In my last post, I shared some of the reasons why Rising Strong was my favorite book from 2015. However, I read lots of other great books that deserve a mention as well. (Note: not all of these books were published last year, that’s just when I read them.)
Based on category, here were my favorite reads of 2015:
- Rising Strong: My absolute favorite book that I read last year — check out this post to learn why.
- Boys in the Boat: I knew nothing about rowing before reading this book, but that didn’t matter. The storytelling and lives of the 1936 Olympic crew team were so compelling. Both John’s and my families read the book and loved it just as much as we both did.
- Essentialism: Pursue the idea of doing less but better. For my full review on the book, check out this post.
- The Talent Code: There are three principles that are needed to cultivate talent: deep practice, ignition, and master coaching. Surprisingly new insights. Read my review here.
- Scary Close: Donald Miller dives into what it means to vulnerable and what that means for relationships. Some of my takeaways from the book are in this post.
- Prayer: Basically, I read and love everything by Timothy Keller and this is one of his latest on, well obviously, prayer. “Prayer is the only entryway into genuine self-knowledge.” Read more of my thoughts on the book here.
- The Greatest Gift: John and I read this Advent devotional right after Grant was born, and I have special memories of us sitting by the Christmas tree each morning as a family of three, reading together. In typical Ann Voskamp fashion it’s poetic and thought-provoking (like another favorite of mine from her, One Thousand Gifts).
- All the Light We Cannot See: A blind girl and her father flee to Saint-Malo when the Nazis occupy Paris, and this story intersects with an orphan in an academy for Hitler Youth. A must read.
- The House at Riverton: Downton Abbey-type suspense but a little darker.
- The Light Between Oceans: This was a beautiful novel that I want to read again when I’m not pregnant, since as the Amazon description says, “…after two miscarriages and one stillbirth, the grieving Isabel hears a baby’s cries on the wind. A boat has washed up onshore carrying a dead man and a living baby.” Though a bit agonizing (especially when pregnant!), the story was well-crafted.
- Harry Potter: I am still re-reading through the Harry Potter series and Book 5 got us through my induction process in the hospital. I’m excited for the new Harry Potter installment coming but a little nervous that nothing can measure up to the creative mastery of the original series. Any other fellow Potter fans have thoughts on this?
As an aside, I was selected to be a part of the Wild and Free book launch team, so expect an upcoming post of my review of the book! It’s written by Jess Connolly of Naptime Diaries, which has been a big source of encouragement to me through their devotionals, along with Hayley Morgan. I can’t wait to dive in!
…Have other suggestions of books should I add to my to-read list for this year? Let me know in the comments!