Category Archives: Library

Top 15 Books 2015

Until I have the time and energy to devote to reshaping my Top 100 list, I’ll take baby steps with the books I’ve read this year. Note: these are not necessarily in order and not necessarily published this year, just read this year. By me. And possibly you. This is always a difficult task but my usual means of deciding which ones make the cut is asking myself “would I actually purchase a second copy and/or re-read this book and/or foist this book on others?” The winners are:

  1. Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke
  2. The Martian by Andy Weir
  3. Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
  4. Nimona by Noelle Stevenson
  5. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
  6. The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #1 (The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, #1) by Ryan North
  7. Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things by Jenny Lawson
  8. Fool’s Quest (The Fitz and The Fool, #2) by Robin Hobb
  9. Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling
  10. The Butterfly Mosque: A Young American Woman’s Journey to Love and Islam by G. Willow Wilson
  11. Changes (The Dresden Files, #12) by Jim Butcher
  12. Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
  13. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
  14. Not My Father’s Son: A Memoir by Alan Cumming
  15. Back Story (Paperback) by David Mitchell

Superb Blurb: Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore

Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan

I was pleasantly delighted by this book which spoke to the bibliophilic nerd in me. This blurb spoke to the “I love asides” part of me:

“Writers are responsible for some of it. They say Shakespeare invented the internal monologue.”
Oh, I am very familiar with the internal monologue.

This blurb spoke to the “I don’t like phones” part of me:

Ring ring.

It keeps ringing, and it occurs to me that my usual strategy for strange phone calls—wait them out—might not work here.

Ring ring.

These days, the phone only carries bad news. It’s all “your student loan is past due” and “your uncle Chris is in the hospital.” If it’s anything fun or exciting, like an invitation to a party or a secret project in the works, it will come through the internet.

Ring ring.

ps – Gojira, this book puts a new spin on “bibliogenealogies”.

Lending Library

I’m old and getting older. This means that over the many years of my obsessive book buying, I have collected a sizable stash.  This also means that my memory is getting dimmer. The combination is not pretty.  When my friends come over and see a book they like, I let them borrow it only to see mysterious gaps in my bookshelves months, years, decades later. Who borrowed what and when? Where is my “___” – did I own that or was it a library book? I’m now going to use the power of wordpress to keep track.  If you have borrowed a book and have not returned it in a year, I’m coming after you.  I’m talking to you:

Osman S – I think I owe you some books but I can’t remember what I borrowed.  Perhaps you should write a blog about it.