Monday, January 4, 2016

Best Books from 2015

My reading goal for 2015 was to read twice as much non-fiction as fiction. And I did!  I read a total of 76 books, 53 non-fiction and 23 fiction. (Yes, I read fast. Yes, I love to read. Yes, you make time for what you really want to do! And I really enjoy reading!)

Here are some of the best:

The Bible...of course, I think it's the best book! And I really did read it through twice in 2015.  The first time was with my everyday translation, The Holman - pretty much beginning to end, but did skip around a little. The second time I read it through I use the Message and I read chronologically. 

The Wright Brothers by David McCullough
Outliers - by Malcolm Gladwell
Women of the Word by JennWilkin
Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus by Nebeel Qureshi
Being Mortal by Atul Gawande
The Billion Dollar Spy by David E Hoffman
How Dante Can Save Your Life by Rod Dreher
7 Men and Their Secret of Greatness by Eric Mataxas

Two really stood out to me this year:
The Martian by Andy Wier - and I enjoyed the movie...I mainly read it because of the movie version. I'm very glad I did!! I will give a warning though: the language is salty!!! Like a sailor!! But not in a vulgar way...sadly, the main character spoke like many people do today. But the amount of science in this fiction book? Amazing!  My whole family enjoyed the movie as well....might even try to see it again.
The Nightingale by Kristen Hannah  - she is probably the top fiction author for me.  I think I have read everything she has published and have enjoyed each one. This one to me is her best work.  This would make a GREAT movie as well!

For 2016:
In looking ahead to this New Year one of my reading goals is to re-read some children classics. I'm looking forward to diving back into The Narnia Chronicles as well as The Borrowers. I, also, have my eye on some of Madeleine L'Engle books.  Some of these I read as a child and others I read with or to my children. I think it'll be refreshing to re-read these classics. I'm, also, looking into reading a few books that will be released as movies this year. (And yes, I know.  The book is always better!)

What did YOU read in 2015??  What do you want to read in 2016???

1 comment:

charlotte anderson said...

Hey Kelley I did try to read more in 2015 and I did pretty good but the best book by far was Heaven has blue carpet . a must read if you have room on your nightstand .

Charlotte Anderson