books reviewed in 2015: The Martian by Andy Weir

Following is a list of the 167 books reviewed in 2015 on this blog, including 118 novels and 49 nonfiction books. I’m adding the 10 commentaries and FAQs I posted during the same year. Each title is linked to its review on this site.

118 novels reviewed here in 2015

Adulthood Rites (Xenogenesis Trilogy #2) by Octavia E. Butler

The Third Woman by Jonathan Freedland

The Crossing Places (Ruth Galloway #1) by Elly Griffiths

The Martian by Andy Weir

The Lives of Others by Neel Mukherjee

Japantown (Jim Brodie #1) by Barry Lancet

Lexicon by Max Barry

The Watchman by Robert Crais

The Year of the Flood (MaddAddam Trilogy #2) by Margaret Atwood

Still Life (Chief Inspector Armand Gamache #1) by Louise Penny

The Handsome Man’s De Luxe Cafe (No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency #15) by Alexander McCall Smith

A Tap on the Window by Linwood Barclay

Funny Girl by Nick Hornby

The Whites by Richard Price, writing as Harry Brandt

The Expats by Chris Pavone

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

The Lemur by Benjamin Black

The Blackhouse (Lewis Trilogy #1) by Peter May

Head of State by Andrew Marr

The Cairo Affair by Olen Steinhauer

Last Days in Shanghai by Casey Walker

The Laws of Murder (Charles Lenox #8) by Charles Finch

Leaving Berlin by Joseph Kanon

Twelve Days (John Wells #9) by Alex Berenson

Annihilation (Southern Reach Trilogy #1) by Jeff VanderMeer

All the Way Gone by D. James Eldon

Falling in Love (Commissario Brunetti #24) by Donna Leon

Farthing (Farthing Trilogy #1) by Jo Walton

All the Old Knives by Olen Steinhauer

Wool: Omnibus Edition (Silo 1-5) by Hugh Howey

World Gone By (Coughlin #3) by Dennis Lehane

The Moscow Club by Joseph Finder

Black Cherry Blues (Dave Robicheaux #3) by James Lee Burke

A Fatal Grace (Armand Gamache #2) by Louise Penny

Gathering Prey (Lucas Davenport #25) by John Sandford

Half a Crown (Farthing Trilogy #3) by Jo Walton

Blood on Snow by Jo Nesbø

Shift, Omnibus Edition (Shift Trilogy #1-3) by Hugh Howey

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

Ha’penny (Farthing Trilogy #2): A Story of a World That Could Have Been by Jo Walton

