BOOKS I READ IN 2015

In chronological order. Excludes books I never finished.
  1. Still Life With Husband- Lauren Fox
    This book is the worst. It was a product of blind library book-pick gone wrong. A woman cheats on her husband and spends the whole book justifying it. You just progressively hate the "protagonist." Ug. Blecch. Don't bother with this one, ever.
  2. 1-Minute Workout- Raymond Wu, MD
    This fitness program was developed by my resident buddy Ray. It sounds gimmicky and too good to be true, but there's physiologic rationale behind it. I'd describe it as similar to yoga- holding a position for a minute. Once you start trying the positions, you find that it actually takes a lot of strength and endurance to hold them. A minute never felt so long! I fell off the wagon when I got pregnant this year but plan to start it up again soon.
  3. Sybil Exposed: The Extraordinary Story Behind the Famous Multiple Personality Case- Debbie Nathan
    In junior high, I was really into psychology books. I was captivated by the book Sybil, a biography of a woman with Multiple Personality Disorder. As a med student, I found out that the diagnosis was the bane of psychiatry's existence--basically not considered a valid entity. This book reveals how the multiple personalities of Sybil were likely fabricated by the woman herself and her overbearing doctor; with the writer of the original "Sybil" book putting icing on the CAKE OF LIES.
  4. Caddie Woodlawn- Carol Ryrie Brink
    Everything you loved about Little House on the Prarie, set in Wisconsin, with scenic description to rival Anne of Green Gables.
  5. Fresh Off the Boat- Eddie Huang
    Read to prep for the sitcom, which could not be less similar to this man's life. Briefly really into him, really liked his traveling food series, but fell out of it.
  6. Heaven to Betsy- Maud Hart Lovelace
    2nd read for me, initially read in junior high. Part of the Betsy-Tacy series, but this book is the transition-point between their childhood and high-school hood. I have never been able to move past this book and complete the series.
  7. Gone Girl- Gillian Flynn
    OMG, this book is psycho.
  8. Life is Short (No Pun Intended)- Bill Klein and Jennifer Arnold MD
    A combined memoir by "The Little Couple" couple. I love them. I think that Bill is the most good-natured, grounded man in the whole world.
  9. Down the Rabbit Hole- Holly Madison
    Uhhhh....yeah, no excuses-- a guilty read. Nice to get Holly's perspective, and likely all true. But by virtue of what it is, too one-sided. Like, every one of her actions/poor life decisions is extensively justified.
  10. Go Set a Watchman- Harper Lee
    I think most people were skeptical that an aged Harper Lee had the capacity to permit release of this book. I was more skeptical that it was even written by her. Like, how convenient this "lost" manuscript was suddenly found, after all this time. Regardless, I actually thought it worked well as a poignant sequel that ends up testing Scout (and the reader) with a fallen hero.
  11. Eleanor and Park- Rainbow Rowell
    2nd read for me. Auuuugh! The greatest love story of our time! Set in the tumultuous 80s, teens Eleanor and Park fall in love and develop their relationship through social constraints of high school and Eleanor's abusive family life.
  12. The Dark Night Returns- Frank Miller, w. Klaus Janson and Lynn Varley
    Inspired to read by Girl Meets World. Came out in the mid-80s, Frank Miller's installment of an aging Batman was thought to have revolutionized the series.
  13. The Watchmen- Alan Moore, ill. Dave Gibbons
    Inspired to read by Eleanor and Park. Interesting how my foray into comics this year was inspired by tv shows/books with strong female protagonists. The Watchmen series also came out in the mid-80s, set in world where society is turned against the super hero.
  14. Why Not Me?
    This seems like sacrelige, but...underwhelmed. I just wish there was something a little deeper to Mindy Kaling. At least I got the free promotional pin with my preorder.
  15. Batman: Year One- Frank Miller
    Origin stories, amirite? Also by Frank Miller.
  16. Lafayette in the Somewhat United States- Sarah Vowell
    I'm an avid reader of Sarah Vowell's works, which is odd because I was terrible in history in school, and have little interest in politics. She somehow takes a seemingly uninteresting niche of history and...makes me read an entire book about it. Lafayette was about France's role in the American Revolutionary War. Of note, I was reading this when the Paris Attacks occured. Reading a book about historical French-American relations through this time provided a compelling perspective.
  17. The Rosie Project- Graeme Simsion
    Cute story of a man with Asperger Syndrome falling in love. I like how the protagonist is portrayed as instantly likeable despite being socially inept. The rights for a movie were bought by Sony- though total typecasting, I would not be upset if the lead was played by Jim Parsons.
  18. One More Thing- BJ Novak
    2nd time read for me to compose my story ranking list: ONE MORE THING STORIES, MY RANKING Remains one of my favorite short story collections of all time.
  19. Bringing Up Bébé- Pamela Druckermanh
    Inspired by BJ Novak's "Paris in the Modern Mind" book list (Paris in the Modern Mind: A Reading List) and the birth of my 2nd daughter. It is tempting to be a carefree Parisian Mom, instead of going the Tiger Mom route that is wired in me through my ancestry. The key to reading a parenting book is to take everything with a grain of salt--no matter what you do, 1) you'll still wonder if you screwed them up; and 2) your kid's temperament (read: terrible twos) will test your very soul.
  20. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban- JK Rowling
    2nd read for me. I think it's one of the best books in the series.