Books of 2015


This year I read a variety of genres, including short fiction, and dipped into some nonfiction. I remember loving The Sound and the Fury when I was in college, but I had a hard time getting through it this time! I re-read one of my favorites, The Grapes of Wrath and read Julius Caesar because one of my kids was reading it in school.

I had never read Slaughterhouse Five and was blown away by it. What a book! And of course, All the Light We Cannot See was an unforgettable story. Some popular books and some fun ones rounded out the year.

The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner – 3 stars

The Martian by Andy Weir – 3.5 stars

The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck – 5 stars

Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare – 4 stars

Let Me Be Frank With You by Richard Ford – 2.5 stars

A Sudden Light by Garth Stein – 3.5 stars

Death in a Dacron Sail by N. A. Granger – 4 stars

The Inquisitor’s Mark by Dianne K. Salerni – 4 stars

The Dinner by Herman Koch – 4 stars

The Boston Girl by Anita Diamant – 3 stars

Night by Elie Wiesel – 5 stars

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion – 4 stars

“Hills Like White Elephants” by Ernest Hemingway – 4 stars

“A Clean, Well-Lighted Place” by Ernest Hemingway – 4 stars

When I Found You by Catherine Ryan Hyde – 4 stars

The Farm by Tom Rob Smith – 3 stars

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr – 5 stars

Still Life with Bread Crumbs by Anna Quindlen – 3 stars

Good Dog. Stay. by Anna Quindlen – 3 stars

Black and Blue by Anna Quindlen – 4 stars

“The Year of Getting to Know Us” by Ethan Canin – 5 stars

“The Man Who Knew Belle Starr” by Richard Bausch – 5 stars

Candidate by Tracy Ewens – 4 stars

The Valley of Amazement by Amy Tan – 2.5 stars

The Transcriptionist by Amy Rowland – 3 stars

America America by Ethan Canin – 3 stars

Second Street Station by Lawrence H. Levy – 4 stars

Joy in the Morning by P.G. Wodehouse – 5 stars

Very Good, Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse – 5 stars

Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut – 5 stars

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford – 3 stars

Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee – 3 stars

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel – 4 stars

Archie – The Married Life Book 2 by Paul Kupperberg – 4 stars

“Things Left Undone” by Christopher Tilghman – 5 stars

“Hammam” by Carol Anshaw – 5 stars

I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead by Crystal Zevon – 4 stars

Miss Emily by Nuala O’Connor – 4 stars

The Road by Cormac McCarthy – 4 stars

Casey of Cranberry Cove by Susan Kotch – 3 stars

State of Wonder by Ann Patchett – 4 stars

Things Not Seen by Andrew Clements – 4 stars

Burial Rites by Hannah Kent – 5 stars

A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson – 2 stars

The Dressmaker by Kate Alcott – 3 stars

Text Me, Love Mom by Candace Allan – 3 stars

“The Oblong Box” by Edgar Allan Poe – 4 stars

Threaten To Undo Us by Rose Seiler Scott – 4 stars

A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson – 5 stars

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