I read a few books in 2015:
- Hawksmoor, by Peter Ackroyd. Review.
- The Yiddish Policemen’s Union, by Michael Chabon. Review.
- Relentless Forward Progress, by Bryon Powell. Didn’t review.
- Dune, by Frank Herbert. Review.
- Gligamesh (John Harris version; audio book). Didn’t review.
- Into Thin Air, by Jon Krakauer. Didn’t review.
- Blind Descent, by James M. Tabor. Review.
- Touching My Father’s Soul, by Jamling Tenzing Norgay and Broughton Coburn. Didn’t review.
- Solaris, by Stanislaw Lem. Review.
- The Martian, by Andy Weir. Review.
- Starship Troopers, by Robert Heinlein. Review.
- The Confusion, by Neal Stephenson. Maybe when I finish the next one I’ll review the series.
- The Fellowship of the Rings, by J.R.R. Tolkien. Reread, so didn’t review.
- Racing Weight, by Matt Fitzgerald. Didn’t review.
- World War Z, by Max Brooks (audiobook). Review.
- Blueshift, by Claire Wahmanholm. Not going to review, but I’ll say that if this doesn’t get picked up by a publisher, the world will be a sadder place.
That’s ten fiction books in various genres and five nonfiction. I also read
about 3,500 pages of books as an editor (one 300-ish page novel and twelve non-fiction books, several of which were highly academic). There may have been a few more that didn’t make it onto the list, plus let’s not even mention the various books that I picked up, read a chapter of, and put down again. (I am an annoyingly peripatetic reader; my tendency is to leave books here and there, never finishing more than a chapter at a go. Sometimes it can take me a long time to read things.)
I think my favorite of this group was Dune. That is a hard determination to make; many of these really spoke to me in deep ways, and as a writer I learned a lot from many of them. My love for The Yiddish Policemen’s Union is very profound, I should add. It was a close race.
This was also the year that my book came out in paperback. So far, of the initial one hundred copies I purchased, I have twenty left. I didn’t get a website up yet, but soon. I know I’ve been saying that for several months now.
This is my preliminary reading list for 2016. Some of these are carry-overs from last year, and I have to look at them again and determine whether or not they’re still something I’m interested in. In a few days when I have solidified it, I’ll move it to the navigation bar above. If you have any books to recommend for me, feel free to let me know and maybe I’ll add them to the list.
- The Southern Reach Trilogy: Annihilation, Authority, and Acceptance, by Jeff VanderMeer
- Cloud Atlas, by David Mitchell
- Ancillary Justice, by Ann Leckie
- A Girl Is a Half-Formed Thing, by Eimer McBride
- Viviane, by Julia Deck
- The Way of Kings, by Branden Sanderson
- Rock ‘n’ Roll, by Tom Stoppard
- Being and Nothingness, by Jean-Paul Sartre
- Dhalgren, by Samual R. Delaney (I did a little excited dance when this came in the mail)
- Emma, by Jane Austen (How have I not read this before? I have read P&P, S&S, Persuasion, and Northanger Abbey.)
- The Parallax View, by Slavoj Zizek
- The System of the World, by Neal Stephenson
- The Silmarillion, by J.R.R. Tolkien
- The History of Human Sexuality, by Michel Foucault
- “The Library of Babel,” by Jorge Luis Borges (yes okay, it is a short story)