In 2015, I read 57 books from December to December. In 2016, I read… 18! That’s not bad, and way more than I read in any year between 2001 and 2014, but still. I guess adding a newborn to the mix will mess things up a little bit. In any case, I think I’ll read more in 2016, but for now here are the books I read in 2015. Bolded books are extra recommended, though most of these books are pretty solid. As an added bonus, they’re almost all in paperback now. On last year’s list, I think most of those were still in hardcover. I should do a better job of blurbing, because I can’t remember too much about any of these.
1. Beautiful Ruins – Jess Walter (12/4/15) – This was sweet and fun.
2. The Diver’s Clothes Lie Empty – Vendela Vida (12/6/15) – Neat story.
3. Ready Player One – Ernest Cline (12/14/15) – I was lead to believe I’d love this and I did not love this, but it was alright.
4. The Turner House – Angela Flournoy (12/19/15) – This was well-written and great characters.
5. Disclaimer– Renee Knight (12/25/15) – I had to look this book up to remember what it was about. Clever story.
6. The President’s Hat – Antoine Laurain (12/28/15) – Charming and fun. Easy.
7. The Nightingale – Kristin Hannah (1/2/16) – A less good version of All the Light We Can Not See.
8. The Whites – Richard Brandt (1/7/16) – Gritty crime story.
9. The Watchmaker of Filigree Street – Natasha Pulley (1/18/16) – So fun, whimsical.
10. The Water Knife – Paolo Bacigalupi (1/24/16) – This was the best of the unbolded books.
11. Gold Fame Citrus – Clair Vaye Watkins (1/31/16) – Unique and sad.
12. Fates and Furies – Lauren Groff (2/9/16) – This was a well-written novel, I liked it.
13. The Cartel – Don Winslow (2/18/16) – If you like Narcos, this is basically the same story and features many of the same details.
14. Paulina and Fran – Rachel Glaser (2/27/16) – This was fine.
15. The Harder They Come – TC Boyle (3/12/16) – I wanted to like this more.
16. Satin Island – Tom McCarthy (4/13/16) – This book was a good book that I did not get.
17. Micro – Michael Crichton (4/27/16) – I thought if I read a gripping, suspenseful book, I’d get back into reading, but it didn’t work.
18. The Underground Railroad – Colson Whitehead (8/27/16) – The consensus book of the year. I can’t argue with that.