The books of 2015!
- Show Your Work - Austin Kleon
- The Importance of Being Earnest - Oscar Wilde
- Chivalry - Zach Hunter
- The Count of Monte Cristo - Alexander Dumas
- Life of Pi - Yann Martel
- Erasing Hell - Francis Chan
- Rebecca (reread) - Daphne de Maurier
- Bread and Wine - Shauna Niequist
- The Secret Life of Bees - Sue Monk Kidd
- The Extraordinary Education of Nicholas Benedict - Trenton Lee Stewart
- The Calvary Road - Roy Hession
- Divergent, Insurgent, + Allegiant - Veronica Roth
- The $100 Startup - Chris Guillebeau
- The Thirteenth Tale - Diane Setterfield
- Go Set a Watchman - Harper Lee
- The Circle Maker - Mark Batterson
- Daring Greatly - Brene Brown
- The Hundred-Foot Journey - Richard C. Morais
BEST: Bread and Wine wins by a landslide. This is one I want to keep and treasure and read again throughout the years. Also, I won't be satisfied until I try all those scrumptious recipes. Whoa man.
WORST: The Divergent series. For the love, do not even get me started on what a sloppy, shallow mess these books were. No, really, stop me now.
MOST THOUGHT-PROVOKING: I thought long and hard over Daring Greatly. What Brene Brown had to say about the power of vulnerability and how it changes our lives was fascinating.
MOST DULL: I'm afraid I will have to say Life of Pi. But to be fair, the second half was very engaging and interesting. It was only the long, prologue-ish first half that tended to bore me.
FUNNIEST: This honor goes to The Importance of Being Earnest. Oh my word, what a wickedly funny little story!
MOST CHALLENGING: To say The Calvary Road is a challenging book is an understatement. It would be more accurate to say it grabs a hold of you, knocks you over the head with a spiritual sledgehammer, and leaves you in a corner to consider what you have done.
MOST INTENSE: Though I found the middle to drag a bit, The Count of Monte Cristo was an intriguing read. The beginning and end were wild rides of intensity that kept me going until the last page.
MOST SURPRISING: As I said in my review, I expected Go Set A Watchman to be a major disappointment, yet it wasn't. Though it can't compare to its faultless predecessor (what could?), I loved this book through and through.
CURRENTLY READING: My Cousin Rachel by Daphne de Maurier, The Complete Collection of the Brothers Grimm, + Charles Dickens: A Life by Claire Tomalin.