Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Books Read, 2015

I love reading. I've loved reading ever since I was a kid. And since I don't watch television, reading is my go-to form of entertainment and enlightenment. 

A couple of years ago I decided to log every book I read and then compile a master list at the end of the year. In the past, I haven't posted the list because I wasn't sure if anyone would be interested. However, some people have told me they would be interested, so without further ado, here's my Master Reading List for 2015, in alphabetical order by title...

  • A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
  • Abhorsen by Garth Nix
  • Acceptance by Jeff VanderMeer
  • Angel with the Sword by C.J. Cherryh
  • Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer
  • Assassin's Apprentice by Robin Hobb
  • Assassin's Quest by Robin Hobb
  • Authority by Jeff VanderMeer
  • Bad Men by John Connolly
  • Children of Dune by Frank Herbert
  • Dreams of Dark and Light: The Great Short Fiction of Tanith Lee
  • Dreamsnake by Vonda McIntyre
  • Dune Messiah by Frank Herbert
  • Dune by Frank Herbert*
  • Elric of Melnibon√© by Michael Moorcock*
  • Fortress of the Pearl by Michael Moorcock
  • Godslayer by Jacqueline Carey
  • Hero and the Crown by Robin McKinley
  • Lirael by Garth Nix
  • Lord of Light by Roger Zelazny
  • Magic for Beginners: Stories by Kelly Link
  • Memories of Ice by Steven Erickson
  • Mort(e) by Robert Repino
  • Royal Assassin by Robin Hobb
  • Running with the Demon by Terry Brooks
  • Satori by Don Winslow*
  • Shibumi by Trevanian*
  • Space Is Just a Starry Night by Tanith Lee
  • The Amateur by Robert Littell
  • The Black Cauldron by Lloyd Alexander
  • The Book of Atrix Wolfe by Patricia McKillip
  • The Book of Three by Lloyd Alexander
  • The Pastel City by M. John Harrison
  • The Snow Queen by Joan D. Vinge
  • The Woman Who Loved the Moon and Other Stories by Elizabeth A. Lynn
  • The Word for World is Forest by Ursula Le Guin
  • Uprooted by Naomi Novik
  • Whitstable by Stephen Volk
  • Winter's Dragon by Elizabeth A. Lynn
  • Wolfen by Whitley Strieber*

  • A Professional's Guide to Ending Violence Quickly: How Bouncers, Bodyguards and Other Security Professionals Handle Ugly Situations by Marc "Animal" MacYoung
  • Aikido and the New Warrior edited by Richard Strozzi-Heckler*
  • Aikido: The Way of Harmony by John Stevens
  • Beasts: What Animals Can Teach Us About the Origins of Good and Evil by Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson
  • Blank Spots on the Map: The Dark Geography of the Pentagon's Secret World by Trevor Paglen
  • Buddhism: A Concise Introduction by Huston Smith and Philip Novak
  • Capoeira Conditioning by Gerard Taylor
  • Darkness Visible: Awakening Spiritual Light through Darkness Meditation by Ross Heaven and Simon Buxton
  • Gesture of Balance: A Guide to Self-Healing & Meditation by Tarthang Tulku
  • In Search of the Warrior Spirit: Teaching Awareness Disciplines to the Military by Richard Strozzi-Heckler
  • Introducing Hinduism by Vinay Lal and Borin Van Loon
  • Introducing Postmodernism by Richard Appignanesi and Chris Garratt
  • Ki in Daily Life by Koichi Tohei
  • Kill Chain: The Rise of the High-Tech Assassins by Andrew Cockburn
  • Kill The Body And The Head Will Die: A Closer Look at Women, Violence, and Aggression by Rene Denfeld
  • Living with Nietzsche: What the Great "Immoralist" Has to Teach Us by Robert C. Solomon
  • Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media by Edward S. Herman and Noam Chomsky
  • Martial Arts: The Spiritual Dimension by Peter Payn
  • Nonviolence: The History of a Dangerous Idea by Mark Kurlansky
  • Path Notes of an American Ninja Master by Glenn Morris
  • Rastafari: A Very Short Introduction by Ennis B. Edmonds
  • The Kung Fu Exercise Book by Michael Minick
  • The Little Capoeira Book by Nestor Capoeira
  • The Martial Artist's Book of Yoga by Lily Chou
  • The Ninja and Their Secret Fighting Art by Stephen K. Hayes
  • The Shambhala Guide to Sufism by Carl W. Ernst
  • The Sorrows of Empire: Militarism, Secrecy, and the End of the Republic by Chalmers Johnson
  • The Soul of the Marionette: A Short Inquiry into Human Freedom by John N. Gray
  • The Wabi-Sabi House: The Japanese Art of Imperfect Beauty Robyn Griggs Lawrence
  • Why Do People Hate America? by Ziauddin Sardar and Merryl Wyn Davies
  • Wolf by Garry Marvin
  • Zen Buddhism and Environmental Ethics by Simon P. James

  • Birds of Prey: Blood and Circuits Vol. 6 by Gail Simone
  • Birds of Prey: Club Kids Vol. 8 by Gail Simone
  • Birds of Prey: Dead of Winter Vol. 7 by Gail Simone
  • Birds of Prey: Metropolis or Dust Vol. 9 by Gail Simone
  • Death: The High Cost of Living by Neil Gaiman*
  • Death: The Time of Your Life by Neil Gaiman*
  • Through the Woods by Emily Carroll
  • Usagi Yojimbo Vol. 1 by Stan Sakai

 (* reread)

In total, that's 40 works of fiction, 32 works of nonfiction, and 8 graphic novels.

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