As the year is winding down, I am packing away 2015 and remembering events of this past year. In planning the days on the next calendar page, I like to look back at what we’ve already done.
I found a theme happening this year from people saying, “You’ve never read…(fill in the blank of any well-known, well-loved book) So I decided to change that and get going on some classics.
Little Matthew and I read through The Chronicles of Narnia which I think I enjoyed more than he did and he really liked them. I found so many “Aahhh…” moments in those books and just really loved it all the way through to the end. My favorite was probably The Last Battle and then The Magician’s Nephew. I like the book-ends and all that’s in-between.
Another huge series I had never read was the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling. When they first came out I was busy raising babies and was out of the reading loop unless it was Dr. Seuss related or Goodnight Moon. I was never into the whole hype of it all and didn’t really get into the controversy surrounding the series.
Our teens read through them a few years ago and loved them. I wasn’t interested until this summer on a road trip with the family. The older kids brought along the audio book, The Sorcerer’s Stone. As the book was read-aloud and piped through the van speakers, I thought to myself, “Wow, this woman can write!” J.K. Rowling is an amazing storyteller and I was hooked from that point on. That was back in June. I have made my way through the rest of the series and finished Deathly Hollows right before Christmas. When I arrived at the end, I was sad it was over. I watched the movies as well and I now sit in the camp of “The books are way better!”
Other reads of 2015:
- Dear Mr. Knightley by Katherine Reay
- The Christmas Kid & other Brooklyn Stories by Pete Hamill
- When God Made Lemonade created by Don Jacobson
- Notes from a Blue Bike by Tsh Oxenreider
- Nobody’s Cuter Than You by Melanie Shankle (Loved this one!)
- Bird By Bird – by Anne Lamott – This will be a re-read again and again. I underlined and marked this book up in so many places. This should be a must-read by any writer.
- You Can’t Make This Stuff Up – by Lee Gutkind
- And many podcasts from Compel Training
Ministry and Life Growth books:
- One Size Doesn’t Fit All by Gary L. McIntosh
- Fulfilled by Danise Jurado
- Lazarus Awakening by Joanna Weaver
- The Best Yes by Lysa TerKeurst
- Run to Win by Christine Caine
Upcoming 2016 reads:
- Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
- A New Kind of Normal by Carol Kent
- The Traveler’s Gift by Andy Andrews
- Advent in Narnia by Heidi Haverkamp (Putting this away for Dec 2016)
- A Voice in the Wind by Francine Rivers (My older girls keep getting on me about this book and insist I will love it. I keep picking it up but can’t quite get into it. I’m going to try it again, based on my daughters’ recommendation. They are usually right when it comes to good books.)
- H3 Leadership: Stay Hungry, Be Humble, Always Hustle by Brad Lomenick and Jim Collins
So what’s on your list? What do you love and what would you recommend?
Jump into the Conversation:
- What good reads did you take in during 2015?
- What’s on your reading list for 2016?
In the past, you have given me some great read suggestions, so I’d love to hear from you. (FYI: I have read all the Jane Austin’s and love them. I love historical biographies, leadership books and fun reads that make me laugh and cry!)
Happy New Year!