2015 Recap

So I’m doing this during the Oscars, which is probably going to end up a horrible decision. Another horrible decision? I’m not drinking. [Note from the future: I started drinking.]

I brought up the 2014 recap for last year (because I can never remember how to format these dang things), and that was posted on January 28. And my first sentence was “Well, this is the latest I’ve ever done my year-end recap.”

So my main goal for 2016 is to make sure I don’t post my 2016 recap in March 2017. I mean, seriously, Alaina, what the fuck?

My other big goal is to try and break 40 books. I didn’t get there last year (*thanks*, Mysteries of Udolpho), but I’ve actually started 2016 off at a good pace, so this is a Thing that could happen.

Here’s how 2015 shook out: I ended the year with 32 books read, which really, isn’t too shabby. And 18 of those were ones I’ve never read before (handily denoted with an asterisk), and that’s more than half, so again – not too shabs.

1. Bloody Bones by Laurell K. Hamilton*
2. Rebecca by Daphne DuMaurier

3. Diamonds Are Forever by Ian Fleming*
4. Insurgent by Veronica Roth*

5. Egg & Spoon by Gregory Maguire*
[see the pre-review as part of The Collaborators here!]
6. Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal by Christopher Moore
7. The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde

8. Blue Lonesome by Bill Pronzini
9. Babayaga by Toby Barlow*
10. Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn*

Bupkis. Fucking Mysteries of Udolpho.

11. Red Dragon by Thomas Harris
12. The Mysteries of Udolpho by Ann Radcliffe*
13. Knockdown by Dick Francis

14. Proof by Dick Francis
15. Hannibal by Thomas Harris

16. Naked Pictures of Famous People by Jon Stewart
17. The Cocktail Waitress by James M. Cain*
18. Farewell, My Lovely by Raymond Chandler
19. Lady in Waiting by Nicole Byrd*
20. You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) by Felicia Day*

21. India Black by Carol K. Carr*
22. A Poisoned Season by Tasha Alexander*
23. The Favored Child by Philippa Gregory*

24. The Intern’s Handbook by Shane Kuhn*
25. Mistress of Rome by Kate Quinn*
26. Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen

27. A Dirty Job by Christopher Moore
28. Betrayal in Death by J.D. Robb*
29. Casino Royale by Ian Fleming

30. Festival of Deaths by Jane Haddam
31. I is for Innocent by Sue Grafton
32. Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh*

And that’s it; that’s everything. The door is officially closed on 2015, and I’m looking forward to 2016. But what I’m really looking forward to right now is grabbing a beer and hoping and praying that The fucking Revenant doesn’t take home Best Picture.

Ride eternal, shiny, and chrome. Witness me.

11:56 p.m.: Well, Leonardo DiCaprio just won his goddamned award (as Dear Friend Sarah calls it, his Participation Trophy), and I figure I might as well wait and see who takes home Best Picture. I’m almost done with one Stella Artois, but I can probably chug another one before bedtime.


Dear Landlady: I apologize for screaming just now, but I’m very excited.

Okay, I have to be at work in 8 hours. But at least I can sleep easy, knowing that enough people out there in the world agreed with me that The Revenant is not worthy of Best Picture.

Good night, and have a pleasant tomorrow.

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