Archive for January, 2016

What I read in 2015

January 2, 2016

Sometimes my meal matches my book. (“Esperanza’s Box of Saints,” which is set mostly in Mexico, next to a plate of tacos)

Past editions of this list: 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008. This list is also available in pictorial format at Pinterest.

It was a good year for reading here! Forty books finished, including one academic book read for review. BG=Book Group selection. I’m in two book groups, so a lot of my reading is driven by that.  Just because I read a book doesn’t mean I liked it or would recommend it. But any year that includes TWO David Mitchell books and TWO Margaret Atwood books is a good one for me. Female author/male author ratio: 28/12; Fiction/nonfiction ratio: 34:6.

These are numbered in chronological order, from January to December.

1. Emily St. John Mandel, Station Eleven

2. Joan Silber, Ideas of Heaven

3. Naomi Hirahara, Summer of the Big Bachi

4.Tracy Guzeman, The Gravity of Birds BG

5. Michael Chabon, Telegraph Avenue BG

6. Edan Lepucki, California

7. Susannah Cahalan, Brain on Fire BG

8. Jennifer Marie Brissett, Elysium

9. Charles Bock, Beautiful Children

10. Helen Oyeyemi, The Icarus Girl

11. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Americanah BG

12. Kazuo Ishiguro, Buried Giant

13. Esi Edugyan, Half-Blood Blues

14. Kenzaburo Oe, Nip the Buds, Shoot the Kids

15. Martin Pistorius, Ghost Boy BG

16. Alice Hoffman, The Museum of Extraordinary Things BG

17. Elizabeth Gaffney, Metropolis

18. Kate Atkinson, Life after Life BG

19. Jessie Burton, The Miniaturist

20. Noelle Stevenson, Nimona

21. Kevin Wilson, The Family Fang

22. Emily Rapp, The Still Point of the Turning World BG

23. Maria Amparo Escandón, Esperanza’s Box of Saints

24. Grey and Gullett, eds., Contingent Maps: Rethinking Western Women’s History REV

25. David Mitchell, The Bone Clocks

26. Eleanor Catton, The Luminaries BG

27. Ben Mattlin, Miracle Boy BG

28. Margaret Atwood, Stone Mattress: Nine Tales

29. Kenneth J. Harvey, The Town that Forgot How to Breathe

30. Steve Silberman, Neurotribes BG

31. Lucy Foley, The Book of Lost and Found BG

32. Monica Byrne, The Girl in the Road

33. Eowyn Ivey, Snow Child BG

34. China Miéville, Kraken

35. Mary Doria Russell, The Sparrow

36. Meg Wolitzer, The Interestings BG

37. Tana French, Broken Harbor

38. David Mitchell, Slade House

39. Margaret Atwood, The Heart Goes Last

40. Hillary Jordan, When She Woke