Friday, January 01, 2016

Books I read in 2015

Throughout high school, college, and early adulthood, I struggled and failed to fully board the "reading books" bandwagon. This is partially because I'm a slow reader (who would have thought?) but mostly because sitting in one place to read a paper book, without being able to multitask because "reading" requires my eyes stay focused on the page - ain't nobody got time for that. Then in late 2011 I discovered audiobooks, and my world changed.

In 2015, I read 4 old-fashioned paperbacks, and listened to 60 audiobooks, a new personal record. Some were phenomenally amazing (Blue Like Jazz, Ready Player One, William Shakespeare's Star Wars); some were phenomenally boring (Howards End, Monte Christo); a few were just plain "bad" (*my opinion; I'm looking at you, Maze Runner trilogy; and also that Joyce Meyer book, and also Chuck Wendig's Aftermath); some were classics (Jane Eyre, Sherlock Holmes, Dune, Monte Cristo, To Kill a Mockingbird, Dracula, Animal Farm, et al); and 22 were Star Wars books :) Beggars In Spain was a re-listen because it was life-changing for me the first time; and William Shakespeare's Star Wars I listened to twice in a row, because it was just that good.

The average length of these audiobooks was 11 hours and 9 minutes (thrown off slightly by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's 70+ hour complete collection of Sherlock Holmes stories; without Holmes, the average length of my 2015 books drops to 10 hours and 8 minutes). My average amount of listening per day was 2 hours and 4 minutes.

TitleAuthorAudiobook length
Star Wars: William Shakespeare's The Empire Striketh BackIan Doescher3:25:25
Star Wars: AftermathChuck Wendig12:16:00
Star Wars: Backlash (Fate of the Jedi book 4)Aaron Allston11:10:20
Star Wars: Abyss (Fate of the Jedi book 3)Troy Denning11:19:03
Star Wars: Omen (Fate of the Jedi book 2)Christie Golden8:25:51
Star Wars: Rule of Two (Darth Bane book 2)Drew Karpyshyn10:12:00
Ready Player OneErnest Cline15:40:00
Star Wars: Dark DiscipleChristie Golden11:12:00
Brave New WorldAldous Huxley8:00:02
Animal FarmGeorge Orwell3:11:46
Star Wars: Outcast (Fate of the Jedi book 1)Aaron Allston10:12:11
Star Wars: Path of Destruction (Darth Bane book 1)Drew Karpyshyn12:16:00
Star Wars: The Old Republic: AnnihilationDrew Karpyshyn9:39:27
Star Wars: The Old Republic: RevanDrew Karpyshyn10:52:23
The Fate of TenPittacus Lore10:41:25
DraculaBram Stoker14:32:38
Star Wars: William Shakespeare's The Jedi Doth ReturnIan Doescher3:35:00
Star Wars: The Old Republic: DeceivedPaul S. Kemp9:25:59
The Screwtape LettersC. S. Lewis3:36:38
Star Wars: The Clone WarsKaren Traviss7:47:14
Star Wars: Red HarvestJoe Schreiber7:56:10
Star Wars: The Old Republic: Fatal AllianceSean Williams13:47:44
William Shakespeare's Star Wars: Verily, A New Hope
(listened again, because it was that good)
Ian Doescher3:29:15
Peter PanJ. M. Barrie5:39:49
William Shakespeare's Star Wars: Verily, A New HopeIan Doescher3:29:15
Go Set a WatchmanHarper Lee6:57:00
My ÁntoniaWilla Cather7:19:57
Star Wars: CrucibleTroy Denning12:08:00
The Death Cure (Book 3 in the Maze Runner series)James Dashner8:55:19
Star Wars: ScoundrelsTimothy Zahn13:57:27
The Kill Order (prequel to Maze Runner trilogy)James Dashner10:02:00
I Am Number Four: The Lost Files: Rebel AlliesPittacus Lore8:04:13
The Adventures of Huckleberry FinnMark Twain9:24:00
Howards EndE. M. Forster11:04:14
To Kill A MockingbirdHarper Lee12:17:00
The Scorch Trials (Book 2 in the Maze Runner series)James Dashner10:23:03
The Battlefield of the MindJoyce Meyer6:27:08
Mere ChristianityC.S. Lewis5:52:41
What We Talk About When We Talk About GodRob Bell4:25:20
Star Wars: TarkinJames Luceno9:27:13
Maze RunnerJames Dashner10:50:27
Star Wars: Lords of the SithPaul S. Kemp10:56:53
Love Wins: A Book About Heaven, Hell, and the Fate of Every Person Who Ever LivedRob Bell3:39:27
Children of DuneFrank Herbert16:51:10
The Count of Monte CristoAlexandre Dumas46:56:39
What on Earth Have I Done?: Stories, Observations, and AffirmationsRobert Fulghum6:15:39
Dune MessiahFrank Herbert8:57:00
DuneFrank Herbert21:02:12
Life TogetherDietrich Bonhoeffer3:37:54
Jesus Wants to Save Christians: A Manifesto for the Church in ExileRob Bell, Don Golden3:25:10
Shifting Shadows: Stories from the World of Mercy ThompsonPatricia Briggs14:53:09
The Normal Christian LifeWatchman Nee7:42:56
Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the VoidMary Roach10:27:52
Dead Heat: Alpha and Omega, Book 4Patricia Briggs11:25:48
Star Wars: The Clone Wars: No PrisonersKaren Traviss7:10:39
Jane EyreCharlotte Brontë21:47:32
Blue Like Jazz: Non-Religious Thoughts on Christian SpiritualityDonald Miller7:00:57
Beggars in SpainNancy Kress16:10:52
Brentwood's WardMichelle Griep10:24:19
The Complete Stories of Sherlock HolmesArthur Conan Doyle70:48:20

And the paperbacks:

  • Shadows of the Empire, by Steve Perry
  • The Grimjinx Rebellion, by Brian Farrey
  • The Shadowhand Covenant, by Brian Farrey
  • The Vengekeep Prophecies, by Brian Farrey

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