How many books read in 2015?
Multi-author, at least one of each: 0
Favorite books read?
The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen was my favorite that I read for Notable Books related reasons and Vicious by V.E. Schwab was my favorite that I read for other reasons. The Sympathizer is a spy thriller that also happens to be a brilliant book about identity and ideology and loyalty. Vicious features two opposing individuals, formerly best friends, who gave themselves super powers and who have that Sherlock/Moriarty just-screw-already thing going on so hard that the author offered to send a signed book plate to anybody who writes slash about them. Sadly I could only find one person on the internet who did so. (I mean, Victor literally observed at one point that he wasn't sure if he was more jealous of Eli for getting the girl he had his eye on or the girl in question for taking Eli's attention away from him. The slash goggles do not have to be that strong a prescription to see it.)
Because I was having to read a lot of things I didn't choose to read this year, there were a lot more things that I finished but that bored me than there usually are, but I think the one I actually disliked the most was The Boston Girl by Anita Diamant. This young woman lives through a time period where a bunch of stuff happens like world wars and women's suffrage but doesn't actually participate in any of it herself or make any particularly interesting observations about what's going on around her.
Oldest book read?
Giovanni's Room, I think, since virtually everything I read last year came out since November of 2014.
Virtually everything I read this year had just come out.
How many re-reads?
Most books read by one author this year?
David Liss, I think. I reread all of his non-series books back in January when I had time for rereads and then The Day of Atonementcame out in paperback.
Any in translation?
Probably more than I am aware of, just looking at the list. Bred to Kill by Franck Thilliez, for sure.
How many of this year's books were from the library?
Book that most changed my perspective:
I don't know that any book really qualifies for this.
Well, I read a Dresden Files book, so, there's that. But of the new people, Victor in Vicious.
Probably the ending of A Christmas Gone Perfectly Wrong by Cecilia Grant
Most inspirational in terms of your own writing?
Romantic Outlaws, by Charlotte Gordon, a duel biography of Mary Wollstonecraft and Mary Shelley.
How many you'd actually read again?
About thirty, I think.
This is going to be a slight paraphrase because I don't have the book at hand, but in the second paragraph of Animals by Unsworth is something to this effect. "I figure there's two reasons why girls get tied to beds: sex, or exorcisms. Which was it with you last night?"