Complete List of Books Read in 2015

For those not inclined to delve into the guts of this blog here’s a list of the 78 books I read in 2015.

  1. Pascal Quignard, Abysses. trans. Chris Turner
  2. Pascal Quignard, The Roving Shadows. trans. Chris Turner
  3. Pascal Quignard, Sex and Terror. trans. Chris Turner
  4. Giorgio Agamben and Monica Ferrando, The Unspeakable Girl. trans. Leland De La Durantaye and Annie Julia Wyman
  5. Enrique Vila-Matas, Bartleby & Co. trans. Jonathan Dunne
  6. Jack Robinson, by the same author
  7. William Shakespeare, The Tragedy of Troilus and Cressida
  8. Denton Welch, I Can Remember and Narcissus Bay from Where Nothing Sleeps
  9. Brigid Brophy, Michael Levey, Charles Osborne, Fifty Works of English Literature We Could Do Without
  10. Brigid Brophy, Flesh
  11. Brigid Brophy, Baroque–’n’–Roll
  12. Brigid Brophy, The Snow Ball
  13. Brigid Brophy, The Finishing Touch
  14. Brigid Brophy, Hackenfeller’s Ape
  15. Brigid Brophy, The King of a Rainy Country
  16. Marguerite Duras, Practicalities. trans. Barbara Bray
  17. Rita Felski, The Limits of Critique
  18. Jessa Crispin, The Dead Ladies Project
  19. Milan Kundera, The Curtain: An Essay in Seven Parts. trans. Linda Asher
  20. Milan Kundera, Testaments Betrayed: An Essay in Nine Parts. trans. Linda Asher
  21. JM Coetzee, Diary of a Bad Year
  22. JM Coetzee, Slow Man
  23. Scott Abbott and Darko Radaković, Repetitions
  24. Peter Handke, To Duration. trans. Scott Abbott
  25. Peter Handke, The Afternoon of a Writer. trans. Ralph Mannheim
  26. Tomas Espedal, Against Art. trans. James Anderson
  27. Tomas Espedal, Against Nature. trans. James Anderson
  28. Tomas Espedal, Tramp. trans. James Anderson
  29. Michel Houellebecq, Submission. trans. Lorin Stein
  30. Catherine Clément, The Call of the Trance. trans. Chris Turner
  31. Lydia Davis, The End of the Story
  32. Josh Cohen, The Private Life: Our Everyday Self in an Age of Intrusion
  33. Thomas Mann, Railway Accident. trans. Helen Lowe Porter
  34. Wolfgang Hilbig, ‘I’. trans. Isabel Fargo Cole
  35. Ivan Vladislavic, The Loss Library and Other Unfinished Stories
  36. The Letters of Samuel Beckett 1941-1956
  37. Ullrich Haase and William Large, Maurice Blanchot
  38. Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi, Fra Keeler
  39. Fleur Jaeggy, SS Proleterka. trans. Alastair McEwen
  40. Kathy Acker | McKenzie Wark, I’m very into you. ed. Matias Viegener
  41. Han Kang, The Vegetarian. trans. Deborah Smith
  42. Marek Bieńczyk, Transparency. trans. Benjamin Paloff
  43. Claudia Rankine, Citizen: An American Lyric
  44. Kevin Hart (editor), Nowhere Without No: In Memory of Maurice Blanchot
  45. Bae Suah, Nowhere to Be Found, trans. Sora Kim-Russell
  46. Max Frisch, Man in the Holocene, trans. Geoffrey Skelton
  47. Orhan Pamuk, Istanbul: Memories of a City, trans. Maureen Freely
  48. Rebecca Solnit, Men Explain Things to Me
  49. Thomas Mann, Doctor Faustus. trans. Helen Lowe-Porter
  50. Eduardo Galeano, Voices of Time: A Life In Stories. trans. Mark Fried
  51. Barbara Pym, Quartet in Autumn
  52. Eduardo Galeano, Mirrors: Stories of Almost Everyone. trans. Mark Fried
  53. Ágota Kristóf, The Illiterate. trans. Nina Bogin
  54. Simon Critchley, Memory Theatre
  55. Ágota Kristóf, The Third Lie. trans. Marc Romano
  56. Ágota Kristóf, The Proof. trans. David Watson
  57. Ágota Kristóf, The Notebook. trans. Alan Sheridan
  58. Barbara Reynolds, The Passionate Intellect
  59. Denton Welch, The Journals of Denton Welch
  60. Denton Welch, A Voice Through a Cloud
  61. Denton Welch, In Youth is Pleasure
  62. Jens Bjørneboe, Moment of Freedom. trans. Esther Greenleaf Murer
  63. Rita Felski, Uses of Literature
  64. Denton Welch, Maiden Voyage
  65. Virginia Woolf. The Voyage Out
  66. Samuel Pepys. The Diary of Samuel Pepys
  67. Alice Oswald. Tithonus, 46 minutes in the life of the dawn
  68. Virginia Woolf. Moments of Being
  69. The Emergence of Memory: Conversations with WG Sebald
  70. WG Sebald. A Place in the Country. trans. Jo Catling
  71. WG Sebald. After Nature. trans. Michael Hamburger
  72. Ed. Jo Catling and Richard Hibbit. Saturn’s Moons: WG Sebald-A Handbook
  73. WG Sebald. The Emigrants. trans. Michael Hulse
  74. Philippa Comber. Ariadne’s Thread: In Memory of WG Sebald
  75. WG Sebald. Vertigo. trans. Michael Hulse
  76. Tim Parks. Where I’m Reading From
  77. Virginia Woolf. Jacob’s Room
  78. Walter Kaufmann. Nietzsche: Philosopher, Psychologist, Antichrist