The Lewis Man (Lewis Trilogy #2) by Peter May

Kingdom of Shadows (Night Soldiers #6) by Alan Furst

Goodhouse by Peyton Marshall

Disclaimer by Renee Knight

Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas by John Scalzi

The Fall: Rebecca Hardy’s First Case (Dismas Hardy #16) by John Lescroart

The Book of Aron by Jim Shepherd

Crash and Burn by Lisa Gardner

Sneaky People by Thomas Berger

Extraordinary Powers by Joseph Finder

The African Equation by Yasmina Khadra

MaddAddam (MaddAddam Trilogy #3) by Margaret Atwood

Too Bad to Die by Francine Matthews

The Fools in Town are On Our Side by Ross Thomas

Dawn (Xenogenesis Trilogy #1) by Octavia E. Butler

True Confessions by John Gregory Dunne

The Fixer by Joseph Finder

The Son by Jo Nesbo

The Holy Thief (Captain Alexei Korolev #1) by William Ryan

Shake Off by Mischa Hiller

Old Man’s War (Old Man’s War #1) by John Scalzi

Amnesia by Peter Carey

The Drop by Dennis Lehane

The Governor’s Wife (Michael Kelly #5) by Michael Harvey

The Water Knife by Paolo Bacigalupi

Murder in Belleville (Aimee Leduc #2) by Cara Black

A Coffin for Dimitrios by Eric Ambler

The Incarnations by Susan Barker

Woman with a Secret by Sophie Hannah

A Corpse in the Koryo (Inspector O #1) by James Church

Imago (Xenogenesis Trilogy #3) by Octavia E. Butler

The Flicker Men by Ted Kosmatka

A Morning for Flamingos (Dave Robicheaux #4) by James Lee Burke

Murder in the Sentier (Aimee Leduc #3) by Cara Black

Adulthood Rites (Xenogenesis Trilogy #2) by Octavia E. Butler

I Saw A Man by Owen Sheers

Brush Back (V. I. Warshawski #17) by Sara Paretsky

Down Among the Dead Men (Peter Diamond #15) by Peter Lovesey

Aurora by Kim Stanley Robinson

The Shape of Water (Inspector Montalbano #1) by Andrea Camilleri

The Ways of the World (James Maxted #1) by Robert Goddard

Consequence by Steve Masover

The Drowning (Fjallbacka #6) by Camilla Lackberg

Murder in the Bastille (Aimee Leduc #4) by Cara Black

X (Kinsey Millhone #24) by Sue Grafton

Beacon 23 by Hugh Howey

The Cold War Swap by Ross Thomas

Ancillary Justice (Imperial Radch #1) by Ann Leckie

The Hairdresser of Harare by Tendai Huchu

The Girl in the Spider’s Web (Millennium #4) by David Lagercrantz

Jack 1939 by Francine Mathews

Career of Evil (Cormoran Strike #3) by Robert Galbraith (J. K. Rowling)

Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter

A Stained White Radiance (Dave Robicheaux #5) by James Lee Burke

Saturn Run by John Sandford and Ctein

The Secret Chord by Geraldine Brooks

Watergate by Thomas Mallon

Death in a Strange Country (Commissario Brunetti #2) by Donna Leon

Flood of Fire (Ibis Trilogy #3) by Amitav Ghosh

Roseanna (Martin Beck #1) by Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo

Dead Watch by John Sandford

The Hidden Man by Charles Cumming

Tightrope by Simon Mawer

The Constable’s Tale: A Novel of Colonial America by Donald Smith

The Third Woman by Jonathan Freedland

A Banquet of Consequences (Inspector Lynley #19) by Elizabeth George

The Crossing (Harry Bosch #18) by Michael Connelly

The Girl from Krakow by Alex Rosenberg

The Man Who Went Up in Smoke (Martin Beck #2) by Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö

Girl Waits with Gun by Amy Stewart

Rogue Lawyer by John Grisham

Sand (Omnibus Edition) by Hugh Howey

Murder in Clichy (Aimee Leduc #5) by Cara Black

The Ice Princess (Fjallbacka Book #1) by Camilla Lackberg

The Redeemers (Quinn Colson #5) by Ace Atkins

Authority (Southern Reach Trilogy #2) by Jeff Vandermeer

The Prodigal Spy by Joseph Kanon

The Woman Who Walked in Sunshine (No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency #16) by Alexander McCall Smith

49 nonfiction books reviewed in 2015

Prisoners of Geography: Ten Maps That Explain Everything About the World by Tim Marshall

Got Your Attention? How to Create Intrigue and Connect with Anyone by Sam Horn

Merchants in the Temple: Inside Pope Francis’s Secret Battle Against Corruption in the Vatican by Gianluigi Nuzzi

Citizen Coke: The Making of Coca-Cola Capitalism by Bartow J. Elmore

How We Got to Now: Six Innovations That Made the Modern World by Steven Johnson

Clarence Darrow: Attorney for the Damned by John A. Farrell

Ghettoside: A True Story of Murder in America by Jill Leovy

The Patriarch: The Remarkable Life and Turbulent Times of Joseph P. Kennedy by David Nasaw

Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson

A Kim Jong-Il Production: The Extraordinary True Story of a Kidnapped Filmmaker, His Star Actress, and a Young Dictator’s Rise to Power by Paul Fischer

