What I Read: 2015

JANUARY

Jan Wong, Out of the Blue (2012) (CDN)

John Vaillant, The Jaguar’s Children (2015) (CDN)

Michael Christie, The Beggar’s Garden (2011) (CDN)

Michael Christie, If I Fall, If I Die (2015) (CDN)

Timothy Caulfield, Is Gwyneth Paltrow Wrong about Everything? (2015) (CDN)*

Daniel Handler, The Basic Eight (1998)

Daniel Handler, We Are Pirates (2015)

Daniel Handler, Adverbs (2006)

FEBRUARY

Alix Hawley, All True Not a Lie in It (2015) (CDN)

Javier Marías, Dark Back of Time (1998, trans. Esther Allen)

Javier Marías, A Heart So White (1992, trans. Margaret Jull Costa)

Michael DeForge, Ant Colony (2014) (CDN)

Sean McIndoe, The Best of Down Goes Brown (2012) (CDN)

Myrl Coulter, A Year of Days (2015) (CDN)*

Andrey Kurkov, Death and the Penguin (1996, trans. George Bird)

MARCH

Andrey Kurkov, Ukraine Diaries (2014, trans. Sam Taylor)

James Baldwin, The Fire Next Time (1963)

Roxane Gay, Bad Feminist (2014)

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, We Should All Be Feminists (2015)

Chris Leslie-Hynan, Ride Around Shining (2014)

Jean-Patrick Manchette, The Mad and the Bad (1972, trans. Donald Nicholson-Smith)

Michel Houellebecq, The Map and the Territory (2010, trans. Gavin Bowd)

APRIL

Georges Perec, A Void (1969, trans. Gilbert Adair)

Jon Ronson, So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed (2015)

Michael Paterniti, Love and Other Ways of Dying (2015)

Dan Rubinstein, Born to Walk (2015) (CDN)*

Han Kang, The Vegetarian (2007, trans. Deborah Smith)

David Peace, The Damned Utd (2006)

Horacio Castellanos Moya, The Dream of My Return (2013, trans. Katherine Silver)

MAY

Nicholson Baker, U and I (1991) (re-read)

J.C. Hallman, B and Me (2015)

Karl Ove Knausgaard, My Struggle, Book Four (2010, trans. Don Bartlett)

Jenny Erpenbeck, Visitation (2008, trans. Susan Bernofsky)

Vivek Shraya, ed., The Magnificent Malls of Edmonton (2015) (CDN)*

Patti LaBoucane-Benson and Kelly Mellings, The Outside Circle (2015) (CDN)*

Seth, The Great Northern Brotherhood of Canadian Cartoonists (2011) (CDN)

Geoffrey Gray, Skyjack (2011)

JUNE

Bret Hart, Hitman (2007) (CDN)*

Jurji Zaidan, The Girl of Ghassan (1897, trans. Basil Solounias)

Patrick deWitt, Undermajordomo Minor (2015) (CDN)

Kat Verhoeven, Towerkind (2015) (CDN)

Juan Filloy, Op Oloop (1934, trans. Lisa Dillman)

Stuart Ross, Further Confessions of a Small Press Racketeer (2015) (CDN)

Alice Munro, Lives of Girls and Women (1971) (CDN)

Jon Chan Simpson, Chinkstar (2015) (CDN)*

JULY

Tracey Lindberg, Birdie (2015) (CDN)*

Shawn Curtis Stibbards, The Video Watcher (2015) (CDN)

Alisa Ganieva, The Mountain and the Wall (2012, trans. Carol Apollonio)

Mikhail Shishkin, Calligraphy Lesson (2015, trans. Marian Schwartz, Leo Shtutin, Sylvia Maizell, and Mariya Bashkatova)

Sergio Pitol, The Art of Flight (1997, trans. George Henson)

Vivek Shraya, God Loves Hair (2010) (CDN)*

Greg Bechtel, Boundary Problems (2014) (CDN)*

Richard Van Camp, Angel Wing Splash Pattern (2002) (CDN)*

AUGUST

Russell Smith, Confidence (2015) (CDN)

Spencer Gordon, Cosmo (2012) (CDN)

Irina Kovalyova, Specimen (2015) (CDN)

Ta-Nehisi Coates, Between the World and Me (2015)

Enrique Vila-Matas, A Brief History of Portable Literature (1985, trans. Anne McLean and Thomas Bunstead)

Adalbert Stifter, Rock Crystal (1845, trans. Elizabeth Mayer and Marianne Moore)

Tove Jansson, The True Deceiver (1982, trans. Thomas Teal)

G.V. Desani, All About H. Hatterr (1948)

Jennifer Quist, Sistering (2015) (CDN)*

SEPTEMBER

Milan Kundera, The Curtain (2005, trans. Linda Asher)

Greg Hollingshead, Act Normal (2015) (CDN)*

Vivian Smith, Outsiders Still (2015) (CDN)

Antonio Tabucchi, Time Ages in a Hurry (2009, trans. Martha Cooley and Antonio Romani)

Valeria Luiselli, The Story of My Teeth (2013, trans. Christina MacSweeney)

OCTOBER

César Aira, The Musical Brain (2013, trans. Chris Andrews)

Peter Gzowski, The Game of Our Lives (1981) (CDN)

Mark Spector, The Battle of Alberta (2015) (CDN)*

John Vaillant, The Golden Spruce (2005) (CDN)

John McPhee, Oranges (1967)

NOVEMBER

William T. Vollmann, Poor People (2007)

Jenna Butler, A Profession of Hope (2015) (CDN)*

Meags Fitzgerald, Long Red Hair (2015) (CDN)*

Don Gillmor, Long Change (2015) (CDN)

Selma Lonning Aaro, I’m Coming (2013, trans. Kari Dickson)

César Aira, Dinner (2006, trans. Katherine Silver)

Carolyn Harris, Magna Carta and its Gifts to Canada (2015) (CDN)

Michel Houellebecq, Submission (2015, trans. Lorin Stein)

Shea Serrano, The Rap Year Book (2015)

DECEMBER

Anakana Schofield, Martin John (2015) (CDN)

Final Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, Volume One: Summary (2015) (CDN)

Patrick Modiano, So You Don’t Get Lost in the Neighborhood (2014, trans. Euan Cameron)

Errol Morris, A Wilderness of Error (2012)

Janet Malcolm, The Journalist and the Murderer (1990)

Bruce Dowbiggin, Ice Storm (2014) (CDN)

Jess Walter, Beautiful Ruins (2012)

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SOME NUMBERS NOW

Fiction: 53/88 (60%)

Non-fiction: 35/88 (40%)

Books in translation: 27/88 (31%)

Male authors: 64/88 (73%)

Female authors: 23/88 (26%)

Canadian authors: 40/88 (45%)

Most-read author: Daniel Handler (3)

Favourite not-new books: The Damned UtdSkyjackThe Game of Our Lives, The Golden Spruce

Obvious five-star classics: The Fire Next TimeA VoidRock Crystal

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PUBLICATION DATES

2015: 34

2010s: 23

2000s: 11

1990s: 7

1980s: 3

1970s: 2

1960s: 3

1940s: 1

1930s: 1

1800s: 2