I read some fantastic books in 2015. Really, really good. So grateful for the brave, faithful writers out there who sit down and put in the work for our benefit.

My goal was to read a book a month, and I rounded out the year with a grand total of 16 books. Not many compared to some, but I’m satisfied.

Here are the books I read in 2015:


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Fear and Faith: Finding the Peace Your Heart Craves by Trillia Newbell {Review & Video Author Interview}

Such a helpful, biblical resource for all who battle with various fears, anxieties, and insecurities.

Until We All Come Home by Kim de Blecourt {Review}

A page-turning, suspenseful account of one family’s harrowing journey to adopt from Ukraine.

Dragons and Dirt: The Truth About Changing the World – and the Courage it Requires by Dalene Rayburn {Review}

One of my favorite books I read this year. So much wisdom and food for thought on a wide range of topics and issues. A short read, but full of gems.


Three more nonfiction titles


For the Love: Fighting for Grace in a World of Impossible Standards by Jen Hatmaker

This is the first Jen Hatmaker book I’ve read. There are a few chapters I wish I could mass produce and distribute all over the country. I didn’t write a review, but my friend Bronwyn wrote a good one here.

Every Little Thing: Making a World of Difference Right Where You Are by Deidra Riggs {Review & Video Author Interview}

Inspiring and motivating. That’s how I would describe this debut book by Deidra Riggs.

Girl Meets Change: Truths to Carry You through Life’s Transitions by Kristen Strong {Review}

Encouraging words for all who have experienced change.


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Nobody’s Cuter Than You: A Memoir about the Beauty of Friendship by Melanie Shankle {Review}

A funny and heartfelt tribute to friendship among women.

Let’s All Be Brave: Living Life with Everything You Have by Annie Downs

I underlined copious amounts of this book. So many challenging words; highly recommended.

Dance with Jesus: From Grief to Grace by Susan B. Mead

Susan Mead kindly sent me a copy of this book, and I read the whole thing in one evening. It’s a quick read, but a moving testimony of a mother who has found grace in the midst of grieving the loss of her son.


Three fiction titles


Secrets of a Charmed Life by Susan Meissner {Review}

Beautifully written historical fiction about two sisters during the London Blitz of World War II.

Dear Mr. Knightley by Katherine Reay

I adored this debut novel by Katherine Reay. A series of letters written by a Jane Austen-loving journalism student to her anonymous benefactor. Captivating and cleverly written.

Stars Over Sunset Boulevard by Susan Meissner

This latest novel by Susan Meissner releases on January 5th, 2016! I was privileged to read an advance copy of this story set in the Hollywood period when Gone With the Wind was filmed. Review coming soon. Pre-order now by clicking here!


On Writing:

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On Being a Writer: 12 Simple Habits for a Writing Life that Lasts by Ann Kroeker and Charity Singleton Craig

A wonderful resource for writers. I was challenged and guided in my personal writing life, and had such fun leading a six-week online discussion on this book with several other writers. Catch up on the discussion here. I’ll be referring back to this book many times in the years to come.

Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within by Natalie Goldberg

This book is pure gold. Natalie cuts right to the chase in this no-nonsense, down-to-earth book that will make you want to pick up your pen and write like crazy. She covers all the bases and then some.



Advent devo covers


The Greatest Gift: Unwrapping the Full Love Story of Christmas by Ann Voskamp

Another gorgeous book from Ann Voskamp. This one offers daily Advent readings which carry the reader through biblical history, starting with Adam and Eve. So much spiritual food here; definitely worth reading at any time of the year, not just Christmas.

Unwrapping the Names of Jesus: An Advent Devotional by Asheritah Ciuciu

My friend Asheritah wrote this wonderful resource focusing on the names of Jesus. I read it aloud to my kids to start each of our homeschool days in December. Again, this book could be read and benefited from at any time of the year, not only during Advent.



Still busy reading:

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Rhinestone Jesus: Saying Yes to God When Sparkly, Safe Faith is No Longer Enough by Kristen Welch

Making It Home: Finding My Way to Peace, Identity, and Purpose by Emily Wierenga

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Annie Barrows and Mary Ann Shaffer


Related Post: My Top 14 Books of 2014

What are you reading now? What do you hope to read in 2016?


