BOOKS I'VE READ THIS YEAR

(so far) [updated]
  1. The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace by Jeff Hobbs (March 2015)
    Absolutely the best of the year for me, this book destroyed me. It's a truly tragic story. Going in, I knew it was going to end badly, but I still felt punched in the gut and heartbroken.
  2. A God In Ruins by Kate Atkinson (August-Sept 2015)
    A sequel of sorts to Life After Life (which I preferred) that focuses on Ursula's brother Teddy. Atkinson is a master at time-shifting and jumping into different characters, which keeps things interesting.
  3. Factory Man by Beth Macy (Jan 2015)
    Tough tale of a family business and an industry town trying to survive globalization. Some parts dragged a bit (like the "Moby Dick" of furniture manufacturing) but compelling overall.
  4. The Secret History of Wonder Woman by Jill Lepore (May 2015)
    Unexpected origins of Wonder Woman, pop culture as a window to social history.
  5. Loving Day by Mat Johnson (Oct 2015)
    A novel that's a strange mix of contemporary racial commentary, romance and a dash of supernatural elements that actually works. A good story and characters, and a relatively quick read.
  6. Saint Mazie by Jami Attenberg (July 2015)
    Structured like a long lost diary, it's inspired by a Joseph Mitchell essay subject (I need to read his work). The character was better than the plot, but I do love a tough New York broad.
  7. Girl in a Band by Kim Gordon (Nov 2015)
    The Sonic Youth legend's memoir. I enjoyed her contemporary art world memories as I didn't realize she was deep in that scene. Very raw emotions when she described the betrayals that ended her marriage, all the more jarring as the rest of the book had a cool and somewhat distant tone.
  8. The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton (Feb 2015)
    I think I liked it, but it didn't really stick with me.
  9. Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham (Feb 2015)
    Funny and sometimes moving.
  10. Laura Lamont's Life in Pictures by Emma Straub (June 2015)
    Light but interesting time shifts
  11. The Vacationers by Emma Straub (Sept 2015)
    Bad timing: kind of a bummer to read about an amazing summer holiday as summer came to an end. Ok characters and more perspective-hopping, which seems to be a theme in books I pick lately.
  12. Orange is the New Black by Piper Kerman (Jan 2015)
    Post-holiday read, felt like I had to read the book after watching the show for the past few seasons.
  13. The Revolution was Televised by Alan Sepinwall (April 2015)
    I needed a palate cleanser after "Robert Peace," so I read about some of my favorite tv shows - The Wire, Mad Men, Deadwood, Buffy, etc. Light but trying to be deep.
  14. Now: Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl by Carrie Brownstein
  15. Stop and start: Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel; Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay