This was the year of the woman writer for me. From a mound of apricots rotting on Rebecca Solnit’s floor, to the ebb and flow of Virginia Woolf’s melancholic The Waves; from Joan Didion’s 1960s Los Angeles to Kate Atkinson‘s WWII England, from Lidia Yuknavitch‘s ravaged bodies to Jill Alexander Essbaum‘s ravishing trysts, women took me to war zones, both personal and geographical. They wrote poetry that brought me to tears and political histories that roused me to action.   It was an exceptional reading year.   The Breakdown: 135 read Novels: 76 Poetry Collections: 18 Essay Collections: 10 Memoir: 9 Short Story Collections: 8 Writing Craft: 8 Creative Nonfiction: (social, political, historical): 5 Biography: 1 Authors:  94 women; 37 men; 4 multiple authors   I made so many literary discoveries, starting with…