2015: Books I Read

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***

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