2015 in books

A friend and I read 26 books in 2014, or a book every two weeks. That was a personal record and last year we tried for 30. I topped out at 26 again, but in 2016, maybe I’ll throw my phone in the ocean, like Austin Kleon suggests. He read more than 70 books in a year and among his tips to read more are keeping a reading log and sharing your favorite books with others. Here’s my list with favorites in bold.  

1. “The Big Sleep” by Raymond Carver

2. “Beat the Reaper” by Josh Bazell

3. “Plague of Doves” by Louise Erdrich

4. “Travels with Charley: In Search of America” by John Steinbeck

5. “The Liar’s Club” by Mary Karr

6. “The First Bad Man” by Miranda July

7. “CivilWarLand in Bad Decline” by George Saunders

8. “In Persuasion Nation” by George Saunders

9. “In the Unlikely Event” by Judy Blume

10. “The Heart is a Lonely Hunter” by Carson McCullers

11. “The Orphan Master’s Son” by Adam Johnson

12. “Home” by Toni Morrison

13. “The Keep” by Jennifer Egan

14. “Light in August” by William Faulkner

15. “Why We Write” by Meredith Maran

16. “Beyond the Hundredth Meridian” by Wallace Stegner

17. “The Last Kings of Sark” by Rosa Rankin Gee

18. “In a Narrow Grave: Essays on Texas” by Larry McMurtry

19. “The Unspeakable” by Meghan Daum

20. “A Sand County Almanac” by Aldo Leopold

21. “Desert Solitaire” by Edward Abbey

22. “How to Write Short” by Roy Peter Clark

23. “Gratitude” by Oliver Sacks

24. “Tiny Beautiful Things” by Cheryl Strayed

25. ”NeuroTribes” by Steve Silberman

26. “Yukon Ho!” by Bill Watterson

Welcoming any recommendations for this year — especially books by non-white writers since they made embarrassingly few appearances in my library last year.