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Monday, December 14, 2015

Books Read in 2015 (Revised)






I've been diligently keeping a list of books I've read since 2010.


It's one of those things I used to always say I was going to do, but would somehow forget to keep up with fairly early on.


Keeping up with it here on Meanderings and Muses, for some reason, made it an easier and more fun thing to do.


If you're interested in past reading lists - they're here:


You can see my 2010 list here -







And, you can see my 2011 list here -










And, my 2013 list -






And, my 2014 list -






If a book is on my list, it means I liked it.  

I am not one to finish a book I don't care for, or am even feeling lukewarm about.  I know there are people out there who feel like they can't put a book down once they've invested some time in it, and that's fine.  That's just not me.  



So I'm posting my entire list and simply including my most memorable reads of the year within that list. 


Truth be told, I'm terrible at remembering a lot about most books once I've read it and moved on.  A lot of people can remember books, the plots, even quote passages from their favorites well after they've been read.

I wish I could do that.












The best I can do, however, is remember when a particular book made enough of an impression that it actually still brings on a bit of a physical reaction when I see the title.

A nudge of remembrance.





So. 


That's what I'm going with here.


My own unorthodox gut-reaction list of most memorable books of 2015, which I've highlighted in bold letters.


And, those very few you see in red.  They're my "wow" reads.  

And, because it's only the 14th of December, there will be more added right up until the end of the year, so check back from time to time to see what's new (and what's good).



There are two series I discovered this year by new or, at least, "new to me" authors that I want to share.


Neely Tucker and Anne Cleeland.  I look forward to reading more from both.




For those who aren't familiar with the "(ARC)" you see on some of these titles, it means "Advance Reading Copy."  Some of those titles were "ARCs" when I read them, but have now been released.  Some, however, are not due to be released until next year, so I'm afraid you'll have to wait.  



Happy Reading, Everyone!!







Books Read in 2015



Reading now, but not finished:

CAROLINA WRITERS AT HOME edited by Meg Reid, Photos by Rob McDonald



Finished -


A NIGHT WITHOUT ARMOR by Jewell

DEEP SOUTH by Paul Theroux


BIG MAGIC by Elizabeth Gilbert

MILLER'S VALLEY by Anna Quindlen (ARC)

THE GIRLS by Lisa Jewell (ARC)

THE WEDDING TREE by Robin Wells

THE WITCHES OF CAMBRIDGE by Menna Van Praag (ARC)


A PRISONER IN MALTA by Phillip DePoy (ARC)


DAY SHIFT by Charlaine Harris


PRETENDING TO DANCE by Diane Chamberlain


MIDNIGHT CROSSROAD by Charlaine Harris


SHAKESPEARE AND COMPANY by Sylvia Beach


WRITING ALL WRONGS by Ellery Adams


STARS OF FORTUNE by Nora Roberts


THE EX by Alafair Burke (ARC)


THE PASSENGER by Lisa Lutz (ARC)


WHERE IT HURTS by Reed Farrel Coleman (ARC)


GRANT PARK by Leonard Pitts, Jr.

THE SUMMER WE ALL RAN AWAY by Cassandra Parkin


THE SEA KEEPER'S DAUGHTERS by Lisa Wingate


IN THE DARK PLACES by Peter Robinson


MY SOUTHERN JOURNEY by Rick Braggs


SAFE HARBOR by Judith Arnold


A WALK ON THE BEACH by Joan Anderson


THIS IS YOUR LIFE, HARRIET CHANCE! by Jonathan Evison


PARIS TIME CAPSULE by Ella Carey


THE PARIS KEY by Juliet Blackwell


HOW TO WRITE A NOVEL: A NOVEL by Melanie Sumner


THE GIRL WITHOUT A NAME by Sandra Block (ARC)


SOUTHERN SOLSTICE by Sarah Sadler


THE GUEST ROOM by Chris Bohjalian (ARC)


CHARLESTON by Margaret Bradham Thornton


KEEPER'S REACH by Carla Neggers


ACADEMY GIRLS by Nora Carroll (ARC)


THE HOUSE ON SEVENTH STREET by Karen Vorbeck Williams (ARC)


EIGHT HUNDRED GRAPES by Laura Dave


THE SECOND SISTER by Marie Bostwick


THE RACE TO PARIS by Meg Waite Clayton


THE LAKE HOUSE by Kate Morton (ARC)


LONG UPON THE LAND by Margaret Maron



AS NIGHT FALLS by Jenny Milchman


TOUCHING THE MOON by Lisa M. Airey


CRIMSON SHORE by Preston & Child (ARC)

SUMMER AT HIDEAWAY KEY by Barbara Davis


THE LITTLE MEN by Megan Abbott


WHAT YOU SEE by Hank Phillippi Ryan (ARC)


THE HOME PLACE by Carrie La Seur


HEARTBROKEN by Lisa Unger


GO SET A WATCHMAN by Harper Lee


VORACIOUS by Cara Nicoletti (ARC)


THE BOOK OF LOST AND FOUND by Lucy Foley (ARC)


COME RAIN OR COME SHINE by Jan Karon (ARC)


IN THE BLOOD by Lisa Unger


DARKNESS, BY OLD FRIEND by Lisa Unger


FRAGILE by Lisa Unger


THE LITTLE PARIS BOOKSHOP by Nina George


NANTUCKET by Nan Rossiter (ARC)


NAMED OF THE DRAGON by Susanna Kearsley (ARC)


