What I read in 2015

For years, I’ve been logging the books I read in a Moleskine notebook. The arc of a year is often recollected and I am transported to where I was (mentally and physically) when a book was consumed. I also note the books I particularly liked so I could recommend  (or warn against!) them to other readers.

As we turn the last page of 2015, I thought I’d share my year in books with * to denote particular favorites.  Just typing my list online was a Proustian Remembrance of Things Past!

My year in books:

Colorless by Murakami
The Year She Left Us by Ma
Let’s Just Say it Wasn’t Pretty by Keaton (agreed)
Snow Queen by McCullogh
The Golem and the Jinni by Wecker (slow to start but builds amazingly)
This Book will Save Your Life by Homes (probably not!)
*Frog Music by Moore
*The Rosie Project by Simsion (delightful, insightful)
*Etta, Otto, Russell and James by Hooper
Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore by Sloan
*Me Before You by Moyes
Do the Work by Pressfield  (Skip it)
**All the Light You Cannot See by Doerr (My Best Book of the Year!)
*Ruby by Bond
*Brooklyn by Toibin (yes this was made into a wonderful movie!)
Leaving Time by Piccault
Delicious by Reichl (not as much as her non-fiction )
Dark Places by Flynn
Lisette’s List by Vreeland (if you love books about art/artists)
Canada by Ford
Day after Night by Diamont
Seven Good Years by Keret (funny, moving and great for parents)
A House in the Sky by Lindhart (harrowing true story of survival)
Boston Girl by Diamont
Festival of Insignificance by Kundera
Suddenly a Knock on the Door by Keret (clearly I’m a new fan of his!)
**Just Mercy by Stephenson (if you read just one non-fiction book, this must be it!)
*A Deliberate Season by Shields (inventive story of a marriage)
*Museum of Extraordinary Things by Hoffman (she never disappoints)
Fun Home by Bechtel (graphic novel now a hit Broadway show. Genius!)
The Wind Up Bird Chronicle by Murakami (confession…it has taken me months to read this despite being a long time fan. I’m not done yet but dammit, I’m so close!)

Here’s to happy reading in 2016! Let me know what books made your year. I might add them to my New Year’s reading list.

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