If you have followed me for very long, you know how much I love to read. There have been seasons of my life where I did not have a lot of time to read and I had to get a little more creative. But no matter what season of life you are in, you can always enjoy a good book even if only a chapter or two a day!
As I closed out the 2015 year, I took some time to look back over what I accomplished. I was shocked to see that I had read over 60 books in 2015! There were so many favorites that I had a hard time choosing. I was going to do a list of my top 10, but had to extend it to 15! Enjoy browsing through these — maybe you’ll find a few you can add to your reading list this year!
- Past Forward Series by Chautona Havig – I think it was this series that got me started reading Chautona Havig’s books! I loved it! Chautona writes in a way that draws you into the lives of the characters in the story in a way that you relate to them and learn lessons with them. (Note: Chautona has this Kindle bundle on sale right now for only $4.99 for the whole series!)
- You Are Loved by Sally Clarkson and Angela Perritt – I studied through this book with a friend this past year and it as so good! It reminded me of God’s amazing love for me. Sometimes we get so caught up in looking at our faults, that we forget that God is there, ready to love, forgive, and wrap us in His arms! Highly recommend this book!
- Simple Secrets by Nancy Mehl – This is the first book in a 3-book series. Set in a small Mennonite community, this series is full of lessons on love, forgiveness, and God’s grace. Loved this series!
- For the Children’s Sake by Susan Schaeffer – This is a classic homeschooling book that has been around a while. It is deep reading, so plan on going through it slowly. Such wisdom is shared in this little book though. I recommend it for any homeschool family!
- Own Your Life by Sally Clarkson – I love all of Sally’s books, and this one was another favorite. Own Your Life talks all about taking responsibility for the life God has given you and living it to the fullest. Highly recommended!
- Real Homeschool by Karen DeBeus – I love Karen’s heart for homeschooling. She gets back to the basics and is all about being “real” with each other. If you are needing some encouragement in your homeschool, get this book!
- Candle in the Darkness by Lynn Austin – I love historical fiction and this book was so good! Set during the Civil War, the author did an amazing job telling what both sides of this war went through. I highly recommend this book!
- Teaching from Rest by Sarah MacKenzie – If you are struggling in your homeschooling journey, you need to get this book! Sarah shares how you can approach homeschooling in a whole new way that allows you to relax and enjoy the journey. Highly recommended!
- Trim Healthy Mama Plan by Pearl Barrett and Serene Allison – I already had the original Trim Healthy Mama book and read it through cover to cover, but when this new version came out I had to get it too! I love how Pearl and Serene condensed the plan into a shorter, easier-to-follow book and I learned even more reading through this version.
- A Patchwork Christmas Collection – There are 3 stories in this book and it was another one I enjoyed reading over the Christmas break. Each story stands alone, and fun recipes are included throughout the book.
- Reverie by Christina Yother (3 book series) – I loved this whole series as it spoke of God’s love for us even though we feel so unworthy. Excellent series!
- Amazing Grace by Faith Blum – This is one of the Hymns of the West series by Faith Blum (a homeschool graduate) and I absolutely LOVED it! This book is actually the third book in the series, but it was free so I read it first! Since then I have read the first book in the series and it was great too. I can’t wait to read all the other books by this author.
- A Biltmore Christmas by Diane Ashley – This book actually has 4 books in 1. I loved this series and it was perfect to read over our Christmas break.
- Not a Word by Chautona Havig – I love all of Chautona’s books, but this one struck me deep. She deals with serious issues of forgiveness and it really made me stop and think about to what extent I would forgive someone. As Chautona always does, she weaves in so many spiritual lessons in her books and this one was no exception!
- Addicted to Busy by Brady Boyd – If you love going, going, going, maybe you need this book! In our fast-paced world, it is easy to get caught up in being and staying busy all the time. This book encourages you to take a look at your life and begin to see things from a different perspective — one of peace and joy and margin! Loved this book!
Thanks for taking the time to read through to the end! Did you have any favorite books you read last year? If so, please share them in the comments!