Last year I hit an all time record high of 41 books in 2014. 2015 I only read 24. I think I started more books and quit than ever before. About half the books on this list I did not get into at all. It was not a great year for reading…that is for sure.
I did complete the Harry Potter series and the Hunger Games series–both which I have enjoyed. I am not nor will I ever be a die hard fan who reads them over and over. But I do appreciate them.
But 2016 looks better. For starters, I am overseeing an on line book club which will force me to read a variety of books. I am really excited about this.
My top 3 of 2015 would be: Still Life by Christa Parrish, Crazy Busy by Kevin De Young, and the Almost True Story of Rob Stennett.
In 2009 I read 16 books, in 2010 I don’t think I kept track, in 2011 I read 22 books, in 2012 I read 27, and in 2013 I read 32. In 2014…I read…drum roll please…41! Here they are…
- Orphan Train by Christina Baker Klinel
- Wonder by Al Palacio
- Island Girls by Nancy Thayer
- The Pieces We Keep by Kristina McMorris
- Moloka’I by Alan Brennert
- Barcelona Calling by Jane Kirkpatrick
- Look Again by Lisa Scottoline
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by JK Rowling
- Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince by JK Rowling
- Breaking Rules by Tracie Puckett
- PIE by Sarah Weeks
- Shattered Dreams: My Life As An Polygamist Wife by Irene Spencer
- The Astronaut Wives Club by Lily Koppel
- I Want My MTV by Rob Tannenbaum & Craig Marks
- Coming Clean by Kimberly Rae Miller
- Wild: From Lost to Found On the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed
- The Other Side of the River by Alex Kotlowitz
- Lost Boy by Brent W Jeffs
- Better Together: Restoring the American Community by Robert D Putman
- Answering 911: Life in the Hot Seat by Caroline Burau
- The End of the Suburbs: Where the American Dream Is Moving by Leigh Gallagher
- Dogtripping by David Rosenfelt
- My Story by Elizabeth Smart & Chris Stewart
- Overwhelmed: Work, Love, and Play When No One Has Time by Brigid Schulte
- My Age of Anxiety by Scott Stossel
- Life Is A Wheel by Bruce Weber
- Calm My Anxious Heart by Linda Dillow
- Sober Mercies by Heather Kopp
- A Thousand Lives by Julia Scheeres
- The Complete Christian Guide to Understanding Homosexuality by Joe Dallas and Nancy Heche
- Unsweetined by Jodie Sweetin
- Naked and Unashamed by Rob Toornstra
- Maxed Out by Katrina Alcorn
- Growing Up Duggar by Jana, Jill, Jessa, and Jinger Duggar
- Hope Against Hope by Sarah Carr
- Free Range Kids by Lenore Skenazy
- Stopping Stress Before It Stops You by Kevin Leman
- The Fantasy Fallacy by Shannon Ethridge
- Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World by Joanna Weaver
- It’s Complicated by Danah Boyd
- All Joy and No Fun by Jennifer Senior
First of all the best book I had the honor of reading this year was written by my husband. He spent many evenings going across the street to the coffee shop after the kids went to bed to write. He solicited editing help from our friends and my brother. He learned with writing that there are many “no’s” before a “yes.” His book “Naked and Ashamed” began long before we were married when he had to write about the Calvinist perspective on sexuality in our Calvinism class in college. I encourage you to check his book out. It’s available on Amazon and in the Kindle edition.
And once again I read way more non-fiction than fiction. Some of this due to a writing project of my own I took on that may or may not amount to much more beyond this blog.
My second favorite book was Overwhelmed: Work, Love, and Play When No One Has Time. This book shook up my world for a couple weeks and caused me to take a good hard look at my schedule and life goals. I daresay God used this book to help me this school year. I have been able to manage my time better and keep my commitments at a manageable level.
Some others I recommend: Breaking Rules is a YA fiction, and I could not put it down. The writing was good and the characters come to life. I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series.
I know some memoirs by people in the news or Hollywood stars are poorly written. The whole time you read it you are thinking–“How did they get a book deal?” My Story by Elizabeth Smart and Chris Stewart is very good–heartbreaking at times. You get a picture of what actually happened to her and her strength to overcome the trauma she faced.
I also recommend A Thousand Lives by Julia Scheeres. It is the untold stories of the Jonestown Massacre and people of “The People’s Temple” cult of the late 1970’s. This all took place when I was an infant so I never followed it in the news. I have always been fascinated by the control cults have over ordinary people. The author is originally from the same hometown and church as me (Lafayette, Indiana).
If you want other recommendations, let me know. I am always up for book suggestions too!