Books I Read in 2015

I read a lot of books I loved this year & some I did not.
  1. 1.
    "The Fiery Cross" by Joanna Gabaldon: C-
    Book 4 in the Outlander series (I read 1-3 in 2014), to be honest this one kind of sucked.
  2. 2.
    "A Breath of Snow and Ashes" by Joanna Gabaldon: D-
    Book 5 (out of 9) of the Outlander series. This was my last one, I just couldn't do it anymore. How much can one Scotsman take Joanna? For fucks sake.
  3. 3.
    "Yes Please" by Amy Poehler: A
    Do yourself a favor and listen to the audiobook version. Amy is a national treasure.
  4. 4.
    "Live from New York" by Tom Shales & James Andrew Miller: A
    Updated for SNL's 40th anniversary and filled with all kinds of juicy tidbits from the history of the show. Spoiler alert: Chevy Chase was a huge asshole.
  5. 5.
    "The Martian" by Andy Weir: A++
    I loved this book so much. I became like a crazy zealot forcing friends to read it.
  6. 6.
    "The Egg" by Andy Weir: A
    Super short story that is extremely thought provoking.
  7. 7.
    "Ready Player One" by Ernest Cline: A++
    Oh how I loved this book. Fun fact: this is required reading for employees at Oculus.
  8. 8.
    "Off to Be the Wizard" by Scott Meyer: A++
    Book 1 in this absolutely hilarious trilogy (at least I think it's a trilogy). It takes a very special kind of writer to actually make me laugh out loud.
  9. 9.
    "Spell or High Water" by Scott Meyer: A+
    Book 2, not as funny as the first book, but still excellent.
  10. 10.
    "An Unwelcome Quest" by Scott Meyer: A+
    Book 3, loved this one too.
  11. 11.
    "Critical Failures" by Robert Bevan: A+
    Loved this one!! Also, I'm fairly certain the characters in this book were based off of the guys I was friends with in high school.
  12. 12.
    "The Outsorcerer's Apprentice" by Tom Holt: B+
    Super, super weird in the best way. Never met a book with dragons I didn't like.
  13. 13.
    "Lock In" by John Scalzi: C
    Meh.
  14. 14.
    "NPCs" by Drew Hayes: A+
    First book of many that I loved by Drew Hayes.
  15. 15.
    "Pears and Perils" by Drew Hayes: A
    Weird, funny and weird again. Loved.
  16. 16.
    "D6: Caverns and Creatures" by Robert Bevan: A
    Collection of short stories featuring the Critical Failures crew. Loved.
  17. 17.
    "The Dark Lord's Handbook" by Paul Dale: A
    Remember what I said about dragons... This book x10.
  18. 18.
    "Red Rising" by Pierce Brown: A++
    Have to give props to my goodman Becca for tipping me off to this magnificent trilogy. Bloodydamn loved Book 1.
  19. 19.
    "Golden Son" by Pierce Brown: A++
    Book 2. Epic. Book 3, "Morning Star" is out January 2016. Fun fact: the author is hella cute & worth a follow on IG.
  20. 20.
    "Hexed" by Kevin Hearn: A++
    Book 1 in the Iron Druid Chronicles. I love this series so much, Kevin Hearn is hilarious to follow on social as well.
  21. 21.
    "Hounded" by Kevin Hearn: A++
    Book 2. So good.
  22. 22.
    "Hammered" by Kevin Hearn: A++
    Book 3. Spoiler: Thor is such a dick.
  23. 23.
    "Tricked" by Kevin Hearn: A++
    Book 4. So good.
  24. 24.
    "Two Ravens and One Crow" by Kevin Hearn: A++
    Book 4.5- kind of a short prelude to Book 5. Loved.
  25. 25.
    "Trapped" by Kevin Hearn: A++
    Book 5. Awesome.
  26. 26.
    "Hunted" by Kevin Hearn: A++
    Book 6. Wow, really went into a Kevin Hearn-Khole this year.
  27. 27.
    "Shattered" by Kevin Hearn: A++
    Book 7. So good.
  28. 28.
    "Three Slices" by Kevin Hearn, Chuck Wendig & Delilah S. Dawson: B
    Three short stories by each author. I read this in part because I just needed more Kevin Hearn & the next book isn't out until 2016. The other stories are ok.
  29. 29.
    "The Utterly Uninteresting and Unadventurous Tales of Fred, the Vampire Accountant" by Drew Hayes: A+
    Drew Hayes is a stone cold weirdo and I wish I could be friends with him IRL. loved this.
  30. 30.
    "Armada" by Ernest Cline: A++
    Sophomore effort by Ernie after writing Ready Player One. Loved this. Makes me miss playing Nintendo for hours and hours.
  31. 31.
    "Essentialism" by Greg McKeown: A+
    The one and only non-fiction book I read this year, courtesy of my brilliantly cerebral husband's recommendation. This changed how I work and think about how corporate efficiency. I still listen to this on and off. Highly recommend.
  32. 32.
    "The Magicians" by Lev Grossman: A++
    Book 1 in the trilogy. Turns out I'm not the only person working in marketing who loves nerdy books about magic, huge thanks to Cannon for this recommendation while at Cannes Lions.
  33. 33.
    "The Magician King" by Lev Grossman: A++
    Book 2. I want a button.
  34. 34.
    "The Magician's Land" by Lev Grossman: A++
    Book 3, excellent ending to a brilliant adventure.
  35. 35.
    "Master of Formalities" by Scott Meyer: F
    I was so looking forward to this after reading "off the be the wizard" books, but it sucked. Womp.
  36. 36.
    "Codex" by Lev Grossman: B
    Slow, but good.
  37. 37.
    "All the Light We Cannot See" by Anthony Doerr: Meh.
    I know this was critically acclaimed, but I really didn't get hooked in.
  38. 38.
    "Modern Romance" by Aziz Ansari & Eric Klinenberg: A+
    I am so glad I am happily married. That is all.
  39. 39.
    "Hyperion" by Dan Simmons: F
    Meh. Don't bother.
  40. 40.
    "Critical Failures II: Fail Harder" by Robert Bevans: A+
    Super funny.
  41. 41.
    "Nexus" by Ramez Naam: A++
    Book 1 in the trilogy. This was recommended to me by my friend Cassady, who freakishly predicted I would be obsessed with these books, he was so right.
  42. 42.
    "Crux" by Ramez Naam: A++
    Book 2. Brilliant. Seriously, so fucking good.
  43. 43.
    "Apex" by Ramez Naam: A++
    Book 3. Cried like a child at the end. Beautiful, poignant and relevant to all the bullshit in politics/tech today.
  44. 44.
    "Career of Evil" by Robert Galbriath: A++
    Book 3 in the Cormoran Strike novels by JK Rowling... That woman can do no wrong. She is getting dark AF post-potter.
  45. 45.
    "Undeath and Taxes" by Drew Hayes: A+
    Book 2 in the Fred the Vampire Accountant series. Really good.
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    "Wool" by Hugh Howey: A++
    I read the Omnibus edition which collects all the short stories into 1, I honestly don't know how I haven't read this years ago. Absolutely brilliant.
  47. 47.
    "Shift" by Hugh Howey: tbc
    Currently reading this.... Loving it so far.