Books I Read in 2015

Four years ago, my friend Matthew Landrum told me he aims to read a book a week. I thought I would give it a try.

Since that time (2011) I’ve read 123 books. In 2015 I read 24.

Old BooksThat may seem like a lot or a little but that is not the point of this post. The point is that since 2011 I’ve had three more kids, written several hundred blog posts, started a writers conference, was asked to speak at another, and written several short stories and blogs for other sites.

Those accomplishments are also not the point. The point is that a simple routine helped me read a book roughly every two weeks for five years without even noticing it. It took work, but more like simple play than steely determination.

It’s amazing what a slow plodding pace can accomplish.

If there is something you want to do, don’t burn yourself out. Build longevity and go after a pace that integrates with your life.

Here’s my list of books I read in 2015. If you have a list or if you have a book you love that I should read, please post in the comments section below.

King Arthur and His Knights – Roger Lancelyn Green

Food A Love Story – Jim Gaffigan

Someday, Someday, Maybe -Lauren Graham

The Heart of the Sea – The Tragedy of the Whale Ship Essex – Nathaniel Philbrick

The Martian – Andy Weir

Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban – JK Rowling

Murder at the Vicarage – Agatha Christie

You Are A Writer – Jeff Goins

The Razer’s Edge – W. Somerset Maugham

The Art of Work – Jeff Goins

The War of Art – Steven Pressfield

Do Over – Jon Acuff

Nemesis – Agatha Christie

Mr. Hockey – My Story – Gordie Howe

Quitter – Jon Acuff

The Sun Also Rises – Ernest Hemingway

The In Between – Jeff Goins

The Back Reckoning – John Stephens

A Cup of Dust – Susie Finkbeiner

The 15 Success Traits of Pro Bloggers – Jonathan Milligan

Ashfall – Mike Mullin

Turing Pro – Steven Pressfield

Slaughterhouse Five – Kurt Vonnegut

Hin Einsami Frelsarin – Agnar Artuvertin (with Translations from the Faroese by Matthew Landrum).

Make 2016 a great year!

My Shamefully Small Reading List of 2012

Confession. Unlike last year, my yearly reading list is, admittedly, somewhat embarrassing. I hate not to report what I have read because there were several great books in there (which I have made bold in my list) but not as many as I would have liked.

I Hope this year contains more books, and more submissions.

  1. Potter and the Order of the Phoenix – JK Rowling

    The Emerald Atlas
    The Emerald Atlas
  2. The Help – Kathryn Stockett
  3. Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince – JK Rowling
  4. I Capture the Castle – Dodie Smith
  5. Humilitas – John Dickson
  6. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – JK Rowling
  7. An Extraordinary Education – Trenton Lee Stewart
  8. The Princess and the Goblin – George MacDonald
  9. Wonderstruck – Brian Selznick
  10. Half-Moon Investigations – Eoin Colifer
  11. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (again I know. This was enough of Harry for a while!)
  12. A Voyage Long and Strange – Tony Horwitz
  13. The Magician’s Nephew – CS Lewis
  14. The New Testament – NIV Translation
  15. The Emerald Atlas – John Stephens
  16. A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens

Keep Reading/Writing.

Cheers, and a happy belated New Year to you all.

Bob