Reads of 2015


It has been an on again, off again year for me when it comes to reading.  Overdoing it and reading voraciously.  Then taking long and extended vacations, figuring there is NO way reading is doable.  Excuses are always present, but I am finding I am a much happier mama when I’m regularly finding my nose in a book.  One thing I don’t take lightly is the gift of many in person opportunities to see authors speak about their books.  That is simply the best!

Besides a few, these have all been wonderful reads.  Deep, rich writing.  Some are fluffy, fruity romance. Others have gotten my brain churning and attempted to uproot my engrained patterns of thinking.  I have put an ** by my faves (equally weighted is a silly British romance and a Pulitzer Prize winner, but oh, well.)

Without further adieu, here’s my list of reads from 2015.  Please comment with your favorites and what you are looking forward to tackling in 2016!

On “Simple Living” & Creativity:

Get Yourself Organized for Christmas by Kathi Lipp

**Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert (and LOVED Elizabeth’s podcast, Big Magic, that precluded this book.  Fantastic!!!!)

Design Mom: How to Live with Kids: A Room-by-Room Guide by Gabrielle Stanley Blair


**All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simison (didn’t grab me like the first Rosie book…)

**The Paris Wife by by Paula McLain

After You by JoJo Moyes

**Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

Landline by Rainbow Rowell

Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell (slight obsession with Rainbow Rowell this year!)

**The Royal We  by Heather Cocks & Jessica Morgan

Lizzy & Jane by Katherine Reay

Who Do You Love by Jennifer Weiner

Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradal


**For the Love by Jen Hatmaker

Small Victories by Anne Lamott

Scary Close by Donald Miller (and got to hear him live in March at Powells!)

Out of Sorts by Sarah Bessey (a 2015-2016 read)

Simply Tuesday by Emily P. Freeman (Matt and I had the gift of getting to hear Emily in March when she was the Keynote speaker for Faith & Culture Writers Conference)

Searching for Sunday by Rachel Held Evans

Savor by Shauna Niequist

**Tables in the Wilderness by Preston Yancey

The Best Yes by Lysa Terkeurst


Peaceful Parent, Peaceful Kids by Naomi Drew

Do Over by Jon Acuff

The Zimzum of Love by Rob Bell

Better than Before by Gretchen Rubin (disappointing for me)

**Rising Strong by Brene Brown (amazing Seattle road trip to hear her speak in September of 2015…major highlight of the year!)


Overwhelmed:  Work, Love & Play When No One Has the Time by Brigid Schulte

Some of the “Kid” Read Aloud Favorites:

Harry Potter 1-5 by J.K.Rowling

ANYTHING by Roald Dahl (a repeat favorite from 2014!)

Monsters on the Run: Yeti Files #2 by Kevin Sherry

The Surprise Attack of Jabba the Puppet (and many more from the series) by Tom Anglburger

Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan

The Hockey Sweater by Roch Carrier

Case of the Gasping Garbage (and all the other books in the Doyle & Fossey Series!) by Michele Torey

Elephant and Piggie Series by Mo Willems (still  Drew’s favorite in 2015!!!)

**Brave Girl by Michelle Markel

Back of the Bus by Aaron Reynolds

On Earth by G. Brian Karas

**Round Trip by Ann Jonas

Jedi Academy:  Return of the Padawan by Jeffery Brown

Alexander, Who’s Trying His Best to Be the Best Boy Every and Alexander, Who Used to Be Rich Last Sunday by Judith Viorst



Nobody’s Cuter Than You by Melanie Shankle

**I’m Proud of You:  My Friendship with Fred Rogers by Tim Madigan

**Dear Jeff by my very own father-in-law, Kerry Gough! (So thought provoking and a beautiful insight into way more than just my family…❤️)

Yes, Please by Amy Poehler

Blue Horses by Mary Oliver


Wild by Cheryl Strayed (and getting to hear her speak in person at OSU in January 2015 was AMAZING…loved it even more than the book)

Odes to Common Things by Pablo Neruda (every year, a must read!)

Coming Clean by Seth Haines (amazing gift to meet Seth–and so many amazing others—at the Faith and Culture Writers Conferences in the Spring of 2015).  No picture with Seth, but one with Nish Weiseth!



**My Kitchen Year by Ruth Reichl (can’t wait to see her in person in Corvallis in February 2016!)

Homemade Decadence:  Joy the Baker by Joy Wilson

and….lots of magazines!…especially the last issues of Anthology!


Hoping to read a LOT in 2016.

Looking forward to:

(yes…still some holdovers from last years–and 2014’s–list!)

The Art of Memoir by Mary Karr

The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd

Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter

Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

Out of the House of Bread by Preston Yancey in January 2016

Present Over Perfect by Shauna Niequist in August 2016

Wild in the Hollow by Amber Haines

11/22/63 by Stephen King

The Heir & the Spare by Emily Albright in January 2016

The Martian by Andy Weir

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

Falling Free:  Rescused from the Life I Always Wanted by Shannan Martin in September 2016

Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson

Grit by Angela Duckworth in May 2016

Looking for Lovely:  Collecting Moments that Matter by Annie Downs

and new books on the way from Nish Weiseth, Tsh Oxenreider




3 thoughts on “Reads of 2015

  1. I read Just Mercy this year after buying it on impulse at Starbucks. Loved the book. My reading list is not nearlyas complete or diverse, but I just finished reading “Children of the Stone” by Sandy Tolan (same author as Lemon Tree). Another great book about music, Palestinian and Israeli relations/politics. Non-fiction.

    Thanks for sharing your life with so many. Have a Merry Christmas!!

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