Book List 2015

In 2014 I purposed to read a book a week, and approximately did so, by the skin of my teeth. In 2015 I didn’t set any specific goals, but largely because I read aloud so much to my school kids,  I managed to read sixty-one, and with no skin off my teeth. Hmm, does this mean that setting goals accomplishes less than living spontaneously? Anyhow, without further ado, here is the list of titles I read in 2015.

  1. The Borrowers Avenged- Mary Norton
  2. Understood Betsey- Dorothy Canfield Fisher
  3. The Fellowship of the Ring- J.R.R. Tolkien
  4. The Two Towers- J.R.R. Tolkien
  5. The Return of the King- J.R.R. Tolkien
  6. The Good Master- Kate Seredy
  7. What She Said; and What She Meant- Isabella Alden
  8. Sarah Witcher’s Story- Elizabeth Yates
  9. The Mystery of Marriage- Mike Mason
  10. The Year of Miss Agnes- Kirkpatrick Hill
  11. Follow My Leader- James B. Garfield
  12. The Deadliest Monster- J. F. Baldwin
  13. Giant- Edna Ferber
  14. The Wheel on the School- Meindert DeJong
  15. Caddie Woodlawn- Carol Ryrie Brink
  16. Devotions for Dating Couples- Ben Young and Dr. Samuel Adams
  17. A Severe Mercy- Sheldon Vanauken
  18. My Life and Hard Times- James Thurber
  19. Benjamin West and His Cat Grimalkin- Margeurite Henry and Wesley Dennis
  20. The Education of Little Tree- Forrest Carter
  21. Still More Stories From Grandma’s Attic- Arleta Richardson
  22. Eighteen and On Her Own- Arleta Richardson
  23. Brave Kids-Cora Frear- Susan E. Goodman
  24. Delicious!- Ruth Reichl
  25. Strong Women, Soft Hearts- Paula Rinehart
  26. The Invention of Hugo Cabret- Brian Selznick
  27. Counting on Grace- Elizabeth Winthrop
  28. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn- Betty Smith
  29. Skipping Christmas- John Grisham
  30. If You Find This Letter- Hannah Brencher
  31. Wonderstruck- Brian Selznick
  32. Danger In the Shadows- Dee Henderson
  33. The Negotiator- Dee Henderson
  34. The Testament- John Grisham
  35. The Penderwicks- Jeanne Birdsall
  36. The Penderwicks on Gardam Street- Jeanne Birdsall
  37. The Penderwicks at Point Mouette- Jeanne Birdsall
  38. The Guardian- Dee Henderson
  39. Boston Jane- Jennifer Holm
  40. Truth Seeker- Dee Henderson
  41. The Protector- Dee Henderson
  42. Tender at the Bone- Ruth Reichl
  43. Tale of the Flying Dutchman- Bryan Jacques
  44. Devil at My Heels- Louis Zamperini
  45. The Giver- Lois Lowry
  46. Boston Jane the Claim- Jennifer L. Holm
  47. The Year of Pleasures- Elizabeth Berg
  48. Jennifer- Dee Henderson
  49. Emily of New Moon- L.M. Montgomery
  50. Daddy-Long-Legs- Jean Webster
  51. Emily Climbs- L.M. Montgomery
  52. Emily’s Quest- L.M. Montgomery
  53. The Rescuer- Dee Henderson
  54. Black Heels to Tractor Wheels- Ree Drummond
  55. Dear Enemy- Jean Webster
  56. Anne of Avonlea- L.M. Montgomery
  57. Anne of the Island- L.M. Montgomery
  58. Jerry- Jean Webster
  59. Anne of Windy Poplars- L.M. Montgomery
  60. The Light Princess- George Macdonald
  61. Blue Castle- L.M. Montgomery

And that, ladies and gentlemen, is it. Shortly you can expect a commentary on the outstanding ones.

As a P.S., for those interested, I’ve also included my 2014 book list.

  1. The horse and his boy- C. S. Lewis
  2. Swan house- E. Musser
  3. Mary Emma and company- Ralph Moody
  4. Toby Tyler-?
  5. Masquerade- N. Moser (stupid)
  6. Pied pier of Helfenstein- E. McCarthy
  7. Miracle for Jen- L. Barrack
  8. Gray Matter-?
  9. The Littles- J. Peterson
  10. Garlic and sapphires- Ruth Reichl (my favorite)
  11. The jungle- Upton Sinclair (horrible, but worthwhile)
  12. Daddy-long-legs- Jean Webster
  13. The tale of Despereaux- Kate DiCamillo (the movie is better)
  14. The good day mice- Carol Beach York
  15. Dear enemy- Jean Webster
  16. Mr. God this is Anna- Flynn
  17. The mistress of Shenstone- Florence L. Barclay (I liked)
  18. The magician’s nephew- C. S. Lewis
  19. Let me be a woman- Elizabeth Elliot
  20. Shaking the nickel bush- Ralph Moody
  21. The dry divide- Ralph Moody
  22. Carry on Mr. Bowditch- Jean Lee Latham
  23. Leota’s garden- Francine Rivers (waste of time)
  24. Biking across America- Paul Stutzman
  25. Across China- Peter Jenkins (meh)
  26. Mama’s bank account- Kathryn Forbes
  27. The great and terrible quest- Margaret Lovett
  28. The best Christmas pageant ever- Barbara Robinson
  29. Little women- Louisa May Alcott
  30. The pocket book of Ogden Nash
  31. Do you think I’m beautiful- Angela Thomas
  32. Big mountain, bigger God- Duane and Cindy Mullett
  33. Voyage of the Dawn Treader- C. S. Lewis
  34. Understood Betsy- Dorothy Canfield Fisher
  35. Choosing to SEE- Mary Beth Chapman
  36. Miracles in the ER- Robert D. Lesslie M.D.
  37. One thousand gifts devotional- Ann Voskamp
  38. Walk across America- Peter Jenkins
  39. Son of Hamas- Mosab Hassan Yousef
  40. The borrowers- Mary Norton
  41. Hansi, the girl who loved the swastika- Anne Hirschmann
  42. Let there be clothes- Lynn Schnurnberger (fun read)
  43. Hitty, her first hundred years- Rachel Field
  44. The borrowers afield- Mary Norton
  45. Papa Dolphin’s table- Dorothy Gilman Butters
  46. Honeymoon for seven- Alfred Toombs (funny)
  47. Hurry home, Candy- Meindert DeJong
  48. Preacher’s kids- Grace Nies Fletcher
  49. The borrowers aloft- Mary Norton
  50. The best Christmas pageant ever- Barbara Robinson (oops, double)
  51. O ye jigs and juleps- Virginia Cary Hudson
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