It’s that time of the new year … when I post a long list of the books I read last year.
This time, I’m going to put stars next to them. Just a 5-point system, that’ll be based solely off of what I remember, and my feelings about it later.
* = Not good.
**= Not really worth it.
***= It was solid. (Or it was Junot Diz and I supposed to like it, per critics everywhere, but I didn’t.)
**** = Very good, or very fun, or both.
***** = Really excellent. Consider reading it!
(I can already tell you that a few of these scores are lower than they should be, because I felt like I was rating too much as a 4 - but also, like all humans, I genuinely try to read good books, you guys!)
(Also, some general themes: I don’t like short stories as much as literature, and I like pop-science-with-questionable-methodology, but I don’t love it.)
Okay! Here it is!
- Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn****
- Bunny Bunny - Gildna Radner: A Sort-of Love Story, by Alan Zweibel***
- It’s Always Something, by Gildna Radner***
- Beyond the Beautiful Forevers, by Katherine Boo*****
- Eating Animals, by Jonathan Safran Foer***
- This is How You Lose Her, by Junot Diaz***
- In the Shadow of the Banyan, by Vaddey Ratner****
- The Psychopath Test, by Jon Ronson***
- The Yellow Birds, by Kevin Powers****
- The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao***
- Lost at Sea, by Jon Ronson***
- Twelve Patients: Life and Death at Bellevue Hospital, by Eric Manheimer***
- The Fault in Our Stars, by John Green***
- My Antonia, by Willa Cather*****
- Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead, by Sheryl Sandberg***
- The Bedwetter: Stories of Courage, Redemption, and Pee, by Sarah Silverman****
- Deliverance, by James Dickey****
- Elephant Bucks, by Sheldon Bull****
- I Love You More Than You Can Know, by Jonathan Ames***
- The White Tiger, by Arvind Adiga*****
- Crimes in Southern Indiana, by Frank Bill***
- Confessions of an Advertising Man, by David Ogilvy***
- Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief, by Lawrence Wright*****
- The Orphan Master’s Son, by Adam Johnson****
- Wolf Hall, by Hilary Mantel****
- Letters of Kurt Vonnegut, Edited by Dan Wakefield****
- Challenger Sale, by (Ugh, I don’t care)**
- How to be a Woman, by Caitlin Moran***
- A Practical Wedding, by Meg Keene***
- TV Writers Workbook, by Ellen Sandler***
- 8 Characters of Comedy, by Scott Sedita****
- Friday Night Lights, by H.G. Bissinger*****
- White Nights, by Joan Didion****
- The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak***
- Code Name Verity, by Elizabeth Wein***
- Harvest, by Jim Crace****
- Unbroken, by Laura Hillenbrand****
- W;t, by Margaret Edson****
- The Men Who Stare at Goats, by Jon Ronson***
- The Tenth of December, by George Saunders***
- Holidays on Ice, by David Sedaris***
- Wave, by Sonali Deraniyagala****