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Recommended Reading List 2015

Books are my drug of choice. That being the case, my friends tend to appreciate my book recommendations and devour my reading lists. The following is the sum of a year of literary indulgence, not ranked in any particular order. The only books on the list I would not advise reading are Go Set a Watchman and I Wrote This for You and Only You. For the sake of analysis, devout Harper Lee fans should read Go Set a Watchman, but you will be left bored and disenchanted by the protracted end. All sociological qualms aside, it’s a rough, poorly written story, understandably rejected by her publishers. The juxtaposition of this poor cousin to To Kill a Mockingbird is that of the sacred to the profane.  The book of poetry, I Wrote This for You and Only You, is a mawkish, lazy attempt of a book. I would like to give special recognition to Haruki Murakami, whose incomparable opus, 1Q84, restored my faith in contemporary literature when I read it in 2014. I would also point out that Natasha Pulley’s The Watchmaker of Filigree Street was the most underrated and overlooked work of genius of the 2015 new releases.

  1. The Goldfinch-Donna Tartt
  2. Colorless Tsukuru Tszaki and his Years of Pilgrimage-Haruki Murakami
  3. After Dark-Haruki Murakami
  4. After the Quake-Haruki Murakami
  5. Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World-Haruki Murakami
  6. Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman-Haruki Murakami
  7. The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle-Haruki Murakami
  8. The Strange Library-Haruki Murakami
  9. Sputnik Sweetheart-Haruki Murakami
  10. South of the Border, West of the Sun-Haruki Murakami
  11. The Fuck-Up-Arthur Nersesian
  12. Gladyss of the Hunt-Arthur Nersesian
  13. The Secret History-Donna Tartt
  14. The Elephant Vanishes-Haruki Murakami
  15. Euphoria-Lily King
  16. The Little Friend-Donna Tartt
  17. Neverwhere-Neil Gaiman
  18. Dance Dance Dance-Haruki Murakami
  19. The Night Circus-Erin Morgenstern
  20. The Graveyard Book-Neil Gaiman
  21. Perfume: The Story of a Murder-Patrick Suskind
  22. Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore-Robin Sloan
  23. Kafka on the Shore-Haruki Murakami
  24. The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry-Gabrielle Zevin
  25. Suicide Casanova-Arthur Nersesian
  26. Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell-Susanna Clarke
  27. All the Light We Cannot See-Anthony Doerr
  28. To Kill a Mockingbird-Harper Lee
  29. Go Set a Watchman-Harper Lee
  30. The Windup Girl- Paolo Bacigalupi
  31. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay-Michael Chabon
  32. The Devil in the White City-Erik Larson
  33. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children-Ransom Riggs
  34. Hollow City-Ransom Riggs
  35. The Library of Souls-Ransom Riggs
  36. The Ocean at the End of the Lane-Neil Gaiman
  37. Hear the Wind Sing-Haruki Murakami
  38. Pinball, 1973-Haruki Murakami
  39. The Watchmaker of Filigree Street-Natasha Pulley
  40. A Wild Sheep Chase-Haruki Murakami
  41. American Gods-Neil Gaiman
  42. The Halloween Tree-Ray Bradbury
  43. The Supernatural Enhancements-Edgar Cantero
  44. A Monster Calls-Patrick Ness
  45. The Once and Future King-T.H. White
  46. We Have Always Lived in the Castle-Shirley Jackson
  47. Ghostly-an anthology compiled by Audrey Niffenegger
  48. Something Wicked This Way Comes-Ray Bradbury
  49. Cleoopatra, A Life-Stacy Schiff
  50. The Haunting of Hill House-Shirley Jackson
  51. The Shadow of the Wind-Carlos Ruiz Zafon
  52. Norwegian Wood-Haruki Murakami
  53. The Lodger-Marie Belloc Lowndes
  54. The Angel’s Game-Carlos Ruiz Zafon
  55. I Wrote This for You and Only You-anonymous
  56. The Cure for Dreaming-Cat Winters
  57. Kitchen-Banana Yoshimoto
  58. Hyde-Daniel Levine
  59. Night Shift-Steven King
  60. The Golem and the Jinni-Helene Wecker
  61. Hell House-Peter Matheson
  62. The Perks of Being a Wallflower-Stephen Chbosky
  63. On the Road, the Original Scroll-Jack Kerouac
  64. The Magicians-Lev Grossman
  65. Chinese Takeout-Arthur Nersesian

 

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