year in book review 2015


books read: 49

total pages: 14,114

avg. book page count: 288

avg. books per month: 4

no. of books that are a part of a series: 6

no. of re-reads: 4

  1. the martian by andy weir, 389p, 5 stars – blogging for books review
  2. the maze runner by james dashner, 374p, 4 stars
  3. the great gatsby by f. scott fitzgerald, 180p, 3.5 stars
  4. the little prince by antoine de saint-exupery, 98p, 5 stars
  5. the portlandia cookbook: cook like a local by fred armisen, carrie brownstein, jonathan krisel, 176p, 5 stars – blogging for books review
  6. youth in revolt: the journals of nick twisp by c.d. payne, 499p, 4 stars
  7. prayers for the stolen by jennifer clement, 210p, 2.5 stars – blogging for books review
  8. geek love by katharine dunn, 348p, 2 stars
  9. the room by jonas karlsson, 128p 2.5 stars – blogging for books review
  10. peter pan by j.m. barrie, 184p, 3.5 stars
  11. wild: from lost to found on the pacific coast trail by cheryl strayed, 315p, 5 stars
  12. the love machine by jacqueline susann, 511p, 4 stars
  13. a fifty-year silence by miranda richmond-mouillot, 288p, 3 stars – blogging for books review
  14. a wrinkle in time by madeleine l’engle, 190p, 5 stars
  15. looking for alaska by john green, 221p, 4 stars
  16. fika by anna brones and johanna kindvall, 168p, 4 stars – blogging for books review
  17. charlie and the great glass elevator by roald dahl, 166p, 4 stars
  18. let’s explore diabetes with owls by david sedaris, 275p, 4 stars
  19. still alice by lisa genova, 292p, 5 stars
  20. holy cow by david duchovny, 206p, 3 stars
  21. bonita avenue by peter buwalda, 536p, 2.5 stars – blogging for books review
  22. flatland by edwin a. abbott, 118p, 3 stars
  23. ready player one by ernest cline, 372p, 5 stars
  24. me talk pretty one day by david sedaris, 272p, 4 stars
  25. the bfg by roald dahl, 208p, 4 stars
  26. the goldfinch by donna tartt, 771p, 4 stars
  27. moloka’i by alan brennert, 384p, 4.5 stars
  28. to kill a mockingbird by harper lee, 323, 5 stars – reread
  29. spinster by kate bolick, 336p, 4 stars – blogging for books review
  30. go set a watchman by harper lee, 278p, 3.5 stars
  31. california by dean lepucki, 392p, 4 stars
  32. armada by ernest cline, 349p, 4 stars – blogging for books review and x-file references
  33. aristotle and dante discover the secrets of the universe by bejamin alire saenz, 359p, 4 stars
  34. the red pony with junius maltby short story by john steinbeck, 92p/20p, 3/3.5 stars
  35. the hotel new hampshire by john irving, 401p, 4 stars
  36. he is the master of his fate; she is the captain of her soul by scullylikesscience, fan fiction, 140 chapters, 5 stars
  37. v for vendetta by alan moore, 288p, 3.5 stars
  38. the hunger games by suzanne collins, 374p, 5 stars – reread
  39. catching fire by suzanne collins, 391p, 5 stars – reread
  40. mockingjay by suzanne collins, 455p, 5 stars
  41. haus frau by jill alexander essbaum, 320p, 2.5 stars
  42. a streetcar named desire by tennessee williams, 178p, 4.5 stars
  43. about a boy by nick hornby, 307p, 3 stars
  44. bed knob and broomstick by mary norton, 189p, 3 stars
  45. the girl on the train by paula hawkins, 323p, 5 stars
  46. horrorstor by grady hendrix, 243p, 3 stars
  47. a clockwork orange by anthony burgess, 212p, 2 stars
  48. bunnicula by deborah howe, 98p, 3.5 stars – reread
  49. skin, fan fiction, 307p, 5 stars


top five- 1) the martian, 2) to kill a mockingbird, 3) the hunger games, 4) ready player one, 5) a wrinkle in time

longest- the goldfinch, 771p

shortest- the red pony, 92p

most read genre- dystopian

oldest- flatland by edwin a. abbott published in 1884

newest- armada by ernest cline and go set a watchman by harper lee published 7.14.2015

top 10 characters- 1) mark watney in the martian, 2) ogden morrow in ready player one, 3) the bfg in the bfg, 4) scout in to kill a mockingbird and go set a watchman, 5) atticus in to kill a mockingbird, 6) katniss everdeen in the hunger games, catching fire, and mockingjay, 7) scully in master captain and skin, 8) mulder in master captain and skin, 9) peeta in the hunger games and catching fire, 10) calvin o’keefe in a wrinkle in time

page to screen adaptations that i’ve seen- the martian, the maze runner, the great gatsby (seen the baz luhrmann one only), youth in revolt, peter pan, wild, still alice, to kill a mockingbird, v for vendetta, the hunger games, catching fire, mockingjay (seen pt 1 only), a streetcar named desire (the national theater live version), about a boy

best adaptation: v for vendetta

worst adaptation: the maze runner

page to screen adaptations that i haven’t seen- the great gatsby (the robert redford one), the hotel new hampshire, mockingjay pt 2, a streetcar named desire (the marlon brando film), bed knob and broomstick, a clockwork orange

