One of my bookshelves

One of my bookshelves

Books I read in 2011
Books I read in 2012
Books I read in 2013
Books I read in 2014
Books I read in 2015
Books I read in 2016

In 2010 a fellow blogger inspired me to keep track of the books and short stories I read.

When I initially began this project, my intent was to try to fit more books into my busy life and to gain a little encouragement by seeing my lists grown. It was more successful than I expected it would be, and I have been reading many more books than I expected to be able to. My second goal was to help gain a better breadth of genres, so I will continue to try to improve that aspect. Please drop a recommendation into the comments if you know of a book that should be read!

Full disclosure:
Most of the time I read audio books on my iPhone. I love you,! Though I value holding a book above all other forms of reading, it isn’t practical in my life. Nor is it appealing (or practical) to hold a nasty computer screen in my lap (as in a Kindle). The point is, I rarely have time to kick it with a book. Always the multitasker, I read stories (and listen to NPR, BBC, and Link TV) while washing dishes, working in the garden, jammed in standing-room-only on the bus, mowing the lawn, going for a run, folding clothes. An unexpected bonus is that I now look forward to folding the laundry and washing dishes! Another bonus is that I am able to enjoy the impressive reading talents of many narrators. It adds an important dimension to books that I haven’t experienced before.

  1. Scary Close: Dropping the Act and Finding True Intimacy by Donald Miller.
  2. Surely You’re Joking Mr. Feynman by Richard P. Feynman.
  3. Self-Inflicted Wounds: Heartwarming Tales of Epic Humiliation by Aisha Tyler.
  4. Little Failure by Gary Shteyngart.
  5. Astoria by Peter Stark.
  6. (short story) The World of Shadow by Kate Hamer.
  7. (short story) The Hospital by Keith C. Blackmore. Apparently an introduction story to a zombie book that I haven’t read. I’m not a zombie story fan, but I’m open to free audible short stories! This one has some creative variations on the story and plausible post-zombie apocalypse environment. It was well-written and entertaining and appropriately gruesome in the end, but the main character still manages to get away from the insane nurse, who was clearly more of a danger than the zombies.
  8. The Martian by Andy Weir. I was riveted from page one. Mark, the protagonist, is a NASA scientist and astronaut, yes, but he’s just a regular young guy who curses and questions authority. He makes fun of everything, including himself, and is deliciously upbeat despite being accidentally abandoned on Mars. The technical details are so convincing that I’m sure the author must have inside knowledge of the space program. Mark’s battle to stay alive in mind-blowingly impossible circumstances is heroic and engaging.
  9. The Big Rock Candy Mountain by Wallace Stegner. Stegner has an immense skill for portraying characters. I was sucked into the story. This one follows the story of the Mason family from their time of meeting each other till their deaths. It’s a good look at early life in the American and Canadian West in the early 20th century. The book was hard on me, not just because the Masons lived a hard life, but because Elsa loved and tried to support her man, then died of cancer – like my mother. And Bo… was a man with tremendous dreams and potential for love and generosity, but turned into a bitter, nasty man who inspired hatred from his children. Sadly, I related to this all too well.