100 Books

When I started creating my Life List a few years ago, one of my goals was to read 100 books in one year. I made it to 94 in 2014, so I’m trying again in 2015. but 2015 was a winner!

(More detailed metadata for both 2014 and 2015 are in this spreadsheet. My 2014 midway check-in is here, and my year-end recap is here.)

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  1. Ghostwritten, David Mitchell
  2. Falling Off the Map: Some Lonely Places of The World, Pico Iyer
  3. Truth and Beauty, Ann Patchett
  4. Autobiography of a Face, Lucy Grealy
  5. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams
  6. The Restaurant at the End of the Universe, Douglas Adams
  7. number9dream, David Mitchell
  8. Life, the Universe, and Everything, Douglas Adams
  9. So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish, Douglas Adams
  10. Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns), Mindy Kaling
  11. State of Wonder, Ann Patchett
  12. This is the Story of a Happy Marriage, Ann Patchett
  13. Pitch Perfect: The Quest for Collegiate A Cappella Glory, Mickey Rapkin
  14. Theater Geek: The Real Life Drama of a Summer at Stagedoor Manor, the Famous Performing Arts Camp, Mickey Rapkin
  15. Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal, Christopher Moore
  16. The Magician’s Assistant, Ann Patchett
  17. The Red Garden, Alice Hoffman
  18. Was, Geoff Ryman
  19. Commitment Hour, James Alan Gardner
  20. Tipping the Velvet, Sarah Waters
  21. Code Name Verity, Elizabeth Wein
  22. Dept. of Speculation, Jenny Offill
  23. It’s What I Do: A Photographer’s Life of Love and War, Lynsey Addario
  24. Dumbing of Age: This Campus is a Friggin’ Escher Print, David Willis
  25. Dumbing of Age: I Beg You, Don’t Cast Your Body into the Cragged Shame Pits of the Lustwolves, David Willis
  26. Dumbing of Age: Your Stupid Overconfidence is Nostalgic, David Willis
  27. Dumbing of Age: Book Four, David Willis
  28. Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality, Eliezer Yudkowsky (I started reading this because of this and finished it because I fell victim to the sunk cost fallacy)
  29. Not That Kind of Girl, Lena Dunham
  30. Then Again, Diane Keaton
  31. The Night Circus, Erin Morgenstern
  32. Practical Magic, Alice Hoffman
  33. Where’d You Go, Bernadette, Maria Semple
  34. The Vacationers, Emma Straub
  35. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, Ransom Riggs
  36. Knit Step by Step, Vikki Haffenden and Frederica Patmore
  37. Taking the Leap, Pema Chödrön
  38. The Miracle of Mindfulness: An Introduction to the Practice of Meditation, Thich Nhat Hanh
  39. Bad Feminist, Roxane Gay
  40. Kindred, Octavia E. Butler
  41. How to Build a Girl, Caitlin Moran
  42. The Slow Regard of Silent Things, Patrick Rothfuss
  43. The Lathe of Heaven, Ursula K. Le Guin
  44. #GIRLBOSS, Sophia Amoruso
  45. All Over Creation, Ruth Ozeki
  46. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking, Susan Cain
  47. Ahab’s Wife, or The Star Gazer, by Sena Jeter Naslund
  48. The Flame Alphabet, by Ben Marcus
  49. The House Girl, Tara Conklin
