Books read in 2015

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I read 58 books in 2015. I read way more than I did in 2014 (32), but not as much as in 2013 (62).

I like reading, and I buy a lot of books. As a writer and consumer of books, I was curious how many print books vs. e-books I read this past year. So I counted. The numbers split right down the middle: 29 print books and 29 e-books.

I was surprised. I thought e-books would edge out print books this past year, but I think the parity can be accounted for by three personal trends in 2015:

  1. I got more into comics collections and graphic novels.
  2. I tried a “no screens after 8:00 p.m.” regimen for a few months to try to sleep better (mixed results).
  3. I made more bookstore visits (Joseph Fox Bookshop in Philly, you are awesome).

I enjoyed the vast majority of the books I read this year. Some of the most memorable weren’t new releases; I highly recommend Cakes and Ale by W. Somerset Maugham and Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons. Cakes and Ale is written beautifully and is wryly funny. Cold Comfort Farm is some of the best comedy writing in novel form I’ve ever read.

The Official List (in the order in which they were read):

1. Hyperbole and a Half; Allie Brosh
2. Wanderlust: A History of Walking; Rebecca Solnit
3. Letters to a Young Poet; Rainer Maria Rilke
4. I’m With the Band: Confessions of a Groupie; Pamela Des Barres
5. Amish Abstractions; Faith and Stephen Brown
6. Pale Fire; Vladimir Nabokov
7. Lock In; John Scalzi
8. Notes of a Dirty Old Man; Charles Bukowski
9. Uniforms; Paul Fussell
10. Less Than Zero; Bret Easton Ellis
11. Forty-one False Starts; Janet Malcolm
12. Ancillary Sword; Anne Leckie
13. The Good Soldier; Ford Maddox Ford
14. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn; Mark Twain
15. How to Cook a Wolf; MFK Fisher
16. The Crying of Lot 49; Thomas Pynchon
17. The Unprejudiced Palate; Angelo Pellegrini
18. Art & Fear; David Bayles, Ted Orland
19. Pyongyang; Guy Delisle
20. Bad Times in Buenos Aires; Miranda France
21. Trout Fishing in America; Richard Brautigan
22. Cold Comfort Farm; Stella Gibbons
23. Cakes and Ale; W. Somerset Maugham
24. The Dead Mountaineer’s Inn; Arkady and Boris Strugatsky
25. Crap; Conley, Macklin, Miller
26. How to Make a Living as a Writer; James Scott Bell
27. Structuring Your Novel; KM Weiland
28. Metatropolis; John Scalzi
29. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty; James Thurber
30. Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell; Susanna Clarke
31. Elvis, Jesus & Coca-Cola; Kinky Friedman
32. Tales of the City; Armistead Maupin
33. The Red Men; Matthew de Abaitua
34. The Female Man; Joanna Russ
35. On Booze; F. Scott Fitzgerald
36. The Comic Toolbox; John Vorhaus
37. Goodbye to All That; Robert Graves
38.  The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy; Douglas Adams
39. The Restaurant at the End of the Universe; Douglas Adams
40. Life, the Universe and Everything; Douglas Adams
41. The Art of Game Design; Jesse Schell
42. So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish; Douglas Adams
43. Press Start to Play; Daniel H. Wilson, John Joseph Adams (editors)
44. Understanding Comics; Scott McCloud
45. You’re All Just Jealous of My Jetpack; Tom Gauld
46. Step Aside, Pops; Kate Beaton
47. Out on the Wire; Jessica Abel
48. Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind; Yuval Noah Harari
49. The Martian; Andy Weir
50. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian; Sherman Alexie
51. Comfort Food Zine; Lauren Jordan (editor)
52. The Magicians; Lev Grossman
53. Let’s Pretend This Never Happened; Jenny Lawson
54. Self-Publisher’s Legal Handbook; Helen Sedwick
55. The Power of Myth; Joseph Campbell, Bill Moyers
56. Feng Shui: Secrets of Chinese Geomancy; Richard Creightmore
57. Jung: A Graphic Guide; Maggie Hyde, Michael McGuinness
58. Poetry Is Useless; Anders Nilsen


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