Top Ten Books I Read in 2015
I have read 77 books so far in 2015 and there are still 2 weeks left. I read so many GREAT books. It really was hard to pick just 10 and the list keeps changing. But for today, here is my list.
ONE. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo. I am not a naturally clutter-free person; so this book offered some good, although different from the norm, advice for me.
- My home is (or can be) a sacred space.Take care that it is a place of joy.
- Focus on what to keep – things that bring joy. Feel positive about every item in my home. Don’t keep things that have unhappy feelings attached to them.
- Louie Zamperini had disaster after disaster after disaster happen and yet he continued living.
- His tenacity and inspiring outlook on life inspires me and makes me want to be more tenacious in the face of my own disasters.
- Shows the power of God’s healing and redemption.
THREE. MWF Seeking BFF: My Yearlong Search for a New Best Friend by Rachel Bertsche. This year i discovered some books where folks took on year-long projects and then wrote about them. That intrigues me as I see the power one project has for a year instead of trying to do many projects in a year. This is the first such book I read this year.
- As someone who lets a busy life interfere with making and developing deep friendships, I liked this book’s focus.
- I was informed and encouraged to do the same. Perhaps in 2016 I will make this my focus.
- This was a novel twist on following self-help literature especially since sometimes the advice contradicta.
- This book points out how contradictory media messages are targeted to women. We need to be aware and CHOOSE for OURselves what it the best way to live. Don’t be a sheep.
- mental illness . . . spiritual discipline
- love and renewal
- an unexpected find
- Reading a book a day is ambitious.
- Words impact me – a LOT. So using reading as therapy makes sense to me.
- I would have read all self-help books which might not have been as beneficial.
SEVEN. Last Light, Night Light, True Light, & Dawn’s Light (a Restoration Novel Series) by Terri Blackstock. Yes, yes, yes, this is really a trilogy which I have classified as one book. And I did read them one after another for a week.
- It is ONE story though about the world’s population living without electricity. Of course this impacts every area of life and the characters struggle with bare survival – at first.
- I liked the faith component and figuring out how to have a good life with a community surrounding you and without conveniences.
- Shoot me if you want, but I like and even need a HAPPY ending. This book delivers.
- Although I wasn’t sure that was where the book would end.
- I will read more Dickens in 2016.
- Hope is an option.
- Our foundation of hope is Christ.
- There are things I can do to bring more hope into my life, my church and my workplace.
- I would like to go through this book with a group of people.
TEN. Any book by Jane Austen. I read all her novels (for adults) this year for the Austen in August Reading Challenge. I recommend them ALL. Yes, here I am cheating because these are 6 different books with 6 different story lines.
- I enjoyed reading each book for a different reason.
- If I had to pick a fave it would be Emma. Going from haughty to humble is something I can relate to and hope where I end up in life (humble).
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