2015 in books

Unlike last year, I made my goal explicit: 50 books in 2015. Goodreads posted a lovely Year In Books page, which shows what I did this year, but I tend to capture this sort of thing for my own memory: (raw list here)

Cover view of the first 24 books I read in 2015.

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Blog post: domesticat.net/2015/12/2015-books

Total books: 53
Total pages: 20,088

Shortest book: Beautiful Darkness (a comic)
Longest book: Seveneves

Grabbed from www.goodreads.com/review/list/145290?read_at=2015&vie... cnaBooks read in 2015, part 2

Blog post: domesticat.net/2015/12/2015-books

Total books: 53
Total pages: 20,088

Shortest book: Beautiful Darkness (a comic)
Longest book: Seveneves

Grabbed from www.goodreads.com/review/list/145290?read_at=2015&vie... cnaBooks read in 2015, 3 of 3

53 books.
20,088 pages.

From www.goodreads.com/user/year_in_books/2015/145290 cna2015 book stats

(The 2014 list is archived here.)

Observations:

  • I'm not enthralled, over all, by the idea of digging into series books. I tried on several first-in-series books this year, and only one (N.K. Jemisin's) made me go back and read the second book in the series. Apparently I prefer narratives that are encapsulated in a single novel. 
  • I stuck to my goal of reading one Culture novel this year. Thanks to Banks' untimely demise, there are no more books coming, and I like the idea of parceling them out. I have the rest of my life, and I enjoy the thought of having more Culture novels to read.
  • I have a bit of breathing room if I set a goal of 50 books for 2016. It's clearly a reachable goal, given my bus commute. I do have a few YA novels on my to-read list, and they should make up for reading a few heftier novels.
  • For 2016, I should have a goal of finishing one of the big, chewy books on my list. Maybe Infinite Jest, or A Team of Rivals. Something that, while it only counts as one book in the per-book tally, should count for more if you look at raw page count. I want to ensure I'm reading a mix of fun, fluffy books as well as books that challenge me intellectually.
  • I did a pretty good job of reading broadly. There's a good mix of fiction and non-fiction here.
  • I think Between the World and Me will be the book that sticks with most people from 2015.
  • I'm seeing a trend of the five-star books not always correlating with the most memorable books. While I didn't give them five stars, the books I've found myself recommending to others have been Station Eleven and A Brief History of the Dead.

In text format for searchability, here are the books of 2015:

  1. My Boyfriend Barfed in My Handbag … and Other Things You Can't Ask Martha by Kerr, Jolie
  2. City of Stairs (The Divine Cities, #1) by Bennett, Robert Jackson *
  3. The Brief History of the Dead by Brockmeier, Kevin
  4. Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened by Brosh, Allie
  5. Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief by Wright, Lawrence
  6. Pure (Pure, #1) by Baggott, Julianna
  7. Wonder by Palacio, R.J.
  8. Red Families v. Blue Families: Legal Polarization and the Creation of Culture by Cahn, Naomi R.
  9. Landline by Rowell, Rainbow
  10. Dept. of Speculation by Offill, Jenny
  11. The Three-Body Problem (Three-Body, #1) by Cixin, Liu
  12. California by Lepucki, Edan
  13. The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Zevin, Gabrielle
  14. Alif the Unseen by Wilson, G. Willow
  15. Beautiful Darkness by Vehlmann, Fabien
  16. The Sleepwalker's Guide to Dancing by Jacob, Mira
  17. The Paying Guests by Waters, Sarah
  18. A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1) by Harkness, Deborah
  19. Frog Music by Donoghue, Emma
  20. Station Eleven by Mandel, Emily St. John
  21. Declare by Powers, Tim
  22. If on a Winter's Night a Traveller by Calvino, Italo
  23. Come as You Are: The Surprising New Science that Will Transform Your Sex Life by Nagoski, Emily
  24. Dubliners by Joyce, James
  25. The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #1) by Rothfuss, Patrick
  26. The Book Thief by Zusak, Markus
  27. Do No Harm: Stories of Life, Death and Brain Surgery by Marsh, Henry
  28. The Dirtiest Race in History: Ben Johnson, Carl Lewis and the Olympic 100m Final by Moore, Richard
  29. The Grace of Kings (The Dandelion Dynasty, #1) by Liu, Ken
  30. Soulless (Parasol Protectorate, #1) by Carriger, Gail
  31. The Phoenix Project: A Novel About IT, DevOps, and Helping Your Business Win by Kim, Gene
  32. Angels on Toast by Powell, Dawn
  33. Raw Spirit: In Search of the Perfect Dram by Banks, Iain
  34. The Secret Language of Sacred Spaces: Decoding Churches, Cathedrals, Temples, Mosques and Other Places of Worship Around the World by Canon, Jon
  35. Let Me Be Frank With You by Ford, Richard
  36. Euphoria by King, Lily
  37. Seveneves by Stephenson, Neal
  38. Servants: A Downstairs View of Twentieth-Century Britain by Lethbridge, Lucy
  39. The Impresarios by Brand, Noah
  40. White Teeth by Smith, Zadie
  41. Finnikin of the Rock (Lumatere Chronicles, #1) by Marchetta, Melina
  42. The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms (Inheritance, #1) by Jemisin, N.K.
  43. The Broken Kingdoms (Inheritance, #2) by Jemisin, N.K.
  44. Between the World and Me by Coates, Ta-Nehisi
  45. Desert Solitaire by Abbey, Edward
  46. Surface Detail (Culture, #9) by Banks, Iain M.
  47. Newt's Emerald by Nix, Garth
  48. American Elsewhere by Bennett, Robert Jackson
  49. The Distance by Giltrow, Helen
  50. The Bone Clocks by Mitchell, David
  51. Seeing Voices by Sacks, Oliver
  52. The Girl with All the Gifts by Carey, M.R.
  53. Delilah Lane by Brand, Noah
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December 31, 2015