All the books I’ve read this year

I’m copying a post I saw on Unlikely Words a few days ago, because I think it’s an interesting idea. I, too, read many more books in 2015 than in previous years. At the end of last year, I signed myself up for the Goodreads 2015 Reading Challenge, aiming for 12 books in 2015. This also motivated me to track everything I read (excluding picture books, because I’ve read about 10 million this year alone). I’m happy to note I far exceeded that goal and read 26! I have reviewed some of these here at The Edifying Word, but many others I have not, mostly because I just started this blog this fall. The books here are in the order I read them. I’m still reading, so I may finish another one or two by the end of the yar, but here’s where I stand now. Here goes:

Worthy Fights: A Memoir of Leadership in War and Peace by Leon Panetta

The Temperament God Gave Your Spouse by Art and Laraine Bennett

The Princess Guide: Faith Lessons from Snow White, Cinderella, and Sleeping Beauty by Jennessa Terraccino

The Handbook for Catholic Moms: Nurturing Your Heart, Mind, Body, and Soul by Lisa Hendey

The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love that Lasts by Gary Chapman

Dead Men Do Tell Tales: The Strange and Fascinating Cases of a Forensic Anthropologist by William Maples

48 Days to the Work You Love: Preparing for the New Normal by Dan Miller

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot (READ THIS!!)

Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

The Joy of the Gospel: Evangelii Gaudium by Pope Francis

Martha Washington: An American Life by Patricia Brady

Bad Mother: A Chronicle of Maternal Crimes, Minor Calamities, and Occasional Moments of Grace by Ayelet Waldman

At the Water’s Edge: A Novel by Sara Gruen

Africa in My Blood: An Autobiography in Letters: The Early Years by Jane Goodall and Dale Peterson

The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II by Denise Kiernan

Dance of Anger: A Woman’s Guide to Changing the Patterns of Intimate Relationships by Harriet Lerner

The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by Daniel James Brown (another really great book)

I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai and Christina Lamb (what an incredible girl! another good one)

Love and Loyalty on the Loire: A Tale of Medieval Hearts Divided by Battle Lines by Gwen Holbrook (and edited by yours truly – check it out!)

Water for Elephants: A Novel by Sara Gruen

The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis (probably the best book I read all year)

Kabul Beauty School: An American Woman Goes Behind the Veil by Deborah Rodriguez

A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail by Bill Bryson

The Private War of Corporal Henson by E. Michael Helms

The Hungry Ocean: A Swordboat Captain’s Journey by Linda Greenlaw

Days of Ragnarök: end of the gods (Volume 1) by Tyler Woods


What have you been reading? Let me know in the comments if you’ve read any of these, or if you have any suggestions for me for 2016!





So this morning it was brought to my attention that none of my hyperlinks worked. It turns out it wasn’t all of them, but it was definitely most of them. Gah.

Anyway – I will be going back through all my book posts and redoing the hyperlinks. I’ll have it fixed (I hope) by the end of tomorrow. For now, I’ve fixed the link in my review of My House Is Falling Apart. Hopefully that will help you all find Rachel Schade’s new book a little more easily.

Sorry ’bout that!  And thanks, Kayla, for the tip…

Just a quick thought about book reviews

I’ve learned in the short life of this blog that I have this weird procrastination thing going on about book reviews. Part of the reason I started this blog was to share my thoughts about the books I’m reading. I also said I’d post book reviews. Well, I realized that I was thinking about these as completely separate things, which is really counterproductive for me. I have found that if I think of a book review as a THING — “A Book Review”– that I push it off, thinking it needs to sound all formal and polished. However, if I think about “sharing my thoughts about what I’m reading,” it seems easy and fun.

So, I’m going to try to make an effort to combine the two in my mind a bit and maybe post a little more often and a little more thoughtfully about what I’m reading. The one exception to this, I think, will be for books I’ve received in exchange for writing a review; for those, I’ll go the slightly more formal route.

These are my thoughts for now, at least. So, should we chat about the traveling circus in the ’30s? commercial swordfish fishing? demons vying for our souls? So much to think about!

Ciao for now!