what i read in 2015

Last year, I set a Goodreads challenge to complete 52 books in 2015 — averaging a book a week. And I made it! I did not complete my Modern Mrs. Darcy reading challenge, but hey, I was a late adopter.

So what did I read in 2015? The books that I really enjoyed or that have really stuck with me are bolded.

  1. Seven Storey Mountain – Thomas Merton [mentioned here, here, recommended for Lent]
  2. My Life with the Saints – James Martin [mentioned here, here, recommended for Lent]
  3. The Light Between Oceans – M.L. Steadman
  4. The Third Miracle – Bill Briggs [mentioned here]
  5. Homeward Bound – Emily Matchar [mentioned here – do not recommend]
  6. The Girl on the Train – Paula Hawkins [mentioned here, solid beach read]
  7. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up – Marie Kondo [mentioned here]
  8. Between Heaven and Mirth – James Martin [mentioned here]
  9. Life of the Beloved – Henri Nouwen [mentioned here, recommended for Lent]
  10. Dragonfly in Amber – Diana Gabaldon
  11. Voyager – Diana Gabaldon
  12. The Compound Effect – Darren Hardy [mentioned here]
  13. Orthodoxy – G.K. Chesterton [mentioned here, recommended for Lent]
  14. Food: A Love Story – Jim Gaffigan
  15. Orphan Train – Christina Baker Kline
  16. Station Eleven – Emily St. John Mandel [mentioned here, here, super engaging]
  17. Father Brown: The Essential Tales – G.K. Chesterton
  18. Dead Wake – Erik Larson [mentioned here]
  19. Love and Happiness – Craig Werner, Rhonda Mawhood Lee [mentioned here]
  20. My Brilliant Friend – Elena Ferrante [mentioned here]
  21. Better Than Before – Gretchen Rubin [mentioned here]
  22. Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh
  23. Life After Life – Kate Atkinson
  24. Love Does – Bob Goff [mentioned here]
  25. Forming Intentional Disciples – Sherry Weddell [mentioned here]
  26. The Return of the Prodigal Son – Henri Nouwen [mentioned here]
  27. Drums of Autumn – Diana Gabaldon
  28. In The Woods – Tana French
  29. Persuasion – Jane Austen [mentioned here]
  30. Open to the Holy Spirit – Cardinal Donald Wuerl
  31. A Constellation of Vital Phenomena – Anthony Marra [a must-read]
  32. Death Comes to Pemberley – P.D. James [mentioned here]
  33. The Pearl That Broke Its Shell – Nadia Hashimi
  34. A God In Ruins – Kate Atkinson [companion to Life After Life]
  35. Texts from Jane Eyre – Mallory Ortberg
  36. Gilead – Marilynne Robinson
  37. Everything I Never Told You – Celeste Ng [solid beach read]
  38. Real Women, Real Saints – Gina Loehr
  39. The Book Thief – Markus Zusak
  40. The Language of Flowers – Vanessa Diffenbaugh
  41. Bird By Bird – Anne Lamott
  42. The Martian – Andy Weir
  43. The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini
  44. The Little Oratory – David Clayton, Leila Lawler
  45. The Rap Year Book – Shea Serrano [read this]
  46. If You Have to Cry, Go Outside – Kelly Cutrone
  47. The Gifts of Imperfection – Brene Brown
  48. Becoming a Parish of Intentional Disciples – Sherry Weddell
  49. The Royal We – Heather Cocks, Jessica Morgan [perfect light read]
  50. “Mrs. Rosie and the Priest” – Giovanni Boccaccio
  51. Divergent – Veronica Roth
  52. “As kingfishers catch fire” – Gerard Manley Hopkins

I really fell off my book blogging this year, but I’m happy to chat about any/all of the above in the comments or by email! More to come about my reading plans for 2016.

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5 thoughts on “what i read in 2015

    1. Laurel, I just saw this! I am okay with sci-fi only when it falls more in the “literary fiction” arena, which The Martian almost does. The voices and characters are really vividly done, and I enjoyed it. I’d be interested what you think if you do read it!

  1. dude, how do you do this? i’m failing at my 1 book a month 2016 goal. but really, how and when do you fit in so much reading during the week?!?!

    1. I generally read on at least one leg of my metro commute, which is a solid half-hour right there, plus a few minutes before bed. I haven’t finished as much yet this year so far because I’m doing long books right now, but it’s amazing the dent just a few minutes of reading here or there can make.

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