  50. Windhaven, George R.R. Martin and Lisa Tuttle
  51. The Ship of Brides, Jojo Moyes
  52. The Interestings, Meg Wolitzer
  53. A Study in Silks, Emma Jane Holloway
  54. The Fingertips of Duncan Dorfman, Meg Wolitzer
  55. Island of a Thousand Mirrors, Nayomi Munaweera
  56. A Leaf on the Wind of All Hallows, Diana Gabaldon
  57. Lord John and the Private Matter, Diana Gabaldon
  58. The Master Magician, Charlie N. Holmberg
  59. Lord John and the Brotherhood of the Blade, Diana Gabaldon
  60. The Tiger’s Wife, Téa Obreht
  61. The Scottish Prisoner, Diana Gabaldon
  62. Lord John and the Hand of the Devils, Diana Gabaldon
  63. Wedding Night, Sophie Kinsella
  64. The One & Only, Emily Giffin
  65. The Perfect Storm: A True Story of Men Against the Sea, Sebastian Junger
  66. The Dinner, Herman Koch
  67. The Casual Vacancy, J.K. Rowling
  68. The Bookseller, Cynthia Swanson
  69. The Dovekeepers, Alice Hoffman
  70. The Light in the Ruins, Chris Bohjalian
  71. When the Emperor Was Divine, Julie Otsuka
  72. The Buddha in the Attic, Julie Otsuka
  73. Appalachian Trials: A Psychological and Emotional Guide to Successfully Thru-Hiking The Appalachian Trail, Zach Davis
  74. The Martian, Andy Weir
  75. The Golden Compass, Philip Pullman
  76. The Subtle Knife, Philip Pullman
  77. Eragon, Christopher Paolini
  78. Eldest, Christopher Paolini
  79. Frog Music, Emma Donoghue
  80. The Golem and the Jinni, Helene Wecker
  81. Thirteenth Child, Patricia C. Wrede
  82. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, Rebecca Skloot
  83. The Swan Thieves, Elizabeth Kostova
  84. Come As You Are, Emily Nagoski
  85. The Forty Rules of Love, Elif Shafak
  86. Finding Everett Ruess: The Life and Unsolved Disappearance of a Legendary Wilderness Explorer, David Roberts
  87. Eiger Dreams, Jon Krakauer
  88. Up: A Mother and Daughter’s Peakbagging Adventure, Patricia Herr Ellis
  89. Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mount Everest Disaster, Jon Krakauer
  90. To the Edge: A Man, Death Valley, and the Mystery of Endurance, Kirk Johnson
  91. No Summit out of Sight: The True Story of the Youngest Person to Climb the Seven Summits, Jordan Romero
  92. The Glassblower, Petra Durst-Benning
  93. Grandma Gatewood’s Walk: The Inspiring Story of the Woman Who Saved the Appalachian Trail, Ben Montgomery
  94. Kitchens of the Great Midwest, J. Ryan Stradal
  95. The Lady Astronaut of Mars, Mary Kowal Robinette
  96. The Necromancer, Jonathan L. Howard
  97. Church of Marvels, Leslie Parry
  98. The Position, Meg Wolitzer
  99. The Sympathizer, Viet Thanh Nguyen
  100. The Queen of the Tearling, Erika Johansen
  101. The Invasion of the Tearling, Erika Johansen
  102. Etiquette & Espionage, Gail Carriger
  103. Curtsies & Conspiracies, Gail Carriger
  104. Waistcoats & Weaponry, Gail Carriger
  105. Manners & Mutiny, Gail Carriger
  106. Soulless, Gail Carriger
  107. Changeless, Gail Carriger
  108. Blameless, Gail Carriger
  109. Heartless, Gail Carriger
  110. Timeless, Gail Carriger
  111. Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life, Barbara Kingsolver


