Year in Review 2019

An incomplete series of lists detailing what I built, wrote, cooked, talked about, and read in 2019.




  • Essay reading: Slant’d Issue 02 Launch Party (March, Slant’d)
  • Keynote: Lean in or lie down? Balancing career development, side projects, and hobbies (April, Flawless Hacks, Slides)
  • Workshop: Side Projects — Pursuing Your Interests While Keeping Your Day Job (August, The Cosmos Summit)
  • Session: How to organize reading groups that encourage continued learning about our work? (October, MozFest)


A slew of Bon Appetit recipes that did not disappoint:

Non-BA recipes that were also delicious:

  • Omurice, to satisfy my craving after watching too much Terrace House (Food52)
  • Tres leches cake, for a friend’s birthday (Smitten Kitchen)
  • Pink grapefruit and avocado salad, to recreate my favorite dish from my sister’s birthday dinner at Chez Panisse (Food & Wine)
  • Chinese smashed cucumbers with sesame oil and garlic, which I made often but most memorably on a Saturday night furniture-building session with E that ended with me cooking in a New York blackout (NYT Cooking)
  • Silky zucchini soup, for a dinner / workshop prep session with a friend (Food & Wine)
  • Baked eggs with spinach and mushrooms, for a brunch with friends because going out for brunch is for suckers (Smitten Kitchen)
  • Roberto, for a solo Saturday soup night (Helen Rosner’s Tinyletter)


61 total in 2019. For additional metadata and more details on how I choose the books I read, check out the corresponding spreadsheet.

  1. Meaty by Samantha Irby
  2. Wrong to Need You by Alisha Rai
  3. The Cooking Gene: A Journey Through African American Culinary History in the Old South by Michael W. Twitty
  4. The Proposal by Jasmine Guillory
  5. Good and Mad: The Revolutionary Power of Women’s Anger by Rebecca Traister
  6. Becoming by Michelle Obama
  7. A Princess in Theory by Alyssa Cole
  8. A Week to Be Wicked by Tessa Dare
  9. White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo
  10. The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui
  11. Hurts to Love You by Alisha Rai
  12. Sophia of Silicon Valley by Anna Yen
  13. Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff
  14. A Night to Surrender by Tessa Dare
  15. The Good Immigrant: 26 Writers Reflect on America edited by Nikesh Shukla and Chimene Suleyman
  16. You Know You Want This by Kristen Roupenian
  17. Thick: And Other Essays by Tressie McMillan Cottom
  18. The Stone Sky by N.K. Jemisin
  19. A Place for Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza
  20. If You Leave Me by Crystal Hana Kim
  21. The Collected Schizophrenias: Essays by Esmé Weijun Wang
  22. A Lady by Midnight by Tessa Dare
  23. Normal People by Sally Rooney
  24. Kids These Days: Human Capital and the Making of Millennials by Malcolm Harris
  25. How To Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy by Jenny Odell
  26. Algorithms of Oppression: How Search Engines Reinforce Racism by Safiya Umoja Noble
  27. The Rogue Not Taken by Sarah MacLean
  28. Trust Exercise by Susan Choi
  29. Save Me the Plums: My Gourmet Memoir by Ruth Reichl
  30. A Prince on Paper by Alyssa Cole
  31. Home Remedies: Stories by Xuan Juliana Wang
  32. On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong
  33. Lot by Bryan Washington
  34. Any Duchess Will Do by Tessa Dare
  35. The Bride Test by Helen Hoang
  36. Severance by Ling Ma
  37. Voices from Chernobyl: The Oral History of a Nuclear Disaster by Svetlana Alexievich
  38. Memes to Movements: How the World’s Most Viral Media Is Changing Social Protest and Power by An Xiao Mina
  39. Hey Ladies!: The Story of 8 Best Friends, 1 Year, and Way, Way Too Many Emails by Michelle Markowitz and Caroline Moss
  40. Beyond Heaving Bosoms: The Smart Bitches’ Guide to Romance Novels by Sarah Wendell and Candy Tan
  41. Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion by Jia Tolentino
  42. The Other Miss Bridgerton by Julia Quinn
  43. The Viscount Who Loved Me by Julia Quinn
  44. Exhalation by Ted Chiang
  45. Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams by Matthew Walker
  46. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
  47. Because Internet: Understanding the New Rules of Language by Gretchen McCulloch
  48. A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
  49. Fleishman Is in Trouble by Taffy Brodesser-Akner
  50. High School by Tegan Quin and Sara Quin
  51. A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas
  52. Dear Girls: Intimate Tales, Untold Secrets, and Advice for Living Your Best Life by Ali Wong
  53. The Right Swipe by Alisha Rai
  54. Miracle Creek by Angie Kim
  55. The Wallflower Wager by Tessa Dare
  56. Know My Name by Chanel Miller
  57. Romancing the Duke by Tessa Dare
  58. A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas
  59. With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo
  60. The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
  61. The Duke and I by Julia Quinn
Written on December 27, 2019