Happy New Year everyone. Today we celebrate the new year by putting away the old one. C.J. and I will be taking down all of the Christmas decorations; no tree this year so it shouldn’t take too long. We’ll be cleaning up the last of the party detritus, there are still a few platters that have been soaking for days now. And I will finally grade the last two stacks of papers from the fall semester.
After which the new year can begin.
In the meantime, I have my final selections for my top ten favorite reads in 2015. I was going to do one of those statistical breakdowns of my reading this year, a real one not a comic one, because I’m a bit interested to see what the results would be. But, instead I watched Making a Murderer on Netflix and read a bunch of books from the library. So I just have a list of books this time around. Maybe I’ll set up a spread sheet for 2016 so I can do the statistics next year.
Here in alphabetical order are my top favorite reads of 2015.
- As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner. Probably the funniest book I read this year.
- The Beach of Falesa by Robert Louis Stevenson. Not the pirate story I was expecting.
- Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff. A very last minute addition. Also President Obama’s favorite book of 2015.
- Hate: A Romance by Christian Garcia. Life and love among the gay intelligensia of AIDS era Paris.
- The Incredible Journey by Sheila Burnford. Yes, the story of two dogs and a cat. I loved it.
- My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante. The first volume in the Neopolitan series. More please.
- Parnassus on Wheels by Christopher Morley. The hero buys a mobile bookstore and the team of horses that go with it then takes to the open road, selling books. How great is that?
- Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. It’s Jane’s world–the rest of us just write in it.
- The Story of a New Name by Elena Ferrante. Yes, I was one of those people this year.
- Wide Open Town by Myron Brinig. Hard to find, but it’s worth the effort. I loved it.