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Let's get this book list started!

Given what a busy year 2015 was, full of 12 hour days, classes, medical appointments, and other adventures, I am not going to be too hard on myself about the books I did or didn't finish. Out of the 31 listed, I managed to get to all but two. That's better than I thought I'd do, if we're being honest. So we'll drag those two over to this list and add to it.

1. The Almost Nearly Perfect People - Michael Booth (started in 2015 and carried over)
2. Defending Jacob - William Landay
3. Lone Survivors: How We Came to Be the Only Humans on Earth - Chris Stringer
4. The Blood of Flowers - Anita Amirrezvani
5. The Shepherd's Crown- Terry Pratchett
6. What She Left Behind - Ellen Marie Wiseman
7. After the Crash - Michel Bussi
8. A Man Called Ove - Fredrik Backman
9. The Book of Bright Ideas - Sandra Kring
10. All the Light We Cannot See -Anthony Doerr
11. Small Great Things - Jodi Picoult
12. The Supervisor's Companion - Jeanne Thomas Hugg
13. We Install - Harry Turtledove
14. The Way of Vastu - Michael and Robin Mastro
15. Library of Souls - Ransom Riggs
16. Deeper Than the Dead - Tami Hoag
17. The Nightingale - Kristin Hannah
18. An Ember in the Ashes - Sabaa Tahir

19. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - JK Rowling & Co.
20. Garden Spells - Sarah Addison Allen
21. The Dovekeepers - Alice Hoffman
22. A Torch Against the Night - Sabaa Tahir
23. The Girl in the Ice - Robert Bryndza
24. Odd and the Frost Giants - Neil Gaiman
25. The Life We Bury - Allen Eskens
26. Wyrd Sisters - Terry Pratchett (it's a re-read, so sue me)
27. A Life of Bright Ideas - Sandra Kring
28. Blood Rites - Jim Butcher
29. The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a Fuck - Sarah Knight
30. Making Money - Terry Pratchett
31. I Let You Go - Clare Mackintosh
32. A Discovery of Witches - Deborah Harkness
33. Midnight Sun- Jo Nesbo
34. You Are a Badass - Jen Sincero
35. Weird Minnesota - Eric Dregni
36. Ashes to Ashes- Tami Hoag
37. The Lovers Dictionary - David Levithan
38. Marly's Ghost - David Levithan (very small YA book - does it count?)
39. The Wee Free Men - Terry Pratchett another reread


Not at all surprised to see Stephen King on that list :P I'm still working through his classics, I've had Cujo and Thinner on my list for ages. One of these days. . .

There is also, if you want more horror-esque stuff, "House Next Door" by Anne Rivers Siddons. King recommends it in his book "Dance Macabre".

I am surprised to see Jim Butcher on there, I thought you hadn't liked his Dresden Files series. He wrote a six book series called Codex Alera, which I had sniffed around for years before finally getting around to reading it. It's completely unlike Dresden Files, has a large cast of POV characters and he wrote it at a time when he had become more mature as a writer.

I spent the end of December studying it as it has surface similarities to what I'm working on, and I'm looking to better understand the nuances of how he paces his books to keep them page turners. It's funny because he explains it on his LJ, but knowing how a thing is done at a basic level is different from seeing it in practice from someone who has spent years improving on it.

So, in short I recommend Codex Alera if you like. He also has "The Aeronaut's Windlass", which is the first book of a new series. I enjoyed it, it has talking cats.

Also anything by Nicola Griffith is worth a read, she has the most luscious prose.

I'm still trying to get through sci-fi classics like "1984" by Orwell, "Fahrenheit 451" by Bradbury, "Neuromancer" By Gibson, and "Stranger In A Strange Land" by Heinlein. I also have a Gaiman book, whose title I can't quite remember. . . . but it's Gaiman so it's bound to be good.
I actually had a Nicola Griffith in mind but now I don't remember what. I decided to give Dresden another shot since you said it gets better. I love Gaiman but I didn't care as much for his last two.
"Ammonite" is usually the go-to recommendation for getting into Griffith's work. I'd also suggest "Slow River". Her newest is "Hild", a historical fiction which people seem to be talking about a lot.

"American Gods" is, to me, the best book Gaiman has ever written. I'd be surprised if he wrote another book I loved as much. He has great skill, but the subject matter of that one was something very dear to my thoughts and imagination.

Also, new episode of Sherlock was great. This should be a good season.
I loved Sherlock! It keeps getting better.