My last post detailed the success of my project, but I wanted to give an overview of the works themselves. It’s hard to admit that I once again failed in my attempt to post reviews of everything. I know I was wavering in my commitment to this blog sometimes. It was never that I wanted to abandon it, but more that I had a difficult time getting myself to sit down and write.
But I was always happy to be reading.
Here’s the full breakdown (comics included) of everything I read in 2015:
- The Terror by Dan Simmons
- The Intuitionist by Colson Whitehead
- Ultimates 2: Volume 2 Grand Theft America by Mark Millar
- Sula by Toni Morrison
- Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
- Midnight in Mexico: A Reporter’s Journey Through a Country’s Descent into Darkness by Alfredo Corchado
- Secret Avengers Volume 1: Let’s Have a Problem by Ales Kot
- Secret Avengers Volume 2: The Labyrinth by Ales Kot
- The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami
- The Wicked + the Divine Volume 1: Faust Act by Kieron Gillan
- The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes
- The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros
- Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
- Secret Avengers Volume 3: God Level by Ales Kot
- The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz
- The Round House by Louise Erdich
- The Wandering Falcon by Jamil Ahmad
- One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
- The First Bad Man by Miranda July
- Landline by Rainbow Rowell
- Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
- Native Son by Richard Wright
- Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
- Sexcastle by Kyle Starks
- The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen (spillover into 2016)
Most thought-provoking: The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle
Most disappointing: The Intuitionist
Funniest: The First Bad Man
Most surprising favorite: Native Son
Least favorite: The Wandering Falcon
Most over hyped: Station Eleven
All-Time #1 Favorite: Everything I Never Told You
Overall, it was a very good year for me. Though there were a handful of titles I didn’t especially enjoy and only one that I actively disliked, there weren’t any that I found truly, objectively awful—a marked improvement considering I had to contend with both The Good Girl and Hell House last year.
As for next year? I plan to continue making a serious effort to read more POC, though with less stringent rules. (No more hardcore tracking of percentages!)
The book I’m looking forward to the most is certainly Mark Danielewski’s
The Familiar. It’s currently sitting next to me at the moment, just waiting begging me to finish The Sympathizer or cast it aside and start reading it immediately.
There are a handful of book clubs I have my eye on (including a tiny one of my own), a host of new titles that I missed in 2015, and—thanks to Christmas—some fantastic comics with my name on them.
I’m feeling reinvigorated. I feel more ready to tackle this blog with the dedication it deserves, and I’m looking forward to it all.
I hope you’ll stick with me.