Books Read in 2015


  • Books must be read cover to cover to count. No partial credit.
  • Re-reads count.
  • Audiobooks count. 
  • Books read for class (or, in my new life, for work) count.
  • Books may, of course, be read simultaneously.

Here's to another great year of reading! Please share your comments, reactions, and recommendations below!

Books Read in 2015

  1. The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver (January 4) 
  2. The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls (January 9) 
  3. The Death of Josseline: Immigration Stories from the Arizona-Mexico Borderlands by Margaret Regan (January 14) 
  4. Yes is Better than No by Byrd Baylor (January 28) 
  5. The Wives of Los Alamos by TaraShea Nesbit (February 5) 
  6. The Shipping News by Annie Proulx (February 13)
  7. The Awakening and Other Stories by Katie Chopin (February 17)
  8. Crossing the Yard: Thirty Years as a Prison Volunteer by Richard Shelton (February 23) 
  9. 10 Steps to Earning Awesome Grades by Thomas Frank (February 25) 
  10. Ceremony by Leslie Marmon Silko (February 28)
  11. Talk Stories by Jamaica Kincaid (March 2) 
  12. Transatlantic by Colum McCann (March 7) 
  13. After the Quake by Haruki Murakami (March 7) 
  14. The End of Men by Hannah Rosin (March 9) 
  15. Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell (March 15) 
  16. We Real Cool by bell hooks (March 17)
  17. Someone by Alice McDermott (March 19)  
  18. Fugitives and Refugees by Chuck Palahniuk (March 20) 
  19. Bitten by Kelley Armstrong (March 26) 
  20. Midnight Salvage by Adrienne Rich (March 30) 
  21. Ripper by Isabelle Allende (March 31) 
  22. MaddAdam by Margaret Atwood (April 2) 
  23. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger (April 3)
  24. Reservation Blues by Sherman Alexie (April 4) 
  25. The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer (April 9) 
  26. Anthill by E.O. Wilson (April 14)
  27. Abolition Democracy by Angela Davis (April 18) 
  28. The Lottery and Other Stories by Shirley Jackson (April 20) 
  29. Homeland and Other Stories by Barbara Kingsolver (May 1) 
  30. Lisey's Story by Stephen King (May 9) 
  31. Half Broke Horses by Jannette Walls (May 16) 
  32. Before We Were Free by Julia Alvarez (May 21) 
  33. A Hologram for the King by Dave Eggars (May 23) 
  34. Brief Interviews with Hideous Men by David Foster Wallace (May 24) 
  35. If They Come in the Morning by Angela Davis and Other Political Prisoners (May 25) 
  36. The Silver Star by Jeannette Walls (May 28) 
  37. The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin (June 3) 
  38. The Dead Women of Juarez by Sam Hawken (June 9) 
  39. The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman (June 13) 
  40. The Beautiful Indifference by Sarah Hall (August 27) 

Books Read in 2014

Books Read in 2014

With a dog and a book...about as happy as I could be. (Spring 2013, at a friend's house in Connemara, in Western Ireland.)