  1. The Eye of the World, Robert Jordan
  2. The Great Hunt, Robert Jordan
  3. The Last Days of Dogtown, Anita Diamant
  4. A Practical Wedding, Meg Keene
  5. Léon and Louise, Alex Capus
  6. Spice: Flavors of the Eastern Mediterranean, Ana Sortun (good cookbooks should be read cover to cover, like novels)
  7. Papillon, Henri Charrière
  8. Kings County Distillery Guide to Urban Moonshining, David Haskell and Colin Spoelman
  9. The Possessed: Adventures With Russian Books and the People Who Read Them, Elif Batuman
  10. The Stench of Honolulu: A Tropical Adventure, Jack Handey
  11. Americanah, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  12. Divergent, Veronica Roth
  13. Don’ts for Weddings (1904), Anonymous (“Don’t send gifts other than flowers, bon-bons, and pretty trifles till you have confessed your love. You may give her a dog or kitten, or the undressed skin of an animal you have shot, but you must not offer articles of jewellery, furs, or items of toilette.”)
  14. The Flavor Bible, Karen Page and Andrew Dornenburg
  15. Insurgent, Veronica Roth
  16. Allegiant, Veronica Roth
  17. Marry Me, Dan Rhodes
  18. A Road More or Less Traveled: Madcap Adventures Along the Appalachian Trail, Otis and Roberts
  19. Radioactive: Marie and Pierre Curie, A Tale of Love and Fallout, Lauren Redniss (this book is absolutely beautiful—worth reading for both the content and the art)
  20. Knocked Up: The Shooting Script, Judd Apatow (I was bored. It was on a nearby bookshelf.)
  21. Dorothy Must Die, Danielle Paige
  22. Becoming Odyssa: Epic Adventures on the Appalachian Trail, Jennifer Pharr Davis
  23. Half of a Yellow Sun, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  24. Joseph Anton: A Memoir, Salman Rushdie
  25. The Beginning and the End, Naguib Mahfouz (dismal and depressing; F- would not read again)
  26. The Discomfort Zone: A Personal History, Jonathan Franzen
  27. The Luminaries, Eleanor Catton
  28. Expat Etiquette: How to Look Good in Bad Places, Michael Bear and Liz Good
  29. A Study in Scarlet, Arthur Conan Doyle
  30. The Sign of Four, Arthur Conan Doyle
  31. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, Arthur Conan Doyle
  32. I, Robot, Isaac Asimov
  33. Delicious!, Ruth Reichl
  34. Delancey: A Man, a Woman, a Restaurant, a Marriage, Molly Wizenberg
  35. The Dragon Reborn, Robert Jordan
  36. The Meaning of Wife: A Provocative Look at Women and Marriage in the Twenty-First Century, Anne Kingston
  37. Written in My Own Heart’s Blood, Diana Gabaldon
  38. What We Say Matters: Practicing Nonviolent Communication, Judith Hanson Lasater and Ike Lasater
  39. The Heart of Valor, Tanya Huff
  40. The Reef, Nora Roberts
  41. The King’s Hounds, Martin Jensen
  42. Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China, Jung Chang
  43. Blood, Bones, and Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef, Gabrielle Hamilton
  44. A Highly Unlikely Scenario, or a Neetsa Pizza Employee’s Guide to Saving the World, Rachel Cantor
  45. The Four & Twenty Blackbirds Pie Book: Uncommon Recipes from the Celebrated Brooklyn Pie Shop, Emily Elsen and Melissa Elsen
  46. The Map of Love, Ahdaf Soueif
  47. Motherland Fatherland Homelandsexuals, Patricia Lockwood
  48. The Goldfinch, Donna Tartt
  49. Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn
  50. Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail, Cheryl Strayed
  51. The Poisonwood Bible, Barbara Kingsolver
  52. So Good They Can’t Ignore You: Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You Love, Cal Newport
  53. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, J.K. Rowling
  54. A Discovery of Witches, Deborah Harkness
  55. Shadow of Night, Deborah Harkness
  56. The Book of Life, Deborah Harkness
  57. The Hangman’s Daughter, Oliver Pötzsch
  58. Nightmares!, Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller
  59. The Paper Magician, Charlie N. Holmberg
  60. The Line, J.D. Horn
  61. The Source, J.D. Horn
  62. The Bone Season, Samantha Shannon
  63. The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared, Jonas Jonasson
  64. Witches of East End, Melissa de la Cruz
  65. The Magicians, Lev Grossman
  66. The Magician King, Lev Grossman
  67. The Magician’s Land, Lev Grossman
  68. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, J.K. Rowling
  69. Adam, Ariel Schrag
  70. Strengths Based Leadership: Great Leaders, Teams, and Why People Follow, Tom Rath and Barry Conchie
  71. Enchantress, James Maxwell
  72. The Hidden Relic, James Maxwell
  73. The Path of the Storm, James Maxwell
  74. The Lore of the Evermen, James Maxwell
  75. Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly, Anthony Bourdain
  76. The Moonlight Palace, Liz Rosenberg
  77. The Art of Asking; or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Let People Help, Amanda Palmer
  78. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, J.K. Rowling
  79. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, J.K. Rowling
  80. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, J.K. Rowling
  81. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, J.K. Rowling
  82. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, J.K. Rowling
  83. The Glass Magician, Charlie N. Holmberg
  84. The Sisterhood, Helen Bryan
  85. Girl on a Wire, Gwenda Bond
  86. Knit Socks!: 17 Classic Patterns for Cozy Feet, Betsy McCarthy
  87. Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography, Neil Patrick Harris
  88. Heir to the Glimmering World, Cynthia Ozick
  89. Yes Please, Amy Poehler
  90. Embroidery Stitches, Barbara Snook
  91. Complete Guide to Needlework, Virginia Colton
  92. One Day I Will Write About This Place: A Memoir, Binyavanga Wainaina
  93. Tracks: A Woman’s Solo Trek Across 1700 Miles of Australian Outback, Robyn Davidson
  94. Learning to Embroider, Barbara Snook

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