My Faithful Readers, it’s time for the annual tradition (we’re in year seven now, so this is TOTES a tradition), the unveiling of my yearly reading list!!
My last two reading recaps have been, um, less-than-stellar. In both 2013 and 2014, my reading fell off a cliff. I was hopeful that I could right the ship a bit in 2015 and I did, although not quite the way I’d intended.
While I did increase my total number of books read back up to 13, all of my reading came in three big chunks rather than throughout the year with any sort of consistency.
I read the first three books during flights to and from Paris. After that, I didn’t read anything until September when I plowed through six books in a span of three weeks. I then didn’t read a lick until thumbing my way through Stephen King’s On Writing for the 10,000th time on flights to and from Atlanta in October. Once again, I went dormant until I plowed through the final four books in December, most of that reading done while camped out without a working computer in the Midwest during Christmas vacation.
I’m off to a much better start in 2016, thanks in large part to the aforementioned “non-functioning computer” situation, as I’ve already got two and a half books under my belt less than a week into the new year!
Despite this early progress, I’m keeping my expectations within reason and setting my goal for 2016 at 12 books. That comes out to one a month and, based on 2015, should be doable even if I totally space on reading for months on end.
Anyway, enough rambling…Without any further ado, here are the 13 books I read in 2015:
Roadwork by Richard Bachman/Stephen King
The Running Man by Richard Bachman/Stephen King
Paris vs New York by Vahram Muratyan
The Squared Circle: Life, Death, and Professional Wrestling by David Shoemaker
Fantasy Life: The Outrageous, Uplifting, and Heartbreaking World of Fantasy Sports from the Guy Who’s Lived It by Matthew Berry
Kill Your Boss by Shane Kuhn
Winning Fantasy Baseball: Secret Strategies of a Nine-Time National Champion by Larry Schechter
Black Mass: Whitey Bulger, the FBI and a Devil’s Deal by Dick Lehr
Brutal: The Untold Story of My Life Inside White Bulger’s Irish Mob by Kevin Weeks
On Writing by Stephen King
The Bazaar of Bad Dreams by Stephen King
The Martian by Andy Weir
Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King
So there you have it: a bunch of Stephen King novels, a brief Whitey Bulger infatuation, some fantasy baseball reads, and a hot book on the best-seller list.
If you’re interested in following my reading progress all year long (and come on, who isn’t?), you can add me as a friend or buddy or amigo or whatever the heck it is over at Goodreads.com.
Hit me up in the comments to let me know what you read last year. It doesn’t have to be your whole list if you’re not up for sharing the whole shebang. You can just tell me your favorite or least favorite book you read last year. You can recommend a good book or series for me to try out in 2016. You can tell me why you think reading is part of the “liberal agenda” and you won’t let your kids touch a damn book. You can really pretty much hit me with anything you’ve got.
Until next year, happy reading.