Sometime about 10 years ago, I realized I'd only read, like, 2 books all year. While that's still 200% more books than the average American, and I justified it all by telling myself I'd read a lot of comics (I had. A LOT of comics.), I felt a bit bad about not reading books without pictures. So, these days I
strive to read a bit more.
Here's the list of what I read in 2015. It's only 23 books, but I figure that's about two a month, and that's not awful when you add in the numbers I presented yesterday when it came to movies. Plus working and whatnot.
|Title||Author||Genre||Date finished||1-10 ranking|
|Mystic River||Dennis Lehane||crime fiction||1/29/2015||6|
|The Bully Pulpit||Doris Kearns Goodwin||history||3/25/2015||9|
|The Comeback||Stark, Richard||crime||5/2/2015||6|
|Ready Player One||Cline, Ernest||sci-fi||5/2/2015||5|
|Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy||Adams, Douglas||sci-fi||5/21/2015||7|
|Red Harvest||Dashiell Hammett||crime||6/4/2015||8|
|Superman: The High Flying History of the Man of Steel||Tye, Larry||non-fiction||6/26/2015||7|
|Tarzan of the Apes||Edgar Rice Burroughs||Ape Book||7/10/2015||7|
|Rin Tin Tin - The Life and the Legend||Orlean, Susan||Non-Fiction||8/12/2015||9|
|The Martian||Andy Weir||Science Fiction||8/20/2015||8|
|Farewell, My Lovely||Chandler, Raymond||detective||9/3/2015||8|
|Big Knockover, The||Hammett, Dashiell||crime fiction/ short story||7|
|If Chins Could Kill||Campbell, bruce||memoir||9/17/2015||1|
|Rendezvous with Rama||Arthur C. Clarke||Sci-Fi||10/5/2015||8|
|The Legend of Sleepy Hollow||Irving, Washington||American Classic/ horror/ comedy||10/16/2015||8|
|The Haunting of Hill House||Jackson, Shirley||Horror||10/21/2015||8|
|Hocus Pocus||Vonnegut, Kurt||american literature||10/28/2015||7|
|Isaac's Storm||Larson, Erik||history||11/15/2015||6|
|Casino Royale||Fleming, Ian||Bond||12/1/2015||7|
|Live and Let Die||Fleming, Ian||Bond||12/18/2015||4|
I actually read a lot of fiction this year, which is not something that's usually been my focus, and I read four book series if you want to count the Parker books by Stark, Marlowe books by Chandler, Continental Op work by Hammett and Bond books by Fleming.
The best of the books I read this year, or the one I've thought about the most, was probably The Bully Pulpit. Despite the low numerical ranking I gave Live and Let Die, the most frustrating read of the year was probably Mystic River, which is a bit vexing for me as I'd like to get into more modern crime fiction.
In 2016, I want to finally wrap up the Parker book series and read more non-fiction and Chandler. All seems pretty do-able, and when I get back into my commute, I already have a Chandler book picked out. As per non-fiction, I'm starting with Glen Weldon's Superman: The Unauthorized Biography, which I've started and already and am loving so far despite the familiar territory it's covering.
I do really enjoy the diversion of science-fiction, and so I also plan to read Clarke's Childhood's End at some point. I also need to read Jason Dewey Craft's book Old Green World, and there's a kind of funny story about why that hasn't happened.