Though I hope to eventually blog about all the books read in 2015 that I haven’t yet reviewed, here is a summary of my past year in reading:
Number of books read: 65
Longest book: Pillar of Fire: America in the King Years 1963-65 by Taylor Branch. 768 pages.
Shortest book: The Old Peabody Pew by Kate Douglas Wiggin. 60 pages.
Oldest book: The Pillow Book by Sei Shonagon. 11th century.
Newest book: Controlled Burn (Boston Fire #2) by Shannon Stacey. November 24, 2015.
I am listing my top fiction and nonfiction reads further below, but I also want to give a boost to the following two books I read in 2015 and that I think more people should read:
Tomato Red by Daniel Woodrell [my review]
Intimate: An American Family Album by Paisley Rekdal [my review]
And though it was overall a very quality year for reading, here is a short list of my favorites from 2015:
Top three fiction:
East of Eden by John Steinbeck
The Rose Garden by Susanna Kearsley
The Greengage Summer by Rumer Godden
Top three nonfiction reads:
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nahesi Coates
Pillar of Fire: America in the King Years 1963-65 by Taylor Branch
Wild by Cheryl Strayed
Bookish Community in 2015:
One of the most exciting bookish developments for 2015 was meeting with a group of bloggers (some from D.C. metro and some visiting) back in April and then starting a book club with the geographically proximate and all-around amazing Teresa and Leslie.
After attending the National Book Festival for the 11th time in September, my fellow faithful attender and friend Kristin and I decided we should have a Skype book club for our shared interest in nonfiction. (She lives in North Carolina). So far we have read one book, and plan to discuss another this month – Atul Gawande’s Better.
2016 promises more possibilities for connecting to people through reading. In December, after having supper with a group of people from church where the conversation was decidedly bookish, one of them emailed the group with Book Riot’s 2016 Read Harder challenge. I’m not sure I’ll complete all 24 tasks, but I’d certainly like to put a dent in it!