Reading Regrets: The Books We Wish We Read in 2015

Reading Regrets: The Books We Wish We Read in 2015

At the end of each year, people love talking about the best books that they’ve read. But what about the titles left gathering dust on their TBR (to be read) shelves? Here, two of our writers talk about the books that they wanted to read in 2015, but never picked up.

Kelly’s Reading Regrets:

Twelve months go by so fast, especially when you’re reading great books. I’ve read some incredible things this year, but I’ve also continued to push off titles that I desperately want to read. Hopefully I’ll get to these in 2016.

The Magicians

I love the trailer for the Syfy adaptation, the cast was incredible at Comic Con, and yet I haven’t found the time to actually read the source material. I need to do that before the show premiers on January 25.

Stiff (or anything else by Mary Roach)

Mary Roach is hilarious. I read Gulp and loved it, so it’s time to make moves on the rest of her titles.

The Bell Jar

Bright and early on January 1st, I’ll be in my library hunting down this book. I desperately want to read it, and am genuinely upset that I haven’t already.

The Book Thief

This is another one that I can’t believe I haven’t read. Everyone, everyone, loves this book. I think I will, too, once I get around to reading it.

Never Let Me Go

This title has come highly recommended by Elizabeth, and she hasn’t ever steered me wrong in the past, so I need to trust her… and ask to borrow her copy.

Elizabeth’s Reading Regrets:

Dear Kelly, of course you can borrow my copy of Never Let Me Go! Despite reading up a storm this year, I also skipped some of the books I really, really meant to read in 2015. Here are the books I am definitely reading in 2016.


I know, I know. I said I was going to read this book last year. But this time, I mean it.

City on Fire

This was such a huge, buzzy book this year, and I can’t believe I never got around to picking it up. I’m dying to know what all of the fuss was about. What makes matters worse is that I’ve had the galley for AGES, so there’s really no excuse.

My Brilliant Friend

Elena Ferrante, I’m coming for you! I can’t believe it has taken me so long to get around to the Neapolitan novels. I have a feeling that once I start reading them, I’m not going to be able to stop.


This seems like such an important book, and as a devoted fan of Jon Krakauer, I am really eager to read it for myself. It’s been sitting on my shelf for far too long.

The Savage Detectives

I have never read any Roberto Bolaño, and that needs to change ASAP. I’ve heard really wonderful things about this book, and I hope 2016 will be the year that I finally get around to it.


  1. City on Fire was a huge waste of valuable reading time. I also found My Brilliant Friend a little disappointing but will continue the series because I think this might have just been setting the groundwork for a very good series about female friendship. Book Thief, don’t wait another minute it was great

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