2015

January

  • Caleb Crain, Necessary Errors (2013)
  • Brooke Jeffrey, Divided Loyalties: The Liberal Party of Canada, 1984-2008 (2010)
  • Patricia Highsmith, The Price of Salt (1952)
  • Gore Vidal, The City and the Pillar (1948)
  • George Lakoff, Don’t Think of an Elephant: Know your Values and Frame the Debate (2004)
  • Kaitlin Fontana, Fresh at Twenty: The Oral History of Mint Records (2011)
  • Jennifer Woodruff, NDP Country (2014)

February

  • Arthur Phillips, Prague (2002)
  • Judith McKenzie, Pauline Jewett: A Passion for Canada (1999)
  • Margaret Mitchell, No Laughing Matter: Adventure, Activism, and Politics (2008)
  • Audrey McLaughlin, A Woman’s Place: My Life & Politics (1992)
  • Ian Fleming, Doctor No (1958)
  • Ian McLeod, Under Siege: The Federal NDP in the Nineties (1994)
  • Rebecca Solnit, Men Explain Things to Me (2014)
  • Caroline Adderson, Ellen in Pieces (2014)

March

  • Mark Simpson, Saint Morrissey: A Portrait of This Charming Man by an Alarming Fan (2003)
  • Morrissey, Autobiography (2014)
  • Lee Marshall, Bob Dylan: The Never-Ending Star (2007)
  • Suze Rotolo, A Freewheelin’ Time: A Memoir of Greenwich Village in the Sixties (2008)
  • Don DeLillo, Libra (1988)

April

  • Joan Didion, Miami (1989)
  • Lesley Gill, The School of the Americas: Military Training and Political Violence in the Americas (2004)
  • Julie Greene, The Canal Builders: Making America’s Empire at the Panama Canal (2009)
  • Joan Didion, The Last Thing He Wanted (1996)
  • Carmen Aguirre, Something Fierce: Memoirs of a Revolutionary Daughter (2011)
  • Carol Shields, Small Ceremonies (1976)
  • David Lodge, Paradise News (1991)

May

  • Don Martin, King Ralph: The Political Life and Success of Ralph Klein (2002)
  • Mark Lisac, The Klein Revolution (1995)
  • Alissa Nutting, Tampa (2013)
  • Bret Easton Ellis, The Informers (1994)
  • Dava Sobel, The Planets (2005)
  • Jacqueline Susann, The Valley of the Dolls (1966)
  • Kate Braid, Journeywoman: Swinging a Hammer in a Man’s World (2012)
  • Graham Steele, What I Learned About Politics: Inside the Rise – and Collapse – of Nova Scotia’s NDP Government (2014)
  • Carol Shields, Dressing Up for the Carnival (2000)

June

  • Rebecca Solnit, A Field Guide to Getting Lost (2005)
  • Raye Ringholz, Uranium Frenzy: Boom and Bust on the Colorado Plateau (1989)
  • Catherine Caufield, Multiple Exposures: Chronicles of the Radiation Age (1989)
  • Tom Zoellner, Uranium: War, Energy, and the Rock the Shaped the World (2009)
  • ed. Thomas Frank and Matt Weiland, Commodify Your Dissent: Salvos from The Baffler (1997)
  • Russell Smith, Young Men (1999)
  • Donna Tartt, The Little Friend (2002)

July

  • Briony Penn, A Walk on the Wild Side (1999)
  • Ted Conover, Whiteout: Lost in Aspen (1991)
  • John le Carre, A Murder of Quality (1962) / Call for the Dead (1961)
  • Ted Conover, Newjack: Guarding Sing Sing (2000)
  • Debra Ginsburg, Waiting: The True Confessions of a Waitress (2000)
  • Patricia Nelson Limerick, The Legacy of Conquest: The Unbroken Past of the American West (1987)
  • Lawrence Martin, Harperland: The Politics of Control (2010)
  • Ken Finkleman, The Newsroom: The Complete Scripts (1997)
  • Susan Riley, Political Wives: The Lives of the Saints (1987)

