In 2015 I had one goal. Well, I had one goal and one wish. My wish was to lose ten pounds, but instead I gained twenty. But I don't really want to talk about that. Let's talk about books instead.
My one real goal was to read 52 books in 52 weeks. I tracked my reading all year long to make sure I kept up. (LOVE Goodreads!) Even though I've never read this much in one year previously, it really wasn't hard because I kept at it week after week and little by little book 2 turned into book 22, and in week 47, I finished number 52. (And I had a little help from listening to two of them on cd, instead of actually reading them.)
Here are my favorites.
Best in Family Read-Aloud
I love reading to my kids. I mean really, truly love it. You know how some moms are so awesome at doing crafts with their kids and some are amazing at feeding their kiddos 100% organically because they love it and are naturally good at it? That's how I am with reading. Snuggling those kids up in my lap and reading to them comes naturally (crafting--not so much) and just feels so right.
Caddie Woodlawn is hands down my favorite book I've ever read to my children. I will forever remember the sweet, golden moments we had as we read about Caddie and the looks of wonder in my children's eyes as they gazed at my teary eyes and wet cheeks.
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo
The Twenty One Balloons by Willam Pene du Bois
The Story of the World Volume 1 by Susan Bauer Wise
Best in Fiction
The Boston Girl by Anita Diamant
The Boston Girl is the story of a young girl coming of age in Boston in the 1920's. Each chapter is a short story about Addie Baum and is told as an 85 year old woman to her granddaughter. The characters are strong, the stories interesting, sometimes heartbreaking and sometimes light.
Still Alice by Lisa Genova (Foul Language Warning)
Wonder by R.J. Palacio
The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd
The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
Best in Non Fiction
Essentialism by Greg McKeown
This book rocked my world and you should read it. That's all.
Beautiful by Katie Piper
127 Hours by Aron Ralston
My Story by Elizabeth Smart
American Wife by Taya Kyle
Better Than Before by Gretchen Rubin
Best in Parenting
For the Love by Jen Hatmaker
I've read this twice I loved it so much and have recommended it to anyone who will listen to me. I've gotten numerous texts from friends as they are reading it to tell me about how much they were enjoying it too. It's not really a parenting book, but kinda sorta is. It's like my new bible. I laughed so hard I cried and then I cried because my heart had been so deeply touched.
Smart Money Smart Kids by Rachel Cruze and Dave Ramsey
Real Moms: Making It Up As We Go by Lisa Valentine Clark (Written for an LDS audience.)
Here's to another year of great stories and learning.