Of the hundreds I haul around each year, I complete a relative few. Not all books hold my interest. Sometimes it’s the writing or subject matter; other times it’s …well, I don’t know.
One of my New Year’s resolutions, is to read more books. But how many exactly? What number would be realistic?
To determine that, I made a list of the books I read in 2015. There were 26, about two a month. I’m thereby setting 26 as my quota.
Below you’ll find the books that made their way onto last year’s list; many of them were published prior to 2015. Some of these books I adored; you’ll find a star beside their author’s name. Some others were simply okay. (Please forgive me, fellow author, for saying that. I know the time and effort that went into your work. Remember: It’s me, not you.)
Note that many of these books have over-the-top subtitles. Don’t let that turn you off, as it often does me. Finally, rather than describe each of my 26-ers — which is overwhelming, given their number — I’m providing Amazon links, listing books alphabetically by title. All are nonfiction, except where noted.
What books have made it onto your 2015 list?
All the Light We Cannot See
— Anthony Doerr (fiction)
Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania
— Erik Larson*
Department of Speculation
— Jenny Offill (fiction)*
— Kaye Gibbons (fiction)*
— Daniel Silva (fiction)
— Lily King (fiction)*
Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal
— Eric Schlosser*
Forger’s Spell: A True Story of Vermeer, Nazis, and the Greatest Art Hoax of the Twentieth Century
— Edward Dolknick
— John Grisham (fiction)
Last Gift of Time: Life Beyond Sixty
— Carolyn G. Heilbrun
— Jami Attenberg (fiction)*
Never Broken: Songs Are Only Half the Story
River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt’s Darkest Journey
— Candice Millard*
Road to Character
— David Brooks*
— John Grisham (fiction)*
Rush: America’s Fevered Quest for Fortune, 1848-1853
— Edward Dolnick*
Silence: The Power of Quiet in a World Full of Noise
— Thich Nhaht Hanh
Small Move, Big Change: Using Microresolutions to Transform Your Life Permanently
— Caroline L. Arnold*
— Erik Larson
[embedit snippet=”break-code”]So you know: Linking directly to Amazon makes sharing these books easier for me and, I’m guessing, for you. Know that I get a small (microscopic?) commission should you purchase one of the books. Nice as that may be, I assure you, it ain’t enough to put my goldfish through college.