Hot 100: All the Books I Read in 2015

This time one year ago I made a New Year’s Resolution to read more.  I’ve always loved to read but college, grad school, and work distracted me…a ten year black hole in which I hardly read for pleasure at all.

I set what I thought at the time was an unrealistic goal of reading 52 books in 2015 — averaging one per week.  If you’d told me then that I’d hit my goal the first week of July I wouldn’t have believed it, but here we are on December 31 and I have read 100 books.  100 books!

Below is a list of all the books I’ve read this year, categorized as best I can.  I’ve also listed my top 5 fiction and non-fiction, although I must say it was hard to choose.  I didn’t enjoy all the books I read this year, but there were certainly more than 10 great ones.

(Also, I apologize for not including links/pictures on this list….I thought about it but it would take so much time.)

**I’d also like to point out that this list does not include books read to babies, textbooks, Bible study workbooks, and cookbooks.

Christianity/Religion
1. Every Bitter Thing is Sweet by Sara Hagerty
2. Breaking Free by Beth Moore
3. A Long Obedience in the Same Direction by Eugene Peterson
4. The Envy of Eve by Melissa Kruger
5. Recapture the Wonder by Ravi Zacharias
6. Depression: Looking Up From the Stubborn Darkness by Edward T. Welch
7. Jesus the King by Timothy Keller
8. He Chose the Nails by Max Lucado
9. Sabbath by Wayne Muller
10. Still: Notes on a Mid-Faith Crisis by Lauren Winner
11. United: Captured by God’s Vision for Diversity by Trillia Newbell
12. For the Love: Fighting for Grace in a World of Impossible Standards by Jen Hatmaker
13. Grace For the Good Girl by Emily P. Freeman
14. Simply Tuesday by Emily P. Freeman
15. Out of Sorts: Making Peace With an Evolving Faith by Sarah Bessey
16. Messy Grace by Caleb Kaltenbach
17. My Name is Hope by John Mark Comer
18. Lord Willing? by Jessica Kelley (to be released in 2016)
19. Jesus in the Present Tense by Warren Wiersbe
20. The Greatest Gift by Ann Voskamp
21. Ms. Understood by Jen Hatmaker


Memoir:
22. Shakespeare Saved my Life: Ten Years in Solitary with the Bard by Laura Bates
23. A Little Salty to Cut the Sweet by Sophie Hudson
24. Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling
25. Yes, Please by Amy Poehler
26. Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
27. Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
28.Nobody’s Cuter Than You by Melanie Shankle
29. Interrupted by Jen Hatmaker
30. 7 by Jen Hatmaker
31. Call the Midwife: A Memoir of Birth, Joy and Hard Times by Jennifer Worth
32. Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehesi Coates
33. Cold Tangerines: Celebrating the Extraordinary Nature of Everyday Life by Shauna Niequist
34. Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling
35. Bossypants by Tina Fey
36. Orange is the New Black by Piper Kerman


Other Non-fiction:
37. Quiet: the Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain
38. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
39. Something Must be Done About Prince Edward County by Kristen Green


Self-Improvement:
40. Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott
41. The Fringe Hours by Jessica Turner
42. The Nesting Place: It Doesn’t Have to be Perfect to be Beautiful by Myquillyn Smith
43. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo
44. The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to be and Embrace Who You Are by Brene Brown
45. A Million Little Ways: Uncovering the Art You Were Made to Live by Emily P. Freeman
46. The Heart Led Leader by Tommy Spaulding


Historical Fiction:
47. The Invention of Wings (Sue Monk Kidd)
48. Year of Wonders (Geraldine Brooks)
49. Orphan Train (Christina Baker Kline)
50. The Outer Banks House by Diann Ducharme
51. Return to the Outer Banks House by Diann Ducharme
52. The Lost Wife (Alyson Richman)
53. The Nightingale (Kristin Hannah)
54. March (Geraldine Brooks)
55. The Other Boleyn Girl (Philippa Gregory)
56. Cutting for Stone (Abraham Verghese)
57. Life After Life (Kate Atkinson)
58. The Dressmaker (Kate Alcott)
59. The Boston Girl (Anita Diamant)
60. Toward the Sea of Freedom (Sarah Lark) *to be released in 2016
61. Go Set a Watchman (Harper Lee)


For the Young at Heart:
62. The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie (Alan Bradley)
63. The Magician’s Nephew (C.S. Lewis)
64. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (C.S. Lewis)
65. The Weed that Strings the Hangman’s Bag (Alan Bradley)
66. A Red Herring Without Mustard (Alan Bradley)
67. If I Stay (Gayle Forman)
68. I am Half-Sick of Shadows (Alan Bradley)
69. Speaking From Among the Bones (Alan Bradley)
70. The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches (Alan Bradley)
71. The Curious Case of the Copper Corpse (Alan Bradley)


Christian Fiction:
72. Angels Walking (Karen Kingsbury)
73. Chasing Sunsets (Karen Kingsbury)
74. Bridge to Haven (Francine Rivers)
75. Covenant Child (Terri Blackstock)
76. One More Wish (Robin Jones Gunn)


All the Rest:
77. Big Little Lies (Liane Moriarty)
78. The Good Girl (Mary Kubica)
79. Three Wishes (Liane Moriarty)
80. The Things We Do For Love (Kristin Hannah)
81. The Next Always (Nora Roberts)
82. The Rosie Project (Graeme Simsion)
83. The Rosie Effect (Graeme Simsion)
84. Summer Island (Kristin Hannah)
85. Attachments (Rainbow Rowell)
86. Speak (Lauren Halse Anderson)
87. The Last Anniversary (Liane Moriarty)
88. The Girl of the Train (Paula Hawkins)
89. Her Husband’s Secret (Liane Moriarty)
90. Eyes on You (Kate White)
91. Still Alice (Lisa Genova)
92. What Alice Forgot (Liane Moriarty)
93. The Royal We (Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan)
94. Afterwards (Rosamund Lupton)
95. Salvage the Bones (Jesmyn Ward)
96. The Language of Flowers (Vanessa Diffenbaugh)
97. Luckiest Girl Alive (Jessica Knoll)
98. The One and Only (Emily Giffin)
99. The Giver (Lois Lowry)


100. The BIBLE (NIV) — I’m pretty proud of this one. I know I’ve read the whole Bible before but I don’t remember ever sticking to a one-year plan.

Top 5 Fiction (in no particular order):
The Royal We
The Rosie Project
The Invention of Wings
The Nightingale
Go Set a Watchman

Top 5 Nonfiction (in no particular order):
Still: Notes on a Mid-Faith Crisis
Out of Sorts: Making Peace with an Evolving Faith
Just Mercy (it’s going to be a movie–so pumped!)
Nobody’s Cuter Than You
Jesus the King


So what’s ahead for 2016? I haven’t decided. I will certainly continue reading and posting about it, but I have no goals for a total. This was fun though. 🙂
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