Books I Read in 2015

I read 74 books in 2015. Here they are:

  1. The Guernsy Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
  2. Revival by Stephen King
  3. The Butterfly Mosque by G. Willow Wilson
  4. Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls by David Sedaris
  5. Bark: Stories by Lorrie Moore
  6. Hold the Dark by William Giraldi
  7. Space Traveler by Benjamin S. Grossberg
  8. Jesus’ Son by Dennis Johnson
  9. After Rain by William Trevor
  10. Orlando by Virginia Woolf
  11. The Girl in the Flamnable Skirt by Aimee Bender
  12. Pastoralia by George Saunders
  13. Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage by Alice Munro
  14. Drinking Coffee Elsewhere by ZZ Packer
  15. Shotgun Style by Delaney Nolan
  16. 16. Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino
  17. Spunk by Zora Neale Hurston
  18. Urgent, Unheard Stories by Roxane Gay
  19. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
  20. The Master and the Margarita Mikhail Bulgakov
  21. Reasons to Live by Amy Hempel
  22. Monstrance by Brian Dietrich
  23. No god but God by Reza Aslan
  24. Egyptian Tales and Short Stories of the 1970s and 1980s Edited by W.M. Hutchins
  25. At the Gates of the Animal Kingdom by Amy Hempel
  26. What Narcissism Means to Me by Tony Hoagland
  27. Paradise Lost by John Milton
  28. The Time and the Place by Naguib Mahfouz
  29. The World’s Wife by Carol Ann Duffy
  30. Palace Walk by Naguib Mahfouz
  31. I Shall Not Be Moved by Maya Angelou
  32. Enourmous Changes at the Last Minute by Grace Paley
  33. The Dog of the Marriage by Amy Hempel
  34. Just Give Me a Cool Drink of Water Before I Diiie by Maya Angelou
  35. Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann
  36. See Now Then by Jamaica Kincaid
  37. The Psychopath Test by Jon Ronson
  38. Tumble Home by Amy Hempel
  39. As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
  40. A Good Man is Hard to Find by Flannery O’Connor
  41. Everything That Rises Must Converge by Flanney O’Connor
  42. The Complete Stories of Flannery O’Connor
  43. Blockade Billy by Stephen King
  44. Project X by Jim Shepard
  45. Nine Inches by Tom Perrotta
  46. The Arabian Nights Entertainment by Anonymous, translated by Andrew Lang
  47. For the Union Dead by Robert Lowell
  48. Birds of America by Lorrie Moore
  49. Transformations by Anne Sexton
  50. Howl by Alan Ginsberg
  51. Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll
  52. The Old English Baron by Clara Reeve
  53. Lunch Poems by Frank O’Hara
  54. A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy O’Toole
  55. Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
  56. Jacklight by Louise Erdrich
  57. Zone One by Colson Whitehead
  58. The Business of Fancydancing by Sherman Alexie
  59. The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
  60. Loteria by Cynthia Pelayo
  61. Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill
  62. Binocular Vision: New and Selected Stories by Edith Pearlman
  63. Meadowlands by Louise Gluck
  64. Spiritual Development Through Astrology by Lynne Conant
  65. Coyote V. Acme by Ian Frazier
  66. Best American Short Stories 2007 edited by Stephen King
  67. I Too Dream America by Darlington Iheonunekwu Iheanacho Ndubuike
  68. The Almost Moon by Alice Seabold
  69. Brotherly Love by Dalton Giesick
  70. Citizen by Claudia Rankine
  71. A Manual on Exposure in Photography: Digital Photography Reflex and Compact Cameras by Ceriel van Arneman
  72. Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
  73. Sleep Donation by Karen Russel
  74. The Bazaar of Bad Dreams by Stephen King

 

Technically, this would be two less than last year, but I decided graphic novels should be their own list, so there’ll be a separate post with the 55 of those I read this year tomorrow.

I’m proud to say that I read as many books by women as men this year (actual, one more by women if we were to get technical). I try to read an equal amount by each gender in an effort to use the tiniest bit of power I have as a consumer to make the publishing world more equitable. I know it’s not much, but it’s the power I can exercise.

Next year I’m keeping the goal of reading as many books by women as I do by men, but I’m not setting any other reading goals. I don’t know where (of more terrifyingly if) I’ll be working, so I don’t know what a realistic goal is, and no interest in setting a goal I can’t meet due to work obligations.

What have you read this year that you recommend? Do you love/hate any of these and want to talk about them? Let me know in the comments!

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