BOOKS I STARTED READING IN 2015, RANKED BY MY LIKELIHOOD OF EVER FINISHING THEM

  1. 1.
    The Marriage Plot, by Jeffrey Eugenides ✔️
    I started reading this in 2012, then got distracted by moving to the USA. Finally picked it up again in December, started reading again, mildly freaked out by the fact that the authors and character both graduated from Brown at the same time as the author of the memoir I was re-reading (and that you hear me talk about all the time). It took me a month, because of various distractions, but I got through it!
  2. 2.
    Raising the Barre, by Lauren Kessler
    I tend to read non fiction slowly, interspersed with fiction. I am really enjoying this - was hoping I'd have more time over the Christmas holidays to really dig into it, but I'm happy to savour it slowly too.
  3. 3.
    God is Closer Than You Think, by John Ortberg
    I love this book - I went through a phase of reading it over and over again. It's been a long time, though, and this time it's my Sunday book - so it'll take me a while.
  4. 4.
    The Versions of Us, by Laura Barnett
    I tried to read this during my Great Summer Reading Slump, but it was slow and laborious and I was super distracted all the way through. And you can't be distracted with this book because it's three simultaneous plots. I suspect I'm going to have to start again from the beginning. I really want to love it.
  5. 5.
    Let's Explore Diabetes With Owls, by David Sedaris
    I've read a few of these essays, and I'll continue to drip feed them to myself over the coming months.
  6. 6.
    Bream Gives Me Hiccups, by Jesse Eisenberg
    I read the first story after @LizDawson and I went to see him speak at Politics & Prose. Enjoyed it, but had way too many books on the go. I'll come back to reading this intermittently after I'm done with reading the Sedaris.
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    Modern Love: 50 True and Extraordinary Tales of Desire, Deceit, and Devotion, edited by Daniel Jones
    I was reading these because they're short and sweet and all about feelings and I thought it would be an easy way to up my number of books read, since you can pretty much pick up where you left off and read in line at Chipotle or whatever. But after my essay got rejected by the New York Times Modern Love column, I somehow lost interest.
  8. 8.
    Remember Me Like This, by Brett Anthony Johnston
    This is so wonderfully written, but it's dense, too, and was taking me forever. Plus, it's about what happens after a kidnapped boy is found, so there isn't quite the page-turning of a Gone Girl or whatever. I want to finish it though!
  9. 9.
    Spinster: Making a Life of One's Own, by Kate Bolick
    I was liking this, but somewhere along the line I lost momentum. It's a weekend book - one for when you're not rushing and you can take your time - and I think my weekends just got a bit busy.
  10. 10.
    Bad Feminist, by Roxane Gay
    I'm such a bad feminist that I'm probably not a feminist at all - but my friends keep insisting that I must be, so I decided to give it some serious thought with this book. But essays are hard work and require full brain power and I ever quite going on this one.
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    What Do You Think of Me? Why Do I Care?: Answers to the Big Questions of Life, by Edward T Welch
    This was given to me by a really sweet lady at church who thought I was caring too much what someone thought of me. And while it's true I definitely struggle with that, this particular situation was more complicated than she maybe quite realised. I'm a bit scared of all the issues this will bring up. But the chapters are short, so that should help?
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    Furious Love: Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, and the Marriage of the Century by Sam Kashner, Nancy Schoenberger
    This is good, but it's long. So long. I already feel like I've listened to it for a hundred years and I still somehow have 17 hours to go.