10 Favorite Books From 2015



It has been a good reading year.

I remember the year before I had Wyatt, I read 19 books.  That is pretty low for me, and I remember thinking that it would only get worse after I had kids.  I was pleasantly surprised to find that it was actually the opposite - I actually read more books in the days after I had a baby!  For one reason - nursing.  There is not much to do while sitting there, feeding your newborn, so reading books just happened without my trying.  

Every year that I have had a baby has been a good reading year, and this year was no exception.  My original goal for 2015 was to read 52 books, about a book a week - and I'm on track to beat that goal by five books!  

For me, these books were the highlights for me in 2015.  I'm sharing my favorite five fiction books, and my favorite five non-fiction books!  In no particular order...

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Fiction








House Of Living Stones by Kate Schuermann - I mentioned this book before, but I really did enjoy it.    The main happening in the book was the arrival of a new choir director to the town's Lutheran church, which you would think would not make for a very interesting book, but I loved it!  You get to know so many different characters in these pages.  It felt like a mix between Gilmore Girls and Anne Of Green Gables to me.  I just found out that the second book came out this fall, and it's on my list to read in 2016.



Godless by James Dobson - This is the third book in the Fatherless series, and the whole series is just so good.  The premise of the books is based on characters 40 years into the future, when the current demographic and cultural trends reach their possible conclusion.  It feels like a dystopian book, but in a way that makes you think "Wow, this could actually happen."  Haunting, and really good.



Dear Mr. Knightley by Katherine Reay - I don't know what took me so long to read this book, but oh my goodness, it was so cute.  The story follows Sam, and her ups and downs as she starts grad school, starts dating, and starts to really connect with people around her - and we see it all through letters to an anonymous benefactor, "Mr. Knightley".  It was charming, and if you are an Austen fan you'll love the references.



Gone To Ground by Brandilyn Collins - This was a suspense novel, in which three different women suspect that someone close to them might be a serial killer - but which one of them is right?  I really liked the way this book was written.  It kept me in suspense, and I didn't figure out who it was until the very end.  Also, it's not nearly as creepy as the back of the book makes it sound.  I want to pick up more by this author.



Reservations For Two by Hillary Manton Lodge - This book is slower paced, and has a lot of recipes. This book just made me want to exhale and relax.  Second book in the series, and I really enjoyed the first one too.


Non-Fiction




Seven Women And The Secret To Their Greatness by Eric Metaxes - This book contains seven mini-biographies of great women through history.  I wrote a full review here, but I have to say, this book made me think about my role as a woman in a different way.  I learned so much about the women in these pages that I didn't know before, and I left feeling really inspired.  This is a must-read to me.



Anything by Jennie Allen - I read Restless last year, and I think Anything goes along with that book so well.  This book challenges you to think about your life and choices with a more eternal perspective, and to be ready to do anything God may call you to.  Very inspiring.



What Would Jesus Post? by Brian D. Wassom - I think if you are online at all, you need to read this book.  So much sound advice for using our online posts in ways that glorify God, and good things to think about as you draw personal lines for what you want to share.  This one warrants re-reading periodically, I think, to make sure I'm on track. Really good.



The Well-Adjusted Child: The Social Benefits Of Homeschooling by Rachel Gathercole - As a homeschool graduate myself, and a mom who is planning to homeschool, I can't tell you how many times I have heard concerns about how homeschoolers socialize.  This book is the most thorough answer I have ever read on the topic, and also very accurate with my own homeschooling experience.  Highly recommend for anyone who is interested in homeschooling, or anyone who has ever had questions about whether homeschoolers can be properly socialized.



Anchored by Kayla Aimee - This book is the story of blogger Kayla Aimee, and her daughter, who was born at 25 weeks.  This book sucked me in and kept me turning the pages.  I happened to read it when I was also 25 weeks pregnant (maybe not the best decision), so I also cried a lot.  But it was so good, and really gave me a good perspective on everything parents have to go through when they have a premature baby, or a baby in the NICU.  I feel like I have a more accurate view of how hard that must be after reading this book.  I also love the writing - it's the perfect mix of funny and inspirational.

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There you have it - my top ten books from 2015.  I kept track of my books pretty closely this year and wrote mini reviews for each one I read.  Check out my 2015 shelf on Goodreads to see all my 2015 books!

A whole new reading year is ahead of me, and I'm working on creating a little 2016 to-read list.  What should I add to it, guys?  What were your favorite books that you read in 2015?


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MorningMotivatedMom said...

I also read Reservations For Two by Hillary Manton Lodge. It was enjoyable!

Heather Pedersen said...

I loved Reservations for Two! Very inspiring for me and trying new recipes. The Fatherless series has been on my radar for quite a while! Hopefully, I'll get a chance soon. :)

Michelle said...

Ok, now I want to get my hands on every one of these books. I was also surprised at how much I read after having a baby. I'm at about 40 books and counting this year. I thought I'd be lucky to hit 20!

Natalie @ She Builds Her Home said...

Wow, these all look so good! I just got "back into" reading this year. That sounds funny, but I felt like the first few years of having kids I didn't have the time. Really, I just didn't make the time, but I read SO many books this year! I'm not even sure how many but some weeks multiple books. I already said I am going to keep a list of all the books I read in 2016 and am really looking forward to that. Thanks for the suggestions!

Callie Nicole said...

Oh, you should definitely keep track! That is the main reason I am on Goodreads, so I can keep track of what I have read and what I haven't! I'd love to hear your recommendations from the year!

Callie Nicole said...

I know, it's kind of nice, isn't it? I love snuggling up with a sleeping baby and spending the afternoon reading - and the state of my house probably shows it, haha!

Callie Nicole said...

Oh, the Fatherless books are really good!

Callie Nicole said...

I liked it too!

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