15.Feb.2016 My Year in Books: 2015

Continuing my tradition of making a “Here’s What I Read Last Year” list instead of a “Best Books of the Past Year” list—I’m super envious of those folks who have the ability to consume loads of newly published content each year—here’s a list of what I read in 2015.

(Check out previous My Year In Books posts: 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014.)

Some books I received for Christmas in 2014 which I completed in 2015.

Some books I received for Christmas in 2014 which I completed in 2015.

GRAPHIC NOVELS/Completed Comic Book Miniseries
JANUARY
Darth Vader and Son [Chronicle Books]

Vader’s Little Princess [Chronicle Books]

Revival Vol. 3: A Faraway Place [Image]

Revival Vol. 4: Escape To Wisconsin [Image]

Fun With Peanuts: Selected cartoons from Good Ol’ Charlie Brown Vol. 1 [Crest Book]

FEBRUARY
Understanding Comics [Harper Perennial]

Oregon History Comics Volumes 1-10 [Know Your City]

Dollhouse: Epitaphs [Dark Horse]

The Massive Vol. 4: Sahara [Dark Horse]

MARCH
Mind the Gap Vol. 1: Intimate Strangers [Image]

Avatar: The Last Airbender—The Rift Part 3 [Dark Horse]

The Invisibles Vol. 2: Apocalipstick [Vertigo/DC]

Pop [Dark Horse]

APRIL
Lumberjanes Vol. 1: Beware the Kitten Holy [Boom! Box]

DC Universe: The Stories of Alan Moore [DC Comics]

The Strange Case of Mr. Hyde [Dark Horse]

Spike: Into the Light [Dark Horse]

Serenity: Leaves on the Wind [Dark Horse]

Star Wars: The Clone Wars—The Smuggler’s Code [Dark Horse]

Star Wars: Ewoks—Shadows of Endor [Dark Horse]

Aliens: Fire and Stone [Dark Horse]

Prometheus: Fire and Stone [Dark Horse]

Aliens Versus Predator: Fire and Stone [Dark Horse]

Predator: Fire and Stone [Dark Horse]

Tiger Lung [Dark Horse]

MAY
Blacksad: Amarillo [Dark Horse]

Turok: Dinosaur Hunter Vol. 1 [Dynamite]

JUNE
Birthright Vol. 1: Homecoming [Image/Skybound]

Young Liars Vol. 3: Rock Life [DC/Vertigo]

Superman: Action Comics Vol. 5—What Lies Beneath [DC Comics]

JULY
Superman: Action Comics Vol. 6—Superdoom [DC Comics]

Once Upon a Time: Out of the Past [Marvel]

Grayson Vol. 1: Agents of Spyral [DC Comics]

AUGUST
The Motorcycle Samurai Vol. 1: A Fiery Demise [Top Shelf]

Green Lantern Corps Vol. 6: Reckoning [DC Comics]

The Massive Vol. 5: Ragnarok [Dark Horse]

Outlaw Territory Vol. 2 [Image]

OCTOBER
Shaft Vol. 1

Genius Vol. 1 [Top Cow]

Green Arrow: The Archer’s Quest Deluxe Edition [DC Comics]

Batman: Gothic Deluxe Edition [DC Comics]

Jem and the Holograms Vol. 1: Showtime [IDW]

NOVEMBER
Resident Alien: The Sam Hain Mystery [Dark Horse]

Preacher: Book One [DC/Vertigo]

Shaman: Vol. 1 [Locust Moon Press]

Preacher: Book Two [DC/Vertigo]

Big Man Plans [Image]

One Punch Man Vol. 1 [Viz]

One Punch Man Vol. 2 [Viz]

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Glitter Kiss [Oni Press]

DECEMBER
Beyond: The Queer Sci-Fi & Fantasy Comic Anthology [Self-Published]

Preacher: Book Three [DC/Vertigo]

One Punch Man Vol. 3 [Viz]

One Punch Man Vol. 4 [Viz]

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NOVELS/PROSE
JANUARY
Oryx and Crake [Anchor Books/Random House]

Yes Please [Dey St./William Morrow]

Riding The Rap [William Morrow/Harper Collins]

The Rape of Nanking [Basic Books/Perseus]

FEBRUARY
Elmore Leonard’s 10 Rules of Writing [William Morrow/Harper Collins]

We Should All Be Feminists [Anchor Books/Random House]

The Wit & Wisdom of Tyrion Lannister [Bantam]

MARCH
The Handmaid’s Tale [Anchor Books/Random House]

APRIL
Galveston [Scribner/Simon & Schuster]

JUNE
Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail [Knopf]

The Art of Social Media: Power Tips for Power Users [Portfolio/Penguin]

Orange is the New Black: My Year in Women’s Prison [Spiegel & Grau]

JULY
Red Harvest [Vintage Crime/Black Lizard]

SEPTEMBER
Bad Feminist [Harper Perennial]

OCTOBER
Everybody Smokes In Hell [Ballantine Books]

Downton Tabby [Simon & Schuster]

The Symposium [Penguin Classics]

NOVEMBER
A Visit from the Goon Squad [Corsair]

DECEMBER
All Fish Are Deaf: Northern California Edition [Self-Published]

Letters from Father Christmas [Houghton Mifflin]

Brave Enough [Knopf]

Me with a book I edited last year.

Me with a book I edited last year.

Looks like, all told, 54 graphic novels and 21 prose books—75 total reads. Not nearly as many as last year, but still a good chunk of reading. My goal this year was to mix up what I normally read. I still partook of the crime fiction and the genre comics, but added more memoirs, historical texts, manga, and varied authors to the mix. Probably not in 2016, but sometime soon, I want to take that to the next level with theme years. I find varying my reading list keeps my going, but maybe it’s time to try thematically reading all biographies or something.

I’ll leave that to Future Jim to figure out.

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