News | 2015 | 2015 Reading List

I completed reading only forty-four published books in 2015, which, to be honest, has been a little frustrating. Checking over my reading journal, I see I've abandoned seven different books partway through (at least one at page two hundred), so I didn't count them. I've been working on ignoring my completion compulsion (especially as it relates to reading), so while I don't feel guilty giving up on books that weren't doing it for me, I do wish I could include them in my total. Oh well. Not really that big of a deal.

River of Stars by Guy Gavriel Kay Under Heaven by Guy Gavriel Kay

My favourite this year was Guy Gavriel Kay's Under Heaven. Even though set in a world Kay visits later (River of Stars), Under Heaven is a stand-alone novel of fantasy fiction which treats itself seriously and is intelligently written. One of the admonitions I tell my creative writing students is when they're writing, they should always assume their readers are as smart (or even smarter) than they are. It seems obvious to me Kay shares this attitude and it comes across very refreshingly in his writing.

  1. Abercrombie, Joe. The Blade Itself.
  2. Bacigalupi, Paolo. Ship Breaker.
  3. Bacigalupi, Paolo. The Windup Girl.
  4. Beattie, Steven W., Craig Davidson, and Saleema Nawaz (jury). The Journey Prize Stories 26.
  5. Bradshaw, John. Healing the Shame that Binds You.
  6. Brooks, Max. The Zombie Survival Guide: Complete Protection from the Living Dead.
  7. Buehlman, Christopher. The Necromancer's House.
  8. Cline, Ernest. Ready Player One.
  9. Cornwell, Bernard. 1356.
  10. Crichton, Michael. Pirate Latitudes.
  11. Coupland, Douglas. Girlfriend in a Coma.
  12. Coupland, Douglas. Shampoo Planet.
  13. Coupland, Douglas. Worst. Person. Ever.
  14. Gemmell, David. Legend.
  15. Gibson, William. All Tomorrow's Parties.
  16. Gibson, William. The Peripheral.
  17. Gowdy, Barbara. The White Bone.
  18. Grossman, Lev. The Magicians.
  19. Hauck, Paul A. Overcoming Depression.
  20. Hauck, Paul A. Overcoming Frustration and Anger.
  21. Hobb, Robin. Assassin's Apprentice.
  22. Hollihan, Keith. Gamification/C-Monkeys.
  23. Kay, Guy Gavriel. River of Stars.
  24. Kay, Guy Gavriel. Under Heaven.
  25. Kite, Aaron. A Touch of Poison.
  26. Klavan, Laurence. The Family Unit and Other Fantasies.
  27. Lawrence, Mark. Prince of Thorns.
  28. Lindbergh, Judith. The Thrall's Tale.
  29. Martin, George R. R. The Wit & Wisdom of Tyrion Lannister.
  30. McLaughlin, Emma and Nicola Kraus. The Nanny Diaries.
  31. Moloney, Susie. Things Withered.
  32. Morgenstern, Erin. The Night Circus.
  33. Nibe, Kristian S. Reconnect to your Core: A Practical Guide on How to Feel Good and Be Happy.
  34. Palahniuk, Chuck. Make Something Up: Stories You Can't Unread.
  35. Roman, Peter. The Mona Lisa Sacrifice.
  36. Rothfuss, Patrick. The Name of the Wind.
  37. Rothfuss, Patrick. The Wise Man's Fear.
  38. Sanderson, Brandon. Mistborn.
  39. Swift, Graham. The Light of Day.
  40. Tobin, Paul. The Witcher: House of Glass.
  41. Toews, Miriam. All My Puny Sorrows.
  42. Tyler, Anne. Back When We Were Grownups.
  43. Weir, Andy. The Martian.
  44. Williams, Tad. The Dragonbone Chair.

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