What I read in 2015

It's time to look back over what I read in the last year, and I have to say it was a good year for reading! That's probably completely down to making time for reading in the evening not just the morning.
For whatever reason I think the books that especially stood out to me this year were The Encyclopedia of Early Earth, The Paying Guests, No More Dirty Looks, Beloved, The Table Comes First, At Home, The First Bad Man & How To Be Both, those last two are probably tied for my favorite books I read this year (surprisingly because I keep thinking I'm over Miranda July, and then she makes something so good!).
I finally read Willa Cather and loved her, discovered Sarah Waters who I will definitely be reading more of, and discovered a few "cozy armchair mystery" series' that got me though some stressful times. You'll see I don't count audiobooks with other books, this is a personal thing because I think the experience is different, but I did want to record them because I listened to quite a few this year.
I got recommendations from my parents, my parents' friends, my friends, youtube, and a guy at Powells who I sold some books to. A few of these were read for my book club.

Dragonfish by Vu Tran
Purity by Jonathan Franzen
The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro
H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald
M Train by Patti Smith
How to Be Parisian Wherever You Are: Love, Style, and Bad Habits by Anne Berest
Call the Midwife: A Memoir of Birth, Joy, and Hard Times by Jennifer Worth
A Room of One's Own by Virginia Woolf
Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert
Plumdog by Emma Chichester Clark
Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling
The Beauty Myth by Naomi Wolf
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
The Scarlet Letter and Other Tales of the Puritans by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Nimona by Noelle Stevenson
The First Bad Man by Miranda July
The Case of the Peculiar Pink Fan (Enola Holmes Mysteries, #4) by Nancy Springer
Giovanni's Room by James Baldwin
Dune (Dune Chronicles, #1) by Frank Herbert
The Case of the Bizarre Bouquets (Enola Holmes Mysteries, #3) by Nancy Springer
The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches (Flavia de Luce, #6) by Alan Bradley
Men Explain Things to Me by Rebecca Solnit
Nightwood by Djuna Barnes
Life of Pi by Yann Martel
The Case of the Left-Handed Lady (Enola Holmes Mysteries, #2) by Nancy Springer
Madness, Rack, and Honey: Collected Lectures by Mary Ruefle
Euphoria by Lily King
The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather
O Pioneers! by Willa Cather
Pilgrim on the Great Bird Continent: The Importance of Everything and Other Lessons from Darwin's Lost Notebooks by Lyanda Lynn Haupt
Speaking from Among the Bones (Flavia de Luce, #5 ) by Alan Bradley
The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
Countdown City (The Last Policeman, #2) by Ben H. Winters
World of Trouble (The Last Policeman, #3) by Ben H. Winters
The Last Policeman (Last Policeman, #1) by Ben H. Winters
Beloved by Toni Morrison
Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom: Creating Physical and Emotional Health and Healing by Christiane Northrup
I Am Half-Sick of Shadows (Flavia De Luce, #4) by Alan Bradley
The Turnip Princess and other newly discovered fairy tales by Franz Xaver von Schönwerth
The Lost Estate by Alain-Fournier
The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters
The Vet's Daughter by Barbara Comyns
A Red Herring Without Mustard (Flavia de Luce, #3) by Alan Bradley
The Case of the Missing Marquess (Enola Holmes Mysteries, #1) by Nancy Springer
My Ántonia by Willa Cather
The Weed That Strings the Hangman's Bag (Flavia de Luce, #2) by Alan Bradley
Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
Our Endless Numbered Days by Claire Fuller (My Artwork is on the cover)
The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie (Flavia de Luce, #1) by Alan Bradley
Skin Cleanse: The Simple, All-Natural Program for Clear, Calm, Happy Skin by Adina Grigore
How To Be Both by Ali Smith
Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
Essence and Alchemy: A Natural History of Perfume by Mandy Aftel
The Empathy Exams: Essays by Leslie Jamison
No More Dirty Looks: The Truth About Your Beauty Products and the Ultimate Guide to Safe and Clean Cosmetics by Siobhan O'Connor
The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters
How Green Was My Valley by Richard Llewellyn
The New Moon With the Old by Dodie Smith
The Town in Bloom by Dodie Smith
The Encyclopedia of Early Earth by Isabel Greenberg
Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard
Moon Tiger by Penelope Lively
The Professor by Charlotte Brontë
In Praise of Slowness: How A Worldwide Movement Is Challenging the Cult of Speed by Carl Honoré
Delancey: A Man, a Woman, a Restaurant, a Marriage by Molly Wizenberg
Shirley by Charlotte Brontë
A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway (a re-read for me)

The Swerve: How the World Became Modern by Stephen Greenblatt
The Table Comes First: Family, France and the Meaning of Food by Adam Gopnik
Stumbling on Happiness by Daniel Gilbert
A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson
Yes Please by Amy Poehler
At Home: A Short History of Private Life by Bill Bryson
Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell
The Tipping Point : How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference by Malcolm Gladwell
The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert

Also, here is my "Year In Books" on Goodreads.

Here is what I read in 2014

What was your favorite book you read (or listened to) this year?


  1. Love Sarah Waters! Go around to reading Fingersmith this year. It was excellent!

    1. That's what I'm planning to read next from her! That seems to be one of her most popular.

  2. Also Tipping the Velvet is really great too!

  3. If you haven't read it already, I would recommend The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy. Fantastic little book!