The Books (And The REAL Books) of 2015


I’m a few days late but here it is! My annual “these are all the books I read this past year.” It used to be an impressive 30-50 collection of titles, but then shit happened, and you know, there were a few long seasons where my brain couldn’t handle any reading beyond email or blogs or dumb Facebook posts or where I simply had ZERO time to sit down and start something new. In fact, there’s one book that I’ve had FOREVER, and I totally love it because every word is so delightful but something is keeping me from finishing it. I can’t explain why. I think a part of me doesn’t want it to end and the other part of me is scared to get emotionally invested in the story because it just reminds me of everything that I’m not accomplishing in my life. Isn’t that depressing.

So according to GoodReads, I only read 11 books in 2015. And only enjoyed little over half of them (in bold). How pathetic is that? (The fact that I only accomplished 11 books, not that I didn’t like all of them.)

  1. A Spool of Blue Thread – Tyler, Anne
  2. All the Light We Cannot See – Doerr, Anthony
  3. The Well – Chanter, Catherine
  4. Dear Life: Stories – Munro, Alice
  5. A Tale for the Time Being – Ozeki, Ruth
  6. Fates and Furies – Groff, Lauren
  7. The Heart Goes Last – Atwood, Margaret (Margaret, what happened to you? This book was NOT GOOD.)
  8. The Making of the Atomic Bomb – Rhodes, Richard
  9. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children – Riggs, Ransom (OVERRATED)
  10. Cleopatra: A Life – Schiff, Stacy
  11. Olivay – Reed, Deborah


Because we read to the toddler almost every night. Sure, there aren’t that many words, and they often rhyme or aren’t even in complete sentences, and so what if the pages are less like pages and more like thick sheets of cardboard, perfect for chubby baby fingers to clutch? I STILL READ THEM FAITHFULLY ALMOST EVERY NIGHT. So here is my more accurate reading list of 2015.

  1. Where Is Baby’s Belly Button? – Karen Katz
  2. A Potty For Me – Karen Katz
  3. Where Is Baby’s Beach Ball? – Karen Katz
  4. First 100 Words – Roger Priddy
  5. First 100 Animals – Roger Priddy
  6. Llama Llama Red Pajama – Anna Dewdney
  7. Llama Llama Zippity-Zoom – Anna Dewdney
  8. Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? – Bill Martin
  9. Peek-A-Who – Nina Laden
  10. My Friends – Tara Gomi
  11. Dear Zoo – Rod Campbell
  12. Little Blue Truck – Alice Schertle
  13. Moo, Ba, La-La-La – Sandra Boynton
  14. ANIMALS – DK Publishing
  15. Bottoms Up! – Yusuke Yonezu
  16. Peek-a-Boo Rainbow – Anonymous
  17. Baby Baa Baa! – DK Publishing
  18. The Crayola RAINBOW Color Book – Crayola?
  19. COLORS – Someone
  20. Animals – Not to be confused by ANIMALS above
  21. The Wheels On The Bus – Jerry Smath
  22. The Going To Bed Book – Sandra Boynton
  23. FIRST WORDS – Whatever
  24. Twinkle Twinkle Little Star – Caroline Jayne Church
  25. Toot – Leslie Patricelli
  26. Polar Bear Polar Bear, What Do You Hear – Bill Martin and Eric Carle
  27. Curious George PAT-A-CAKE
  28. Curious George Bigger and SMaller
  29. Gallop! – Rufus Butler Seder
  30. Love You Forever – The Worst People Ever
  31. Goldilocks and the Three Bears – No author cause this book doesn’t even have any words.
  32. Big Enough For A Bed
  33. Little Hide and Seek ANIMALS
  34. The Noisy Counting Book
  35. Curious George at the Zoo – Isn’t this akin to taking a toddler to visit a prison?
  36. Counting Dogs
  37. The Foot Book – Dr. Seuss (and not some guy with a gross fetish)
  38. Yum! Yum! – Yusuke Yonezu
  39. We Love Each Other – Yusuke Yonezu
  40. Guess What – Fruit – Yusuke Yonezu
  41. Good Night, Moon
  42. The Wheels On The Bus – Different from the Jerry Smath edition since this one plays the music.
  43. The Itsy Bitsy Snowman – Jeffrey Burton and Sanja Rescek
  44. I Love My Clothes – Someone who picked the creepiest stock photos of babies to use.
  45. You Are My Baby: Safari – Lorena Siminovich
  46. Baby Loves Spring – Karen Katz
  47. Baby’s Best Friend – A photographer who only takes photos of white babies and is probably a racist.
  48. Balls – Not a joke
  49. First Book of Sushi – Also not a joke
  50. Hush Little Baby – A horrible person who wants every parent to sing this song in their head forever after reading this book.

FWIW, none of them are in bold because the thought of having to read them all aloud again makes me want to gouge my eyes out. Just kidding. I love reading to fidgety toddlers who love reading the same book over and over and over and over and over again.

So there. I did it. Don’t you tell me otherwise.

  1. I love this so much.



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