Friday, January 1, 2016

2015 Books Read

I've been a mostly compulsive list keeper since 1966.  I admit that in 1966, when I was 13 or 14, I only listed one book that I'd read:  Tess of the D'urbervilles.  It's my recollection that I read that over two summers while I was volunteering at our local library.  In 1967, I only started keeping my list in July for some reason.  After that I became more consistent.

This past year, I read 86 books, fewer than the last few years.  I'm not going to list favorites.  I was reading up a storm in May and June, reading ten books in May and eleven in June, then I stalled a bit.  I picked up again in September and December.  I read mostly books in paper form.

I discovered a few new authors:  R. C. Sherriff, William Kent Krueger, Cynthia Harrod-Eagles, and Margot Arnold.  I revisited some favorite authors:  Tess Gerritsen, Janet Evanovich, Laura Lippman, Paul Doiron, Andrea Camilleri, Donna Leon, Gladys Mitchell, Elly Griffiths, Dana Stabenow, Alan Bradley, Agatha Christie, Robert Crais, Anthony Trollope, and Louise Penny.

I re-read two Nancy Drew books, The Mystery of the Tolling Bell and The Clue of the Tapping Heels.  They always take me back to chilly summer mornings sitting on the shady balcony outside my bedroom, wrapped in a favorite long green cardigan, lost in the adventures of another teenage girl.  I envied her so much.

I forgot to list the books I read in November.  I won't go back and list those, but here is what I read in December:

     Playing With Fire  -  Gerritsen
     Greengates  -  Sherriff
     Browsings  -  Dirda
     Tarzan of the Apes  -  Burroughs
     Do Unto Animals  -  Stewart
     The Hopkins Manuscript  -  Sherriff
     Tricky Twenty-Two  -  Evanovich
     Cross and Burn  -  McDermid


  1. A good year! It's not the quantity but the quality and how much you enjoyed the books you read that matters most. Hope 2016 is off to a good start!

    1. No, it's the quantity! There are so many books I want to read before I go to that great library in the sky. I have to read faster!