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33 thoughts on “books i read in 2015 {special edition link-up}

  1. What a great year of books you had! I’m not linking up today, but I want to recommend All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr (fiction) – Also, I just finished Rising Strong by Brene Brown (non-fiction). It’s a game-changer and a must read. Happy reading in 2016! xoxo

  2. Kate, I see that you must have given me some book recommendations during the year because I have them on my list, as well. Thanks for all you do to keep us reading, writing, and sharing. Happy New Year.

  3. The only book on your list that I have read is The Guernsey Literary & PPP Society (I loved it!), so you have given me some great ideas — esp the book on writing. It looks great.

    • Natasha, did you see that Kristen Welch has a brand new book out, as well? It’s called Raising Grateful Kids in an Entitled World. Sounds SO good! Thanks for stopping by, and for linking up your list!

  4. I’m currently reading Rachel Stafford’s, “Hands Free Mama.” In 2016 I’m hoping to keep averaging a book a month and am unsure what my entire list will include, but for sure the following are waiting on my bookshelf:

    “The Fringe Hours” by Jessica Turner
    “A Million Little Ways” by Emily Freeman

    Because of your list, I will also add “For the Love” and “Let’s All Be Brave.”

    Thank you for your post and inspiration.

    • Ooh, I’ve heard that Hands Free Mama is very good as well. I’d love to read Fringe Hours and A Million Little Ways, too! Hope you enjoy For the Love and Let’s All Be Brave — I’m pretty sure you will. 😉 Happy New Year!

  5. I need to read Kristen Welch’s book. Her blog is awesome, and I always get a lot out of her posts.

    Thanks for hosting the link party. 🙂

    And Happy New Year!

  6. Those books on your still reading list are some of my faves. The last one especially and i think i underlined more than half of the other two. Look forward to seeing what you pick up next year

    • Making it Home is gorgeous. That’s the book I go to when I just want to indulge and savor the gift of words. I adore Emily’s writing. Thanks for stopping by, Janel! Grateful for your presence here. Wishing you a blessed 2016!

  7. What a great book list, Kate! 16 is a reading victory, for sure!!! I’ve read a few of the same! Here are a few of my favorites from 2015:

    Anything by Jennie Allen
    For the Love by Jen Hatmaker
    The Women of Christmas by Liz Curtis Higgs
    Raising Grateful Kids in an Entitled World by Kristen Welch (preorder now!!! Coming in January!)
    The Money Making Mom by Crystal Paine
    Seven by Jen Hatmaker
    The Mingling of Souls by Matt Chandler
    The Best Yes by Lysa Terkeurst

    I’m looking forward to my book list of 2016 already! I’m pinning books to my Pinterest board and have made wish lists on both my Kindle app and on Amazon. My next book will likely be Women are Scary by Melanie Dale. Happy reading and a Happy New Year, sweet Kate!

  8. I wasn’t going to join in on this linkup but kept reading everyone’s great list of read & adding to my “to read list”. So I had to add my own. This was such a fun linkup! May you have a wonderful new year! Thank you for all you do to create community for us all! Blessings!

  9. Deidra’s book is sitting on the little blue stool by the window along with a few library books that I just can’t wait to dive into. Right now I’m in the midst of savoring Sarah Bessey’s latest. It’s a great day for a hot cup of tea, a great big quilt, and hours of getting lost in glorious words!

    Happy New Year, Kate!


  10. I’m still reading Every Little Thing. I’m bouncing between that and Raising Grateful Kids at the moment. There were so many great books this year that it was hard to keep up!

  11. I love all things Jane Austen (it’s about time to reread all of her books…I feel the mood coming over me right now…). I’ll definintley check out Dear Mr. Knightly. Have you read “Jane Austen Ruined My Life” and “Mr. Darcy Broke My Heart”? Both awesome Austen related books :).

  12. Love this list! The Jen Hatmaker is the only one I’ve read so far, but most of these are in my TBR list. I haven’t blogged by “Best Of” 2015 yet because I’m still processing what I’ve read. I did reread Christy by Catherine Marshall for the first time in years, though, and that is a novel that still reads beautifully. I think I liked it even more this time around.

  13. This is a fabulous list, and I’m so excited to have found your blog! I host an all-things-books linky party every Thursday and someone who linked up there mentioned your special edition books of 2015 link-up. I hopped right over to check it out and join the fun! I’d love for you to join Booknificent Thursdays whenever you have a post about books you’d like to share! You will be an excellent addition to our little book-loving community!


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