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Books 2015

Once again, I’m sharing a list of everything I read this year. Books are rated on a totally subjective scale of 1-5 stars. In short, here’s what each rating means:

  • * I couldn’t finish reading it, I hated it so much
  • ** I finished the book, but I wish I had the hours back I spent on it
  • *** It was about as expected, glad I read it but I wouldn’t recommend it
  • **** I really enjoyed reading the book, and would definitely recommend it to others
  • **** I MUST OWN THIS NOW! I want to reread it over and over and over

Obviously this means that very few books score 1 or 5 stars. This year the winners were Words of Radiance (unsurprising, since Sanderson is my favorite fantasy author), Sophie’s Choice, and In the Unlikely Event – a new book by Judy Blume. There were also a few rereads of favorite books from childhood (Walk Two Moons and Starring Sally J Freedman as Herself) which also scored five stars. No one star reviews this year, and overall just a fun year of reading. On to 2016!

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, by Muriel Spark****
The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger***
Words of Radiance, by Brandon Sanderson*****
Americanah, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie****
Wild Girls, by Mary Steward Atwell**
The Confessions of Nat Turner, by William Styron***
Breasts, a natural and unnatural history, by Florence Williams**
W is for Wasted, by Sue Grafton***
I Know this Much is True, by Wally Lamb****
As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of the Princess Brice, by Cary Elwes and Joe Layden***
The Ten Year Nap, by Meg Wolitzer**
Anathem, by Neal Stephenson***
Snow Falling on Cedars, by David Guterson***
The Corrections, by Jonathan Franzen**
High Fidelity, by Nick Hornby****
The Crying of Lot 49, by Thomas Pynchon**
Sophie’s Choice, by William Styron*****
The Dante Club, by Matthew Pearl***
The Yiddish Policeman’s Union, by Michael Chabon***
Brain on Fire, by Susannah Cahalan****
Freakonomics, by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner****
Anansi Boys, by Neil Gaiman****
Eat, Pray, Love, by Elizabeth Gilbert****
Choose Your Own Autobiography, by Neil Patrick Harris***
Starring Sally J Freedman as Herself, by Judy Bloom*****
Walk Two Moons, by Sharon Creech*****
Child of the Owl, by Lawrence Yep****
Steelheart, by Brandon Sanderson****
Firefight, by Brandon Sanderson ****
The Virgin Suicides, by Jeffrey Eugenides***
Things Fall Apart, by Chinua Achebe****
The Queen of the Tearling, by Erika Johansen*****
The Secret Life of Bees, by Sue Monk Kid****
The Dive at Clausen’s Peer, by Ann Packer***
Loitering without Intent, by Muriel Spark***
Invasion of the Tearling, by Erika Johansen*****
Wild, by Cheryl Strayed***
Paper Towns, by John Green****
Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Bronte****
The Optimist’s Daughter, by Eudora Welty***
In the Unlikely Event, by Judy Bloom*****
Cryptonomicon, by Neal Stephenson**
Bel Canto, by Ann Pratchett***
Nickle and Dimed, by Barbara Ehrenreich****
Daisy Miller, by Henry James***

Marli Mesibov

Marli is a content strategist with a passion for the user experience. Her work spans websites, web applications, and mobile. Marli is the VP of Content Strategy at the UX design agency Mad*Pow, and she serves as managing editor at UX Booth, a publication about all areas of user experience. Marli is a frequent conference speaker, and has spoken at conferences including Content Strategy Forum and LavaCon. She can also be found on Twitter, where she shares thoughts on content strategy, literature, and Muppets.

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