My 2015 Book List

A new year is quickly approaching, and there’s so much I want to learn!! Check out these 20 books that I’m hoping to gain a little something from in the upcoming year!

The Encouraging Ones:

  • Let’s All Be Brave by Annie F. Downs
  • Small Victories: Spotting Improbable Moments of Grace by Anne Lamott
  • Longing for More: Daily Reflections on Finding God in the Rhythms of Life by Timothy Willard
  • One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp

The Mysterious Ones:

  • Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
  • We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
  • The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith
  • The Hundred-Year House by Rebecca Makkai

The Giggly Ones:

  • Yes, Please by Amy Pohler
  • Neil Patrick Harris: Choose your own autobiography by Neil Patrick Harris
  • The Good Luck of Right Now by Matthew Quick
  • Brunette Ambition by Lea Michele

The Action-Packed Ones:

  • The Heist by Daniel Silva
  • The Maze Runner by James Dashner
  • The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak

The Creative Ones:

  • The Hip Girl’s Guide to Homemaking by Kate Payne
  • The Nesting Place by Myquillyn Smith
  • Just My Type by Simon Garfield
  • Bread & Wine by Shauna Niequist
  • The New York Times 36 Hours: 150 Weekends in the US & Canada (edited by Barbara Ireland)

What do you think?? Any more titles that I should add to my list? See any on my list that you’d like to add to yours? I’m super excited to get my hands on the first one and begin this journey. If I want to read them all this year, I’m going to need to get started right away! Happy reading!

#8 – Read all of the unread books on my bookshelf.

Moment of honesty: I don’t actually know if I’ve done this… or will ever do this… because I keep buying books 🙂

Nearly 3 years ago when I created this bloggie and made my sweet 101 in 1001 list, I was in my senior year of college and hadn’t picked up a book for pleasure since… middle school.

At a young age, I had the love of books and reading instilled in me by my Ooma. She read over 600 books to me and kept a journal all 600 books we read before I went to kindergarten. She also had me reading some of those books back to her before I went to kindergarten. Lots and lots of reading, and trips to the library (and Dunkin Donuts) were my absolute favorite!

Reading remained a love of mine all through elementary school. Book It? I ooooooowned Book It! And got the personal pan pizzas to prove it each month. I remember making every {weird} corner of my house a reading nook, including my bathroom linen closet… I was a weird little one. But a book and a flashlight were always nearby.

Thank goodness Harry Potter was still being written when I was in middle school. I had to start reading books that weren’t my choice, like Hatchet & The Outsiders, but still loved what I was reading for the most part. Middle school brought on more work in every subject though, so books of my choosing were few and far between…

… and then high school happened. Yes, I loved my literature classes {mostly}, but suddenly there was so much pressure to do other things, like trigonometry and chemistry… Bleh. Reading became a chore that I had to force myself through to make the grade, and you could no longer find me curled up in the linen closet with a flashlight. Things were changing.

Then college. I loved college. But if I’m being real here, if I wasn’t in class or studying, I wanted to be socializing with my friends. And rightly so! But did I read in college? Not until The Hunger Games on spring break {which almost ended Will & I right then and there haha}.

So post-school, the thing I have enjoyed most {other than marriage and no homework and stuff} is FINALLY having the chance to pick a book, sit down, and read. Ah. Feels nice. So while I’m not entirely sure that ALL of the books on my bookshelf have been read, I am sure that this goal has been achieved because bookworm Ginger is back and hopefully here to stay a while.