Bookish Delights

2015 – The Year in Books

If you’ve been paying attention at all this year, you will have noticed that I was doing a little 50-book challenge. I was pretty consistent about posting monthly reviews of the books I read … up until October. That’s when the rubber met the road for teaching once again, and I just didn’t make the time to write blog posts about the books read in October, November, and December.

But nevertheless here we are, starting a new year, and it’s time to put the whole year of books into perspective. No, I sadly didn’t make my 50-book challenge. I only read 47 (one of which was a category I added) … but I fully intend to finish those last four categories in 2016 so that I can say I accomplished the list. Additionally, I discovered how important it was to push myself in my reading, so I’ve continued the goal to read at least 4 books a month this year as well as keep a record of them.

Most months I was able to read 4 books … some months I only read 3, some months I read 5. Some of these books I picked up in a hurry to meet my quota and because they were short. Some of these books I devoured eagerly, every page bringing new delights to my soul. Some of them became new favorites, and some of them simply remained good one-time reads. In case you are looking for good books to read in 2016, I put asterisks next to each of the books I would whole-heartedly recommend. And with that … here’s the list – so nearly-accomplished!

2015 Book Challenge
1. More than 500 pages: Inkspell by Cornelia Funke (635 pages)*****
2. A classic romance: Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
3. That became a movie: The Help by Kathryn Stockett*****
4. Published this year: The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
5. With a number in the title: 75 Ways to Calm Your Soul by Julie Granger
6. Written by someone under 30: This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald (at age 23!)****
7. With nonhuman characters: Lord Brocktree by Brian Jacques
8. A funny book: Boys Against Girls by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
9. By a female author: A Guide to the Common Core Writing Workshop by Lucy Calkins
10. A mystery or thriller: Cat Among the Pigeons by Agatha Christie
11. With a one-word title: Blink by Malcolm Gladwell****
12. A book of short stories: Against the Odds by L.M. Montgomery****
13. Set in a different country: The Anne of Green Gables Treasury by Carolyn Strom Collins & Christina Wyss Eriksson****
14. A nonfiction book: Boundaries in Dating by Dr. Henry Cloud & Dr. John Townsend*****
15. A popular author’s (2nd) book: The Greatest Gift by Ann Voskamp*****
16. From an author you love that you haven’t read yet: Magic for Marigold by L.M. Montgomery*****
17. A book a friend recommended: Lady Susan by Jane Austen***
18. A Pulitzer-Prize winning book: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee*****
19. Based on a true story: The Girls of Atomic City by Denise Kiernan*****
20. At the bottom of your to-read list: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
21. A book your mom loves: Roller Skates by Ruth Sawyer***
22. A book that scares you: The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde*****
23. More than 100 years old: How I Know God Answers Prayer by Rosalind Goforth****
24. Based entirely on its cover: The Forbidden Schoolhouse
25. A book you were supposed to read in high school … (and did and loved): A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens*****
26. A memoir: Surprised by Joy by C.S. Lewis****
27. A book you can finish in a day: Last Dance by Melody Carlson
28. With antonyms in the title: David & Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell*****
29. Set somewhere you’ve always wanted to visit: Mark of the Thief by Jennifer Nielson (Rome)
30. That came out the year you were born: The Master Plan of Discipleship by Robert E. Coleman
31. A book with bad reviews:
32. A trilogy: Inkheart by Cornelia Funke*****
33. From your childhood: Trixie Belden & the Mystery of the Uninvited Guest by Kathryn Kenny
34. With a love triangle:
35. Set in the future: Insurgent by Veronica Roth
36. Set in high school: Miracle by Elizabeth Scott
37. With a color in the title: Red Scarf Girl by Ji-Li Jiang*****
38. That made you cry: Hound Dog True by Linda Urban
39. A book with magic: The Eighth Day by Diane K. Salerni***
40. A graphic novel: The Road to Oz by L. Frank Baum, re-told by Eric Shanower
41. By an author you’ve never read before: The Best Yes by Lysa Terkeurst****
42. You own but have never read: Tramp for the Lord by Corrie Ten Boom*****
43. That takes place in your home(state): Overrated: Are We More in Love with the Idea of Changing the World than Actually Changing the World? by Eugene Cho*****
44. Originally written in another language: Inkdeath by Cornelia Funke*****
45. Set during Christmas: Mandie and the Holiday Surprise by Lois Gladys Leppard
46. Written by an author with your same initials: Wild Horse Spring by Lisa Williams Kline
47. A play: Arsenic and Old Lace by Joseph Kesserling***
48. A banned book:
49. Based on or tuned into a TV show: A Year in the Life of Downton Abbey by Jessica Fellowes****
50. A book you started but never finished:
51. A book that convicts you: Just Do Something by Kevin DeYoung*****

Here’s to new literary adventures in 2016! Can’t wait to discover new favorites this year!

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