One of the most enjoyable aspects of life is being able to read. I am grateful to have this ability and live in a country with access to hundreds of thousands of books. I once heard, that there are so many books that if all one did was read, they would not be able to read every book in there lifetime.
One way we can thank an author for the books they’ve written is sharing their books with others.
I have set a goal to read 36 books during 2015. Some of them will be gratitude related. Others will involve cats (I love cats!!!) and some will be for my church book club, while others will cover business topics. And other books may be random books recommended to by friends, family, or on someone’s blog or podcasts.
UPDATE 12/31/2015: While I did not meet the goal of 36 books, I did read the entire Bible, so perhaps the Bible can count as the last 8 books!
Why share my reading list?
* Perhaps, one of the books I read will be of interest to you. Maybe it will be a book that ends up changing your life. Books can have that power if we take action.
* 36 books is an ambitious goal. Sharing publicly will help keep me accountable and increase the likelihood of completing the goal.
* Maybe you will discover a book that you never would have read otherwise, but will be very grateful after reading it for the impact it had on you. (if this happens, please let me know if you’d like to guest post about your experience. Send me a note using the Contact page).
*Sharing my list is a way to expose the books and authors to a new audience.
* For gratitude related books, I will write a full review.
The book list:
I will list each book on this page as I complete them. I am not listing them all in advance because I did not have 36 books picked out yet.
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1. A Street Cat Named Bob: And How He Saved My Life by James Bowen
I like cats. A lot. I currently have 6. So I decided my first book of the year would include a cat. In this book is the true story of James and the stray cat, Bob, that he takes in.
James’ life starts to change when he begins to take care of Bob. This book is a wonderful representation of how animals can impact our lives.
Completed on January 5, 2015.
This book is aimed towards people who would like to become a Millionaire by running their own business. This is something I’d like to accomplish!
Jaime Tardy wrote this book after interviewing over 100 Millionaires. She airs the interviews on The Eventual Millionaire podcast.
Jaime shares all the steps needed to be successful including having mentors, setting goals, masterminds, and much more. Those that succeed will be the ones that taken action and follow the advice in the book. Having the information is one thing and doing it is another!
Completed on January 17, 2015.
3. Man in the Blue Moon by Michael Morris
The title character is shipped to his cousin’s family in a blue moon grandfather clock box. This man, Lanier, is a bit mysterious but very much needed by the cousin’s family.
Completed on February 8, 2015.
4. Raider’s Heart by Marcia Gurver
I read this book as it is the March book for church book club.
The story involves kidnapping, family, love, and forgiveness with some twists and turns. The adventure kept me turning the pages and it felt like a fast read.
Completed on February 23, 2015.
If you need some motivation to write thank you notes this book will do it. John shares his story of when he was going through a rough time and deciding to focus on gratitude. He begins writing thank you note with the goal of writing 365 in one year.
Completed on March 14, 2015.
6. An Absent Mind by Eric Rill
I joined the women’s book club at my workplace this year. It’s the story of a man, Saul, with Alzheimer’s told from his perspective, his wife, daughter, son, and his doctor. We learn how member of the family deals with Saul’s illness as he slowly declines. A book that I would not have chosen to read if it was not a book club book. I am grateful to have read it as I learned more about how Alzheimer’s affects the mind and those around the inflicted.
Completed on March 28, 2015.
This was the April book for the church book club. Trapped is the second novel in the Private Justice series. We read the first book last year. The story line of this book felt a little predictable but it was still an enjoyable read. A private detective helps a woman find her step sister after she runs away. The step sister, as you may guess from the title, becomes trapped.
Completed on April 10, 2015.
I’ve become interested in food lately. Real Food. This book explains where many processed foods come from and why they are not good for us. Liz encourages us to get our nutrition from animals that are well raised (not factory farms) and vegetables grown in good soil. Myths about cholesterol are debunked. Vegetarians are missing out some nutrition by not eating meat. And one thing I found very interesting that I had not considered before is that all farming kills animals. Vegetable farmer’s equipment may kill mice and other small animals in the field and pesticides kill bees and insects that are used by non-organic farms.
Completed on April 25, 2015.
9. The Healing Quilt by Wanda Brunstetter
This is the May book for the church book club. The Healing Quilt is the third book in the Half-Stitched Amish Quilt Club series. This book was similar to the first two. An Amish woman teaches a group how to quilt. Each person in the group is going through a trial of some sort and is helped by the Amish woman in her husband in some way or by others in the group. Each of these books were enjoyable to read.
Completed on April 30, 2015.
10. The Key on the Quilt (The Quilt Chronicles) by Stephanie Grace Whitson.
This is another book for church book club. The story takes place in Nebraska in the late 1800s, much of it in a prison. The prison matron spreads her idea of “thankfuls” to others. Her “thankufls” are when she makes a list of things she is thankful for, usually during a difficult time. Based on the description on the book, I was surprised (in a good way) with the love relationships that develop throughout the book.
