A book look at 2015

Yes. I know it’s already February of 2016. But just I’m just rolling with it. Such is life in this season.

2015 was a full year in almost all ways that it could possibly be, so I’m quite please with the 68 books I read, surpassing my goal of 60. (Not including the books I re-read. Too much going on, I didn’t keep a tight count on theses, but my guess would be only 3-4 though.)

It’s always a tricky thing to make a book goal for the year not knowing what my life, free time, and season with kids will look like, but it does feel good in the end to have read MORE than I guessed!

I followed loosely Anne’s reading challenge 

1.) a book you’ve been meaning to read: The Princess Bride 
no favorite book of the year, but still, one I had been meaning to read.
2.) a book published this year: Simply Tuesday (also by an ever favorite author of mine) 
For The Love
(Many know I don’t laugh much, I’m working on it. But this book definitely had me laughing.)
As Chimney Sweepers Come To Dust
(Flavia. is. the. best.)
I Know How She Does It
(good, but I don’t think my timing in life was right to read it now. One to come back to in another season.)

The Royal We
(light, fun, I want a sequel. So fuffy, in the best way.) 
The Aroma of Worship
(excellent. Gifted many to my friends #oilsaspartofworship)
3.) a book in a genre you don’t typically read: Eleanor and Park (YA, and I finished, to finish but reading about HS life is not my cup of tea.) 
4.) a book from your childhood: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Good memories staying up late to read this aloud with the kids.)
5.) a book your mom loves: Christy (The location, and time period fascinates me.)
6.) a book that was originally written in a different language: Heidi
7.) a book ‘everyone’ has read but you: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
(thought I could breeze through these like so many others have, but I just don’t pick them up. I forget I was reading them! Gasp! I know.)
8.) a book you chose because of the cover: Savior: Living Abundantly Where You Are, As You Are (so pretty!)
9.) a book by a favorite author: “Lila” and “Home” by Marilynne Robinson
“Hannah Coulter” by Wendell Berry
10.) a book recommended by someone with great taste: Learning to Walk in the Dark (recommended by Emily)
For The Love (recommended by Sheila)
Rebecca (recommended by Joy)

Happiness for Beginners (Recommended by Anne)
11.) a book you should have read in high school: To Kill A Mocking Bird
12.) a book that’s currently on the best seller list: The Martian (one of the only books I couldn’t put down that I read on the Kindle app! For some reason I just don’t like reading book on my phone. But I think this one was the right amount of “gotta find out what happens next.”)

Other favorites from the year:
The Rosie Project (again, worth noting because I laughed out load at times)
The Highly Sensitive Person (so many “ah ha!” moments)
Teaching from Rest: A Homeschooler’s Guide to Unshakable Peace (all the YESES)
Who Switched Off My Brain?
(My favorite nerdy book of the year! New very favorite author too!)
Begin (The Growly Books, #1)
(My favorite read aloud book of the year!)

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