25 books to read in 2015
A few years ago I challenged myself to read 22 books the year before I turned 22. Anddd I didn't. I was a few books in, going totally strong, and then somehow I stopped. I forgot. I literally forgot I had even set a goal until I was a few months past my "deadline." So it's not that I tried and failed. I just tried and forgot. I think there's a difference (?). Anyways, my roomie and I decided we wanted and needed to be reading more. There were handfuls of books we'd always wanted to read but just never got around to. So we decided to set a goal: 25 books in 2015. And this time I have V to make sure I don't forget ((thx girl lol)). So here's our list! Categorized by our own little system... in which we read whatever we can find first at the library.
25 Books in 2015
Jesus: 1. The Circle Maker (Mark Batterson) --- YES. I've recommended this book over and over. It transformed not just the way I pray, but the way I even think about prayer. Yes yes yes. 2. The Best Yes (Lysa TerKeurst) --- Encouraged to constantly be in the Word seeking wisdom. I don't necessarily struggle with a crazy schedule or a fear of saying "no" at this point in my life, but I want to make wise decisions, and she talks a lot about how to strive for that, which I loved. 3. Lets be Brave (Annie Downs) 4. Interrupted (Jen Hatmaker) 5. Women of the Word (Jen Wilkin) 6. Mingling of the Souls (Matt & Lauren Chandler) 7. The Seven (Jen Hatmaker)
Fashion/Beauty: 8. Girl Boss (Sophia Amoruso) --- Just starting it today, and hoping it lives up to all the hoopla. 9. How to be a Parsian Wherever You Are (Anne Berest) 10. The Nesting Place (Myquillyn Smith) --- I wanted to go thrift shopping as soon as I finished. I love her style and I love how her Biblical perspective influenced how and why she decorates the way she does. I want to re-read it every time I have a new space to decorate. Love. 11. Bread and Wine (Shauna Niequist) 12. Coco Chanel: An Intimate Life (Lisa Chaney)
Fiction: 13. The Language of Flowers (Vanessa Diffenbaugh) --- I liked the first half of it. And I really did like the story, but by the end I was just ready for a conclusion. A tad depressing too. 14. The Longest Ride (Nicholas Sparks) --- Already raved about this book in an earlier post here. I loved the story even if parts were cliche, you know? 15. Love, Rosie (Cecelia Ahern) --- I liked the story as a whole. But it could have ended about 20 chapters earlier... Also when the main character irritates you with her self-pity and indecisiveness it's a bit of a problem. Plus the movie was a B+ flick. 16. To All the Boys I Loved Before (Jenny Han) --- Obsessed. I was either smiling or laughing the whole time. The sequel comes out this month, and probably the only book I've thought about pre-odering. Jenny Han's new biggest fan. Look out. 17. The Husband's Secret (Liane Moriarty) --- Interesting. It kept me intrigued for sure. A bit inappropriate at times and to be honest the ending wasn't very conclusive, but it was entertaining for the most part.
Creative Business: 18. What’s Best Next (Matthew Perman) 19. E-Myth (Michael E. Gerber) 20. Make it Happen (Lara Casey) 21. Creative Confidence (Tom & David Kelley) 22. Craft Inc. (Meg Ilasco)
Others: 23. True Love (Jennifer Lopez) --- She had her twins and then ran a triathlon. She's literally perf. 24. Bossy Pants (Tina Fey) 25. Girls in White Dresses (Jennifer Close)