At the beginning of this year, I set a goal to read 37 books. I wanted to read a good mixture of fiction and non-fiction. I participated in Modern Mrs. Darcy's Reading Challenge. It was a GREAT way to get book ideas and recommendations.
I took some time early this week to look back at all the books I read in 2015. I picked my top 4 fiction and top 4 non-fiction. It wasn't easy. I read some really great material this year. If you are looking to up your reading game this year, here are my favorite reads of 2015.
Dear Mr. Knightley is the story of an orphan girl who communicates with her benefactor via snail mail. The entire book is written in letter format. It is a rich read full of amazing characters and plot.
The Girl on the Train reminded me of Gone Girl, but not nearly as dark and twisted. It is a great mystery thriller. Rachel, the main character, is a strange but intriguing woman. She will draw you in and keep you entertained. This book did not disappoint.
The Husband's Secret is another great book by Liane Moriarty. Like many of Liane Moriarty's novels, she weaves the stories of her characters lives together in a beautiful way. It is a story of loss, secrets, and family. This book will keep you on the edge of your seat until the final page.
Gabrielle Blair goes room by room in her book Design Mom giving practical advice on how to decorate your home with kids. The pictures are drool-worthy. This would make the perfect coffee table book. Gabrielle's mission to is make our homes functional + beautiful. Just because we have families doesn't mean we need to sacrifice function for beauty. I lOVED this book.
I am a LONG-Time Jen Hatmaker fan. Interrupted is a memoir of her story and a call to LIVE our lives on purpose. It was equal parts teaching and storytelling.I read this book in a day. Amazing.
The Fringe Hours will stick with you long after you're done with it. Jessica urges women to make time for ourselves in the most creative of ways. She teaches us how to find and USE our "fringe hours", or pockets of unused time during the day, to do the things that make us human. This book is not a book about shaming, but encouragement and empowerment.
I stumbled upon Sarah's blog earlier this year and was instantly drawn into her writing. Jesus Feminist is less of a call to debate feminism within the church, but more of a cry to all women in our faith communities to BE who God has called us to be. The tone in her writing is beautiful. I found this book to be compelling and thought-provoking.