2015 Reading reading

2015 in Books: Book Completed

December 21, 2015
2015 reading

2015 reading

It’s hard to believe the end of the 2015 is almost here, and with this season comes recounting the year and reflecting on changes made and goals met. For me, that includes looking over the books I’ve read, remembering what I’ve learned from them, and working toward the next year’s list.

Since I share my reading here from time to time, I’ll share my full list of books for the year, which ended up being 75 books. (Coming soon,  I’ll share my top 10.) This doesn’t include children’s books under 100 pages; I’m pretty sure I also read Goodnight Gorilla and We’re Going on a Bear Hung 75 times last month to our little one-year-old, Kyrie! 🙂

I’ve sorted these books into category, but in no particular order. (Links go to Amazon; pictures are screenshots of my Goodreads reading page.)

Marriage, Family, and Parenting (Religious and Secular)

Hands Free Life: 9 Habits for Overcoming Distraction Living Better and Loving More ( Rachel Macy Stafford)

The Conscious Parent: Transforming Ourselves Empowering Our Children ( Shefali Tsabary)


Education and Child Development

The Disappearance of Childhood ( Neil Postman)

The Well-Trained Mind: A Guide to Classical Education at Home ( Susan Wise Bauer, Jessie Wise)

Honey for a Child’s Heart: The Imaginative Use of Books in Family Life ( Gladys M. Hunt)


Catch Me If You Can: The True Story of a Real Fake ( Frank W. Abagnale, Stan Redding)

Geronimo: My Life (Geronimo, S.M. Barrett)


Theology/Christian Living

Out of Sorts: Making Peace with an Evolving Faith (Sarah Bessey)

Bandersnatch: An Invitation to Explore Your Unconventional Soul (Erika Morrison)

The Wounded Healer: Ministry in Contemporary Society (Henri J.M. Nouwen)

The Inner Voice of Love (Henri J.M. Nouwen)

For the Love: Fighting for Grace in a World of Impossible Standards (Jen Hatmaker)

Simply Tuesday: Small-Moment Living in a Fast-Moving World ( Emily P. Freeman)

Malestrom: Manhood Swept into the Currents of a Changing World ( Carolyn Custis James)

Scary Close: Dropping the Act and Finding True Intimacy ( Donald Miller)

A Million Miles in a Thousand Years: What I Learned While Editing My Life ( Donald Miller)

Grace for the Good Girl: Letting Go of the Try-Hard Life ( Emily P. Freeman)

Bittersweet: Thoughts on Change Grace and Learning the Hard Way ( Shauna Niequist)

Own Your Life: How to Grow a Legacy of Faith Love and Spiritual Influence ( Sally Clarkson, Sarah Mae, Angela Perritt, Ruth Schwenk)

The Fringe Hours: Making Time for You ( Jessica N. Turner)

Prayer: Experiencing Awe and Intimacy with God ( Timothy Keller)

The Best Yes: Making Wise Decisions in the Midst of Endless Demands ( Lysa TerKeurst)

What’s Best Next: How the Gospel Transforms the Way You Get Things Done ( Matt Perman, John Piper)



Lean In: Women Work and the Will to Lead ( Sheryl Sandberg)

The Automatic Customer: Creating a Subscription Business in Any Industry ( John Warrillow)

I Know How She Does It: How Successful Women Make the Most of Their Time ( Laura Vanderkam)

Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration ( Ed Catmull, Amy Wallace)

The Charge: Activating the 10 Human Drives That Make You Feel Alive (Brendon Burchard)

Money-Making Mom: How Every Woman Can Earn More and Make a Difference (Crystal Paine)

Launch: How to Quickly Propel Your Business Beyond the Competition (Michael A. Stelzner)

The Millionaire Fastlane: Crack the Code to Wealth and Live Rich for a Lifetime! ( M.J. DeMarco)

Virtual Freedom: How to Work with Virtual Staff to Buy More Time, Become More Productive, and Build Your Dream Business (Chris C. Ducker)

The One Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results (Gary Keller/Jay Papasan)

Podcast Launch – A Step by Step Podcasting Guide Including 15 Video Tutorials ( John Lee Dumas)

