2015 wasn’t exactly a banner year for me in terms of book reading. Work-related issues and a health challenge reduced my reading productivity, but I still managed to read 19 books in 2015. This is shy of my usual goal of 25 books, but I enjoyed works by a broad cross section of authors in a variety of genres. Here are the books I read:
An Abundance of Katherines, by John Green.
Becoming Josephine, by Heather Webb.
Rodin’s Lover, by Heather Webb.
Let Me Be Frank with You, by Richard Ford
A Spool of Blue Thread, by Anne Tyler
The House of Hawthorne, by Erika Robuck
Swamplandia! By Karen Russell
The Light in the Ruins, by Chris Bohjalian
Caught, by Harlan Coben
The Silkworm, by Robert Galbraith (pen name for JK Rowling)
All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr
The Girl on the Train, by Paula Hawkins
Purity, by Jonathan Franzen
Children of Dune, by Frank Herbert
Mean Streak, by Sandra Brown
The Redbreast, by Jo Nesbo
The Girl in the Spider’s Web, by David Lagercrantz
Eat, Pray, Love, by Elizabeth Gilbert
Billy Martin: Baseball’s Flawed Genius, by Bill Pennington
My favorite book of the year? All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr. This was a beautifully rendered tale of the struggles of a blind French girl and a sensitive young German solider during the last days of World War II. Doerr used all the elements of a great story: strong premise, satisfying story arc, detailed characterization, compelling narrative, rich and vivid description, high stakes, and an important theme. Happy reading in 2016.
What was the favorite book you read in 2015?