2014 Reading list (and more)

2014 sets sail, and a New Year fast approaches, it’s always fun to do a book recap. But before I get into that…here are ten other outstanding things about 2014:

* CCM published Addicts & Basements, my first full length collection, and my third book.

* I received my first Kirkus Review, among many fine, insightful, and supportive reviews.

* I’m a Gertrude Stein Award finalist (second year in a row!!!)

* There were over 20 different events in which I read, cities like Seattle, New York (twice), Madison, and Milwaukee. (The list continues with bookings in Santa Fe, Denver, and New York for 2015!)

* I attended a weekend poetry workshop at Omega Institute with Richard Blanco (and my good friends Michael Gillan Maxwell and David Carter!)

* I edited Bud Smith’s Everything Neon, his first stellar full-length poetry collection, from Marginalia Press.

* Grateful for several journals, new to me, that published my work: Everyday Genius, theNewer York, and The Miscreant, among others.

* Two nominations for the Pushcart Prize (added to two former): “Ten Notes to the Guy Studying Jujitsu” (Deadly Press): and “What He Left to Me” (The Miscreant). Thanks editors, Joseph Quintela, and Amanda Harris.

* I’ve started new columns on my writer’s blog to add to HUMP DAY: “Two for Tuesday” and the new monthly book give-away! Both will continue in 2015.

* Recently it was announced that I am one of four new deputy editors for Civil Coping Mechanisms: About CCM-Entropy | ENTROPY. I am truly excited about this opportunity, and look forward to working with new authors. Thanks, CCM Editor-in-chief, Michael Seidlinger.

My Reading List from 2014– (starred books I recommend (*)

You Sang it Back to Me– Amanda Deo (poetry)

Calendar of Regrets– Lance Olsen *

My Ghost in the Bush of Lies- Paul Wessels

Frantic Transmissions to and from Los Angeles– Kate Braverman (memoir) *

White Girls– Hilton Als *

Cunt Norton– Dodie Bellamy

Dreaming My Animal Selves– Helene Cardona (poetry)

The Physics of Imaginary Objects– Tina May Hall (flash fiction)

Watering Heaven by Peter Tieryas- Liu (short stories)

Beautiful Ruins– Jess Walter

Murmuration– Ryan Warner (chapbook)

I Am Not a Pioneer– Adam Fell (poetry)

Call Me Burroughs, A Life– Barry Miles (biography)

Antidotes for an Alibi– Amy King (poetry)

A Life in Men– Gina Frangello

Vow– Kristina Marie Darling (kindle- poetry)

Masters of Sex– Thomas Maier (biography)

Twilight of the Superheroes– Deborah Eisenberg (kindle- poetry)

Zoom- Zoom Room– Penny Goring (poetry)

The Isle of Youth– Laura Vandenberg (stories) *

The Dark Sunshine– Len Kuntz (stories) *

Tollbooth– Bud Smith *

The Motion of Light in Water– Samuel R. Delany (memoir) *

Girls Standing on Lawns– Daniel Handler and Maira Kalman

Misadventure– Nicholas Grider (short stories)

Family Trouble– Joy Castro (memoir anthology) *

Everything Neon– Bud Smith (poetry) *

I Want to Make You Safe– Amy King (poetry)

Kill Marguerite.- Megan Milks (short stories) *

Stories I Only Tell My Friends– Rob Lowe (auto-biography)

Holding on Upside Down: Marianne Moore– Linda Leavell (biography)

Shotgun Lovesongs– Nicholas Butler (fiction)

e.e.cummings: a life– Susan Cheever (biography)

Stone Bride Madrigals– Nicolette Wong (poetry chap)

Hello, The Roses– Mei- mei Berssenbruegger (poetry)

The Poetics of Space– Gaston Bachelard *

The Mourning Diary– Roland Barthes

Blood a Cold Blue– James Claffey (short stories) *

Balefire– Shann Ray (poetry)

Black Cloud– Juliet Escoria *

Steal Me For Your Stories– Robb Todd (flash/ short stories) *

I’m Not Saying, I’m Just Saying– Matthew Salesses (flash novel) *

The Great Floodgates of the Wonderworld– Justin Hocking (memoir) *

The Mere Weight of Words– Carissa Halston (novella)

flatscreen– Adam Wilson

Tap- Root– Indigo Moor (poetry)

Babel– Patti Smith (poetry) *

Looking For the Gulf Motel– Richard Blanco (poetry)

Deep Ellum- Brandon Hobson *

Spent– Antonia Crane (memoir)

Let Me See It– James Magruder

Burnings– Ocean Vuong (poetry) *

Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Prose Poetry (re-read)

