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Jen’s 2015 Bookshelf

My goal for 2015 is to read 125 books. I made it to 100 last year so I am trying to push myself. Below you’ll find a list of books i’ve read thus far. When Reviews are available, I’ll add hyperlinks to the reviews. I won’t be reviewing every book, so if there is a book you would like me to review that doesn’t have either a hyperlink or the phrase “review coming” next to it, just let me know.

  1. The Odyssey by Homer
  2. Things Fall Apart by Adiche (4 stars)
  3. Untouchable by Anand (3 stars)
  4. Half of a Yellow Sun by Adichie (5 stars)
  5. A Question of Upbringing (volume 1 of A Dance to the Music of Time) by Anthony Powell
  6.  Ulysess by James Joyce (4 stars)
  7. Atonement by McEwan (4.5 stars)
  8. Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Sloan (3 stars)
  9. Rites of Passage by William Golding (4 stars)
  10. Gone Girl by Flynn (3 stars)
  11. On the Eve by Turgenev (3.5 stars).
  12. Hawksmoor by Ackryod (3 stars). Format: audio book
  13. Surfacing by Atwood (3 stars)
  14. Blindness by Saramago (4 stars).
  15. Wild Harbour by MacPherson (4 stars).
  16. Flaubert’s Parrot by Barnes (3 stars) – Joint Review by Jen & Bookworm
  17. Crash by J.G. Ballard (1 star)
  18. The Cubs and Other Stories by Mario Vargas Llosa (3.5) stars
  19. The House by the Medlar Tree by Giovanni Verga (3.5 stars).
  20. Her Privates We by Frederic Manning (4.5 stars).
  21. Trigger Warning by Neil Gaiman (4 stars).
  22. Anagrams by Lorrie Moore (3 stars).
  23. The Giver by Lois Lowry (3 stars). Review coming soon
  24. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt (3.5 stars).
  25. A Question of Power by Bessie Head (3 stars).
  26. A Buyer’s Market (volume 2 of A Dance to the Music of Time) by Anthony Powell
  27. Waiting for the Dark, Waiting for the Light by Ivan Klíma (4 stars).
  28. The Snow Child by Ivey (3.5 stars).
  29. Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel (3 stars) .
  30. Alamut by Vladimir Bartol (4 stars).
  31. Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stow (3 stars).
  32. The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett (3.5 stars).
  33. The Story of the Eye by Georges Bataille (0.5 stars).
  34. The Light Fantastic by Terry Pratchett (4 stars).
  35. The Thousand Autumns of Jacob Zoet (3.5 stars). Review coming soon.
  36. The Ask and the Answer by Patrick Ness
  37. The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum (4 stars) by Heinrich Boll.
  38. The Thirty-Nine Steps by John Buchan (3 stars). Review coming soon.
  39. The Path to the Spiders’ Nest by Italo Calvino (3 stars).
  40. Murder Must Advertise by Dorothy Sayers. (Review coming soon).
  41. The Return of the Soldier by Rebecca West
  42. Harriet Hume by Rebecca West (4 stars)
  43. The Sea by John Banville (4 stars). Review coming soon.
  44. Erewhon by Butler (2.5 stars).
  45. Some Experiences of an Irish R.M. by Somerville & Ross
  46. The Trial by Kafka (4 stars)
  47. Chaka by Mofolo
  48. The Victim by Bellow
  49. Portnoy’s Complaint by Roth (3 stars)
  50. The Suitable Boy by Seth.
  51. August is a Wicked Month by Edna O’Brien. (2.5 stars)
  52. Murphy by Beckett
  53. Transit by Anne Sigher (3 stars)
  54. Democracy by Joan Didion (4 stars)
  55. The Green Hat by Arlen (3 stars)
  56. Another World by Barker
  57. Cheese by Elsschot
  58. The Interesting Narrative
  59. Equal Rites by Terry Pratchett
  60. The Cellist of Sarajevo by Galloway. 4 stars
  61. On the Black Hill by Chatwin 4 stars
  62. The Inferno by Barbusse
  63. The Housekeeper and the Professor by Ogawa. 5 stars!!
  64. Murder Must Advertise by Sayers.
  65. Billiards at Half Past Nine by Boll (4 stars)
  66. London Orbital by Iain Sinclar (4.5 stars)
  67. Nemesis by Philip Roth (5 stars).
  68. Shroud by Banville (3 stars)
  69. California by Edan Lepucki (3 stars)
  70. The Magician’s Land by Lev Grossman (3.5 stars)
  71. The Color of Our Sky by Amita Trasi (4 stars)
  72. Among Ten Thousand Things by Julia Pierpont.
  73. Mort by Terry Pratchett (3 stars)
  74. Falling Man by Don Delillo.
  75. Pricksongs and Descants by Coover (4.5 stars).
  76. The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Christie
  77. Arcanum 17 by Breton
  78. Nervous Conditions by Dangarembga
  79. Americanah by Adichie. Review to follow
  80. The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma
  81. The Man Who Loved Children by Stead. Review to come.
  82. Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz. Review to come
  83. Crime and Punishment by Dostoyevsky
  84. Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne
  85. Matigari by Wa Thiong
  86. Cat’s Cradle by Vonnegut
  87. Nicholas Nickleby by Dickens
  88. God Bless you Mr. Rosewater by Vonnegut
  89. Native Son by Richard Wright. Review to come
  90. Molloy by Beckett
  91. Malone Dies by Beckett
  92. The Mayor of Casterbridge by Hardy
