Books are a part of my life. As an English major, I was of course required to read the classics though somehow I’ve managed to miss a few. And certainly during my long dark period of not writing, I failed to notice a lot of the great new long-form fiction (aka novels) that came out at the time.
Now that I’m a professional writer, it’s part of my job to pay attention. To the great new work that comes out everyday. To what’s hot and what’s not. I suppose you could call it keeping an eye on the competition.
But in truth, I still primarily read for the sheer pleasure of a story well told. Of all the storytelling forms out there, long-form fiction remains my favorite. You can see in this photo what happens with an obsession like that.
Just take a look at all these novels in my to-be-read stack. This is minus the short fiction, nonfiction, literary journals, poetry and plays. Quite a feat to read it all, with or without a Goodreads challenge.
long-form fiction reviews
Here are the reviews of the long-form fiction I have read since 2017. It’s the longest list of reviews so you’ll understand that novels are my true love. I’ve listed my reviews in alphabetical order using the author’s surname.
High Life: Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Witness: The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
Games People Play: Such Small Hands by Andrés Barba
LA Love Song: The Sellout by Paul Beatty
Ancestor Worship: Monkey Bridge by Lan Cao
Republican Fever: Little Reunions by Eileen Chang
Lucky Strikes: Gun Love by Jennifer Clement
Accommodation: Go, Went, Gone by Jenny Erpenbeck
One Fish, Two Fish: Gould’s Book of Fish by Richard Flanagan
Madame Bovary Revisited: Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
Fight Club: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Alphabet Soup: Turtles All the Way Down by John Green
Annotated Alice: Asymmetry by Lisa Halliday
Doors and Windows: Exit West by Mohsin Hamid
Sweet Cheeks: Orchid and the Wasp by Caoilinn Hughes
In Conversation: The Vegetarian, Human Acts, and The White Book by Han Kang
Wired Women: Flesh and Wires by Jackie Hatton
Gormless in Gotham (or How to Write a Micro-Scene): May We Be Forgiven by AM Homes
Chinese Lessons: A Free Life by Ha Jin
Stone the Crows: Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
Southern Gothic: Young God by Katherine Faw Morris
The Wisecrack: The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen
Sentinel Tree: The Overstory by Richard Powers
The Putz: Portnoy’s Complaint by Philip Roth
Body Parts: Frankenstein in Baghdad by Ahmed Saadawi, translator Jonathan Wright
Possessed: Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders
Happy Family: Ghachar Ghochar by Vivek Shanbhag
Zen: The Gate by Natsume Soseki
Geometry: Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thien
Heat: The Book of Salt by Monique Truong
Tracks: The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
Iron Horse: The Stolen Bicycle by Wu Ming-Yi