What’s on your 2015 reading list?
Every year, around this time, I like to take a look back at the previous year and plan for the coming twelve months. Since I love to read and reading is an integral part of my writing ministry, planning the books I want to read becomes part of that goal setting process. This year, I thought it would be fun to share with you the books on my list for 2015.
My book list is broken into three parts. I try to choose a variety of non-fiction books, a balance between historical and biographical, self- improvement, professional development, and inspirational Christian. Then I have a stack of books to read that pertain to current writing projects. Those books are mainly historical research, but can delve into other areas. For example, one of my current writing projects is about a Mormon family traveling on the Oregon Trail in 1847 so I’m reading a Mormon theology book. Finally, I have a list of fiction books that keep me current with other writers. Okay, let’s be honest. I read those for fun.
By year’s end, it’s intriguing to go back over my list, see what I didn’t get read and what books came across my path mid-year. One of my biggest unexpected reads this year was “Unbroken” by Laura Hillenbrand. What an excellent book!
Here’s my reading list for 2015:
Sea Biscuit, Laura Hillenbrand
Inspirational Christian Non-fiction
Sacred Pathways, Gary L Thomas
Soul Keeping, John Ortberg
Really Bad Girls of the Bible, Liz Curtis Higgs
Free Of Charge, Miroslav Volf
The Jesus I Never Knew, Phillip Yancey
The Me I Want To Be, John Ortberg
Heart of a Lion, Gilbert Morris
A Matter of Trust, Lis Weil
Eyes of Justice, Lis Wiehl
Not By Sight, Kate Breslin
Laurel, Susan F. Craft
Platform, Michael Hyatt
You Are A Writer, Jeff Goins
Scrivner for Dummies
To Marry An English Lord, Gail MacCall and Carol McD Wallace
Have you ever stood in front of a closet full of clothes and felt like you didn’t have anything to wear? I feel that way with books. I’ll stand in front of my very full bookcase and wonder what I should read tonight. As I look at my list, I see some gaps I want to fill – particularly in current events or historical/biographical, particularly in the era of the historical novels I’ll be working on this year.
I’m hoping my list will spark ideas for you. I’m also hoping you’ll share part of your reading list in the comment section below because I’m always looking for another good book to add to my list!
As I complete each book, I plan to share my thoughts and reflections on some of those books in this blog. I’d better go write that goal on my goals list! But first, I think I’ll go make a cup of hot beverage and curl up with my Corgi and my Kindle!
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