In 2015, I read 90 books. That’s 8 more than I read in 2014.
Here are my stats from Goodreads for 2015. I think it’s funny that the most popular book I read (The Hunger Games) was one of my least favorites. Deplorable writing. So bad. And the least favorite was really interesting and well-written, by Thomas Howard, a literature professor.
Some of my favorites of 2015:
Laddie – I loved, loved this book. It’s like Little House on the Prairie or Anne of Green Gables but BETTER. That’s right, I said it’s better.
The Chosen – I thought this book was fascinating, particularly the education style described, and the way their community was set apart from the rest of the world. Reminds me of the discussion about the Benedict Option.
The Man Who was Thursday – This book was sort of freaky and extremely awesome. One I will definitely have to re-read.
John Adams – A huge biography that was fascinating and compelling. Truly. I read a biography of Teddy Roosevelt by the same author, but didn’t like it as well. I bought several other books by David McCullough and look forward to reading them this year.
The Wee Free Men (and others in series) – This was my first introduction to Terry Pratchett. Very funny, enjoyable, light reading.
Brideshead Revisited – I like books about old money and the lifestyles of a glamorous British upper class. The characters were well-written and interesting.
Harry Potter – I feel like I have to include this here. I finally started reading the Harry Potter books. Yes, for the first time. Abby read them all starting several years ago, but Emma is reading them now and I keep hearing references to the books in lectures or sermons or articles. It’s become an assumed knowledge, I think. So I read the first 4 in 2015. I don’t think they’ll be my favorites or anything, but the stories are good and I’m glad to finally understand some cultural references. Mostly I’m glad to be able to discuss them with my girls.
The Wolves of Willoughby Chase – This was a recent read aloud with the kids and we all really enjoyed it.
I set my 2016 goal at 100 books. What did you read and love last year? What do you plan to read this year?