Crush It!: Why Now Is the Time to Cash In on Your Passion ( Gary Vaynerchuk)

Sell or Be Sold: How to Get Your Way in Business and in Life ( Grant Cardone)

Scrum: The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time ( Jeff Sutherland)

Third Circle Theory: Purpose Through Observation ( Pejman Ghadimi)

Zero to One: Notes on Startups or How to Build the Future ( Peter Thiel, Blake Masters)

The 10X Rule: The Only Difference Between Success and Failure ( Grant Cardone)

The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don’t Work and What to Do About It ( Michael E. Gerber)

Productivity Hacks for Entrepreneurs:: 53 Simple Ways to Grow Your Business & Increase Productivity in 5 Minutes or Less ( Chandler Bolt , James Roper)

Habit Stacking: 97 Small Life Changes That Take Five Minutes or Less ( S.J. Scott)

Give and Take: A Revolutionary Approach to Success ( Adam M. Grant)

Smartcuts: How Hackers Innovators and Icons Accelerate Success ( Shane Snow)

Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less ( Greg McKeown)

The Energy Bus: 10 Rules to Fuel Your Life, Work, and Team with Positive Energy

(Jon Gordon)

Miscellaneous Non-Fiction

Rising Strong (Brené Brown)

The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are ( Brené Brown)

Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America One Step at a Time ( Jeff Speck)

Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear ( Elizabeth Gilbert)

Better Than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives ( Gretchen Rubin)

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up ( Marie Kondō, Cathy Hirano)

The Art of Learning: A Journey in the Pursuit of Excellence ( Josh Waitzkin)

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

Health and Psychology

The Body Keeps the Score: Brain Mind and Body in the Healing of Trauma ( Bessel A. van der Kolk)

Grain Brain: The Surprising Truth about Wheat Carbs and Sugar–Your Brain’s Silent Killers ( David Perlmutter, Kristin Loberg)

Move Your DNA ( Katy Bowman)

Race and Social Issues

Whistling Vivaldi: And Other Clues to How Stereotypes Affect Us ( Claude M. Steele)


A Wicked War: Polk Clay Lincoln and the 1846 U.S. Invasion of Mexico ( Amy S. Greenberg)

America’s Women: 400 Years of Dolls Drudges Helpmates and Heroines ( Gail Collins)

The Wright Brothers ( David McCullough)



The Martian (Andy Weir)

The Green Ember ( S.D. Smith)

The Time Machine (H.G. Wells, Greg Bear)

The Winnie-the-Pooh Storybook Treasury (A.A. Milne)

The Odyssey by Homer (Robert Fagles/Bernard Knox)

To Kill a Mockingbird (To Kill a Mockingbird) (Harper Lee)

Go Set a Watchman (To Kill a Mockingbird) ( Harper Lee )

The Invisible Man ( H.G. Wells)

Romeo and Juliet ( William Shakespeare)

Americanah ( Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie)

All the Light We Cannot See ( Anthony Doerr)

The Cricket on the Hearth (Christmas Books) ( Charles Dickens)

The Snow Queen ( Hans Christian Andersen, T. Pym)

It was a crazy year, one of our hardest since our Year-of-Turning-Life-Upside-Down in 2010. And maybe harder physically because I also had 4 kids to care for, educate, and feed…and they are old enough to see the hard parts of life a little more.

But now looking back, I’m still  kind of like “how in the world did we even do that with so much going on?!” about most of our year. 🙂 I’m seeing so much of how our goals were anchor points that kept the momentum going even when we didn’t want to. Even with reading, there were times I pressed through books I really didn’t want to read. But usually by the end, I was brought back to reality, given energy, hope, and inspiration. So, here’s to goal-setting for another year!

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  • Mary Anderelle December 21, 2015 at 12:00 pm

    Wow! This is comprehensive. Glad to see you back!

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  • Anne Cook January 1, 2016 at 2:19 pm

    Oops – just saw here that you read All the Light this year . . . sigh . . . sorry I wasn’t more observant!

  • Karen January 2, 2016 at 1:32 am

    Thanks, Keren! This is my go-to list when I’m looking for something new 🙂