All the books I read in 2015


booknerdIn 2015, at the suggestion of my husband, I kept track of every book I read. This ended up being a really fun project, because it allowed me to reflect more on the books I read and perhaps work towards a more balanced reading list (left to my own devices I would read only fiction, the weirder the better). In twelve months I read 37 books. This is because A) I don’t have any children, B) I don’t have a TV, and C) I effing love reading; I never feel like it’s wasted time and it was instilled in me from a very young age (Thanks Mom!). I’m pretty proud that this year I read a lot of really cool books: some very challenging ones, some classics, some that were recommended to me by others, some favourites that I re-read, and plenty of non-fiction. I am too lazy to write a synopsis or even my thoughts about all of these books, but what I did do is create a very simple scale: one star if I enjoyed the book and two stars if I LOVED it and want to force you to read it as well. No stars doesn’t mean it was bad, just that I don’t feel a burning desire for everyone I know to read it (Although there were a few pretty bad ones in the list, in my opinion).

So, here’s my list, in the order that I read them. Please let me know in the comments if you have any great suggestions for me or want to discuss any of these!

* Geek Love, Katherine Dunn

Horns, Joe Hill

The Sex Lives of Siamese Twins, Irvine Welsh

* Mermaids in Paradise, Lydia Millet

*Daddy Love, Joyce Carol Oates

**Animal Farm, George Orwell

** The Sirens of Titan, Kurt Vonnegut (This was a repeat)

* Breakfast of Champions, Kurt Vonnegut

Outlander, Diana Gabaldon

*How to Save Your Own Life, Erica Jong

Yes Please, Amy Poehler

**A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy, William Braxton Irvine

How to be a Woman, Caitlin Moran

** The Labyrinth: God, Darwin, and the Meaning of Life, Philip Appleman

Consumed, David Cronenburg

Stone Mattress, Margaret Atwood

Revival, Stephen King

Mr. Mercedes, Stephen King

*The Art of Living, Epictetus

* Ugly Girls, Lindsay Hunter

* Anne of Green Gables, Lucy Maud Montgomery (this was a repeat)

A Vision of Fire, Gillian Anderson

Broken Monsters, Lauren Beukes

**Turning Pro, Steven Pressfield (this was a repeat)

*The Robber Bride, Margaret Atwood

Adultery, Paulo Coehlo

Catcher in the Rye, J.D. Salinger

*The Professor in the Cage, John Gottschall

Gang Leader for a Day, Sudhir Venkatesh

** Sex at Dawn: The Prehistoric Origins of Modern Sexuality, Christopher Ryan and Cacilda Jetha

* One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Ken Kesey

* A Farewell to Arms, Ernest Hemingway

Naked Lunch, William Burroughs

*At the Water’s Edge, Sara Gruen

Suttree, Cormac Mccarthy

The Luckiest Girl Alive, Jessica Knoll

**To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee


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