My Reading Year 2015

Kate Atkinson / Behind the Scenes at the Museum / LF
Kate Atkinson / Case Histories / LF
Kate Atkinson / One Good Turn / LF
Kate Atkinson / Started Early, Took My Dog / LF
Kate Atkinson / When Will There Be Good News? / LF
Margaret Atwood / Negotiating With the Dead / NF
Marcus Aurelius / Meditations / NF
Eula Biss / On Immunity / NF
Brené Brown / Rising Strong / NF
Renni Browne & Dave King / Self-Editing for Fiction Writers / NF
James Lee Burke / Light of the World / GF
Michael Chabon / Manhood for Amateurs / ESS
Michael Chabon / Wonder Boys / LF
Roz Chast / Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? / GNF
Tessa Dare / Romancing the Duke / GF
Meghan Daum / The Unspeakable / ESS
de Bernières, Louis / The Dust That Falls From Dreams / LF
Joan Didion / The Year of Magical Thinking / MEM
Anne Enright / The Green Road / LF
Ben Fountain / Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk / LF
Alexandra Fuller / Leaving Before the Rains Come / MEM
Roxane Gay / Bad Feminist / ESS
Elizabeth Gilbert / Big Magic / NF
Gail Godwin / Publishing: A Writer’s Memoir / MEM
Natalie Goldberg / Writing Down the Bones / NF
Ann Handley / Everybody Writes / NF
Michael Harding / Hanging With the Elephant / MEM
Michael Harding / Staring at Lakes / MEM
Smith Henderson / Fourth of July Creek / LF
Todd Henry / The Accidental Creative / NF
Henry Hitchings / The Language Wars / NF
John Horgan, ed. / Great Irish Reportage / NF
Nick Hornby / Funny Girl / LF
Nick Hornby / Housekeeping vs. the Dirt / ESS
Heidi Julavits / The Folded Clock / NF
Austin Kleon / Steal Like an Artist / NF
Betsy Lerner / The Forest for the Trees / NF
E. Lockhart / We Were Liars / YA
David Lodge / The Art of Fiction / NF
M. L. Longworth / Death at the Chateau Bremont / GF
Tracy Manaster / You Could Be Home By Now / LF
Emily St. John Mandel / Station Eleven / LF
Colum McCann / Let the Great World Spin / LF
Belinda McKeon / Solace / LF
Belinda McKeon / Tender / LF
Lia Mills / Fallen / LF
Siddhartha Mukherjee / The Emperor of All Maladies / NF
Celeste Ng / Everything I Never Told You / LF
Mary Oliver / Dog Songs / poetry
Amanda Palmer / The Art of Asking / NF
Ann Patchett / This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage / ESS
Jodi Picoult / Leaving Time / LF
Rainer Maria Rilke / Letters to a Young Poet / NF
Marilynne Robinson / Lila / LF
Donal Ryan / The Thing About December / LF
Daniel Silva / The Kill Artist / GF
Zadie Smith / Changing My Mind: Occasional Essays / ESS
Emma Straub / The Vacationers / LF
Leonard Sweet / From Tablet to Table / NF
Erika Swyler / The Book of Speculation / LF
Colm Tobin / Surviving Ireland / HUM
Anne Tyler / A Spool of Blue Thread / LF
Jess Walter / Beautiful Ruins / LF
Gabrielle Zevin / The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry / LF

Total = 65
NF = 33
F = 32
Pace = 5.58

As a side note, I generally read well into a book before making the decision to quit, and I usually count them as a half. (This doesn’t happen that often.) But in the case of the following, I stopped within three chapters. You have been warned:

Jill McCorkle / Life After Life / LF
Robin Sloan / Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore / LF

The Category Key:
FA = fantasy
GF = genre fiction
GN = graphic novel (or graphic nonfiction GNF)
LF = literary fiction [very loosely defined]
MEM = memoir
NF = nonfiction
WF = women’s fiction
YA = young adult fiction
YF = youth fiction
ESS = essays
HUM = humor
* = gave up on it


Tweet: Yes, I track what I read—how much, how often. This is 2015.
Tweet: I’ve read some wonderful books this year!

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  1. Marcus Aurelius! There ya go!

    Impressive ist, Jamie. I read 2-3 books per week, but have never kept a record. Just move from one to the next…well, not exactly, because usually I read a couple of books simultaneously.

    Lately,my choices are dictated by circumstance – to keep up the morale I need to keep going. Life physically hurts, and I need to read about people who’ve been able to push past that sort of thing.

    Should have kept a list, really. It would be interesting, Maybe for 2016…