Reading Review #2

Growing up, reading was often a family affair. We sat in a row of little chairs as my mom read us the classics in the afternoon, tales of history, missionary biographies, Newbery award winners. The image of Johnny Tremain from the book with his name as the title and his hand burned by the forge is forever in my memory. In the evenings we huddled together on beds and the floor as my dad read to all of us. My favorite was going through all of the Laura Ingalls Wilder books. I was a voracious reader as a kid, but my interest rather waned in college and graduate school. Since I made up my list of book categories and set out on a new reading journey for 2015, I feel like I’ve fallen in love with reading again, remembered the joy of it.

So, here’s a quick list of the books I’ve read since April. Maybe you’ll be inspired to read something new. If you want to see my first reading review, check it out here!

Book #5 of the Year: A Book By an Author I’ve Never Read Before
I Will Carry You: The Sacred Dance of Grief and Joy by Angie Smith, completed April 28th

6. Extra
Expectations and Burnout by Robynn Bliss and Sue Eenigenburg, completed May 24

7. A Classic Romance
North and South by Elizabeth Gaskill, completed July 8th

8. Extra
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer, completed July 19th

9. A Leadership/Business book
Leading from the Sandbox: How to Develop, Empower and Release High-Impact Teams by TJ Addington, completed July 30th

10. A Spiritual Classic
The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis, completed August 18th

11. A Book Recommended by a Friend
As Soon as I Fell by Kay Bruner, completed August 20th

12. Extra
Grace for the Good Girl by Emily P. Freeman, completed September 8th

13. #1 Best Seller on Amazon (chosen on August 28, 2015)
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins, completed September 25th

14. Extra
One More Wish by Robin Jones Gunn, completed October 9th

15. A Book that Became a Movie
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis, completed October 13

Currently reading: A Pulitzer Prize-winning Book from 1986 (the year I was born)
Common Ground: A Turbulent Decade in the Lives of Three American Families by J. Anthony Lukas (all 658 pages!)

I just have one more category left for the year: a sci-fi book. Any recommendations?

Do you have any fun reading memories from your childhood? What’s the best thing you’ve read so far in 2015?


  1. silverk65 says:

    Anything by Ted Dekker – I think it would be classified as sci-fi -he has a series – Black, Red, Green, White.


  2. Mike Vincent says:

    One of the reasons I enjoy It is an easy and fun way to track the books I read.


  3. hmmm – I haven’t tried Goodreads for tracking the books I read….may have to check that out. Thank you for sharing your list and your categories, Sarah!


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