  93. Oryx and Crake by Atwood. Review to come
  94. Independent People by Laxness. Review to come
  95. Plata Quemada by Piglia
  96. Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee
  97. Dracula by Bram Stoker
  98. The Island of Dr. Moreau by Wells
  99. La Bete Humaine by Zola
  100. Brideshead Revisited by Waugh
  101. 11/22/63 by Stephen King
  102. The French Lieutenant’s Woman by John Fowles. Review to come
  103. The Heart Goes Last by Margaret Atwood.
  104. A Hero of Our Time by Lermontov
  105. Silence by Endo
  106. The Marriage Plot by Eugenides.
  107. Heather Blazing by Colm Toibin. Review to follow
  108. The Spy Who Came in From the Cold by John Le Carre.
  109. L’Assommoir by Emile Zola
  110. The Quiet American by Graham Greene
  111. Group Portrait with Lady by Boll
  112. The Green Road by Anne Enright. Review to follow
  113. The Piano Teacher by Elfriede Jelinek
  114. Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami
  115. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell
  116. A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara
  117. The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie
  118. The Melancholy of Resistance by Laszlo Krasznahorkai
  119. The Fishermen by Chigozie Abeam
  120. Cry, The Beloved Country by Alan Paton
  121. Two Years, Eight Months, Twenty-Eight Days by Salman Rushdie
  122. Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons
  123. El Mundo es Ancho y Ajeno by Ciro Alegria
  124. The Chimes by Anna Smaill
  125. Cannery Row by John Steinbeck
  126. Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote
  127. Sleeping on Jupiter by Roy
  128. The Adventures of Caleb Williams by William Godwin
  129. The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton
  130. Forest of the Hanged by Livia Rebreanu
  131. The Moor’s Account by Laila Lahami
  132. The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro
  133. Under the Yoke by Ivan Vazov
  134. Auto-da-Fé by Elias Canetti
  135. The Blind Owl by Sadegh Hedayat
  136. The Word Exchange by Alena Graedon
  137. The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell
  138. The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
  139. Being Mortal by Atul Gawande (4 stars)
  140. Slade House by David Mitchell (3.5 stars)
  141. The Woodlanders by Thomas Hardy (3 stars)
  142. Death and the Dervish
  143. Dr. Sleep by Stephen King (3 stars)
  144. Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman (4 stars)
  145. Spring Flowers, Spring Frost by Ismail Kadare (3 stars)
  146. The House on the Borderland by William Hope Hodgson (2.75 stars)
  147. As if I am Not There by Slavenka Drakulic (4 stars)
  148. Plainsong by Kent Haruf (4 stars)
  149. The Awakening by Kate Chopin
  150. Broken April by Ismail Kadare (4 stars)
  151. Garden, Ashes by Danilo Kis (3 stars)
  152. The Shadow Lines by Ghosh (3 stars)
  153. The Day of the Triffids (5 stars)
  154. On the Edge of Reason by Krleza
  155. Coraline by Neil Gaiman (4 stars)
  156. The Viceroys by Federico de Roberto (4 stars)
  157. Woman at Point Zero by al Saadawi
  158. Ghostwritten by David Mitchell (4.5 stars)
  159. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller (4 stars)
  160. A Fine Balance by Mistry (5 stars)
  161. The Living and the Dead by White (3 stars)
  162. The Scarlet Letter by Hawthorne (3 stars)
  163. The Paradise of the Blind by Thu Huong (4 stars)
  164. Did you Ever Have a Family (4 stars)
  165. The Maltese Falcon by Hammell (3 stars)
  166. Silas Marner George Eliot (3.5 stars)
  167. 2666 by Bolano (4 stars)
  168. A Dance to the Music of Time by Anthony Powell (3 stars)
  169. Faces in the Water by Janet Frame (4 stars)
  170. One Hundred Years of Solitude Garcia Marquez (5 stars)
  171. Measuring the World (4 stars)
  172. The Summer Book by Tove (4 stars)
  173. The Castle by Franz Kafka (3 stars)
  174. The Arrow of God by Achebe (4 stars)



2 Comments Post a comment
  1. nate #

    you need to put “rules of civility” high on your bookshelf. It is a 5. I really like Dan’s blog but am more glad that I have found this one. Of your bookshelf list – half a yellow sun and atonement are must reads. Blindness by saramago is amazing and disturbing and really stays with you – even if you don’t have a 12 year old son who has been blind since 4 months. must have read it 10 years ago – still have flashbacks.

    Liked by 1 person

    May 27, 2015
    • I have yet to read Rules of Civility. You’ve probably picked out my 3 favorites listed thus far for this year although Her Privates We was a top contender for me too. I have to admit that I almost gave up on Blindness b/c I tend to have a hard time reading books that have very graphic violence and particularly sexual violence. I’m glad I didn’t give up on it and I completely agree that it was amazing and disturbing.


      May 28, 2015

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