Thanks to Roxane Gay I discovered the books Green Girl and Dare Me, which is why I always keep an eye out for her bookish tweets on Twitter. Not only is she a great writer (Ayiti, Bad Feminist, and An Untamed State) I find that she also has excellent reading taste—seriously, she’s yet to let me down.
Being that she’s a prolific twitterer (I’m making it a thing) I thought I’d round-up as many book tweets as I could find from this year, while trying not to get TOO distracted by Tatum Channing and Ina Garten posts.
Oh, also, if I didn’t write about race I wouldn’t have a career. That is funny. We all know 97% of my writing is about Channing and Ina.
— roxane gay (@rgay) July 26, 2015
So if you’re looking for your next great read or think your TBR list could use a serious growth spurt, here are Roxane Gay’s book recommendations. (Sorry, you’ll have to do your own search for all the Tatum tweets.)
The texts: Preparation for the Next Life by Atticus Lish Southern Cross the Dog by Bill Cheng The People in the Trees by Hanya Yanigahara — roxane gay (@rgay) August 6, 2015
And Delicious Foods by James Hannaham The Talented Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith Balm by Dolen Perkins-Valdez
— roxane gay (@rgay) August 6, 2015
The Unfinished World and Other Stories by Amber Sparks (Liveright, January 25, 2016)
Night at the Fiestas by Kirstin Valdez Quade
5 of 5 stars to Night at the Fiestas by Kirstin Valdez Quade https://t.co/qoEY9iKGMt
— roxane gay (@rgay) July 22, 2015
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Missoula by Jon Krakauer
I am reading Missoula by Jon Krakauer and it is just so horrifying. For so many reasons.
— roxane gay (@rgay) July 20, 2015
How to Be Drawn by Terrance Hayes
The Star Side of Bird Hill by Naomi Jackson
I highly recommend The Star Side of Bird Hill by Naomi Jackson https://t.co/aNBYpDGjuY
— roxane gay (@rgay) July 13, 2015
City on Fire by Garth Risk Hallberg (Knopf, October 13, 2015)
Just started reading City on Fire by Garth Risk Hallberg. Too soon to know how the book is but goddamn, this guy can write. Impressed. — roxane gay (@rgay) June 24, 2015
Oh! You Pretty Things by Shanna Mahin
3 of 5 stars to Oh! You Pretty Things by Shanna Mahin https://t.co/GiFVmlzxqx
— roxane gay (@rgay) June 21, 2015
Gutshot by Amelia Gray
Started Gutshot by Amelia Gray. So far so good. — roxane gay (@rgay) April 16, 2015
Damage Done by Amanda Panitch
Reading a great YA novel out in July called Damage Done by Amanda Panitch. Fascinating narrative voice.
— roxane gay (@rgay) April 6, 2015
I’d read The Empathy Exams by Leslie Jamison, Pulphead by John Jeremiah Sullivan, Citizen by Claudia Rankine @riskybusinessmb
— roxane gay (@rgay) March 29, 2015
Today I Am a Book by xTx
God Help the Child by Toni Morrison
5 of 5 stars to God Help the Child by Toni Morrison https://t.co/QNc1VRuKzg
— roxane gay (@rgay) February 24, 2015
Ruby by Cynthia Bond
So psyched to see that Oprah chose Ruby by Cynthia Bond as her next book club book. So so awesome. — roxane gay (@rgay) February 10, 2015
Many Small Fires by Charlotte Pence
Many Small Fires by the very talented Charlotte Pence is available for pre-sale! Consider this fine book of poetry. https://t.co/D23EkAj014
— roxane gay (@rgay) January 24, 2015
If that’s still not enough books (is it possible to have enough books?) here are Stephen King’s tweeted book recs.