THE CAKE THERAPIST by Judith Fertig


DEVIL'S BRIDGE by Linda Fairstein (ARC)


MY VERY BEST FRIEND by Cathy Lamb (ARC)


ALL THE SINGLE LADIES by Dorothea Benton Frank


THE SISTERS CLUB by Lauren Baratz-Logsted (ARC)


SOMEBODY I USED TO KNOW by David Bell (ARC)


THE WAYS OF THE DEAD by Neely Tucker


MURDER, D.C. by Neely Tucker (ARC)



A SPECTER OF JUSTICE by Mark de Castrique (ARC)


PINES by Blake Crouch


SEASON OF SALT & HONEY by Hannah Tunnicliffe (ARC)


STREET JUSTICE by Kris Nelscott


THE SECRETS WE KEEP by Stephanie Butland (ARC)


LAND OF SHADOWS by Rachel Howzell Hall


SERAFINA AND THE BLACK CLOAK by Robert Beatty (ARC)


OLIVAY by Deborah Reed (ARC)


THE MYSTERIOUS DISAPPEARANCE OF THE RELUCTANT BOOK FAIRY by Elizabeth George (ARC)


THE NATURE OF THE BEAST by Louise Penny (ARC)

THE WITCH OF BOURBON STREET by Suzanne Palmieri (ARC)


UNDERSTANDING PAT CONROY by Catherine Seltzer


GHOST IMAGE by Ellen Crosby


NEVER DIE ALONE by Lisa Jackson (ARC)


MULTIPLE EXPOSURE by Ellen Crosby


A DIFFERENT REFLECTION by Jane L. Gibson (ARC)


MEMORY MAN by David Baldacci


DESOLATION ROW by Kay Kendall


THE FORGOTTEN ROOM by Lincoln Child (ARC)


THE TRUTH ACCORDING TO US by Annie Barrows (ARC)


THE OTHER DAUGHTER by Lauren Willig (ARC)


WYLDING HALL by Elizabeth Hand (ARC)


THE TRAVELLING TEASHOP by Belinda Jones


NOWHERE BUT HOME by Liza Palmer


LIAR'S BENCH by Kim Michele Richardson (ARC)


STEALING MARILYN MONROE by Sophie Warren


THE WEDDING CAKE TREE by Melanie Hudson (ARC)


THE SOUND OF GLASS by Karen White (ARC)


THE FAERIE TREE by Jane Cable (ARC)


BEING AUDREY HEPBURN by Mitchell Kriegman


THE THIRD WIFE by Lisa Jewell (ARC)


THE SUMMER OF GOOD INTENTIONS by Wendy Francis (ARC)


THE STRANGER by Harlan Coben


CREATURE COMFORTS by Trisha Ashley (ARC)


BRADSTREET GATE by Robin Kirman (ARC)


PLANTATION SHUDDERS by Ellen Byron (ARC)


THE WOMAN IN THE PHOTOGRAPH by Dana Gynther (ARC)


PLAY ON: NOW, THEN, AND FLEETWOOD MAC: THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY by Mick Fleetwood and Anthony Bozza


BEFORE I WAKE by Anne Frasier


HUGO AND ROSE by Bridgette Foley ( ARC)


SOMEONE IS WATCHING by Joy Fielding (ARC)


PERMANENT SPRING SHOWERS by Scott D. Southard (ARC)


TRIGGER WARNING by Neil Gaiman


NIGHTBIRD by Alice Hoffman (ARC)


THE IDEA OF LOVE by Patti Callahan Henry (ARC)


PLEASANT DAY by Vera Jane Cook (ARC)


PARIS, HE SAID by Christine Sneed (ARC)


THE GHOSTS OF PEPPERNELL MANOR by Amy M. Reade (ARC)


HUSH HUSH by Laura Lippman

MURDER IN HINDSIGHT by Anne Cleeland (ARC)


MURDER IN RETRIBUTION by Anne Cleeland


MURDER IN THRALL by Anne Cleeland


THE ART OF BAKING BLIND by Sarah Vaughn (ARC)


LITTLE BLACK LIES by Sandra Block (ARC)


BLUEPRINTS by Barbara Delinsky (ARC)


THE GUEST COTTAGE by Nancy Thayer (ARC)


LAVINA by Mary Marcus (ARC)


IN WILDERNESS: A NOVEL by Diane Thomas (ARC)



WHAT HAPPENS IN TUSCANY by T.A. Williams (ARC)


IT STARTED AT SUNSET COTTAGE by Bella Osborne (ARC)


THE WOMAN IN THE MOVIE STAR DRESS by Praveen Asthana


THE DWELLING PLACE by Elizabeth Musser


THE BODY AT WRAPP'S MILL: A Grist Mill Mystery with Marcy Dehanne by Celia H. Miles


WOMEN IN CLOTHES by Sheila Heti and Heidi Julavits


THE CATALAIN BOOK OF SECRETS by Jessica Lourey


WINTER AT THE DOOR by Sarah Graves


WEST OF SUNSET by Stewart O'Nan


THE MAGNIFICENT SPINSTER by May Sarton


THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN by Paula Hawkins


A FRENCH PIROUETTE by Jennifer Bohnet


SEASON OF THE DRAGONFLIES by Sarah Creech


LAND OF ENCHANTMENT by Liza Wieland (ARC)


WALKING ON TRAMPOLINES by Frances Whiting (ARC)












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