BOOKS I'VE READ THIS YEAR
(so far) [updated]
- •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.
- •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.
- •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.
- •The Secret History of Wonder Woman by Jill Lepore (May 2015)Unexpected origins of Wonder Woman, pop culture as a window to social history.
- •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.
- •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.
- •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.
- •The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton (Feb 2015)I think I liked it, but it didn't really stick with me.
- •Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham (Feb 2015)Funny and sometimes moving.
- •Laura Lamont's Life in Pictures by Emma Straub (June 2015)Light but interesting time shifts
- •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.
- •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.
- •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.
- •Now: Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl by Carrie Brownstein
- •Stop and start: Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel; Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay