2015 Reading List

It’s that time of year when there are lists upon lists about every thing imaginable. Last year, I chose to get on board by posting a list of all of the books I read during 2014. It’s fun to think back on some of the great reads I enjoyed, and it’s helpful to have such a list when someone asks for book recommendations, so I am repeating the exercise for 2015. The list is shorter than last year–perhaps because I spent a lot more time studying and researching than reading for recreation last year. Here, in no particular order, is the list of books I read or reread, finished, enjoyed, and learned something from, in 2015.

  1. The Chosen Shell by Katherine Sartori
  2. The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters
  3. Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver, Camille Kingsolver, and Steven L Hopp
  4. A Bushel’s Worth: An Ecobiography by Kayann Short
  5. The Essential Oil Truth: The Facts Without the Hype by Jen O’Sullivan
  6. Surviving When Modern Medicine Fails by Dr. Scott Ah. Johnson
  7. Healing Oils of the Bible by David Stewart, PhD
  8. Adult Onset by Ann-Marie Macdonald
  9. Those Girls by Chevy Stevens
  10. In the Cleft: Joy Comes in the Mourning by Dana Goodman
  11. The Enchanted Life of Adam Hope by Rhonda Riley
  12. Three Women at the Water’s Edge by Nancy Thayer
  13. Inside the O’Briens by Lisa Genova
  14. My Secret Sister by Helen Edwards and Jenny Lee Smith
  15. Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult
  16. A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler
  17. Still Life with Bread Crumbs by Anna Quindlan
  18. Arms Wide Open: A Midwife’s Journey by Patricia Harman
  19. Essential Oils Pocket Reference by Life Science Publishing
  20. Essential Oils Desk Reference by Life Science Publishing
  21. The Forks Over Knives Plan by Alona Pulde, MD and Matthew Lederman, MD
  22. The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy by Valerie Ann Worwood

Perhaps you’ll find something new and interesting on this list you’ll want to add to your 2016 reading list. It’s always a treat to find a new book to lose yourself in, isn’t it? Happy reading!



I’m a writer, reader, and creative. I thought by now I’d have things figured out, but I keep coming up with more questions. I think that’s okay. I’m here most mornings pondering ordinary things and the thin places where faith intersects.
  1. This is a wonderful idea for a blog post, Linda. I can claim two of your titles for my 2015 reading: Still Life with Bread Crumbs, and The Chosen Shell, which I reviewed. My reading list was getting unwieldy, so I was prompted to catalog them all on Rifflebooks.com, a place to list, recommend, and/or review books you’ve read. Here is my link: https://read.rifflebooks.com/profiles/136032

    My list reflects lots of memoir because that’s the genre I’m working in now: memoir itself and how-to books.

    Twenty-two books is a lot of reading, Linda. I admire you for that, one of the benefits of the retired life for sure.

    1. I’m going to check out your Riffle list, Marian. I’ve found many a good book by browsing the reading lists of others!

  2. I find looking at what others read very interesting and that almost no one I know in the US reads what I read. Perhaps I live in the “wrong” country.

    1. Isn’t it wonderful that we have the ability to access books from far and wide that suit our individual reading tastes, Juliana?

  3. I loved reading this list. It’s fun to see what we’ve read in common (Barbara Kingsolver, Anne Tyler, Lisa Genova, Kayann Short, and Pat Harmon) and it’s also great to glean some to add to my 2016 list (Anna Quindlen and Nancy Thayer.) Thanks!

    1. It is interesting to see what others read, isn’t it, Mary Jo? I used to like peeking at book choices of fellow-travelers when I flew a lot for work. The popularity of e-readers put an end to that guilty pleasure though.

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