My best and worst reading of 2015

2015 booksHere are the 52 books I read or listened to in 2015. (I’ve excluded the books I read with my kids, since I review those less consistently.)

I have separated them into fiction and non-fiction and provided a loose ranking: 5 is the best rating, so I recommend any book with a 5 next to it. I’ve written a full review for each book, which you can read by following the link!

Reactions and recommendations are welcome!

 

Fiction

  1. The Odyssey, by Homer (Robert Fagles translation) – 5
  2. Americanah, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie – 5
  3. The Memory of Love, by Aminatta Forna – 5
  4. Sense and Sensibility, by Jane Austen – 5
  5. Some Kind of Fairy Tale, by Graham Joyce – 5
  6. A Confederacy of Dunces, by John Kennedy Toole – 5
  7. Dos crímenes, por Jorge Ibargüengoitia – 5
  8. We Need New Names, by NoViolet Bulawayo – 5
  9. Cosmétique de l’ennemi, par Amélie Nothomb – 5
  10. Ready Player One, by Ernest Cline – 5
  11. The Tempest, by Shakespeare (Ian McKellen audio performance) – 4
  12. The Martian, by Andy Weir – 4
  13. The Silkworm, by Robert Galbraith (aka JK Rowling) – 4
  14. L’envers du décor, par Safiatou Ba – 4
  15. Chaka, by Thomas Mofolo – 4
  16. The Children Act, by Ian McEwan – 4
  17. The Virginian: A Horseman of the Plains, by Owen Wister – 4
  18. Los pasos de López, por Jorge Ibargüengoitia – 4
  19. Twice Buried, by Steven Havill – 4
  20. The Gods of Guilt, by Michael Connelly – 4
  21. Broken Monsters, by Lauren Beukes – 4
  22. Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage, by Haruki Murakami – 4
  23. Death at the Voyager Hotel, by Kwei Quartey – 4
  24. Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish, by David Rakoff – 4
  25. Harry Potter à l’école des sorciers, par JK Rowling – 4
  26. Harry Potter et la chambre des secrets, par JK Rowling – 4
  27. Good Behavior, by Donald Westlake – 4
  28. The Cuckoo’s Calling, by Robert Galbraith (aka JK Rowling) – 3
  29. Sweetness #9, by Stephan Eirik Clark – 3
  30. La isla de los amores infinitos, por Daína Chaviano – 3
  31. The Girl on the Train, by Paula Hawkins – 3
  32. Armada, by Ernest Cline – 2
  33. La iguana, por Alberto Vásquez-Figueroa – 2
  34. Romance, by David Mamet – 2
Non-fiction
  1. I Will Lead You Along: The Life of Henry B. Eyring, by Henry J. Eyring and Robert Eaton – 5
  2. Fields of Blood: Religion and the History of Violence, by Karen Armstrong – 5
  3. On Immunity: An Innoculation, by Eula Biss – 5
  4. Misbehaving: The Making of Behavioral Economics, by Richard Thaler – 5
  5. Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea, by Barbara Demick – 5
  6. This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage, by Ann Patchett – 5
  7. Food: A Love Story, by Jim Gaffigan – 5
  8. Dreams in a Time of War: A Childhood Memoir, by Ngūgī wa Thiong’o – 5
  9. Brown Girl Dreaming, by Jacqueline Woodson – 5
  10. Pyongyang: A Journey in North Korea, by Guy Delisle – 5
  11. A Path Appears: Transforming Lives, Creating Opportunity, by Kristof and WuDunn – 5
  12. A Quaker Book of Wisdom: Life Lessons in Simplicity, Service, and Common Sense, by Robert Lawrence Smith – 4
  13. Man’s Search for Meaning, by Viktor Frankl – 4
  14. Yes Please, by Amy Poehler – 4
  15. The Art of Social Media: Power Tips for Power Users, by Guy Kawasaki & Peg Fitzpatrick – 4
  16. The Half-Life of Facts: Why Everything We Know Has an Expiration Date, by Samuel Arbesman – 4
  17. Monkey Mind: A Memoir of Anxiety, by Daniel Smith – 4
  18. I Don’t Know What You Know Me From: Confessions of a Co-Star, by Judy Greer – 3
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