Today is the first day of my Christmas break for 2015, which means I have time to work on a blog post.  It has been a long time in coming; thanks to Sarah ( for all her professional expertise and advice.

As I think about what I would like to share, it is a list of 20 of my favorite reads from this past year.

For the first time in my life, I was in a book club this past year.  I loved being in a book club.  I read more than ever before.  The other members introduced me to topics and genres that I had never considered.  I am a better person as a result of that experience.

Here is a list, in no particular order, of my 20 Favorite Reads for 2015:

  1. “Paper Towns” by John Green
  2. “The Invention of Wings” by Sue Monk Kidd
  3. “Where’d You Go, Bernadette?” by Maria Semple
  4. “Do Over” by Jon Acuff
  5. “The Art of Racing in the Rain” by Garth Stein
  6. “The Heart Mender” by Andy Andrews
  7. “The Red Garden” by Alice Hoffman
  8. “Home To Harmony” by Philip Gulley
  9. “As You Wish” by Cary Elwes
  10. “The Giving Tree” by Shel Sivlerstein
  11. “Wonder” by R.J. Palacio
  12. “Orphan Train” by Christina Baker Kline
  13. “The Whip”  by Karen Kondazian
  14. “College Unbound” by Jeffrey J. Selingo
  15. “Leadership is an Art” by Max DePree
  16. “The Great Divorce” by C.S. Lewis
  17. “Blessings” by Anna Quindlen
  18. “The Salt Garden” by Cindy Martinusen
  19. “The Five People You Meet in Heaven” by Mitch Albom
  20. “House of Sand and Fog” by Andre Dumas III

I’d love to hear from you about your favorite reads from 2015.