Book Challenge 2015 revisited

December 31 and I’m finally finished my 2015 reading challenge. I feel like I’ve accomplished so much. And because I feel like this accomplishment should be acknowledged by everyone commemorated, I thought I’d do a little review before jumping into 2016. So, without further ado:

Total books read: 49

Total authors read: 38

Total books reviewed: 38

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The Piano Shop on the Left Bank by Thad Carhart


A stunning love letter to pianos:

“We invest it with our dreams, we touch it offhandedly as we walk by, we crown it with favorite photos and treasured objects until it becomes a kind of domestic shrine. But when it is gone from our lives, it can’t really be replaced, not for what it encompasses as part of life’s progress … We can start over and a good instrument will still open the way to the realm of music. But the associative power of this thing, this great hulk of wood and metal, resides in the individual specimen.”

The reverence with which he writes makes me yearn for my own piano (which currently sits no more than 15 feet away).

Finally, no. 11 on my challenge—only because I thought it lost forever.

And with that, on the very last day of 2015, I complete my very first year-long book challenge. Happy New Years!

The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway


I do believe I’ll read more Hemingway in the future. I quite enjoy his witty characters and staccatoed sentences.

Besides, he wrote this: “I drank a bottle of wine for company … A bottle of wine was good company.” I think we would have gotten along splendidly.

No. 25 on my challenge. This year marks its 90th year.

Lyrics and Poems by John K. Samson


I won’t lie, I read this strictly because my book challenge called for a book of poems. It’s not that I didn’t enjoy it—some of my favourite songs by the Weakerthans are in this book—poetry just isn’t my first love… or my second, or third.

No. 15 on my challenge. It’s no coincidence that this book came so late in the game.

Book roundup!

I love books and I love lists, so what better way to celebrate the end of the year than with a bunch of Best Books of 2015 lists (a two column bulleted list that I coded myself, I might add):







And from Brooklyn Magazine, a list much like my own: The Best of the Bests: Ranking the 2015 Best Books Lists.

Finally, to commemorate the near end of my book challenge (I’m working on the last three books as you read), here’s an exhaustive gallery of the books I read in 2015 (including those not read for the challenge), in no particular order (my apologies, the covers aren’t linked to their reviews—I couldn’t figure out how to code around that particular impossibility in gallery view):