  1. The Colosseum by Keith Hopkins and Mary Beard (January 3)
  2. Beyond the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo (January 6)
  3. On Writing by Stephen King (January 18)
  4. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens (January 27)
  5. The Snapper by Roddy Doyle (January 28)
  6. Cold Eye of Heaven by Christine Dwyer Hickey (January 31)
  7. Brian Boru and the Battle of Clontarf by Sean Duffy (February 11)
  8. The City and the Pillar by Gore Vidal (February 15)
  9. Close Range by Annie Proulx (February 20)
  10. The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett (February 27)
  11. The China Factory by Mary Costello (February 28)
  12. Goodnight, Mister Tom by Michelle Magorian (March 1)
  13. Ireland and the Great War by Keith Jeffery (March 4)
  14. New Irish Short Stories edited by Joseph O'Connor (March 9)
  15. Next of Kin by John Boyne (March 15)
  16. Tortilla Flat by John Steinbeck (March 26)
  17. Maya's Notebook by Isabel Allende (March 27)
  18. The Best American Short Stories 2007 edited by Stephen King (April 3)
  19. The Red Queen by Phillippa Gregory (April 7)
  20. Autobiography of a Face by Lucy Grealy (April 11)
  21. Bossypants by Tina Fey (April 19)
  22. In the Rosary Garden by Nicola White (April 20)
  23. A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin (April 21)
  24. Divergent by Veronica Roth (April 22)
  25. A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin (April 28)
  26. Meditations by Marcus Aurelius (May 7)
  27. A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin (May 7)
  28. A Feast for Crows by George R.R. Martin (May 19)
  29. The Robber Bride by Margaret Atwood (May 24)
  30. Steering the Craft by Ursula K. LeGuin (May 24)
  31. Our War: Ireland and the Great War edited by John Horne (May 28) 
  32. Dear Life by Alice Munro (June 14)
  33. Silas Marner by George Eliot (June 14)
  34. A Dance with Dragons by George R.R. Martin (June 28) 
  35. Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg (June 29) 
  36. Doctor Sleep by Stephen King (June 30) 
  37. Things I Overheard While Talking to Myself by Alan Alda (July 2) 
  38. Justice by Michael Sandel (July 5) 
  39. Strumpet City by James Plunkett (July 11) 
  40. When the Killing's Done by T.C. Boyle (July 19) 
  41. The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver (July 26) 
  42. Room with a View by E.M. Forester (July 26) 
  43. Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel García Márquez (July 31) 
  44. The Tenderness of Wolves by Stef Penney (August 6) 
  45. Good Harbor by Anita Diamant (August 8) 
  46. Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha by Roddy Doyle (August 16) 
  47. Fine Just the Way It Is by Annie Proulx (August 19) 
  48. Insurgent by Veronica Roth (August 25) 
  49. !Yo! by Julia Alverez (September 1) 
  50. The Solitude of Prime Numbers by Paolo Giordano (September 2) 
  51. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov (September 2) 
  52. Allegiant by Veronica Roth (September 4) 
  53. Dancer by Colm McCann (September 22) 
  54. Tattoos on the Heart by Gregory Boyle (September 26) 
  55. Zeitoun by Dave Eggers (September 26) 
  56. Naked by David Sedaris (September 29) 
  57. The Water-Method Man by John Irving (October 6) 
  58. Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris (October 8) 
  59. Full Dark, No Stars by Stephen King (October 11) 
  60. Day After Night by Anita Diamant (October 14) 
  61. The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood (October 17) 
  62. Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann (October 27) 
  63. Against Interpretation by Susan Sontag (November 3) 
  64. At Home by Bill Bryson (November 5) 
  65. The Passage by Justin Cronin (November 8) 
  66. The Danger by Dick Francis (November 11) 
  67. Zoli by Colum McCann (November 20) 
  68. Fierce Invalids Home from Hot Climates by Tom Robbins (November 22) 
  69. Young Skins by Colin Barrett (November 22) *SEE NOTE BELOW 
  70. Pedagogy of the Oppressed by Paulo Freire (November 23) 
  71. Persuasion by Jane Austen (November 24) 
  72. Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott (November 25) 
  73. Power, Conflict, and Criminalisation by Phil Scraton (November 26) 
  74. I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith (November 27) 
  75. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas (November 28) 
  76. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett (November 29) 
  77. Small Wonder by Barbara Kingsolver (November 30) 
  78. Academy Street by Mary Costello (December 1) 
  79. The Beautiful and the Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald (December 2) 
  80. Tomorrow, When the War Began by John Marsden (December 5) 
  81. Wild by Cheryl Strayed (December 8) 
  82. Back in the Wold by Tobias Wolff (December 12) 
  83. Run by Ann Patchett (December 18) 
  84. Cell by Stephen King (December 24) 
  85. Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh (December 28) 

A NOTE REGARDING #69-79: I took a cargo freighter across the Atlantic Ocean, starting November 22nd in Liverpool and disembarking 3,524 miles later in Chester, Pennsylvania on December 1st. I was the only passenger. I did a lot of reading--there wasn't much else to do! 

The rules:

  • Books must be read cover to cover to count. No partial credit.
  • Re-reads count.
  • Books on tape count.
  • Books read for class (or, in my new life, for work--see Book #1 for the year) count.
  • Books may, of course, be read simultaneously.

Note: this space will become much cooler as time goes on (photos, possibly book reviews, etc). The list will be updated as I finish more books.

Please share your own reading lists below, and feel free to comment/question/recommend any thoughts you have about my list!