Sunday, February 5, 2017

Books I Read the Past Two Years (2015 and 2016)

I haven't posted anything here for so long. I haven't stopped reading, though, and I've kept up well with my ongoing resolution to read a book for every week of the year. Somewhere along the way, I also decided I wanted to read more books written by women. Here are my lists for 2015 and 2016. The titles marked with a + or an * were books we read aloud as a family or books I read aloud to Essie.


The Bone House by Stephen Lawhead
The Spirit Well by Stephen Lawhead
* Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Rocket Girl by George D. Morgan
The Shadow Lamp by Stephen Lawhead
The Fatal Tree by Stephen Lawhead
+ Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J. K. Rowling
* The Great Rescue Operation by Jean Van Leeuwen
* The Great Cheese Conspiracy by Jean Van Leeuwen
The Once and Future King by T. H. White
Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy by Karen Abbott
Rainbow Six by Tom Clancy
The Forbidden Library by Django Wexler
The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith
Tears of the Giraffe by Alexander McCall Smith
The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen
The Runaway King by Jennifer A. Nielsen
The Shadow Throne by Jennifer A. Nielsen
The Holcroft Covenant by Robert Ludlum
Across the Universe by Beth Revis
The Giver by Lois Lowry
Atlantis Rising by T.A. Barron
The Iron Trial by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare
* The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis
Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry
Messenger by Lois Lowry
Cinder by Marissa Meyer
Scarlet by Marissa Meyer
Cress by Marissa Meyer
Stardust by Neil Gaiman
Son by Lois Lowry
The Mad Apprentice by Django Wexler
An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
Starters by Lissa Price
The First Book of Ore: The Foundry's Edge by Cam Baity and Benny Zelkowicz
Jesus and His World by Peter Walker
Morality for Beautiful Girls by Alexander McCall Smith
The Kalahari Typing School for Men by Alexander McCall Smith
The Clockwork Scarab by Colleen Gleason
Enders by Lissa Price
Fairest: Levana's Story by Marissa Meyer
The Map of Chaos by Felix J. Palma
The Spiritglass Charade by Colleen Gleason
* Prince Caspian by C. S. Lewis
The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle
Whose Body? by Dorothy L. Sayers
Clouds of Witness by Dorothy L. Sayers
The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
* The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C. S. Lewis
The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu
The Copper Gauntlet by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare
Almost Home by Joan Bauer
The Bat in My Pocket by Amanda Lollar
* The Silver Chair by C. S. Lewis
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
The Chess Queen Enigma by Colleen Gleason
* The Horse and His Boy by C. S. Lewis
The Dark Forest by Cixin Liu
Ultraviolet by R.J. Anderson
Bossypants by Tina Fey
Winter by Marissa Meyer
Reckless by Cornelia Funke
Fearless by Cornelia Funke
The Hunchback Assignments by Arthur Slade
* The Magician's Nephew by C. S. Lewis
The Hunchback Assignments: The Dark Deeps by Arthur Slade
The Hunchback Assignments: Empire of Ruins by Arthur Slade
The Hunchback Assignments: Island of Doom by Arthur Slade
Sand by Hugh Howey
The Slow Regard of Silent Things by Patrick Rothfuss
Total: 70 books/35 written by women


* The Last Battle by C. S. Lewis
Reckless: The Golden Yarn by Cornelia Funke
On Writing Well by William Zinsser
Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
Dracula by Bram Stoker
The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen
Beacon 23 by Hugh Howey
* Dragon Rider by Cornelia Funke
* A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett
The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova
The Invasion of the Tearling by Erika Johansen
Starflight by Melissa Landers
Thirty Million Words by Dana Suskind, MD
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
Stars Above by Marissa Meyer
* Igraine the Brave by Cornelia Funke
The Book of Speculation by Erika Swyler
Divergent by Veronica Roth
Insurgent by Veronica Roth
Allegiant by Veronica Roth
Four by Veronica Roth
Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton
A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab
Wool by Hugh Howey
Shift by Hugh Howey
* Urchin of the Riding Stars by M. I. McAllister
Dust by Hugh Howey
Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
A Gathering of Shadows by V. E. Schwab
The Running Dream by Wendelin Van Draanen
The Faber Book of Modern Fairy Tales by Sara and Stephen Corrin
The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker
A Night Divided by Jennifer A. Nielsen
Four Perfect Pebbles: A Holocaust Story by Lila Perl and Marion Blumenthal Lazan
The Monsters of Templeton by Lauren Groff
The Last Dragonslayer by Jasper Fforde
The Song of the Quarkbeast by Jasper Fforde
The Eye of Zoltar by Jasper Fforde
The Technologists by Matthew Pearl
The Archived by Victoria Schwab
A Natural History of Dragons by Marie Brennan
Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
The Tropic of Serpents by Marie Brennan
Voyage of the Basilisk by Marie Brennan
Sage and the Journey to Wishworld by Shana Muldoon Zappa and Ahmet Zappa
Artemis Fowl: The Arctic Incident by Eoin Colfer
Libby and the Class Election by Shana Muldoon Zappa and Ahmet Zappa
An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
* Urchin and the Heartstone by M. I. McAllister
A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir
Artemis Fowl: The Eternity Code by Eoin Colfer
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, and Jack Thorne
* Song of the Deep by Brian Hastings
In the Labyrinth of Drakes by Marie Brennan
* The Wild Robot by Peter Brown
The Sword of Shannara by Terry Brooks
The Elfstones of Shannara by Terry Brooks
Death's End by Cixin Liu
* The Door in the Dragon's Throat by Frank Peretti
Artemis Fowl: The Opal Deception by Eoin Colfer
Leona's Unlucky Mission by Shana Muldoon Zappa and Ahmet Zappa
Vega and the Fashion Disaster by Shana Muldoon Zappa and Ahmet Zappa
Scarlet Discovers True Strength by Shana Muldoon Zappa and Ahmet Zappa
Cassie Comes Through by Shana Muldoon Zappa and Ahmet Zappa
Heartless by Marissa Meyer
The Fate of the Tearling by Erika Johansen
* Escape from the Island of Aquarius by Frank Peretti
The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson
Total: 68 books/45 written by women

So, I did manage to increase my percentage of books written by women from 50% the first year to 66% the second year. Both of those percentages beat the 29% from 2014. Hurrah for women who write!

I'm debating as to whether or not I will continue to aim for 52 or more books a year from here on out, though. I've definitely reestablished reading as a regular habit and discovered so many more authors and stories I love. I don't think I'm in danger of letting my reading go again any time soon. So, in the interest of continuing to challenge myself, should I choose a new resolution going forward? And what should I choose? I've got a few ideas, but I'm still mulling it over. We'll see.

Happy New Year!

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