Saturday, September 12, 2015

Books Read in 2015

43 books read - 2 of which were rereads
4 plays
1 poem
1 poetry collection

I plan to use this blog mainly as a place to keep track of the books read each year.  As seen from the list so far, my reading has been eclectic and varied.

  • New favorite female authors are Margaret Atwood and P.D. James. 
  • A number of books below, both old and new, reinforce my belief that death is not an end but rather a beginning to another type of existence. 
  • Read books by three poets who expressed their loss in different ways: Hirsch in a long poetic eulogy to his son; Doty in a prose memoir and Atwood in a collection of poems. 
  • Chipped away at my goal to read all the plays of the Greek tragedians (still have a few from Euripides left).
  • Finally read The Great Gatsby and did not like it at all.
  • Much to ponder from Bhagavad Gita, Tao Te Ching, Tolle, Thich Nhat Hanh and Chodron. I regret not being interested in these teaching earlier in life. Why did it take a horrible tragedy to begin what I now see as a true awakening? 
  • Been listening to the BBC World Book Club podcasts in the car where authors read from their book and answer questions (would highly recommend). As a result, read Corban, Haddon, and P.D. James. 
  • Circling back to WWII by reading about GI Brides and an incredible horse. I plan to visit the Marine Corps Museum to see the statue of Sgt. Reckless. 
  • Indulged in brain candy (Kinsella)


  • Bhagavad Gita translated by Stephen Mitchell (5)
  • 8 Limbs of Yoga by Bhava Ram (4)
  • The Forks Over Knives Plan by Drs. Alona Pulde and Matthew Lederman (4)
  • How to Meditate: A Practical Guide to Making Friends with Your Mind by Pema Chodron (5)
  • I Know This Much is True by Wally Lamb (4)
  • My Land and My People by Dalai Lama of Tibet (4)
  • West With the Night by Beryl Markham (4)
  • Finding Peter by William Peter Blatty (3)
  • Gabriel: A Poem by Edward Hirsch (4)
  • Heaven's Coast: A Memoir by Mark Doty (4)
  • The Hand on the Mirror: A True Story of Life Beyond Death by Janis Heaphy Durham (4)
  • A Little History of the World by E.H. Gombrich (4)
  • Phoenecian Women by  Euripides (4)
  • Orestes by Euripides (3)
  • Bacchae by Euripides (4)
  • No Mud, No Lotus by Thich Nhat Hanh (5)
  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (3)
  • Going After Cacciato by Tim O'Brien (4)
  • Six Years by Harlan Coban (3.5)
  • A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle (4)
  • Blonde: A Novel by Joyce Carol Oates (5)
  • My Story by Marilyn Monroe with Ben Hecht (5)
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog In the Night-Time by Mark Haddon (5)
  • The Map of Heaven by Eban Elexander with Ptolemy Tompkins (4)
  • The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood (5)
  • Tao Te Ching version by Stephen Mitchell (5)
  • Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood (4)
  • GI Brides by Duncan Barrett and Nuala Calvi (3.5)
  • Negotiating with the Dead: A Writer on Writing by Margaret Atwood (4)
  • Beowulf: A New Version by Seamus Heaney (4)
  • Morning in the Burned House: New Poems by Margaret Atwood (4)
  • The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood (5)
  • Death in the Holy Orders by P.D. James (4.5)
  • Out of Africa by Isak Dinesen (4)
  • Sgt. Reckless: America's War Horse by Robin Hutton (4)
  • I've Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella (3)
  • The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan (4)
  • The Incarnations by Susan Barker (4)
  • The Girl in the Spider's Web by David Lagercrantz (1)
  • The Story of Art by E. H. Gombrich (5)
  • Marilyn Norma Jean by Gloria stenhem/George Barris (photos) (4)
  • An Army at Dawn (Vol I of Liberation Trilogy) by Rick Atkinson (4)
  • Re-read:  The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon (5+)
  • Memoirs of the Second World War by Winston Churchill (4)
  • Re-read: The Angel's Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafon (4)
  • The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas (4+)
  • Don Quixote by Miguel Cervantes (5)
  • Play: Electra by Sophocles (4)
  • Play: Electra by Euripides (4) 
  • Inside Outside by Herman Wouk (4)

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