Books I Read in 2015 - Most of Which Were Finished Hastily on a Plane

This year, like the last, I read some books. I edited out the words “a lot” in front of books because I don’t know if this is actually a lot of books. Maybe it’s not many, or maybe it’s a normal amount. The amount of books read by a person is subjective. Anyway, here’s what I read this year in order of genre, and with a few notes next to the titles that made me feel like I should write notes. I’m typing this on December 29, hours before I board a plane, so I may actually finish another book before this is posted. You’ll know how the reading turned out if anything is posted under the section marked “poetry.”



Moby Dick - Herman Melville (I wouldn’t recommend reading this unless you want to bring it up in conversations. Although, I’m thinking about reading it again come 2017).

White Noise - Don Delillo (I read the Airborne Toxic Event portion twice, and I’m under the impression that this was the first piece that Delilo wrote for the book but I refuse to do any research into the subject.)

Shotgun Lovesongs - Nickolas Butler

Jitterbug Perfume - Tom Robbins

Sag Harbor - Colson Whitehead (A friend gifted this to me two years ago and I only just got around to reading it. Obviously, I’m not a very good friend.)

The Mysteries Of Pittsburgh - Michael Chabon

The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald

Vineland - Thomas Pynchon

Bobcat - Rebecca Lee

Welcome to the Monkey House - Kurt Vonnegut

One More Thing - BJ Novak


Non Fiction

Poseur - Marc Spitz

I Don't Care About Your Band - Julie Klausner

What's Not To Love - Jonanthan Ames

Grasping For Air Time - Jay Mohr

God, If You're Not Up There I'm Fucked - Darrell Hammond

Maps & Legends - Michael Chabon

Basketball Diaries - Jim Carrol (although I have the feeling this is mostly fiction)

Slouching Towards Bethlehem - Joan Didion

Rebel Without A Crew - Robert Rodriguez

Take The Canoli - Sarah Vowell

On Writing - Stephen King


Short Fiction

Kino - Haruki Murakami

Don't Eat Cat - Jess Walter

A Fable For Living - Kevin Brockmeier

Tin Man - Judy Budnitz

The Years of my Birth - Louise Erdrich

The Tales of Beetle the Bard - JK Rowling

Naked Pictures Of Famous People - Jon Stewart

The Depressed Person - David Foster Wallace

Jeffty Is Five - Harlan Ellison

How's The Nightlife On Cissalda? - Harlan Ellison

The Banks Of The Vistula - Rebecca Lee

Like the Locked Antlers - Lawrence-Minh Bui Davis

Twenty Questions - Bridget Clerkin

The Actor's House - David Means

Conversations With Girls - Sean Casey

Letters from the Academy - Tom Barbash

Does This Look Familiar - Daniel Handler

Where We Must Be - Laura Van Der Berg

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty - James Thurber

Death of Nick Carter - Phillippe Soupaulte

The Last Adventure of the Blue Phantom - Eric Hanson


Poetry – I did it! I actually finished the book on the plane! After I closed the book I high fived the girl in 23 E, and scarfed down my savory snack courtesy of Alaskan Airlines.

The Incomplete Tim Key – Tim Key


Weird Outliers

Zac's Haunted House

Observations at a Protest Movement - Said Sayrafiezadeh

Reflection on a Modern Protest Movement - Robert Haas


What did you read this year? Anything good? Anything weird? Did you read any of it on a plane or were you mostly interested in stationary reading in 2015?