What I read in 2015, and what I hope to read in 2016

Writing this post made me realize that I started this blog over a year ago. Although I’ve failed at my goal of weekly blog posts, I’m happy with the number of books I’ve read in 2015, which is an improvement over last year’s number.

2015 was a big year for me. I finished up school, wrapped up two internships, and secured a full-time job after graduation. With fewer assignments to complete, I hope this means that 2016 will be filled with more books, and of course, more blogging. Without further ado, here are the 30 books I read this year:

  1. An African Millionaire, Grant Allen
  2. MaddAddamMargaret Atwood
  3. The Year of the FloodMargaret Atwood
  4. A Prince of SwindlersGuy Newell Boothby
  5. In Cold BloodTruman Capote
  6. Ender’s GameOrson Scott Card
  7. The Perks of Being a WallflowerStephen Chbosky
  8. No NameWilkie Collins
  9. Crime and PunishmentFyodor Dostoevsky
  10. The Count of Monte CristoAlexandre Dumas
  11. The CircleDave Eggers
  12. Blink: The Power of Thinking Without ThinkingMalcolm Gladwell
  13. Outliers: The Story of SuccessMalcolm Gladwell
  14. Raffles: The Amateur CracksmanE.W. Hornung
  15. The Buried GiantKazuo Ishiguro
  16. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Ken Kesey
  17. The Shining, Stephen King
  18. The StandStephen King
  19. Sputnik SweetheartHaruki Murakami
  20. The Amber SpyglassPhilip Pullman
  21. The Golden CompassPhilip Pullman
  22. The Subtle KnifePhilip Pullman
  23. Please Look After MomKyung-sook Shin
  24. East of EdenJohn Steinbeck
  25. Of Mice and MenJohn Steinbeck
  26. DraculaBram Stoker
  27. CandideVoltaire
  28. The Little Stranger, Sarah Waters
  29. The MartianAndy Weir
  30. The Time MachineH.G. Wells

I read the majority of these books on my handy dandy Kindle, which I received as a Christmas gift last year. It’s honestly the best gift I’ve ever received: something useful to my lifestyle that I would never have considered purchasing on my own. If you’re on the fence about buying an e-reader, I’d highly recommend it, despite how much I love paper books.

My favourite book this year by far was Steinbeck’s East of Eden, although the book that I most connected with on a personal level was Kyung-sook Shin’s Please Look After Mom. There were some classics I read this year that were so highly praised that they ended up disappointing me (see Dracula). But East of Eden simply has everything I look for in a book: enriching prose, multi-faceted characters, and the ability to keep me thinking about the characters and their morals long after I’d finished reading. Some classics are definitely less impactful today than they were upon original publication, but East of Eden is still a masterpiece.

I’m  happy with how many books I managed to read this year in a variety of genres, but I’m disappointed that I only read three female authors this year! I suppose it’s because I focused on reading a lot of “books I should have read already” (ie. classics) this year, but to be honest, that’s no excuse. I’m planning on reading more works by female authors next year, “because it’s 2015”, in the words of our new Prime Minister, or rather, 2016. I’d also like to read more works from outside the U.S. and U.K., as well as more contemporary fiction.

Happy New Year, and hope your 2016 is filled with lots and lots of reading!


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