A Look Back at 2015 in Books

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2015 in books: I read 60 books totaling 12,780 pages. 21 are authored by women; I believe only 8 are by people who are considered nonwhite. For the first time in years, less than half of the books were required reading for courses, though not by much: 26 were for school.

Below is a select list of books I read in 2015. (I left off ones I found unhelpful, harmful, or just plain unenjoyable. If you’re interested, you can see the full list on my goodreads shelf.)

Select fiction (favorites marked with **):

  • **The Hakawati – Rabih Alameddine
  • **White Teeth – Zadie Smith
  • **Gilead – Marilynne Robinson
  • The Slow Regard of Silent Things – Patrick Rothfuss
  • Murder on the Orient Express – Agatha Christie
  • Hotel Splendid – Marie Redonnet
  • Adverbs – Daniel Handler
  • Everything Begins & Ends at the Kentucky Club – Benjamin Alire Saenz
  • Something Rotten (Thursday Next #4) – Jasper Fforde
  • Interpreter of Maladies – Jhumpa Lahiri
  • Batwoman (The New 52) – JH Williams III et al
  • Pretty Deadly (Vol 1) – Kelly Sue DeConnick

Select nonfiction on call / discernment (favorites marked with **):

Select nonfiction (favorites marked with **):

  • **Between the World and Me – Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • **Here All Dwell Free: Stories to Heal the Wounded Feminine – Gertrud Mueller Nelson
  • **The Book of Symbols: Reflections on Archetypal Images – Ami Ronnberg
  • **Although of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself: A Road Trip with David Foster Wallace – David Lipsky
  • **The Reason I Jump – Naoki Higashida
  • **The Sketchbook Project World Tour – Steven Peterman et al
  • **The 5 Minute Journal: A Happier You in 5 Minutes a Day – Alex Ikonn
  • The Tao of Pooh – Benjamin Hoff
  • The Death of Satan: How Americans Have Lost the Sense of Evil – Andrew Delblanco
  • The Least of These: Lessons Learned from Kids on the Street – Ron Ruthruff
  • Memories of God: Theological Reflections on a Life – Roberta Bondi
  • The Interpretation of Fairy Tales – Marie-Louise von Franz
  • Bible and Mission: Christian Witness in a Postmodern World – Richard Bauckham
  • A General Theory of Love – Thomas Lewis et al
  • The Open Secret: An Introduction to the Theology of Mission – Leslie Newbigin
  • Wild Things: Poems on Grief and Love, Loss and Gratitude – Roberta Bondi
  • Philippians – Stephen Fowl
  • Waiting for Gospel: An Appeal to the Dispirited Remnants of Protestant Establishment – Douglas John Hall
  • The Pastor as Minor Poet: Texts and Subtexts in Ministerial Life – Craig Barnes
  • Orthodoxy – G K Chesterton
  • Reasons to Stay Alive – Matt Haig

I’ll be posting more theological thoughts and reviews on these in the coming weeks.

Are there any that you’re interested in reading more about? Any you’ve read? What were your top books of 2015?


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5 Comment

  1. Sad to say I don’t recognize many of the titles. Might be a good list for inspiration for me!

    1. I hope it is! A goal for 2016 is to be better about posting my thoughts and reviews on what I’m reading, so this blog will be getting much more helpful for reading list building!

      1. That would be great! It’s always fun to find out about books that used to be unfamiliar to you.

  2. Sheila says: Reply

    Hi Kate! Thank you for offering your experience, reflections and those things that feed your soul with us, we strangers. I found your illuminating response about literature and spirituality on the Seattle site following a brief search on the Selkie. I’ve been reading through the list you provided there in addition to the one above. I feel so grateful to have accidentally found these readings and treasure them so much! I have become close friends (or so I’d like to think) with Marilynne Robinson as of late in addition to reading Hakawati, The Slow Regard of Silent Things and more. Have you read Madelaine L’Engle’s CROSswick Journals (particularly Circle of Quiet and Irrational Season)? I have little doubt that you would truly enjoy them. Peace & love to you… Sheila

    1. Kate Rae Davis says: Reply

      Hi Sheila! Thanks for your comment. I’m so glad you found your way to my little corner of the internet! I’m guessing that because you’re researching selkies that you’ve seen Song of the Sea, yeah? I love that movie so much. I’ve been meaning to do a series on it since it came out.
      I read L’Engle’s “Irrational Season” over the course of a year, reading each chapter at the appropriate seasonal time. Such a lovely work. She’s one of my favorites. I’ll need to add the rest of them to my to-be-read list for sure.
      Looking forward to more of your thoughts and recommendations! Grace and peace.

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