As y’all know by now, not only does JT give nods to our yearly “reading is sexy” theme, but he beckons us to bring sexy back. And so we do. So, without further adieu, might I announce to you Cara’s Top Twenty Books of 2015.
But first, some logistics…
Number of books read: 102. Same as 2014!
Mode of reading: Audible (26), Hardback (12), Kindle (25), Paperback (39)
Worst book read: I am turning over a new leaf, math majors. Even though there were several books I read and disliked, now that I’ve actually finished writing a book, I have the utmost respect for people who crank out and churn heart and soul through their words. So, I will not be proclaiming the worst book out of respect to the words they poured out of their souls. Even if it made me puke a little in my mouth.
Best book read: this is no surprise. Bryan Stevenson’s Just Mercy takes the cake. You will not think the same about issues of racial injustice, a wronged prison system and a hope for redemption and reconciliation after reading his words. And I can’t wait to see him in person later this week!
Book genres: autobiography (1), Christian living/theology (15), classic (5), cookbook (1), fiction (32), humor (3), memoir (17), non-fiction (14), poetry (3), YA/children’s (11)
Male/female authorship: 69 females, 33 males
66% of the books read were published in the last five years.
August boasted the biggest number of books read in a month (14 – thank you very much, vacation), while April held the lowest number of books read (5).
Total # of pages consumed: 30,178!
(You can see almost all of my books read on Goodreads, or email me for a copy of the Excel spreadsheet).
And now, for the moment you’ve all been waiting for: in addition to imploring you to read Just Mercy, here are 19 other books that I just can’t get out of my head. Happy reading!
The most thought-provoking & poetic YA read: I’ll Give You the Sun (Jandy Nelson, 2014)
The must read re-read: To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Lee, 1960)
The YA book I can’t wait to read to my boys: Stargirl (Jerry Spinelli, 2000)
The YA book everyone should read: Wonder (R. J. Palacio, 2012)
The book that is my father: A Man Called Ove (Edgar Keret, 2012)
The I-can’t-believe-this-is-based-on-history book: Orphan Train (Christina Baker Kline, 2013)
The book that makes me want to live in NYC, circa the 1920’s: Rules of Civility (Amore Towels, 2011)
The longest book ever I didn’t want to put down: Cutting for Stone (Abraham Verghese, 2009)
The best parenting book I’ve ever read: The Whole-Brain Child (Daniel Siegel, 2011)
The advice book I can’t stop talking about: Tiny Beautiful Things (Cheryl Strayed, 2012)
The book that made me row at the gym. No, really: The Boys in the Boat
(Daniel James Brown, 2013)
The book that made me believe in my creativity: Big Magic (Elizabeth Gilbert, 2015)
The hecka funny book I most read aloud to the HBH (Hot Black Husband): Dad Is Fat (Jim Gaffigan, 2013)
SPIRITUAL MEMOIR/CHRISTIAN NON-FICTION:
The book every church in America should read: Disunity in Christ (Christena Cleveland, 2013)
The book for anyone who’s ever wanted to belong: Lessons in Belonging from a Church-Going Commitment Phobe (Erin S. Lane, 2015)
The book that most mirrors my spiritual journey: Searching for Sunday (Rachel Held Evans, 2015)
The heel-arious book that makes me want to be besties with its author: Post-Traumatic Church Syndrome (Reba Riley, 2015)
The spiritual memoir that took me by surprise: Wild in the Hollow (Amber C. Haines, 2015)
The memoir that makes me want to adopt Lutheran theology: Accidental Saints (Nadia Bolz-Weber, 2015)
So, friends: there you go. Here’s to bringing sexy back. Here’s to making your reading-tractor sexy. Here’s to being too sexy for your bookmark.
Your thoughts? Which of the above have you loved, have you hated, have you cried over? And what was the FAVORITE book you read in 2015 that I must get my hands on?
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