Books 2015

(I have included a Goodreads link at the end to save me from having to include nonfiction in this list; I’d like it to be specific to fiction. The Goodreads widget also does not include a lot of web reads or public library loans that I did not record, so neither list should be considered all inclusive.)

The List of good, bad, and indifferent reading this year, in exactly no order:


Men who Wish to Drown Elizabeth Fama (1.b) (B-)
The Sack Namwali Serpell (1.b) (B)
The Story of the Stone Barry Hughart (1) (B+)
Madd Addam Margaret Atwood (2.b.2) (A)
The Year of the Flood Margaret Atwood (2.b.2) (A)
Oryx & Crake Margaret Atwood (2.b.2) (A)
Lost Lake Sarah Addison Allen (2.b.2) (A-)
The Last Light of the Sun Guy Gavriel Kay (2.b.2) (B+)
Among Others Jo Walton (2.b.2) (B-)
Great Expectations Charles Dickens (1 and 1.b.1) (A+)
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland Lewis Carroll (1.b) (A)
Gone Girl Gillian Flynn (2.b.2) (A+)
Silently and Very Fast Catherynne M. Valente (2.b.2) (C)
The Magician’s Land Lev Grossman (2.b.2) (B+)
Her Prince’s Secret Son Linda Goodnight (2.b.2) (C)
Harlequin Presents March 2014 Bundle 1 Various (2.b.2) (‡)
The Girl Who Flew Over Fairyland and Cut the Moon in Two Catherynne M. Valente (2.b.1) (A)
Love in the Time of Cholera Gabriel Garcia Marquez (2.b.2) (A-)
The Boy who Lost Fairyland Catherynne M. Valente (2.b.2) (A)
Stone Mattress: Nine Tales Margaret Atwood (2.b.1) (A)
The Invisible Man H.G. Wells (1.b) (A)
I Still Dream About You Fannie Flagg (2.b.2) (B-)
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children Ransom Riggs (2.b.2) (C+)
*Eyes on You: A Novel of Suspense Kate White (2.b.2) (D-)
World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War Max Brooks (2.b.2) (B)
A Discovery of Witches Debora Harkness (2.b.2) (C-)
A Game of Thrones George R.R. Martin (2.b.2) (B)
The Dark Queen Susan Carroll (2.b.2) (C-)
The Art Forger Barbara A. Shapiro (2.b.2) (C+)
Kings of Midnight Wallace Stromby (2.b.1) (B-)
The Offshore Pirate F. Scott Fitzgerald (1.b.1) (B-)
Uneasy lies the Head Jean Plaidy (2.b.2) (C-)

In progress:
Books are considered in progress if I read at least a few pages now and again and plan to continue through to the end.

Don Quixote Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra.
Something Wicked This Way Comes Ray Bradbury
The Lions of Al-Rassan Guy Gavriel Kay
A Week in Winter Maeve Binchy
The Robber Bride Margaret Atwood
The Bones of Paris Laurie R. King
Life of Pi Yann Martel
Agnes Grey Anne Bronte
Cryptonomicon Neal Stephenson
Thoughtcrime Experiments Sumana Harihareswara & Leonard Richardson, editors
The Custom of the Country Edith Warton
Midwestern Gothic Summer 2011, Issue 2, edited by Jeff Pfaller, Robert James Russell
The Jungle Upton Sinclair
Night Train to Lisbon Pascal Mercier
The Time Machine H.G. Wells
The Eye of the World Robert Jordan
Grimms Fairy Tales
One Hundred Years of Solitude Gabriel Garcia Marquez
The Year of the Unicorn Andre Norton (this is a reread)


Books are considered abandoned when I don’t intend to continue reading them, but may finish at some future point. This is not the same as the grades of D or F–those are books I hated and am done with.

Empire of Ivory Naomi Novik

Key to codes:

(1) Purchased, Gifted to me, or freely available.
(1.a) Used
(1.b) Ebook
(1.b.1) Audiobook

(2) Borrowed
(2.a) Personal
(2.b) Library
(2.b.1) Audiobook
(2.b.2) ebook
(2.c) ebook (not from library)

C+ or better is acceptable reading to me. C is, obviously, on the fence, C- is a book I would read but not buy and will release into the wild if it happens to be something I own, and D or F is something I will never read again and may not have bothered to finish. A double dagger grade (‡) indicates that this multi-author compilation has works that I would range across the whole spectrum, whereas a (+) is a multi-author work I mostly enjoyed and a (-) is a multi-author work I mostly disliked.

Some books also get notes added:

Eyes on You: A Novel of Suspense: What goddamn suspense? Another first person perspective that is a bowl full of sucks-a-roni. There is the kind part of me that does not ever want to criticize an author’s work, so, to be fair, the writing was not terrible, as so often is the case when I give something a C- or less, but this was so predictable that the asshole who wrote the teaser for it, the teaser that tricked me into reading it, should be shoved in a military gas training chamber without an M40. Fucker. I’ll never get those hours back.

And, the Goodreads list.


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