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  • READ: 42 BOOKS IN 2015
  • Katie Lewis
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READ: 42 BOOKS IN 2015

READ: 42 BOOKS IN 2015

I keep track of what I read + want to read on Goodreads (do you have an account? it's very helpful!), but wanted to write out my 2015 reading list here, too. 

Reading is a relaxing outlet for me so I tend to migrate towards light fiction reads and memoirs about women of encouraging faith. My top five books of the year are bolded, though there were many runners-up. 

(In zero order because I'm not that organized...)

1. The Summer We Read Gatsby | Daniel Ganek (young adult fiction that was on a "books you must read before they become movies!" list)... ehh, don't recommend)

2. The Greatest Gift: Unwrapping the Full Love Story of Christmas | Ann Voskamp (so so good for advent, I underlined the heck out of it and can't wait to read it again next december)

3. Bread and Wine | Shauna Niequist (some friends and I began a dinner club based on this book; absolutely recommend and loved the recipes, too)

4. Little Altars Everywhere | Rebecca Wells (sequel to the ya-ya sisterhood... ehh, don't recommend)

5. The Invention of Wings | Sue Monk Kidd (recommend, beautifully written)

6. True Beauty | Carolyn Mahaney (non-fiction about where our true beauty comes from; ehh...I wanted it to be better than it was)

7. Bossypants | Tina Fey (I'm in the minority, but I didn't like this at all; not my kind of humor I suppose)

8. New York | Edward Rutherfurd (long, but beautiful fiction about new york city's history- one of those stories where all the characters connect; recommend)

9. Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood | Rebecca Wells (I wanted light beach reading, it was ehh... but then again, so was the movie)

10. Interrupted | Jen Hatmaker (not my favorite of her books, but not bad)

11. The Glass Castle | Jeanette Walls (eye-opening memoir, recommend; I still find myself thinking about it a little and praying for her family) 

12. The Goldfinch | Donna Tartt (long and crazy fiction; I didn't really like it, but I oddly couldn't put it down)

13. Cold Tangerines | Shauna Niequist (good, easy series of essays; recommend)

14. Wonder | R.J. Palacio (easy and sweet young adult read, recommend)

15. Compassion Without Compromise | Adam Barr (about christianity and homosexuality, a good start to the topic if you need some help thinking through what you believe on the topic and why)

16. Parenting by the Book | John Rosemond (a little black and white, but helpful and empowering; recommend)

17.  The E-Myth Revisited | Michael Gerber (very helpful for small business owners, I still think about it often)

18. Treasuring Christ When Your Hands are Full | Gloria Furman (gospel-centered and encouraging, recommend if you're in the thick of mothering)

19. Radical | David Platt (I finally read this book; pretty good, recommend)

20. Stepping Heavenward | Elizabeth Prentiss (I have no idea where I heard about this book, but it was fabulous and faith-growing... recommend)

21. Every Bitter Thing is Sweet | Sara Hagerty (fabulous and faith-growing... recommend. I also recommend her Sara's instagram account and blog!)

22. Restless | Jennie Allen (it was okay, but most people loved it; perhaps I should re-read?)

23. You and Me Forever | Francis Chan (a marriage book barely on marriage; fabulous... recommend)

24. Hey Natalie Jean | Natalie Holbrook (I've been a long-time fan of her blog so this was fun to read, but I wouldn't recommend if you don't follow her)

25. Crazy Love | Francis Chan (I finally read this book... it was okay, lightly recommend)

26. Fear and Faith | Trillia Newbell (I was gifted this book; one chapter was life-changing for me, the rest was ehh)

27. The Things of Earth | Joe Rigney (helped me with some of my repeating struggles on putting the things of earth in their proper place. I had to re-read some chapters to fully comprehend what the author was saying, but definitely recommend)

28. Hoping for Something Better | Nancy Guthrie (a study on the book of hebrews... I did this with some friends and it was helpful!)

29. Through Gates of Splendor | Elisabeth Elliot (I already knew the story so this book was a little long, but a must-read if you don't know about this family and their mission)

30. Women of the Word | Jen Wilkin (an extremely helpful guide on studying the bible- absolutely recommend whether you're a new christian or a life-long one) 

31. Where'd You Go Bernadette | Maria Semple (an easy and funny fiction read that even my husband liked, recommend)

31. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up | Marie Kondo (some good ideas, but I would have preferred a blog post instead of a book)

32. The Kite Runner | Khaled Hosseini (I think I was supposed to read this in high school and didn't... but it's wonderful, definitely recommend)

33. The Five Silent Years of Corrie Ten Boom | Pamela Rosewell (about corrie from "the hiding place"-- which you must read if you haven't. faith-building and encouraging, recommend. she's amazing!)

34. The Space Between Us | Thrity Umrigar (ehh, not my favorite)

35. Little Bee | Chris Cleave (read at the beach, decent, lightly recommend)

36. A Thousand Splendid Suns | Khaled Hosseini (same author as "the kite runner", also good)

37. Intended for Pleasure | Ed Wheat (recommended by a spiritual mentor so I thought I'd read it to see what all the fuss was about-- I wish I'd known about it before marriage! a little graphic, but helpful if you came from a "sex is bad!" background like me; recommend)

38. For the Love | Jen Hatmaker (funny and helpful, the makings of a wonderful book in my opinion; recommend)

39. Love Does | Bob Goff (ehh, I don't think I even finished it. i'm in the minority here, I know...)

40. The Lipstick Gospel | Stephanie Wilson (got this in a gift bag, a sweet testimony, but I wouldn't go out of my way to read it)

41. Between the Lines | Jodi Picoult (she wrote this with her teenage daughter, which was a fun but ultimately... ehh)

42. Me Before You | JoJo Moyes (thought provoking fiction, recommend)

And now for 2016! Onward!

  • Katie Lewis
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