Wednesday, January 14, 2015

15 Books to Read in 2015


It's no secret that over the last year my obsession with reading has flourished and, thankfully, most people who love to write also love to read so I'm surrounded by a community of friends who cherish rich literature. So I pulled together a reading list of the 15 books to read in 2015 as shared with me by bloggers, movie makers, and dear friends. 
  1. East of Eden by John Steinbeck  
    (a dear friend)
  2. Small Victories by Anne Lamott  
    (my heart and soul)
  3. A Year of Biblical Womanhood by Rachel Held Evans
    (Mama Bird)
  4. Red Rising (and the second: Golden Son) by Pierce Brown
    (Lindsay at Wife in Training)
  5. The Giver by Lois Lowry 
    (Thanks Box Offices)
  6. Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty 
    (Sarah Bessey)
  7. Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg
    (Kristen from Chits & Giggles)
  8. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini 
    (Jessica from The Tangerine)
  9. Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
    (Megan from Semi-Charmed Kind of Life)
  10. Little Bee by Chris Cleave  
    (Rachel Dawson)
  11. Daring Greatly by Brene Brown  
    (Erika from All Things E)
  12. #GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso
    (Lauren Conrad)
  13. Landline by Rainbow Rowell  
    (Annie B. Jones)
  14. One Day by David Nicholls  
    (Jenny Bravo from Blots & Plots)
  15. The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion  
    (Nadine from East & Blog)
I am doing some re-reading -The Kite Runner and Memoirs of a Geisha- which is a first time for me (I'm not good at repeating). Hopefully that'll go well, otherwise, completing this list could be far more challenging than I think.

These don't count the new reads that are coming out this year (cough, Hannah Brencher and Shauna Niequist, cough). And it's surely not exhaustive of what I'm going to read (ehem, I want to read 50 books which is significantly more than 15).

39 comments:

  1. Landline is on my list too! I'm currently working my way through Rowell's Attachments which I'm quite enjoying :)

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  2. Lean In - UNBELIEVABLE. Kite Runner also amazing and have you read A Thousand Splendid Suns?! SAY YES AND WE WILL TALK ABOUT IT.

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  3. Such a great list- I have a few of these on my list already and am definitely going to add a few of the others too!

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  4. What a great list! I'm compiling a similar list for myself. I've read quite a few of these and especially loved 'Little Bee' and anything by Brene Brown :-)

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  5. BRB, adding all these to my Goodreads list.

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  6. I am obsessed with Rowell! FanGirl is my favorite!! But I still need to read LandLine!

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  7. Almost bought #girlboss last night. Went with another choice but definitely going to read it soon. Excited for that one!

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  8. #GIRLBOSS was SO good! I had to read it twice..def going to add a few of these to my list for this year!

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  9. A lot of these have been on my to-read list for forever. Hopefully 2015 is the year I finally get to them!

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  10. I just finished the Rosie Project a few weeks ago, and it was totally cute and charming and lovely. I also plan to read East of Eden this year!

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  11. Landline is so good! I love it!!!! The Giver and The Year of Biblocal Womanhood I also loved, I can't wait to hear what you think! A few of here are on my TBR list as well. The Rosie Project, The Kite Runner, etc. Happy reading!

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  12. My goal is to read 30 throughout the year! Also, I loved The Giver, but if you watched the movie first, be prepared for some (slightly significant) differences. I acruelly got the entire Giver Quartet for Christmas, and I'm looking forward to seeing how the books are connected because they aren't exactly "sequels". Good luck withave your goals!

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  13. Oh my goodness I LOVED Attachments. :)

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  14. I need some book recommendations from you stat.


    Seriously.

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  15. Confession. Have already read Kite Runner but don't remember it much and have NOT read A Thousand Splendid Suns but now have to. Another random fact: Khaled Hosseini is an alumni of my college. NBD.

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  16. Oh I'm so glad to hear that it's good! I wanted it because it's a cute cover... And well I do judge books by their covers. :)

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  17. From you, this is QUITE a compliment!

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  18. I feel like we have similar taste in books. Have you stalked my goodreads account?

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  19. First, I didn't know there were "sequels" at all!


    Second, I've never read it before... Can you believe that? I'm not sure how I escaped high school with out it, but I did! And so now, must catch up!

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  20. I love that we have matching reads on our lists! :) What other ones did you include?!? I'm hoping to read 50 books soooo these are just my starting point!

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  21. Ohhhh I'm so glad to hear that because I just heard that another one of her books is sort of pathetic and so then I got nervous.... :)

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  22. Oh I'm SO glad to hear that! I know that I'm going to need some fun reading alongside Lean In and East of Eden and Kite Runner soooo Rosie it is! ;)

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  23. YESSSSSSS 2015 shall be your year of reading. I mean, not that you have a baby to worry about or anything! :)

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  24. Ok, this is SO good to hear. I've heard mixed reviews about it so YES THANK YOU. :)

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  25. I can't wait to hear what you think... I've heard good and bad things so YES PLEASE TELL ME ALL THE THINGS YOU THINK. ;)

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  26. I seriously heart her. Have you read Attachments? I ADORED it. Landline will be the second one I read of hers... Though I DO own them all! :)

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  27. I don't know what's taken me so long to get into Brene's books, but it seems like it's finally time! :) (Also, confession: I picked Little Bee because I LOVE the cover)

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  28. HURRY UP.


    I mean, take your time so we can then compare notes on what we loved and what we didn't.

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  29. Thank you! I realize that my list is growing instead of shrinking, but somehow it seems like that's how it SHOULD be. :)

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  30. Landline is so good! I really enjoyed it. :) I also want to read Daring Greatly, I've heard good things!

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  31. Great list, Amber! I definitely want to read some Rainbow Rowell. I read a Christmas short story of hers last month and loved it. I would also love to read The Kite Runner and Red Rising.

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  32. East of Eden. The reason I am Christian. The best. Life-altering. Enjoy.

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  33. I loved Attachments!!! So cute. But I just downloaded Landline! Cant wait to start

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  34. YES.

    book posts are my favorite.

    and then once everyone has read the kite runner they should read everything else by khaled hosseini.

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  35. This is a great list! The Rosie Project is a fun light read, while the Giver is a great book to chew on. Girlboss has tons of applicable advice (and is really fun!), while Lean In takes a more academic approach to the women in business topic. Happy reading! If you're looking for any books to read that will be released this upcoming year, feel free to check out the latest post on my blog :)

    julie // northern rustication

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  36. The Giver was one of my favorite reads from elementary school. I hope you enjoy it. :)

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  37. This looks like SUCH a great list. I've only read two of them (The Giver, which I don't remember, and One Day, which I remember liking! Much more than the movie) but others are on my list too! I've got a Rainbow Rowell and #Girlboss on my Kindle just waiting for me (after #SCWBC14 is over!). But mostly I wanted to comment after reading other comments to say that I love that you judge books by their covers - I do that too and think it's a fully reasonable way to decide on a book! :)

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