As I write this year’s entry I realize that, for some reason, I began and ended 2015 on either side of our globe’s poles. Of the two, I found the southern tragedy (Shackleton’s) was far more interesting. Both were excellently written and exhaustively researched; I heartily recommend both.
Late in 2015 my wife issued a challenge for both of us: read one biography on every U.S. President; so I begin 2016 with Ron Chernow’s Washington. Never one to stick solely to one literary genre I’m mixing it up by also reading a book about an alien attack on Earth. Y’know, because entertainment.
Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage by Alfred Lansing *
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
Off to Be the Wizard by Scott Meyer
Dead Wake by Erik Larson
The Men Who Would Be King by Nicole LaPorte
The Fold by Peter Clines
Armada by Ernest Cline
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline (re-read) *
The Girl with All the Gifts by M. R. Carey
Under the Dome by Stephen King
Jim Henson: The Biography by Brian Jay Jones *
In the Kingdom of Ice by Hampton Sides *
Fear the Sky by Stephen Moss
Washington: A Life by Ron Chernow
NEXT ON MY LIST
In the Heart of the Sea by Nathaniel Philbrick
The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North
(As always, asterisks denote recommended titles).