The End of Power: From Boardrooms to Battlefields and Churches to States, Why Being in Charge Isn’t What It Used to Be by Moises Naim

Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande

Patriotic Betrayal: The Inside Story of the CIA’s Secret Campaign to Enroll American Students in the Crusade Against Communism by Karen M. Paget

The Looting Machine: Warlords, Oligarchs, Corporations, Smugglers, and the Theft of Africa’s Wealth by Tom Burgis

Becoming Steve Jobs: The Evolution of a Reckless Upstart Into a Visionary Leader by Brent Schlender and Rick Tetzeli

Destiny Disrupted: A History of the World Through Islamic Eyes by Tamim Ansary

Money: The Unauthorized Biography — From Coinage to Cryptocurrencies by Felix Martin

Beyond: Our Future in Space by Chris Impey

Got Your Attention? How to Create Intrigue and Connect with Anyone by Sam Horn

The Summit: Bretton Woods, 1944: J. M. Keynes and the Reshaping of the Global Economy by Ed Conway

Infamy: The Shocking Story of the Japanese-American Internment in World War II by Richard Reeves

Empire of Cotton: A Global History by Sven Beckert

Future Crimes: Everything Is Connected, Everyone Is Vulnerable and What We Can Do About It by Marc Goodman

The Wright Brothers by David McCullough

Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future by Ashlee Vance

Rise of the Robots: Technology and the Threat of a Jobless Future by Martin Ford

The Billion Dollar Spy: A True Story of Cold War Espionage and Betrayal by David E. Hoffman

Water to the Angels: William Mulholland, His Monumental Aqueduct, and the Rise of Los Angeles by Les Standiford

The Great Leader and the Fighter Pilot: The True Story of the Tyrant Who Created North Korea and the Young Lieutenant Who Stole His Way to Freedom by Blaine Harden

One Man Against the World: The Tragedy of Richard Nixon by Tim Weiner 

Agent Storm: My Life Inside Al Qaeda and the CIA by Morten Storm, Paul Cruickshank, and Tim Lister

Avenue of Spies: A True Story of Terror, Espionage, and One American Family’s Heroic Resistance in Nazi-Occupied Europe by Alex Kershaw

North Korea Confidential: Private Markets, Fashion Trends, Prison Camps, Dissenters and Defectors by Daniel Tudor and James Pearson

Big Science: Ernest Lawrence and the Invention that Launched the Military-Industrial Complex by Michael Hiltzik

Digital Gold: Bitcoin and the Inside Story of the Misfits and Millionaires Trying to Reinvent Money by Nathaniel Popper

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Operation Shakespeare: The True Story of an Elite International Sting by John Shiffman

Machines of Loving Grace: The Quest for Common Ground Between Humans and Robots by John Markoff

Blue: The LAPD and the Battle to Redeem American Policing by Joe Domanick

The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt’s New World by Andrea Wulf

Saving Capitalism: For the Many, Not the Few by Robert B. Reich

1944: FDR and the Year That Changed History by Jay Winik

Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson

Merchants in the Temple: Inside Pope Francis’s Secret Battle Against Corruption in the Vatican by Gianluigi Nuzzi

Tangled Vines: Greed, Murder, Obsession, and an Arsonist in the Vineyards of California by Frances Dinkelspiel

Prisoners of Geography: Ten Maps That Explain Everything About the World by Tim Marshall

Karl Marx: A Nineteenth-Century Life by Jonathan Sperber

Black Flags: The Rise of ISIS by Joby Warrick

10 commentaries and FAQs posted here in 2015

25 great novels of the last five years

15 excellent standalone mysteries and thrillers

Books that have taught me the most so far this year

5 books that explore our broken criminal justice system

Which countries read the most?

10 great science fiction novels

29 great recent mysteries and thrillers I’ve read in 2015

My 5, well, make that 6, favorite books of 2015

27 great recent nonfiction books I’ve read in 2015

15 great recent novels I’ve read in 2015