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My Twenty Books to Read in 2015

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Books to Read in 2015

Last year it was so much fun sharing the books that were on my ‘to read’ list and then ticking off the books one by one. Sharing my thoughts on the books via  a blog post is fun too as you all chime in with what you are reading or your take on the books.

Reading has always been a love and time of relaxing for me – at least in the fiction department. Over the last two years I’ve slowly been upping the book count for non-fiction reading. In 2014 my goal was a stack of twelve books and only one of the books in my original pile went unread. Throughout the year though there were quite a few other books that came up and were added to the stack, so my overall total was nineteen non-fiction!

(For some of you that love non-fiction, you may be snickering, but phew – that was stretching for me!)

Many of the books I read in 2014 were encouraging, thought provoking, and ones that pushed me out of my comfort zone in different ways. As much as I dislike that, it’s something that is needed – and deep down – desired. You can see my full list of books, including fiction reading, on my Books Read in 2014 Pinterest board. My 2015 board is looking a little pitiful at the moment, but it will start filling up soon!

My 20(ish) Books to Read in 2015

Inevitably a few of these books may fall to the side, but this year I also have a friend as a reading and discussion partner. Many of these books were chosen together, and we tried to focus on books that fell into categories such as parenting/family, homeschooling, personal growth, encouragement, and even a little learning.

So far on the list…

To start the year off, I’m reading Own Your Life by Sally Clarkson (and the Bible too) – and cannot recommend it highly enough! (Seriously – grab a copy). My start has been a bit slower than I wanted, but as always, sometimes my eyes are bigger than what I can handle! Overall, I want it to be a learning year for me, stretching, but one also guilt-free if a book isn’t finished or just doesn’t ‘click’.


What books are you planning to read this year, either as a family or on your own? Have you read an absolutely wonderful book this year that you would recommend to others? Leave a comment and let us know!

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  1. a49erfangirl says

    These sounds like very interesting books. I want to read more as well this year. I am patiently waiting for Feb to roll around to get Amazon prime and I have been utilizing the library more too.

    • Our library has a great ebook lending section, so I’m really enjoying that! I was able to find quite a few of the books on my list used via Amazon (yay). You will LOVE Amazon prime – and know that if you choose slower shipping (i.e. not the 2 day shipping), they will give you a $1 digital book credit. Just found that out recently, so on orders that we don’t need immediately, I’m saving up $$ to buy books for my Kindle. :)

  2. Not 20 right now, though I will end up reading that many through the year. But here are some I know for sure that I plan to delve into:

    My One Word by Mike Ashcraft and Rachel Olsen (I just started this yesterday. It will be my second year to choose a focus word that defines my year, and I’m looking forward to seeking out what my 2015 word will be.)

    Blue Like Jazz by Donald Miller

    The Highly Sensitive Child by Elaine Aron

    Crazy Busy by Kevin DeYoung (which I’ve meant to read for a couple of years but, well, I’ve been busy…)

    Flourish by Mary Jo Tate

    Continuing in the Flavia de Luce mysteries by Alan Bradbury

    • Oh, and I should add Sally Clarkson’s Own Your Life, since “Intentional” is playing around the edges of my mind as my word for this year. :)

    • It really is SO very good.

    • My One Word sounds interesting. I’ve had a word of the year for the last several years – although my word for last year didn’t hit me until the END of 2014. :) I’m going to share those later on – but I love some of the books on your list too!

  3. Hi Jolanthe! I am just finishing Karen Kingsbury’s The Family of Jesus. It is really good and I know you’ll enjoy it! Hope all is well with you guys! Maria :)

  4. I love seeing others’ book lists, but then I end up adding to mine. :p

    • Same here – inevitably there will be books that I add to my list, but this was my ‘core’ to go with for the year based on things that I want to either work on or that just looked good. Silly authors always releasing new books that look so good! :)

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