Books I Read in 2015


Every year I try to outread myself. This year I read less books than expected. I suffer from the reader’s constant stress over not reading enough, buying too much, and being overly optimistic in my reading.

I spend almost as much time thinking about reading as I do actually reading. I like to browse bookstores, poke around online, and chat with friends. Numerous notes are made throughout the year to pick up another book recommended by a friend.

Looking at my shelves I’m simultaneously excited and worried. So many new worlds to enter, so many new voices to know, so many things to learn. And. . . not enough time! Will I read everything? Can I read everything? Shouldn’t I be rereading? I can’t recall what happened in that book. Or did that happen in another book? How should I spend my time, with a trusted book—an old friend, or test out a new place and author?
Last year was a mix of new and old authors.
  1. Last Will by Liza Marklund
  2. Make Something Up by Chuck Palahniuk
  3. Inferno by Dan Brown
  4. The Rotters’ Club by Jonathan Coe
  5. Armada by Ernest Cline
  6. The Sex Lives of Siamese Twins by Irvine Welsh
  7. Prince Lestat by Anne Rice
  8. Blackout by Mira Grant
  9. Inherent Vice by Thomas Pynchon
  10. Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichi
  11. A Curse on Dostoevsky by Atiq Rahimi
  12. Lifetime by Liza Marklund
  13. Clash of Civilizations Over an Elevator in Piazza Vittorio by Amara Lakhous
  14. Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay
  15. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
  16. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
  17. Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter by Mario Vargas Llosa
  18. Between You and Me by Mary Norris
  19. A Man in Full by Tom Wolfe
  20. The Wolves of Midwinter by Anne Rice
  21. Fight Club 2 comics by Chuck Palahniuk

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