HAPPY NEW YEAR!
This is my fourth reading year in review, a baffling feat – I’ve never been this dedicated to anything before. Blogging may have its ups and downs, plaguing me with enthusiasm and boredom, but I do love it. Not only because it pushes me to read (just as reading pushes me to blog), but because I’ve interacted with so many like-minded fellows through it.
I still haven’t matched 2013 in terms of reading brilliance. It was the year I of Ford Madox Ford and Slaughterhouse-Five and nothing has quite matched those reading experiences. Well, almost nothing, the Neapolitan series by Elena Ferrante was by far the best reading experience of 2015.
- 106 books read, 101 new books + 5 re-reads (Harry Potter 1-4 & Our Spoons Came From Woolworths). 5 more than in 2014.
- 32 5* books. 7 more than 2014, which surprised me – If I went over all of them today I think this number would drop.
- 2 1* books. Vonnegut and Buchanan respectively. Not all Vonnegut was made equal, for me anyway.
I began the year with Maus by Art Speilgalman and ended it with Kill Your Friends by John Niven – two completely different books for two different Alice’s.
My top 32 books:
- 84 Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff
- Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith
- Circe and the Cyclops by Homer
- Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by J.K. Rowling
- Fingersmith by Sarah Waters
- Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
- How To Be a Heroine by Samantha Ellis
- I Call Myself A Feminist ed. Victoria Pepe
- In the Beginning Was the Sea by Tomas González
- King Solomon’s Mines by H. Rider Haggard
- Lundy, Rockall, Dogger, Fair Isle: A Celebration of the Islands Around Britain by Mathew Clayton
- M Train by Patti Smith
- Medea and Other Plays by Euripides
- The Wallcreeper by Nell Zink
- My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante
- Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
- Quidditch Through the Ages by Kennilworthy Whisp
- Shakespeare: Ideas in Profile by Paul Edmondson
- So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson
- Tender by Belinda McKeon
- The Complete Maus by Art Spiegelman
- The End Of Days by Jenny Erpenbeck
- The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje
- The Life I Left Behind by Colette McBeth
- The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood
- The Story of a New Name by Elena Ferrante
- The Story of the Lost Child by Elena Ferrante
- The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett
- Things We Have in Common by Tasha Kavanagh
- When You Are Engulfed In Flames by David Sedaris
- Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys
It’s been a good year all in all, I’m looking forward to 2016 being even better.