Thursday, 31 December 2015

My Year in Books: 2015

My target this year was 45 books, which I exceeded by two! It's fewer than the 83 books I read last year (taking into account I was unemployed for most of that year), but still quite a lot. Reading is damn important to me. It feels wrong if I go out somewhere for the day and don't have a book in my bag. I use my commute time to read, I read before I go to sleep.

With one exception, I've given the books ratings out of 5, sometimes with a link to the review/reasoning for my rating. A friend pointed out recently that it was easier to review books if you didn't like them much, because humans love to criticise.

If you'd like to keep up-to-date with what's currently sitting on my nightstand - or just want to judge each other's book taste - add me on Goodreads!

  1. Emma Donoghue - Stir-Fry (2/5)
  2. Shane Jones - Light Boxes (3/5)
  3. Joan Didion - The Year of Magical Thinking (1/5)
  4. A.S. King - Ask the Passengers (2/5)
  5. Wolfgang Herrndorf - Tschick (3/5)
  6. Jason Lee Norman - Beautiful Girls & Famous Men (4/5)
  7. Djuna Barnes - Nightwood (4/5)
  8. Julia Engelmann - Eines Tages, Baby (4/5)
  9. Hannah Kent - Burial Rites (4/5)
  10. Juan Pablo Villalobos - Down the Rabbit Hole (3/5)
  11. Adi Alsaid - Let's Get Lost (3/5)
  12. Siri Hustvedt - The Blindfold (4/5)
  13. Paula Hawkins - The Girl on the Train (3/5)
  14. Warsan Shire - Teaching My Mother How to Give Birth (4/5)
  15. Kathrin Weßling - Drüberleben: Depressionen sind doch kein Grund, traurig zu sein (5/5)
  16. Leigh Matthews - Don't Bang the Barista! (4/5)
  17. Anna Friedrich - Holly: Die verschwundene Chefredakteurin (1/5)
  18. Catherine Lacey - Nobody Is Ever Missing (2/5)
  19. David Wagner - Berlin Triptych (3/5)
  20. Hélène Kohl - Une vie de pintade à Berlin (3/5)
  21. Jonathan Franzen - How To Be Alone (2/5)
  22. Marina Keegan - The Opposite of Loneliness (3/5)
  23. Cristina Henriquez - The Book of Unknown Americans (4/5)
  24. Raymond Queneau - Zazie in the Metro (2/5)
  25. Aliza Licht - Leave Your Mark: Land Your Dream Job. Kill it in Your Career. Rock Social Media. (3/5)
  26. Gaston Dorren - Lingo: A Language Spotter's Guide to Europe (2/5)
  27. Tiina Walsh - Fine-Tuning Hanna (3/5)
  28. Anna Winger - This Must Be the Place (1/5)
  29. Lydia Davis - Can't and Won't (4/5)
  30. Rory MacLean - Berlin: Imagine a City (3/5)
  31. Kate Zambreno - Green Girl (3/5)
  32. Sophie Senoner - Nachtaktiv (4/5)
  33. Louise Erdrich - Four Souls (3/5)
  34. Máire T. Robinson - Your Mixtape Unravels My Heart (4/5)
  35. Erica Fischer - Aimée & Jaguar: Eine Liebesgeschichte, Berlin 1943 (3/5)
  36. Haruki Murakami - Kafka on the Shore (2/5)
  37. Jana Frey - Schwarze Zeit (3/5)
  38. John Darnielle - Wolf in White Van (5/5)
  39. Máire T. Robinson - Skin Paper Stone (4/5)
  40. Kim Thúy - Mãn (3/5)
  41. Patricia Highsmith - Carol (3/5)
  42. Maxine Beneba Clarke - Foreign Soil (3/5)
  43. Patti Smith - Just Kids (4/5)
  44. Rut Hillarp - The Black Curve (no rating)
  45. Rachel Hills - The Sex Myth (4/5)
  46. Carrie Brownstein - Hunger Makes Me A Modern Girl (3/5)
  47. Dean Garlick - Chloes (4/5)

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