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Books you've read in 2015

Does anyone else keep a yearly list of books they've read? I'd love to see what everyone else has been up to!
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Here's my list:

The Lowland -- Jhumpa Lahiri
The Yellow Birds -- Kevin Powers
The Yiddish Policeman's Union -- Michael Chabon
The Signature of All Things -- Elizabeth Gilbert
Childhood's End -- Arthur C. Clarke
The Glass Castle -- Jeannette Walls
When She Woke -- Hillary Jordan
The Kite Runner -- Khaled Hosseini
Firefly Lane -- Kristin Hannah
As You Wish -- Cary Elwes
The Princess Bride -- William Goldman
The Red Tent -- Anita Diamant
Dragonfly in Amber -- Diana Gabaldon
The Painted Girls -- Cathy Marie Buchanan
The Girl on the Train -- Paula Hawkins
Wild -- Cheryl Strayed
The Graveyard Book -- Neil Gaiman
Devil in the White City -- Erik Larson
The Lacuna -- Barbara Kingsolver
The Witch of Blackbird Pond -- Elizabeth George Speare
Station Eleven -- Emily St. John Mandel
The White Queen -- Philippa Gregory

In progress:

The Red Queen -- Philippa Gregory
Life after Life -- Kate Atkinson
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up -- Marie Kondo
Anna Karenina -- Leo Tolstoy
How do you like the Philippa Gregory books?
I adore them! I spent some time studying Shakespeare's Richard III (well, lots of Shakespeare in general, but Richard III is one we really got into) and it's so fun for me to see the events through the eyes of characters he didn't really develop. A lot of reviews I skimmed before buying the books mentioned that the reviewer didn't care for the characters, but I don't mind them in an "I can't even begin to fathom how much it must have sucked being a woman in your time, so I'll give you the benefit of the doubt" sort of way.

Also, I'm terrible about history and dates and such, and books like this always help me keep things straight. I really appreciate the amount of research that must have gone into these books.


June 9 2015, 22:25:01 UTC 1 year ago Edited:  June 9 2015, 22:27:35 UTC

I used to on good reads until I felt ashamed by the low amount of books I manage to read.

Divergent- Veronica Roth
Insurgent- Veronica Roth
Allegiant- Veronica Roth
A short book on Russian History
And the Mountains Echoed- Khaled Houseni
Sputnik Sweetheart- Haruki Murakami
The Windup Bird Chronicle- Haruki Murakami
The Goldfinch- Donna Tart

I think most of 2015 was spent listening to "The Goldfinch" XD. I liked the first half better than the second half.

Oh and also maybe I should mention that I read half of Tess of the D'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy until I got bored and couldn't finish it.
We have similar taste!

Man, The Goldfinch. I'm still not sure how I feel about it. For such a boring book, it really was excellent! I think Boris is one of my favorite literary characters ever!
The Goldfinch was a very intellectual and philosophical book for Donna Tartt. That's why I liked the first half better. When Theo was a child and not so bent up on philosophical discourse. Oh I loved Boris too! I'm sure he's everyone's favorite. He was the most thought-provoking multi-dimensional character. So many of his rantings just resonated with me so well.

Well—I have to say I personally have never drawn such a sharp line between ‘good’ and ‘bad’ as you. For me: that line is often false. The two are never disconnected. One can’t exist without the other. As long as I am acting out of love, I feel I am doing best I know how. But you—wrapped up in judgment, always regretting the past, cursing yourself, blaming yourself, asking ‘what if,’ ‘what if.’ ‘Life is cruel.’ ‘I wish I had died instead of.’ Well—think about this. What if all your actions and choices, good or bad, make no difference to God? What if the pattern is pre-set? No no—hang on—this is a question worth struggling with. What if our badness and mistakes are the very thing that set our fate and bring us round to good? What if, for some of us, we can’t get there any other way?”

And especially this quote is too applicable to my life lol:

“Here is my experience. Stay away from the ones you love too much. Those are the ones who will kill you. What you want to live and be happy in the world is a woman who has her own life and lets you have yours.”

Have you seen the Divergent movies?
Just the first one. I thought it was fine. I think the movies follow the books closely so the people who complain about hating the movies never read the books to begin with. It's somewhat of a blah series overall, so it's not really like you have to expect a whole lot out of it.
That's how I felt, too. I don't think I even finished the third book, and never bothered seeing the second movie. The series had good potential, but kind of sizzled out for me.
I dare you to say your list is too short after reading mine so far:

3. Arthur Conan Doyle. Rodney Stone. 2015-03-09. 8.5/10
2. The Sherlock Holmes Walk (Louis' London Walks), 2008. 2015-01-19. 8/10
1. William Shakespeare. Twelfth Night and Selected Sonnets. 15-01-17. 9/10

Of which 2 is a short booklet and 1 I have been mangling for a couple of years.

Well, I have almost finished reading another book on the origins of London street names, but not quite. So it's almost 4 books in 5.5 months, haha.
I think it's a quality over quantity thing. Most of the books on my list were light reading, 3 were from a young adult series. The only real brain buster I got through this year was "The Goldfinch".

You read mostly classics, which are harder... especially in your second language!
The Jewel by Amy Ewing [358 pages]
Sophomore Year is Greek to Me by Meredith Zeitlin [319 pages]
The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty [416 pages]
Hand to Mouth: Living in Bootstrap America by Linda Tirado [201 pages]
Malice by Keigo Higashino [274 pages]
The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory [653 pages]
The Bookseller of Kabul by Asne Seierstad [294 pages]
Conversion by Katherine Howe [405 pages]
Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline [272 pages]
A Girl Called Fearless by Catherine Linka [351 pages]
I really wish I had done something like this at the beginning of the year. Would keep me motivated to read. Maybe something for 2016...
Have you ever done it before?

I managed to write down all the books and movies once, but got bored the next year, and I'm trying again this year.
Ive not tried before but strangly in my head I've been trying to complie a list since I read this thread. Might compile a list on my journal at some point.
I should do this. I think it would keep me motivated. I can honestly say I have not finished ONE booking this year. Le sigh. Sad, I know.
I do. I usually post it twice a year to my journal. I wind up with around 120 books for the year.