In no particular order the books that I read and made most impact on me in 2015:
- Carry On, Warrior – Glennon Doyle Melton. If you haven’t read this, read it now, then find Glennon’s blog on Momastery, read all of the archives and follow her on every single social media outlet. Become a Monkee and take part in all the wonderful things she does like love flash mobs and the Compassion Collective.
- Faith Without Pretending – Dr. Anne Townsend. I am lucky enough to know this wonderful lady personally, she is clergy at my church and her preaching days are my favourite services. What a life.
- The Ragamuffin Gospel – Brennan Manning. There is a lot in this book but you come away with a sense that you are loved and you want to *do* better.
- Go Set a Watchman – Harper Lee. I had big, big expectations after TKMB. I was not disappointed. Wow.
- Elizabeth is Missing -Emma Healey. I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this, it was a gripping storyline and very British. It dealt with a sensitive subject in a sensitive way.
- The Miniaturist – Jessie Burton. This was a wonderful mystery. I don’t normally pick up mystery books but this was recommended by a friend and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Beautifully written with unexpected plot twists, I really had no idea what would happen next.
- Out of Sorts – Sarah Bessey. I loved Sarah’s first book “Jesus Feminist” and I was lucky enough to hear her speak in October at the Woman 2 Woman Conference in London about her faith. I adore Sarah’s writing, she makes theology relatable and pertinent to every day life. Sarah is one of my favourite bloggers and writers.
- All the Light We Cannot See – Anthony Doerr. I picked this up in Waterstones after a recommendation that read “if you liked the Book Thief (which I did, I LOVED it, in fact) then you’ll love this”. True.
- Americanah – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. This was bought for me for my thirtieth by a friend with excellent literary taste. Completely different and, dare I say it, ground breaking.
- The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho. This completely blew me away. I cannot believe that I had not heard of this author before a month ago. I got three more of his books for Christmas and will be using my library car to read every single word he has written. Ever.