25 thoughts on “Complete List of Books Read in 2015

    • Very occasionally though I have my eye on plays by Peter Handke and Thomas Bernhard next year. I will also be reading a fair bit of Greek drama. Apart from Shakespeare, Beckett and Ibsen, it’s a minor part of my reading.

  1. Dear Anthony,

    That’s a remarkable list (in chronological order?) and I admire your ability to enjoy European literature in translation. Following the development of an author through their works is a particular pleasure, isn’t it? I finished Woolf’s novels this year. My stand-out was The Brothers Karamzov which was nothing like I expected but all I hoped for.

    My list is:
    40, Canongate
    The Death of Ivan Ilych, Leo Tolstoy
    The Principles of Uncertainty, Maira Kalman
    The Ongoing Moment, Geoff Dyer
    Mrs Dalloway, Virginia Woolf
    The Trip to Echo Spring, Olivia Laing
    The Cat’s Table, Michael Ondaatje
    To the Lighthouse, Virginia Woolf
    Feet in the Clouds, Richard Askwith
    Shopping for Buddhas, Jeff Greenwald
    A Time to Keep Silence, Patrick Leigh Fermor
    H is for Hawk, Helen Macdonald
    Orlando, Virginia Woolf
    The Non-Runner’s Marathon Trainer, Whitsett, Dolgener, Kole
    Another Great Day at Sea, Geoff Dyer
    Keeping Faith, Fenton Johnson
    Burying the Wren, Deryn Rees-Jones
    The Waves, Virginia Woolf
    Natural Born Heroes, Christopher McDougall
    The World Beyond your Head, Matthew Crawford
    Vertigo, W.G. Sebald
    The Bone Clocks, David Mitchell
    The Years, Virginia Woolf
    The Face: A Time Code, Ruth Ozeki
    Between the Acts, Virginia Woolf
    What Matters Most, James Hollis
    The Essays: A Selection, Montaigne
    Changing My Mind: Occasional Essays, Zadie Smith
    The Brothers Karamazov, Fyodor Dostoyevsky
    After Me Comes the Flood, Sarah Perry
    Travels with Epicurus, Daniel Klein
    Slade House, David Mitchell
    Snake Lake, Jeff Greenwald
    Laurus, Eugene Vodolazkin

    Best wishes,

    • Yes, reverse chronological order. I began with Kaufmann and ended with Quignard, a great year by any measure. I’m a completist by nature so will stick by my old chestnuts through thick and thin until I read all their work. I’ve never got around to The Brothers Karamazov, one of those holes in my reading history. So many favourites of mine on that list including The Death of Ivan Ilych, The Ongoing Moment, Mrs Dalloway, The Trip to Echo Spring, A Time to Keep Silence and Between the Acts. I’ll nose around the others on your list – love that I’ve never heard of some of them. Happy New Year and best wishes for 2016.

      • I read ‘A Time to Keep Silence’ every year at Easter; it never fails to kindle a longing to disappear to a French monastery! Also, PLF wrote it (I recall the final passage suggests) at St Michael’s Abbey in Farnborough. You can visit the Abbey on Saturdays and I’d recommend it if you like that kind of thing: most people are there for the Napoleon connection rather than the Benedictine monastery itself.

        • I have very frequent inclinations to disappear to a monastery or temple, somewhere with silence and shadows and simplicity. Thanks for your suggestion – I shall visit one Saturday.

