Looking back on 2015 I wasn’t as successful as I’d liked to have been in regards to reading. I love reading. But in 2015, I didn’t read much. While I checked out a slew of books between the NYPL and BPL, only a handful captured my attention and stole my heart. Here are the books I managed to consume in their entireties in the past year:
FOUR QUARTETS by TS Elliot
A lovely little book of poems that after seeing Interstellar I thought I’d try my hand at. Totally worth it.
THE MOST OF NORA EPHRON by Nora Ephron
I’m still making my way through this book – had to buy because I wasn’t finishing it fast enough – but this cross section of her life’s work, I want to believe, captures the spirit the collective “we” lost too soon.
UNACCUSTOMED EARTH, THE NAME SAKE, INTERPRETER OF MALADIES, THE LOWLAND by Jhumpa Lahiri
Easily now my favorite author. Every sentence paints a story that could take a lifetime to dissect. Her words are simply food for the soul.
STIFF: THE CURIOUS LIVES OF HUMAN CADAVERS by Mary Roach
For a subject so taboo, terrifying, and mystical, Mary took me on a journey that I’ll never forget. Plus, the levity and comedy attached to such a realm of morbid oddities helps the digestion of this novel.
FUNNY GIRL by Nick Hornby
Read this. That’s all I can say. This was my first Nick Hornby novel and I’m scared to try his others as I feel they won’t be as relative, poignant, funny, or emotionally pleasing as this one. Cheers to you Hornby and thank you.
CAREER OF EVIL by Robert Galbraith
I see you JK Rowling! While always an uphill climb to get into the true meat of the mastery of her storytelling, I simply could not put the latest Cormoran Strike novel down. Can’t wait for the next installment!
REVOLUTIONARY ROAD by Richard Yates
Loved loved loved the film version of this epic masterpiece but words cannot accurately describe how much I lost myself in Yates’ prose. Despite the fact that I pictured Leo, Kate, Kathy, and the rest of the all star cast while reading this novel, it was like peeling back the curtain to look at the Wizard of Oz. The pleasure is in the details.
BROOKLYN by Colm Tóibín
Again, saw the movie first but was left wanting more as the cinema lights brightened to its full luminosity. While Nick Hornby may have written the screenplay adaptation to this novel, Tóibín whisked me away on an adventure from Enniscorthy to Brooklyn and back again in this charming novel.
Perhaps now I can manage to write a novel of my own!