My 2015 reading list so far

I have been a Very Bad Blogger so far this year (hence the new theme – time for a blog refresh), but I have been reading like a woman possessed. Earlier this year, due to a bit of a health scare, I decided to defer my studies for 2015 and spend a year just focusing on work and on myself. I’m absolutely intending to complete my current studies and go on to do my PhD, but for now it is me time. It’s been so nice to read simply for pleasure! I’ve taken the opportunity to smash the reading challenge I had set for myself, and so far have read the following:

  1. A Clash of Kings by George RR Martin – I started the year by finally finishing the second book in the Song of Ice and Fire (Game of Thrones) series. I am obviously extremely late to the party (but totally fashionably late, naturally).
  2. Life in his Hands by Susan Wyndham – an awesome account of Australian neurosurgeon Dr Charlie Tao and one of his patients, pianist Aaron McMillan.
  3. J by Howard Jacobson – my only Man Booker read for the year so far, I think. Ho hum.
  4. Broken Heart Stuff by Diane Lee – the first book in the Love and Other Stuff series by my very clever friend. It’s currently FREE on Amazon. Go get it!!
  5. Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man by Steve Harvey – an attempt to educate myself after some crappy online dating experiences.
  6. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho – I liked it, but I didn’t love it. Not sure I understand why this is such a worldwide sensation.
  7. The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd – a beautiful story!
  8. The City & the City by China Mieville – I had no idea what was happening for the vast majority of this book.
  9. A Storm of Swords: Steel and Snow by George RR Martin – Part 1 of Book 3 and not too shabby.
  10. A Storm of Swords: Blood and Gold by George RR Martin – Part 2 of Book 3. I devoured this one. So much happens!
  11. Must Have Hair by Diane Lee – a really enjoyable short story by my very clever friend 🙂
  12. The Art of Asking by Amanda Palmer – this is one of my favourite reads this year. I was never into Amanda’s music but she is an amazing and inspiring woman. Check out her TED talk for a preview of what this book delves into.
  13. The Collected Works of AJ Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin – a lovely read I managed to knock off in a couple of days, such a sweet story!
  14. The Crow by James O’Barr – this year saw my love for comics massively expand (I have moved to collecting them) and I just had to read this graphic novel.
  15. Indelible Ink by Fiona McGregor – this has been on my ‘to read’ list for a while. It wasn’t too bad, but I despised the ending.
  16. Attached: the New Science of Adult Attachment and How it Can Help You Find – and Keep – Love by Amir Levine – this was a life changing book. Made me completely understand why I react the way I do in certain relationships, and why I pick the wrong men (so that I don’t any more).
  17. How to be Alone by Jonathan Franzen – I love Mr Franzen but this was uninspiring, apart from a couple of the essays.
  18. Loki: Agent of Asgard Vol 1: Trust Me by Al Ewing – yes, more comics, but I love Loki, and this was awesome 🙂
  19. Loki: Agent of Asgard Vol 2: I Cannot Tell a Lie by Al Ewing – unfortunately, this one was less awesome.
  20. Finders Keepers by Stephen King – the new book from his Mercedes Killer series. I loved this, one of my favourites from this year.
  21. March by Geraldine Brooks – Took a couple of chapters to get into this but then it really took off. This is the story of Mr March, the father from Little Women, and his time fighting in the American Civil War.
  22. Inside the O’Briens by Lisa Genova – I rarely cry when reading (I am a bit of a cold fish) but this book made me cry a lot. A story about a family impacted by Huntington’s Disease. Heartbreaking.
  23. The One by Diane Lee – This author’s newest short story is being given away for free on Amazon this weekend. I think you should give it a go. I read it this morning and loved it.

As you can see I’ve been keeping busy reading a range of things, and I’ve loved every moment of being able to pick my next read without thinking I should be studying instead. I hope you’ve all had a great start to your reading year too!

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3 thoughts on “My 2015 reading list so far

  1. Welcome back! I had to take a year off from studies due to ill health (that’s when I started my blog, to cheer myself up). Hang in there!

    I think your new theme shows you are book blogger of supremely discerning good taste. (The fact that I use the same theme myself has not influenced this opinion in any way).

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