Letters To A Young Poet– Rainer Maria Rilke (re-read)

A Season in Hell and The Drunken Boat– Arthur Rimaud (poetry)

An Untamed State- Roxane Gay

flatscreen– Adam Wilson

F- 250– Bud Smith

David and Goliath– Malcolm Gladwell (essays)

The Sky Conducting– Michael Seidlinger (kindle) *

ghostbread– Sonja Livingston (memoir) *

The Mustache He’s Always Wanted But Could Never Grow– Brian Alan Ellis (stories) *

Bad Feminist– Roxane Gay (essays) *

Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Prose Poetry (essay/ poetry)

Ariel: The Restored Edition- Sylvia Plath (poetry) *

Excavation– Wendy C. Ortiz (memoir) *

The Fun We’ve Had– Michael Seidlinger *

Lost in Space– Ben Tanzer (essay) *

Forest of Fortune– Jim Ruland *

What the Light Reveals– Rachel Heimowitz (poetry) *

You Don’t Know What You Don’t Know– John Bradley (poetry)

American Prometheus– Kai Bird and Martin J. Sherwin (biography)

Sentence #10– ed. by Brian Clements (prose poetry anthology)

Like a Beggar– Ellen Bass (poetry) *

Tender Buttons– Gertrude Stein

Preparation for the Next Life– Atticus Lish *

The Doll Palace– Sara Lippmann (stories) *

BOMB: The Interviews– ed. Betsy Sussler *

nagging wives, foolish husbands– Nate Tower (short stories) *

Calenday– Lauren Haldeman (poetry) *

Our Secret Life in the Movies– Michael McGriff and J.M. Tyree

Clotheslines– Mathieu Cailler (poetry chapbook) *

The Inevitable June– Bob Schofield *

Paul Chan Selected Writings 2000- 2014, ed. by George Baker and Eric Banks

UnAmerica- Momus (a/k/a Nick Currie)

Fourteen Stories: None of Them Are Yours by Luke Goebel *

As you can see, indicated by how many stars, this was an incredible year for books. Here are my favorites by category:

Fiction: three way tie-

Forest of Fortune– Jim Ruland; Preparation for the Next Life– Attticus Lish; Fourteen Stories, None of Them are Yours– Luke B. Goebel

Short Story: two way tie-

Doll Palace Stories– Sara Lippmann; Dark Sunshine– Len Kuntz

Poetry: Like a Beggar– Ellen Bass

Memoir: two-way tie-

ghostbread– Sonja Livingston; Excavation– Wendy C. Ortiz

Essay: Bad Feminist– Roxane Gay

Hybrid: two way tie-

I’m Not Saying, I’m Just Saying– Matthew Salesses; Black Cloud– Juliet Escoria

And that’s it! Not sure I can choose a best book, but so many great reads. How about you? Did you read any amazing books this year? Please do share them in comments! I’m always looking to buy. Thanks for another amazing year.

 

 

 

10 thoughts on “2014 Reading list (and more)

    1. Robert Vaughan Post author

      Hey Jules, thanks for swinging by. Glad the list inspired you, and there were some great books I read this year. I hope you find them to be, too!

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  1. Bud Smith

    Wonderful list! It was a great year of reading of there too!

    My favs of the year were:

    Addicts and Basements- YOU (of course)
    Together We Can Bury It — Kathy Fish
    Like a Begger — Ellen Bass
    Dark Sunshine — Len Kuntz
    Crappalachia — Scott McChannahan
    Doll Palace — Sara Lippman

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    1. Robert Vaughan Post author

      Bud, thanks for the list! And so thrilled to be on it. We have many favorites this year that are the same. I have to get Scott’s book, so thanks for reminding me!

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  2. Rachel Fenton

    Marvellous list of achievements, Robert – wishing you many more successes for 2015! And what a reading list – and I second Gay’s essay – looking forward to adding some titles to my reading pile.

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    1. Robert Vaughan Post author

      Rachel, I am so grateful that you stopped by. Please come again when you find time to do so in 2015? All wonderful things for you in the New Year.

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  3. Kimberly

    “The Last Animal” by Abby Geni is one of the best books I have read in a long time. It is a collection of short stories which admittedly is not what I normally read. I was drawn in by the cover and it literally spoke to be amongst the many books in this amazing San Francisco book store. I am certainly glad it found me. Perhaps it will speak to others as well.

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    1. Robert Vaughan

      So great to have your “one of the best books of 2014” here, Kimberly! Happy New Year. Some of my favorite memories of this time of year was spent with you and Richard. Happy 2015!

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