Winter 2017 | Reading List


Winter is here! I think Winter and Spring are the two most underrated times of the year. People obsess over Summer and Fall, but there is something so lovely about the juxtaposition and refreshing restart to Winter and Spring!

Since Winter just happened (last week!!!) I wanted to share my stack of books that’s fillin up my shelf!

In my last grad school diaries post, I talked about how one of the poets, Carolyn Forché, suggested we read and study a specific author per each season. I decided to start this Winter!

[credit goes to the Poetry Foundation]

I chose Sylvia Plath as my first writer that I am going to study. Sylvia Plath, poet/novelist/short story writer, has always interested me; her background, her writing, her mental illness — everything about her.

I started the Bell Jar once upon a time but never finished it, so I want to do her justice.

The books I am reading by Plath, and about Plath, are listed below and I also plan on doing a decent amount of internet obsessing (I’m good at that…). The first few are by her, and the others are ones about her/related to her.


The Bell Jar

The Unabridged Journals

Selected Poems/Poetry

Johnny Panic and the Bible of Dreams

Rough Magic by Paul Alexander

Pain Parties Work by Elizabeth Winder

Her Husband by Dianne Middlebrook

Wintering by Kate Moses

Birthday Letter by Ted Hughes

I actually just ordered a couple of the above so I am excited to get those in this week! (#thankyouamazonprime, #alsonotanad)

Along with all of the Plath studies I am going to be fully going in to, I am also upping my general reading plate. I want to read 100 books in the 2018 year, so I wanna start out strong.

Of course, I am filling my shelves with poetry. Some of the ones I am dying to read are listed below, but I am sure I am going to add a tone more.

Heating & Cooling: 52 Micro-Memoirs by Beth Ann Fennelly

Barbie Chang by Victoria Change

My Ariel by Sina Queyras

Black Freckles by Larry Levis

Elegy by Larry Levis

The Sun and her Flowers by Rupi Kaur

Your Soul is a River by Nikita Gill

Pro Tip: Buy a poetry book, chapbook or collection and leave it in the bathroom; it will do wonders for your reading time! One of the poets I met this semester suggested this and it BLEW. MY. MIND.

I am really trying to up my non-fiction game since fiction is SUCH a go to genre for me. So – you will see some more of that on this list! And, honestly, I am super excited about it.

Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson

What Happened by Hillary Clinton

Lab Girl by Hope Jahren

I am Malala: The Story of the Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai

On Writing by Charles Bukowski

Since fiction is my always go to – so wide so it just seems the easiest, I kept this one short and sweet!

Artemis by Andy Weir

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstances by Ruth Emmie Lang

So, my list *seems* hefty, but I am promising myself to start hitting the books hard If I want to hit my goal of 100 books!

Drop in the comments below if you’ve read any of these and share with me your Winter reading list!

Cheers y’all!

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