* (it’s that time of year, right?)

1 move (to NYC)
2 stories published (White Snake, Green Snake in Fairy Tale Review and What Is Lost in Interfictions)
12 stories/projects in various stages (around 6 finished but probably in need of editing)
1 residency at Omi International Arts Center
1 fellowship at The Center for Fiction
3 readings (2 upstate, 1 in NYC)
5 states visited (RI, MA, CA, PA, DE)
18 job interviews
2 jobs
2 interviews (here & here)
15 blog posts (including this one!)
1 bicycle
1 Chinese conversation meetup attended
2 upstate hikes (Harriman State Park, Cold Spring) + more SF hikes
1 cat fashion show attended
2 bowling nights
6 plays seen (Stage Kiss, The Killer, Indian Ink, The Cottage, Wicked Frozen, Pocatello)
3 movies seen in theaters/does Central Park count? (American Hustle, Interstellar, The Royal Tenenbaums)
7 museums visited (The Met, MoMA, The Brooklyn Museum, Noguchi, Sculpture Center, Rubin, Museum of Chinese in America…I have a feeling I’m forgetting some…)
many new-to-me parks and gardens (Riverside, Astoria Park, Socrates Sculpture Park, Gantry State Park, Prospect Park, McCarren Park, SF Botanic Gardens, Oakland’s Botanic Garden, Brooklyn Botanic Gardens)
65 books read! Here’s this year’s list:

1. Five Star Billionaire-Tash Aw
2. Tenth of December- George Saunders
3. The Girl in the Flammable Skirt- Aimee Bender (re-read)
4. A Natural History of Dragons- Marie Brennan
5. Soul Mountain- Gao Xingjian (didn’t finish)
6. The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P.- Adelle Waldman
7. The Color Master- Aimee Bender
8. The Magician’s Assistant- Ann Patchett
9. The Isle of Youth- Laura Van Den Berg
10. Tyrannia- Alan DeNiro
11. Ha’Penny- Jo Walton
12. The Defining Decade- Meg Jay (NF)
13. Love in the Time of Algorithms- Dan Slater (NF)
14. Super Sad True Love Story- Gary Shteyngart
15. Maddaddam- Margaret Atwood
16. Love Minus Eighty- Will Mcintosh
17. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children- Ransom Riggs
18. On Such a Full Sea- Chang-rae Lee
19. The Interestings- Meg Wolitzer
20. Buying a Fishing Rod for my Grandfather- Gao Xingjian (didn’t finish)
21. The Love Story of a Young Monk- Wang Zengqi
22. Fairy Tale Review- 10th anniversary Emerald Issue
23. The Corpse Exhibition and other stories of Iraq- Hassan Blasim
24. A Thousand Morons- Quim Monzo
25. Gone to the Forest- Katie Kitamura
26. The Inheritance of Loss- Kiran Desai
27. The Tiger’s Wife- Tea Obreht
28. Boy, Snow, Bird- Helen Oyeyemi
29. East, West- Salman Rushdie
30. 2013 Center for Fiction Emerging Writers Fellows Anthology
31. The Cat’s Table- Michael Ondaatje
32. Soy Sauce for Beginners- Kirstin Chen
33. Running in the Family- Michael Ondaatje (NF)
34. Free Food for Millionaires- Min Jin Lee
35. Arcadia- Tom Stoppard (re-read)
36. Hark! A Vagrant- Kate Beaton
37. The Longshot- Katie Kitamura
38. The Complete Tales of Lucy Gold- Kate Bernheimer
39. Horse, Flower, Bird- Kate Bernheimer
40. The Enchantress of Florence- Salman Rushdie
41. Bellweather Rhapsody- Kate Racculia
42. The Snow Child- Eowyn Ivey
43. Fourth of July Creek- Smith Henderson
44. Prayers for the Stolen- Jennifer Clement
45. The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle- Haruki Murakami
46. Cementville- Paulette Livers
47. The Enchanted- Rene Denfeld
48. The Beautiful Indifference- Sarah Hall
49. I Capture the Castle- Dodie Smith (re-read)
50. The Great Glass Sea- Josh Weil
51. Eating Wildly: Foraging for Life, Love and the Perfect Meal- Ava Chin (NF)
52. 2014 Center for Fiction Emerging Writers Fellows Anthology
53. Whistling Vivaldi- Claude M. Steele (NF)
54. In Persuasion Nation- George Saunders
55. State of Wonder- Ann Patchett
56. Dataclysm- Christian Rudder (NF)
57. Disgrace- J.M. Coetzee
58. Bossypants- Tina Fey (NF)
59. Chocolat- Joanne Harris
60. The Reprisal- Laudomia Bonanni, translated by Susan Stewart & Sara Teardo
61. This Is Where I Leave You- Jonathan Tropper
62. Stone Mattresses- Margaret Atwood
63. The Emerald Light in the Air- Donald Antrim
64. The Land of Steady Habits- Ted Thompson
65. The Invention of Exile- Vanessa Manko

*numbers may not be completely accurate due to author’s imperfect memory. Random additions or subtractions may be added.

Happy new year!

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