the 2015 reading challenge:
a book with more than 500 pgs- the goldfinch at 771 pgs
a classic romance- the love machine
a book that became a movie- the maze runner (but it sucked majorly)
a book published this year- spinster, april 21, 2015
a book with a number in the title- ready player one
a book written by someone under 30- the great gatsby f. scott fitzgerald was 29 when it was published in 1925
a book with non-human characters- holy cow
a funny book- the martian
a book by a female author- bed knob and broomstick by mary norton
a mystery or thriller- the girl on the train
a book with a one-word title- california
a book of short stories- me talk pretty one day
a book set in a different country- prayers for the stolen in mexico
a nonfiction book- fika: the art of the swedish coffee break
a popular author’s first book- looking for alaska byjohn green
a book from an author you love that you haven’t read yet- charlie and the great glass elevator by roald dahl
a book a friend recommended- geek love
a pulitzer prize-winning book- to kill a mockingbird
a book based on a true story- did not fulfill
a book at the bottom of your to-read list- junius maltby
a book your mom loves- moloka’i
a book that scares you- horrorstor
a book more than 100 years old- peter pan published in 1911
a book based entirely on its cover- hausfrau
a book you were supposed to read in school but didn’t- a wrinkle in time
a memoir- a fifty year silence
a book you can finish in a day- skin, read it nye day
a book with antonyms in the title- wild: from lost to found on the pacific coast trail
a book set somewhere you’d always wanted to visit- about a boy takes place in london
a book that came out the year you were born- the hotel new hampshire published in 1981
a book with bad reviews- go set a watchman
a trilogy- the hunger games, catching fire, and mockingjay
a book from your childhood- bunnicula
a book with a love triangle- bonita avenue
a book set in the future- armada
a book set in high school- aristotle and dante discover the secrets of the universe
a book with a color in the title- the red pony
a book that made you cry- still alice
a book with magic- the bfg
a graphic novel- v for vendetta
a book by an author you’ve never read before- master captain by fan fic author scullylikesscience
a book you own but never read- let’s explore diabetes with owls
a book that takes place in your hometown- youth in revolt (takes place partly in santa cruz)
a book that was originally written in another language- the little prince was originally written in french
a book set during christmas- the room
a book written by an author with your same initials- flatland by edwin abbott
a play- a streetcar named desire
a banned book- a clockwork orange
a book based on or turned into a tv show- the portlandia cookbook
a book you started and never finished- did not fulfill

some quotes:

“the good plants come from good seeds and the bad plants from bad seeds. But the seeds are invisible. they sleep in the secrecy of the ground until one of them decides to wake up.” the little prince

“grown-ups never understand anything by themselves, and it is exhausting for children to have to provide explanations over and over again.” the little prince

“”whenver you feel like criticizing any one,” he told me, “just remember that all the people in this world haven’t had the advantages that you’ve had.”” the great gatsby

“when the words came into me it was as if they traveled from a coiled spring. my body was a pinball machine and the words hit like metal balls banging and rushing down and up my arms and legs and around my neck until they fell into the prized hole of my heart.” prayers for the stolen

“alone had always felt like an actual place to me, as if it weren’t a state of being, but rather a room where I could retreat to be who I really was.” wild

“imagining the future is a kind of nostalgia.” looking for alaska

“…thinking that if people were rain, i was drizzle and she was a hurricane.” looking for alaska

“‘either this is madness or it is hell.’ ‘it is neither,’ calmly replied the voice of the sphere, ‘it is knowledge…'” flatland

“because, between ‘reality’ on the one hand, and the point where the mind strikes reality, there’s a middle zone, a rainbow edge where beauty comes into being, where two very different surfaces mingle and blur to provide what life does not: and this is the space where all art exists, and all magic.” the goldfinch

“with his world coming apart as if it were a matryoshka – each new horror splitting open to reveal yet another nesting inside -…” moloka’i

“until I feared i would lose it, i never loved to read. one does not love breathing.” to kill a mockingbird

“each of us is a museum that opens for business the moment we’re born, with memory the sole curator.” spinster

“”the only thing i’m afraid of about this country is that its government will someday become so monstrous that the smallest person in it will be trampled underfoot, and then it wouldn’t be worth living in.”” go set a watchman

“”every man’s island, jean louise, every man’s watchman, is his conscience. there is no such thing as a collective conscience.”” go set a watchman

“i thought it might be a great thing to be the air. i could be something and nothing at the same time. i could be necessary and also invisible. everyone would need me and no one would be able to see me.” aristotle and dante discover the secrets of the universe

“a longing caressed him, and it was so sharp that he wanted to cry to get it out of his breast.” the red pony

“”‘it eluded us then, but that’s no matter–‘” lilly quoted to us. “don’t you see?” she shrieked. “there’s always going to be an it– and it is going to elude us every time. it’s going to always get away,” lilly said.” the hotel new hampshire quoting the great gatsby.

“keep passing the open windows.” the hotel new hampshire

“”but it was my integrity that was important. is that so selfish? it sells for so little, but it’s all we have left in this place. it is the very last inch of us…but within that inch we are free […] i shall die here. every inch of me shall perish…except one. an inch. it’s small and fragile and it’s the only thing in this world that’s worth having. we must never lose it or sell it or give it away.”” v for vendetta

“”it takes ten times as long to put yourself back together as it does to fall apart.”” mockingjay

“”don’t you love these long rainy afternoons in new orleans when an hour isn’t just an hour-but a little piece of eternity dropped into your hands…”” a streetcar named desire

“it is as inhuman to be totally as it is to be totally evil. the important thing is moral choice. evil has to exist along with good, in order that moral choice may operate. life is sustained by the grinding opposition of moral entities.” author’s introduction to a clockwork orange




































About buckuplittlecamper

this is a random mix of whatever. some book and movie reviews. a lot of fangirling over the x-files. reviewing all episodes, slowly but surely. thanks for visiting!
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2 Responses to year in book review 2015

  1. efwcheryl says:

    Woderful! Can’t wait to see what you read and share with us in 2016

  2. Hi there! Let me know if my comment showed up; I was asked to log in and I did not. Mary

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