Books forty-nine to Sixty: End of the Year Round Up!

At the end of 2014, my goal for the new year was to read 50 books. And while I figured I'd get there in a year's time (given the amount of time I had to read + the library I had access to...and my tendency to buy books at any--and every--English language bookstore I stepped foot in...), I am very happy to report that I read 60 books in 2015!

Some of you read double that, and some of you just read one book a year....so I'm not judging you, promise. But the fact that I read 60 books since last January (not to count the books I read when we arrived in Spain in Fall 2014) is pretty remarkable for me. I read a decent amount of books in high school and a ton in college as an English major, but this past year has changed the way I approach reading and learning. I am finding reading a pleasure and a joy, not a chore. And there's so, so much I want to learn and know. And I can't wait for 2016, where my next goal is 75 books. 

So here's a (very) quick end of the year round up. I haven't logged any of my reading since September (oops!), so here you go:

#49 Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C.S. Lewis {The next book in the Narnia series--I intended to finish the whole series this summer, but then...I didn't.} / #50 My Wish List by Gregoire Delacourt {A woman wins the lottery: does she tell anyone, or keep it a secret? Wonderful, quick read.} / #51 Girl Meets Change by Kristen Strong {A good book to help you process and think about how to positively approach change, and what God might be telling you through it.} / #52 Simply Tuesday by Emily Freeman {SO GOOD, GO READ IT. I really love Emily Freeman's writing style, and I loved reading about how to embrace the smallness of my own life.} / #53 Scarlet by Marissa Meyer (2nd installment in the Lunar Chronicals) {An adaptation of Little Red Riding Hood: just add equal parts man-turned-wolf (fangs included) and teenage romance, and you're good to go.} / #54 Ready Player One by Ernest Cline {This would make for a fantastic book club read. (Not that I'm in a book club, just saying.) What happens when the world falls apart, and people begin to live their lives physically hooked up to a cyber world?}  / #55 Pigs in Heaven by Barbara Kingsolver {The sequel to The Bean Trees, and another beautiful work by a new favorite author.}  / #56 The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger {I've always been curious about this classic. It's weird. And because I'm watching every episode of Gilmore Girls right now I couldn't help but imagine the protagonist was Jess.} / #57 When Will There Be Good News? by Kate Atkinson {A detective/crime novel...which after starting another novel in the same genre and abandoning it, and not being super crazy about this one, makes me think this genre might not be one I love. Take this one or leave it.}  / #58 Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert {True confessions: I hated Eat, Pray, Love. But Elizabeth Gilbert has won me back over with her TED talks, Big Magic, and her podcast by the same name. This was one of my favorite books of the year.} / #59 Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather {A bit slow--in my opinion--but still beautifully written, Cather portrays the American West in the mid-1800s and the dedication and perseverance of a Catholic bishop.} / #60 State of Wonder by Ann Patchett {I heard about this book in Big Magic and found it at a bookstore, and I can safely say I've found another author whose writing I want to devour. Another total favorite.}

That's all folks! Coming soon: looking back at my reading list last year, with my top ten favorites. Or top fifteen. Or twenty.

Until then, Happy New Year!