August

  • Jamey Heath, Dead Centre: Hope, Possibility, and Unity for Canadian Progressives (2007)
  • Siri Hustvedt, The Blindfold (1992)
  • Brian Topp, How We Almost Gave the Tories the Boot: The Inside Story behind the Coalition (2010)

September

  • Elaine Dewar, Cloak of Green (1995)
  • Paul Auster, The Brooklyn Follies (2006)

October

  • Ian Fleming, Casino Royale (1953)
  • Graham Fraser, Playing for Keeps: The Making of the Prime Minister, 1988 (1989)
  • Brooke Jeffrey, Strange Bedfellows: October 1992 and the Defeat of the Powerbrokers (1993)
  • Russell Smith, Confidence (2015)
  • Alan Furst, Kingdom of Shadows (2000)
  • Olivia Manning, The Levant Trilogy
    • The Danger Tree (1977)
    • The Battle Lost and Won (1978)
    • The Sum of Things (1980)

November

  • Sara Levine, Treasure Island!!! (2012)
  • Michael Lewis, Trail Fever (1997)
  • Elizabeth Drew, Whatever It Takes: The Real Struggle for Political Power in America (1997)
  • Jeff Vandermeer, Annihilation (2014)
  • Margaret Atwood, In Other Worlds: SF and the Human Imagination (2011)
  • Jonathan Lethem, Gun, with Occasional Music (1994)
  • Stevie Cameron, The Pickton File (2007)
  • John Darnielle, Wolf in White Van (2014)

December

  • Maggie de Vries, Missing Sarah (2003; 2nd ed. 2008)
  • Adrianne Harun, A Man Came Out of a Door in the Mountain (2014)
  • Eden Robinson, Traplines (1996)
  • Eden Robinson, Monkey Beach (2000)
  • Alice Munro, The Moons of Jupiter (1982)
  • Mary Roach, Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void (2010)
  • Walter Shapiro, One-Car Caravan: The Amazing True Saga of the 2004 Democratic Race from its Humble Beginnings to the Boston Convention (2004)
  • Joe Trippi, The Revolution will Not be Televised: Democracy, the Internet, and the Overthrow of Everything (2004)
  • Jane Rule, The Young in One Another’s Arms (1977)
  • Sven Birkerts, The Gutenberg Elegies: The Fate of Reading in an Electronic Age (1994)
  • Peter Gzowski, The Game of our Lives (1981)
  • Bruce Serafin, Colin’s Big Thing (2004)
  • ed. Michael Hingston, Short Story Advent Calendar (2015)

My favourite books

  • Brooke Jeffrey, Divided Loyalties: The Liberal Party of Canada, 1984-2008 (2010)
  • Morrissey, Autobiography (2014)
  • Don DeLillo, Libra (1988)
  • Kate Braid, Journeywoman: Swinging a Hammer in a Man’s World (2012)
  • Rebecca Solnit, A Field Guide to Getting Lost (2005)
  • Ted Conover, Whiteout: Lost in Aspen (1991)
  • Patricia Nelson Limerick, The Legacy of Conquest: The Unbroken Past of the American West (1987)
  • Jonathan Lethem, Gun, with Occasional Music (1994)

Of 87 books in total, I read:

  • 37 Fiction (43%) / 50 Non-Fiction (57%)
  • 31 Novels / 6 Short Story collections
  • 13 Memoirs
  • 6 re-reads

By decade of initial publication:

  • 1940s – 1
  • 1950s – 3
  • 1960s – 3
  • 1970s – 4
  • 1980s – 10
  • 1990s – 20
  • 2000s – 25
  • 2010s – 21

By gender:

  • 41 Men (47%) / 46 Women (53%)

By country of origin:

  • Canada – 36 (41%)
  • US – 40 (46%)
  • UK – 11 (13%)