Print Story Books I've Read This Year 2015
Diary
By TheophileEscargot (Fri Dec 18, 2015 at 09:51:31 AM EST) Reading (all tags)
See also 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014

Breakdown:
Non-fiction 20
SF 26
Non-SF fiction 24
Comics 2



The List
Title links to my diary, author links to Amazon.

Non-fiction

  1. The Science of Discworld III: Darwin's Watch by Ian Stewart, Jack Cohen, Terry Pratchett
  2. To Live Outside the Law by Leaf Fielding
  3. Confronting the Classics by Mary Beard
  4. Capital in the Twenty-First Century by Thomas Piketty
  5. The Race for Paradise by Paul M. Cobb
  6. The Muslims are Coming! by Arun Kundnani
  7. The French Intifada by Andrew Hussey
  8. The Confidence Trap by David Runciman
  9. Clubland UK by Stephen McLaughlin
  10. Seneca: A Life by Emily Wilson
  11. Lawrence in Arabia by Scott Anderson
  12. The Aquariums of Pyongyang by Kang Chol-Hwan
  13. The King in the North by Max Adams
  14. Transforming a Rape Culture by Emilie Buchwald
  15. No Bad Kids by Janet Lansbury
  16. A Journey by Tony Blair
  17. The Muslim Revolt by Roger Hardy
  18. A History of Management Thought by Morgen Witzel
  19. The Last Panther by Wolfgang Faust
  20. The Secret Olympian by Anon
SF
  1. Foxglove Summer by Ben Aaronovitch
  2. Half a King by Joe Abercrombie
  3. The Drowned Cities by Paulo Bacigalupi
  4. Stardust by Neil Gaiman
  5. The Adjacent by Christopher Priest
  6. The Martian by Andy Weir
  7. Joyland by Stephen King
  8. Tigerman by Nick Harkaway
  9. Double Vision by Tricia Sullivan
  10. The Rhesus Chart by Charles Stross
  11. The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro
  12. The King in the North by Max Adams
  13. The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N.K. Jemisin
  14. The Kingdom of Gods by N.K. Jemisin
  15. The Awakened Kingdom by N.K. Jemisin
  16. The Language of Spells by Sarah Painter
  17. Half the World by Joe Abercrombie
  18. First Light by Linda Nagata
  19. The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
  20. Half a War by Joe Abercrombie
  21. The Goddess Chronicle by Natsuo Kirino
  22. Maul by Tricia Sullivan
  23. Roboteer by Alex Lamb
  24. The Water Knife by Paolo Bacigalupi
  25. Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights by Salman Rushdie
  26. Ancillary Mercy by Ann Leckie
Non-SF fiction
  1. Persuader by Lee Child
  2. The Enemy by Lee Child
  3. One Shot by Lee Child
  4. The Bacchae by Euripedes, Robin Robertson
  5. The Hard Way by Lee Child
  6. Bad Luck and Trouble by Lee Child
  7. Nothing to Lose by Lee Child
  8. Gone Tomorrow by Lee Child
  9. 61 Hours by Lee Child
  10. Worth Dying For by Lee Child
  11. Persuader by Lee Child
  12. Tigerman by Nick Harkaway
  13. The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters
  14. Big Brother by Lionel Shriver
  15. Cat Out of Hell by Lynne Truss
  16. A Wanted Man by Lee Child
  17. Never Go Back by Lee Child
  18. Bombshell by Barbara Allan, Max Allan Collins
  19. Personal by Lee Child
  20. Ayoade on Ayoade by Richard Ayoade
  21. The President's Hat by Antoine Laurain
  22. Just in Case by Chrissie Manby
  23. Most Secret by Nevil Shute
  24. Barracuda by Christos Tsiolkas
Comics
  1. A Thousand Ships by Eric Shanower
  2. Nemo: Roses of Berlin by Alan Moore, Kevin O'Neill
Graphs
Books per year 2015

Books by Genre 2015

Overall picture
Total of 70 is up a bit on last year, getting back to the low pre-baby levels. It was a bit easier to read with him from 1 to 2 since he can play on his own a bit. Suspect that might get harder now he needs more entertainment. I seem to be reading a bit more science fiction again, the line has zagged back up after declining for a while. I think that might be because it's easier to get through long series on an e-reader without having to handle paper.

Highlights
Both non-fiction highlights are depressing but important. "Capital in the Twenty-First Century" by Thomas Piketty lives up to its reputation, amassing solid detail on the rise of inequality since the Seventies. "The Muslims are Coming!" by Arun Kundnani isn't quite as solid, with a couple of unconvincing arguments in there, but overall a chilling description of how flimsy is the evidence base for official strategy against Islamic terrorism.

Non-fiction lowlight was "The Last Panther", which fooled me for about halfway, but appears to be a hoax.

Science fiction highlights were the light but fun old-school novels "The Roboteer" by Alex Lamb and "The Martian" by Andy Weir.

Regular fiction highlight was the intense "Barracuda" by Christos Tsiolkas.

That's it. See you next year!

< Anonimouse does Football | Star Wars >
Books I've Read This Year 2015 | 1 comment (1 topical, 0 hidden) | Trackback
Persuader - Lee Child by Bob Abooey (2.00 / 0) #1 Fri Dec 18, 2015 at 03:04:33 PM EST
My dad was reading that on his Kindle when he passed. I bought it (paperback version) from the Amazon - might read it over Christmas break.

Warmest regards,
--Your best pal Bob

How's my blogging: Call me at 209.867.5309 to complain.

Books I've Read This Year 2015 | 1 comment (1 topical, 0 hidden) | Trackback