Completed on May 25, 2015.
11. Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver
I read this book for the book club at my work. It is the first Barbara Kingsolver novel that I have read. The story telling is very detailed which was a turn off for some in the book club. I came to enjoy it. The story is about butterflies that show up in Tennessee where they should not be. We learn about the bees and how their invasion into this rural area changes the life of the main character.
Completed on June 12, 2015
12. Divine by Karen Kingsbury
Another church book club book. It’s about battered woman. Much of the book are flashbacks shared by a woman who is now a counselor and was a sex slave for many years as a child and teenager. Parts of the story were hard to read. The story is fiction, but I can imagine much worse is happening in real life in current times right here in the United States of America.
Completed on June 18, 2015
My mom recommended this book. It’s a story of love, adoption, and overcoming grief. Most of the book takes place in a beach community where Holton, makes driftwood sculpture pieces. He struggles when his wife dies in an accident.
Completed on June 27, 2015
14. Paper Hearts by Courtney Walsh
Another book that my mom recommend. It’s also a love story that also deals with grief. It’s also a lesson in you never know what someone else is going through.
Completed on July 2, 2015
15. The Inn at Ocean’s Edge (A Sunset Cove Novel) by Colleen Coble
My mom also recommend this book for summer reading. It’s an interesting mystery about kidnapping and family secrets.
Completed on July 7, 2015
16. Never Eat Alone, Expanded and Updated: And Other Secrets to Success, One Relationship at a Time by Keith Ferrazzi and Tahl Raz
I read this book after seeing it on another blog. It’s been so long ago I do not remember which one. The title caught my attention as I eat many meals alone (not in a sad depressing way). The book is all about networking and building relationships! It’s a long book and it took many months for me to complete as I felt like some of the suggestions would be hard for me to do as an introvert. Maybe that is a reason to break out of my comfort zone and doe them!
Completed on July 25, 2015
Mom picked up this book for me at a used book sale. Of course, I liked it because there is a cat in it! The owner picks up on cues from the cat to solve a murder case.
Completed on August 7, 2015
18. Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty.
This book begins with a murder. Its a mystery to learn the identity of who committed the murder. The story flashes back to many months leading up to the death and is told from the view point of several woman. I enjoyed getting to know each character and this was one my favorite books of the year!
Completed on September 18, 2015
Two men decide to walk the Appalachian Trail. The book included more history and political views then I expected based on the title. I liked the portions when they were in the woods the most. I read this one as my Dad had read it.
Completed on September 24, 2015
20. Hello From the Gillespies by Monica McInerney
This was a work book club selection. I loved this book! It’s about a family in Australia. The mother has been sending out an annual Christmas letter for many years. In the book, a version of the letter gets emailed out that describes all the not so good things happening with the family instead of the typical “our family is great” letter.
Completed on October 27, 2015
21. A Rush of Wings by Kristen Heitzmann
I read this one for church book club. A young woman leaves town letting her dad know she is okay but does not disclose where she is going. Its a love story with some interesting twists and a reminder that we don’t usually know what others are going through.
Completed on November 9, 2015
22. Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls by David Sedaris
A selection for work club, this is a funny book of short essays. I listened to the audio version which was read by the author. Some of the stories were very funny and a few were sad. I am happy to have been introduced to this author.
Completed on November 23, 2015
23. Unlocked by Karen Kingsbury
Another book for church book club. Its a story of a boy, now a teenager, that was diagnosed with autism when he was 3 or 4. He’s in a regular school and meets an old friend. We learn about autism, bullies, friendship, and love. It was a an enjoyable read that left me hoping that all those with autism can find their of becoming “unlocked”.
Completed on December 3, 2015
24. Ask by Ryan Levesque
I picked up this book after hearing about it on a podcast. It’s about asking questions with surveys and talking directly with customers to find out what type of products to create for them.
Completed on December 19, 2015
I was given this book as a gift. It was perfect for a cat lover. There are many pictures of cats, inspiring stories, quotes, and Bible verses. This book looks great on the coffee table!
Completed on December 19, 2015
26. The Micronutrient Miracle by Jayson and Mira Calton
This book explains what micro-nutrients are and why they are important. Also, included are things to avoid, like BPA. And it states that we can’t get all the micro-nutrients that we need from food alone regardless of the diet we are following. The authors created a supplement. This book was a slow read for me. The information was good but seemed too wordy.
Completed on December 19, 2015
27. The One Thing by Gary Keller and Jay Papasan
What is the One Thing that you show be pursuing? This book doesn’t tell you want that is, but describes how to be the best at your One Thing and why you should only focus on One Thing. Inspiring read that will help me become more productive and focused.
Completed on December 24, 2015
I read the entire Bible this year using a phone app that provided daily passages to complete the Bible in one year. This took about 10-15 minutes each day and I feel that I can read faster in the app than the printed Bible. There were selections from either Proverb or Psalms, the old testament, and new testament each day.