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This is my list of books read for 2015! Work-related books don't get reported on here; this is just pleasure reading things. Links to previous years' lists are as follows: 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, and 2007.

This was another year where I didn't get quite as much reading done as I wanted, but still, it wasn't too bad. I'm pretty happy with what I got to do. Except for Japanese reading; I'm going to at least try to do more manga for 2016.

Books read in 2015:
1. Unmade, Sarah Rees Brennan
2. The Winter Long, Seanan McGuire
3. The Martian, Andy Weir
4. Without You, There Is No Us, Suki Kim
5. Lola and the Boy Next Door, Stephanie Perkins
6. Girls Will Be Girls, Emer O'Toole
7. My True Love Gave to Me, edited by Stephanie Perkins
8. The Darkest Part of the Forest, Holly Black
9. All the Birds, Singing, Evie Wyld
10. Skippy Dies, Paul Murray
11. The Guest Cat, Takashi Hiraide
12. Hold Me Closer, David Levithan
13. Kissing the Witch, Emma Donoghue
14. Guy in Real Life, Steve Brezenoff
15. The Thief, Megan Whalen Turner
16. All Creatures Great and Small, James Herriot
17. Missoula, Jon Krakauer
18. Station Eleven, Emily St. John Mandel
19. The Porcupine of Truth, Bill Konigsberg
20. Half-Off Ragnarok, Seanan McGuire
21. The Realm of Possibility, David Levithan
22. The Gossamer Years, translated by Edward Seidensticker
23. Isla and the Happily Ever After, Stephanie Perkins
24. All You Need Is Kill, Hiroshi Sakurazaka
25. Anything Could Happen, Will Walton
26. The Checklist Manifesto, Atul Gawande
27. The Shadow Cabinet, Maureen Johnson
28. Everything I Never Told You, Celeste Ng
29. How to Build a Girl, Caitlin Moran
30. White Cat, Holly Black
31. You're Never Weird on the Internet (almost), Felicia Day
32. A Red-Rose Chain, Seanan McGuire
33. So You've Been Publicly Shamed, Jon Ronson
34. Red Glove, Holly Black
35. Black Heart, Holly Black
36. Stand Off, Andrew Smith
37. Popular Hits of the Showa Era, Ryu Murakami
38. The Rest of Us Just Live Here, Patrick Ness
39. The Buried Giant, Kazuo Ishiguro
40. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, Becky Albertalli
41. More Than This, Patrick Ness
42. The Sellout, Paul Beatty

Comics and manga read in 2015:
1. Petty Theft, Pascal Girard
2. Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong, Prudence Shen and Faith Erin Hicks
3. This One Summer, Marian and Jillian Tamaki
4. Off*Beat, Volume 1, Jen Lee Quick
5. Off*Beat, Volume 2, Jen Lee Quick
6. Off*Beat, Volume 3, Jen Lee Quick
7. Tomboy, Liz Prince
8. House of Five Leaves, Volume 1, Ono Natsume
9. House of Five Leaves, Volume 2, Ono Natsume
10. House of Five Leaves, Volume 3, Ono Natsume
11. House of Five Leaves, Volume 4, Ono Natsume
12. Nimona, Noelle Stephenson
13. The Sculptor, Scott McCloud
14. The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Volume 1, Ryan North and Erica Henderson
15. Step Aside, Pops, Kate Beaton
16. Thermae Romae, Volume 1, Yamazaki Mari
17. Check Please, Volume 1, Ngozi Ukazu
18. The Fox and the Star, Coralie Bickford-Smith
19. Supermutant Magic Academy, Jillian Tamaki
20. The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Volume 2, Ryan North and Erica Henderson
21. Alex + Ada, Volume 1, Jonathan Luna and Sarah Vaughn
22. Alex + Ada, Volume 2, Jonathan Luna and Sarah Vaughn
23. Alex + Ada, Volume 3, Jonathan Luna and Sarah Vaughn

Best: Everything I Never Told You. This is a look at a bi-racial American family living in a small college town in Ohio, starting from finding out that the middle daughter, Lydia, has died. The story alternates between looks into the family's past, and ongoing parts with the family adjusting to her death in various ways. This story really worked for me - the quiet growth of it, the looks at being Asian-American or a woman or bi-racial or some combination thereof, and how that's changed over time, the influence of different characters' problems and personalities on each other. Sharply written and well-observed, involving and sometimes heartbreaking. I loved it.

(Runner-Up: Skippy Dies. The book that probably elicited the most emotional reaction from me this year: it's hilarious some of the time, and deeply sad at others, scary occasionally, lots of good stuff. Also, the one that got my newest long-running status message: "The achievement of maturity, psychologically speaking, might be said to be the realization and acceptance that we simply cannot live independently from the world, and so we must live within it, with whatever compromises that might entail.")

Most recommended: The Darkest Part of the Forest. It's hard not to recommend Everything I Never Told You, as well, and I've pushed both books on people already, but this book is basically made for me. Fairies mixing with the real world and young adults coping with difficult pasts and some very nice gay representation and more. I loved it to bits. Somehow, it was the first Holly Black book I'd read, but I've downed a bunch more since then.

Most recommended graphic novel: Nimona. The art took me a bit to get used to, but I think that's just because I'm more at the manga end of the scale already. The story, of a powerful shape-shifter girl who wants to help out local evildoer Ballister Blackheart against the local heroes, has a lot of wit in commenting on the tropes of the sort of lone mad scientist working against the establishment stories, but also a lot of heart for its characters and their relationships, as well as a commentary on who exactly in a situation should really be considered bad. Plus, sharks!

Worst: Popular Hits of the Showa Era. The first thing I've read by Ryu Murakami, and almost certainly the last. It was for a book club, and if it hadn't been, I probably wouldn't have finished it. At least it was short. The story, of dueling bands of disaffected men in their early 20s, and ladies in their 40s all named Midori, was really just grotesque, both in its violence, but more importantly, in its descriptions of basically all of its characters. There are some interesting points in there, conceivably, about the nature of life in Japan at the end of the economic bubble, and how disconnected people had become, but it was so swamped by the terribleness, it was just hard to take.

Most surprisingly good: Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong. Sometimes, I just pick up a random graphic novel at the library, because they're around where I work. This one, I mostly picked up because of the name and the cover. And it's a fun story about a robot club and fighting robots and growing up and such. It's not super-duper special, but I did enjoy it more than I'd expected.

Most disappointing: The Buried Giant. I was looking forward to this one, as it was the first Ishiguro that I'd read, but it kind of left me cold. It was hard to get through - it took me three tries. It did have its points, and its subtle discussion of memory and duty was well-done enough, but yeah. I wanted more.

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