  2. We have one book in common this year: Woolf’s The Voyage Out. And a good book to share it is. While I’ve read a few others on your list, most of the authors I hadn’t even heard of…so thank you for the inspiration!

    • Thanks for your comment, Colleen. I loved The Voyage Out so much I may reread this year. I hadn’t expected it to be so good as it is little spoken of so it was good to be surprised.

      • I was also surprised by how good it was–just because even the back cover copy of the edition I read made it sound “inferior” to Woolf’s other novels.

  3. Hello, Anthony — I think I’ve said it before, but I love your blog, though I very rarely take the time to comment. What an awe-inspiring (and frankly, intimidating) list! As someone torn between academic inclinations and a more pressing need to plan solidly for the future, I appreciated your last post in that I sympathize with the inability to fully reconcile a love of literature and a need to earn money. On that note, how on earth do you find the time for so much reading?

    • Hello Catherine, thank you so much – I’m pleased that you love what I do here. I have a need to read so somehow I make the time necessary. It helps that I spend at least 2 hours on trains every day (commuting) and I rarely watch TV so it isn’t unusual that I’ll have 4-5 hours of reading time each day plus what time I manage to carve out at weekends. I worry that I don’t read enough as there are more books I want to read than time available.

  4. What an inspiring list. I could print it off and check off all the ones I have read and feel smug; mark all the books I also planned to read this year and have on my shelves, and feel guilty; and keep the rest for those days when I just don’t know what to buy/read next (not something that happens much). Of course there has to be a special designation for titles like The unspeakable Girl that showed up on my doorstep this week!

    Happy New Year.

    • Happy New Year!

      Ironic that I read The Unspeakable Girl and the three Pascal Quignard books (reread in the case of The Roving Shadows) after my Year in Reading post as they should definitely be on that list, distinct highlights of a terrific year’s reading.

    • I’m approaching the point of finishing all Coetzee’s fiction which I’ve been delaying as long as possible. Slow Man has lingered longer than Diary of a Small Year but both brilliant.

  5. Fantastic list and a very good year of reading! I have added a number of those books to my TBR throughout the year. I am not sure if I should thank you or not 😉

    Happy New Year!

  6. Happy New Year, Anthony.

    Impressive and daunting list. I think you missed Ulysses and Moby Dick 🙂

    I have Le salon du Wurtenberg on the shelf, it’s been there for a while, I never muster the courage to start it. Have you read it?

    I enjoy reading your posts although they always seem out of my league. But it’s good to challenge oneself, isn’t it?

    I’ll follow your 2016 reading year.

    • Happy New Year, Emma.

      Doctor Faustus back in June was the one that almost broke my spirit but I was so glad I persisted.

      I’ve not read Le salon du Wurtenberg but do intend to. My understanding is that Quignard considers it part of his compromised period when working in publishing and trying to make something saleable.

      I very much look forward to following your reading year too.

  7. An incredibly rich list, Anthony, one from which I’ll be poaching reading material for a long time to come (a quick count indicates I’ve read only seven of the 78 titles you’ve listed). I was delighted to see you tackle The Voyage Out this year, which provided me the push to get to that novel after a few decades of wanting to read it. Have a great reading year in 2016!

  8. Wow! I’ve kept a list of books read each year since 1970. When I was working the annual total would be somewhere between 65 and 72; I assumed that when I retired I would easily pass 100, but it’s remained stubbornly in the low seventies. I need to develop your aversion to television.
    Very few overlaps: Sebald novels , Coetzee’s Slow Man and Brophy’s The King of a Rainy Country. This year has been a great one for discovering novelists new to me: Hrabal, Kadare, Miriam Toews and M.J.Hoyland in particular.
    The most unexpected reading experience was Alison Bechdel”s Fun House; I had no idea graphic novels could be so subtle.

    • My average for the time I’ve been keeping this blog is 71, so managed a few more this year. The quality of what I read though is much, much higher now I abandon weak books without guilt. Hrabal and Kadare are certainly on my horizon at some point.

  9. That’s a great list of books, Anthony. I too read Bartleby & Co this year, and while I really enjoyed it, I didn’t love it as much as some of his others. He’s a very inventive writer, though, and I like the streak of irony that runs through much of his work.

    It’s good to see Barbara Pym on your list as well. I’ve just finished my first Pym, Excellent Women, and I’m sure I’ll be reading more in the future.

    Wishing you all the best for 2016.

    • Jaccqui, I’m with you on Bartleby. It was okay but felt slight by the end. I expected to enjoy Pym more than I did and don’t plan to read any others. Very best wishes for the new year.

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