This year has been considerably better than last year as far as reading is concerned, I put down 44 books this year, some of them were considerably long, including 4 of the Game of Thrones books (in the reread category). 28 books were read for the first time this year, while 16 were reread books. The books marked with an asterisks means they were read on paper, while the majority were read by audio.

Books read for the first time this year (listed from best to worst):

  • The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
  • The Secret Book of Gnomes by Rein Poortoliet*
  • Nobody Move by Dennis Johnson
  • God Bless America: Stories by Steve Almond*
  • Good Omens by Neal Gaimen & Terry Pratchet
  • Suddenly, a Knock on the Door by Etgar Keret*
  • Best American Short Stories 2015*
  • The Complete Book of Heraldry by Stephen Slater*
  • Coup D’état by Harry Turtledove
  • Two Fronts by Harry Turtledove
  • Zero K by Don DeLillo
  • Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
  • The Fantastic Book of Canes Pipes and Walking Sticks by Harry Ameredes*
  • The Seven Good Years by Etgar Karet
  • DFW in his Own Words by David Foster Wallace
  • The Yiddish Policeman’s Union by Michael Chabon
  • Welcome to the Monkey House by Kurt Vonnigut
  • Finding Zero by Amir Aczel
  • Strange Library by Haruki Murikami
  • The Laughing Monsters by Dennis Johnson
  • Doomsday Book by Connie Willis
  • Time and the Hunter by Italo Calvino*
  • Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchet
  • Skin Game by Jim Butcher
  • The Wars of the Roses by Dan Jones
  • A Crack in the Edge of the World by Simon Winchester
  • Throne of Glass by Sarah Maas
  • My Grandfather’s Gallery by Anne Sinclair

Books Reread this year (in the order they were read)

  • The Broom of the System by David Foster Wallace
  • This Land Was Made for You and Me (But Mostly for Me) by Bruce McCall*
  • Best of DFW
  • A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms by George R.R. Martin
  • Oblivion: Stories by David Foster Wallace
  • A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
  • A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin
  • The Angle Esmerelda by Don DeLillo
  • A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin
  • Atlantis and Other Places by Harry Turtledove
  • Vampires in the Lemon Grove by Karen Russel
  • A Feast for Crows by George R.R. Martain
  • Blood Meridian or the Evening Redness in the West by Cormac McCarthy
  • Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz*
  • More Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz*
  • A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

List of Stories Read (in order read)

  • 1 = 1 by Anne Carson
  • On the Banks of the Table River (Planet Lucina, Andromeda Galaxy, AD 2319) by Rajeesh Parameswaran
  • The Strange Adventure of Dr. Raju Gopalarajan by Rajeesh Parameswaran
  • Carnival of Animals by Jane Rebecca Canerella
  • The Missteps and Surreal Adventures of Joasquin Mchugh by Matthew Di Paoli
  • Smokejumper by Kenny A Chaffin
  • Aspic by Tatyana Tolstaya
  • The Tsar of Love and Techno by Anthony Marra
  • The End by Anthony Marra
  • Juror Instructions by Kelly Stout
  • To the Class of 2050 by Jen Spyra
  • North Carolina Police Blotter by Henry Alford
  • The Bog Girl by Karen Russel
  • Two Men arrive in a Village by Zadie Smith
  • An Inhabitant of Carcosa by Ambrose Bierce
  • The Fugitive by T.C. Boyal
  • The King’s Teacup at Rest by Michael Andresine
  • Stuff by Joy Williams
  • People are Turning Into Clouds by Joe Meno
  • The Amandonment by Jashua Farris
  • Dido’s Lament by Tessa Hadley
  • Papayas by Thomas Mcguane
  • Gender Studies by Curtis Sittenfeld
  • Fabel by Charles Yu
  • To the Moon and Back by Etgar Karet
  • Deer Season by Kevin Berry
  • Into the Silence by Marlon Barton
  • The Cousins by Charles Baxter

Note: there were actually 275 stories read throughout the year, the ones listed above were read for the first time and not part of a story collection already read this year and not part of some kind of external project, hence the above distilled list of 28 stories. A lot of them were in the New Yorker, while others were in the BASS books as notable stories, which I then because of title had to seek out, and others still I just came across at random interval.

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