Archive | March, 2015

“The book had looked done for too; but it was still there.”

27 Mar

Beginning in April 2007, I started keeping a list of all the books I’d read the previous year. My return to school has definitely marked an acceleration over previous years, which thrills me. Without further ado:


1) The Noonday Demon, Andrew Solomon

2) The Thousand and One Mornings, Colette

3) The Name of the Star, Maureen Johnson

4) Inside a Pearl: My Years in Paris, Edmund White

5) Baby Be-Bop, Francesca Lia Bock

6) A Great and Terrible Beauty, Libba Bray*

7) Rebel Angels, Libba Bray*

8) The Sweet Far Thing, Libba Bray

9) My Dark Places, James Ellroy

10) Railsea, Chia Miéville

11) The Good Lord Bird, James McBride

12) Cryptonomicon, Neal Stephenson

13) The Luminaries, Eleanor Catton

14) The Magicians, Lev Grossman

15) Leaving India, Minal Hajratwala

16) Sweet Tooth, Ian McEwan

17) Kartography, Kamila Shamsie

18) The Good Muslim, Anam Tahmima

19) Interpreter of Maladies, Jhumpa Lahiri

20) The Sun Never Sets: South Asian Migrants in an Age of U.S. Power, Vivek Bald et. al.

21) The Inheritance of Loss, Kiran Desai

22) The Reluctant Fundamentalist, Mohsin Hamid

23) The Bone Clocks, David Mitchell

24) Blue Lily, Lily Blue, Maggie Stiefvater

25) Funny Boy, Shyam Selvadurai

26) Crush, Richard Siken

27) My Beautiful Laundrette and the Rainbow Sign, Hanif Kureishi

28) And Laughter Fell From the Sky, Jyotsna Sreenivasan

29) The Magician King, Lev Grossman

30) Let’s Take the Long Way Home: A Memoir of Friendship, Gail Caldwell

31) Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, J.K. Rowling*

32) Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, J.K. Rowling*

33) Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, J.K. Rowling*

34) The Charioteer, Mary Renault

35) The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, Sherman Alexie

36) When You Reach Me, Rebecca Stead

37) Clybourne Park, Bruce Norris

38) Instead of a Letter, Dianna Athill

39) The Clean House, Sarah Ruhl

40) Butch Geography, Stacey Waite

41) Topdog/Underdog, Suzan-Lori Parks*

42) References to Salvador Dalí Make Me Hot, José Rivera

43) Fangirl, Rainbow Rowell

44) Far Away, Caryl Churchill

45) The New Testament, Jericho Brown

46) bobrauschenbergamerica, Charles Mee

47) Trouble in Mind, Alice Childress

48) The Rape of Nanking, Iris Chang

49) The Raven Boys, Maggie Stiefvater*

50) Consider the Lobster and Other Essays, David Foster Wallace

51) Gurlesque, ed. Laura Glenum and Arielle Greenberg

52) The Golden Mean, Annabel Lyon

53) Fun Home, Allison Bechdel*


Top Five of the Year, in descending order

The Charioteer, Mary Renault

The Noonday Demon, Andrew Solomon

Cryptonomicon, Neal Stephenson

The Rape of Nanking, Iris Chang

Crush, Richard Siken

WWII-adjacence in 3/5 of the top five. 2/5 nonfiction. 4/5 American. And a book of poetry! Who am I?!

Past years