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Dusk in Bangor (the Northern Ireland one) on the penultimate day of 2015.

Happy 2016!

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Photo from the future: fireworks over Edinburgh Castle!


Below the cut you will find a complete list of the books I read in 2015. I would also include a complete list of the places I travelled in 2015, but goddamn, I am just too tired.

Happy new year!

Happy New Year, instagram!

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Under the lights of Royal Exchange Square.



  1. Butterfly Skin, Sergey Kuznetsov
  2. Crossbones, Nuruddin Farah
  3. Narcopolis, Jeet Thayil
  4. Under the Tripoli Sky, Kamal Ben Hamada
  5. The Arabian Nights, trans. Andrew Lang
  6. Elizabeth is Missing, Emma Healey
  7. I Killed Scheherezade, Joumana Haddad
  8. Hold Still, Nina LaCour
  9. Unbearable Lightness, Portia de Rossi
  10. The Sexual Life of an Islamist in Paris, Leila Marouane
  11. Fry: A Memoir, Stephen Fry
  12. Dry: A Memoir, Augusten Burroughs
  13. Running with Scissors, Augusten Burroughs
  14. Magical Thinking, Augusten Burroughs
  15. Soon I Will Be Invincible, Austin Grossman
  16. I Do Not Come to You by Chance, Adaobi Tricia Nwaubuni
  17. A Grief Observed, CS Lewis
  18. Swimming Home, Deborah Levy
  19. I’ll Go to Bed at Noon, Gerard Woodward
  20. Things Fall Apart, Chinua Achebe
  21. Buying a Fishing Rod for my Grandfather, Gao Xinjiang


  1. Fire from Heaven, Mary Renault
  2. The Persian Boy, Mary Renault
  3. Fables, Aesop
  4. Freaks and Revelations, Davida Wills Hurwin
  5. Funeral Games, Mary Renault
  6. All Fall Down, Jennifer Weiner
  7. Only Goodness, Jhumpa Lahiri
  8. Delusions of Gender, Cordelia Fine
  9. The Small Hand, Susan Hill
  10. Us, David Nicholls
  11. At Swim, Two Boys, Jamie O’Neill
  12. Short Stories: Harpers Bazaar, Elizabeth Bowen


  1. Strange Weather in Tokyo, Hiromi Kawakami
  2. The Dead Lake, Hamid Ismailov
  3. The Old Ways, Robert Macfarlane
  4. Saving Francesca, Melinda Marchetta (reread)
  5. The Thirty-Nine Steps, John Buchan
  6. The Blazing World, Siri Hustvedt
  7. Checker and the Derailleurs, Lionel Shriver
  8. Any Other Mouth, Anneliese Mackintosh
  9. To the River, Olivia Laing
  10. The Moth Diaries, Rachel Klein
  11. In One Person, John Irving


  1. The Establishment, Owen Jones
  2. The Faithful Couple, AD Miller
  3. Requiem for a Dream, Hubert Selby Jr.
  4. The Interestings, Meg Wolitzer
  5. Belzhar, Meg Wolitzer
  6. Fishnet, Kirstin Innes
  7. The Piper’s Son, Melina Marchetta
  8. Surrender, Dorothy, Meg Wolitzer
  9. The Position, Meg Wolitzer
  10. Not That Kind of Girl, Lena Dunham
  11. The Blackwater Lightship, Colm Tóibín
  12. The Wife, Meg Wolitzer
  13. The Hairdresser of Harare, Tendai Huchu
  14. Dead Lovely, Helen FitzGerald
  15. The Uncoupling, Meg Wolitzer
  16. Cuckoo Song, Frances Hardinge


  1. Shake Hands with the Devil, Romeo Dallaire
  2. You Shall Know Our Velocity, Dave Eggers
  3. A Discovery of Witches, Deborah Harkness
  4. To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee
  5. Torch, Cheryl Strayed
  6. The Untouchable, John Banville
  7. The Last Hundred Days, Patrick McGuinness
  8. Old Man’s War, John Scalzi
  9. Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs, Johann Hari
  10. Family Life, Akhil Sharma
  11. Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic, David Quammen
  12. Station Eleven, Emily St John Mandel
  13. Nothing Like the Sun, Anthony Burgess
  14. The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives, Lola Shoneyin


  1. Finders Keepers, Stephen King
  2. Jack, AM Homes
  3. This House of Grief, Helen Garner
  4. Since You’ve Been Gone, Morgan Matson
  5. Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour, Morgan Matson
  6. The Princess Bride, William Goldman
  7. The Causal Angel, Hannu Rajaniemi
  8. The Virgin Suicides, Jeffrey Eugenides
  9. The Pirate, Harold Robbins
  10. An Education, Lynn Barber
  11. The Thing Around Your Neck, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  12. The New York Trilogy, Paul Auster


  1. Affinity, Sarah Waters
  2. Second Chance Summer, Morgan Matson
  3. Being Mortal, Atul Gawande
  4. All the Hopeful Lovers, William Nicholson
  5. Complications, Atul Gawande
  6. [Secret beta book]
  7. The Narrow Road to the Deep North, Richard Flanagan
  8. Brave Girl Eating, Harriet Brown
  9. Odd and the Frost Giants, Neil Gaiman
  10. Desperation, Stephen King
  11. Christine, Stephen King
  12. Outliers: The Story of Success, Malcolm Gladwell
  13. Missing Out: In Praise of the Unlived Life, Adam Philips
  14. Dedication, Stephen King


  1. Blockade Billy, Stephen King
  2. Wicked, Gregory Maguire
  3. NurtureShock, Po Bronson & Ashley Merryman
  4. Still Alice, Lisa Genova
  5. The Blue Fox, Sjón
  6. The Cubs and Other Stories, Mario Vargas Llosa
  7. The Skull and the Nightingale, Michael Irwin
  8. Smoke and Mirrors, Neil Gaiman
  9. An Obedient Father, Akhil Sharma
  10. The Shock of the Fall, Nathan Filer
  11. UR, Stephen King
  12. From a Buick 8, Stephen King
  13. All My Puny Sorrows, Miriam Toews


  1. One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
  2. A Complicated Kindness, Miriam Toews
  3. Bad Science, Ben Goldacre
  4. Perdido Street Station, China Mieville
  5. The Regulators, Stephen King
  6. The Star of Kazan, Eva Ibbotson
  7. The Dragonfly Pool, Eva Ibbotson
  8. The Stranger, Albert Camus
  9. After the Quake: Stories, Haruki Murakami
  10. Maurice, EM Forster


  1. Sailing to Sarantium, Guy Gavriel Kay
  2. Lord of Emperors, Guy Gavriel Kay
  3. Less than Zero, Bret Easton Ellis
  4. The Friendly Young Ladies, Mary Renault
  5. Flood of Fire, Amitav Ghosh
  6. Better, Atul Gawande
  7. Gerald’s Game, Stephen King
  8. Fragile Things, Neil Gaiman
  9. A Little Life, Hanya Yanagihara
  10. Anno Dracula, Kim Newman
  11. The Watchmaker of Filigree Street, Natasha Pulley
  12. Do No Harm, Henry Marsh
  13. The Wasteland, TS Eliot
  14. Landline, Rainbow Rowell


  1. [secret beta book]
  2. Carry On, Rainbow Rowell
  3. Little Sister Death, William Gay
  4. The Mask of Apollo, Mary Renault
  5. Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen, Lois McMaster Bujold
  6. The Bazaar of Bad Dreams, Stephen King
  7. To the End of the Land, David Grossman


  1. Vampires in the Lemon Grove, Karen Russell
  2. Two, Andrei Gelasimov
  3. Quarter Days, Iona Sharma
  4. Eating Animals, Jonathan Safran Foer
  5. Fortunately, the Milk, Neil Gaiman
  6. Merciless Gods, Christos Tsiolkas
  7. The Diving Pool, Yoko Ogawa
  8. The Curse of Chalion, Lois McMaster Bujold
  9. Pour Me, Adrian Gill
  10. Mother Love, Domini Taylor
  11. So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed, Jon Ronson
  12. Alive, Alive Oh! Diana Athill
  13. Instrumental, James Rhodes
  14. Coming Clean, Kimberley Ray Miller
  15. Burial Rites, Hannah Kent
  16. Ordinary Decent Criminals, Lionel Shriver

Written by Jess

December 31, 2015 at 11:01 am

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