My Year in Books: 2015

11 January 2016

I was going to say "Hello from the other side," but then Carmel went and used that line in her New Year's resolutions post, so I figured it would be cliché. In any case, salutations to one and all! Literary Lane has been awfully silent of late, and since this particular interruption in the lull is due to Christmas break (I head back to the not-so-frozen tundra in less than a week), I'm afraid my posts will continue to be irregular in the new year. College has a way of doing that to you. Every year I look forward to publishing my round-up of books, though, so allow me to indulge the opportunity to dust off this online nook and build a fire in the hearth.

read in 2015
[some for pleasure, many for school]

the mayor of casterbridge - thomas hardy
mind of the maker - dorothy l. sayers
heart of darkness - joseph conrad
the fellowship of the ring - j. r .r. tolkien
the importance of being earnest - oscar wilde 
oscar wilde's wit and wisdom (book of quotes)
lord of the flies - william golding
perelandra - c. s. lewis
1984 - george orwell
pygmalion - george bernard shaw
outliers - malcolm gladwell
whatever happened to penny candy? - richard j. maybury
prosperity and poverty - e. calvin beisner
the code of the woosters - p. g. wodehouse
harry potter and the sorcerer's stone
harry potter and the chamber of secrets
harry potter and the prisoner of azkaban
harry potter and the goblet of fire
[all by j. k. rowling]
the son of david - nancy guthrie
founding father: rediscovering george washington - richard brookhiser
the book of job - translated by raymond p. scheindlin
christianity and liberalism - j. gresham machen
le malentendu and les justes - albert camus
on the incarnation - athanasius
the freedom of a christian - martin luther
a reformation debate - john calvin & jacopo sadoleto
total truth - nancy pearcey
western heritage: a reader
the great divorce - c. s. lewis

The Fellowship of the Ring, every bit as splendid as I'd anticipated, and The Great Divorce, startling in its beautiful, yet haunting depth, were by far the best reads of 2015. Tolkien and Lewis — bet you didn't see that one coming? In 2015 I also began The Complete Works by Flannery O' Connor, Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott, and Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë, but since I haven't finished them, I didn't add them to the list. All three have been collecting dust on my bookshelf at school this autumn, but having already crushed four weeks' worth of clothes and other necessities into my bags for Christmas break, I left them there over the holiday. I do want to finish them this year, but I'll probably hold off until May brings back my literary freedom.

to read in 2016

the aeneid - virgil [currently reading]
orthodoxy - g. k. chesterton [currently reading my dad's copy, which means I need to finish it before I go back]
the divine comedy - dante alighieri
mere christianitytill we have faces [reread], and the weight of glory - c. s. lewis
la chanson de roland
mansfield park - jane austen
the constitution of liberty - f. a. hayek
the complete poems - emily dickinson
john adams - david mccullough

...And maybe one of these days I'll finally do more than flip through the pages of Anna Karenina and read it properly.

what did you read in 2015?

4 epistles:

  1. Some wonderful books there! Ahh you're planning on ROLAND for this year; hooray. TOTAL TRUTH is a great book, isn't it? Have you read the rest of the LORD OF THE RINGS?

    1. My French class is reading Roland this semester, and I'm excited to dive in! I loved Total Truth; Pearcey hit the nail on the head, and didn't shy away from calling out places where the Church has not fulfilled its duty. And yes, I need to finish Lord of the Rings! So far, I've only read The Hobbit and Fellowship.

  2. Most of the books on your read lists have been on mine for a while, but for some reason I still haven't managed to get to them. Maybe this should be the year

  3. Wow, you had a productive 2015! Those are some great books :)

    I did some reading in 2015 but not nearly as much as I had intended. I read most of Rick Riordan's Greek mythology series (and there was an Egyptian mythology one too), which was fascinating; James Dashner's Maze Runner series, the last Andrew Peterson book in the Wingfeather Saga, and a bunch of odds and ends (mostly Amazon freebies). I'd hoped to finish off The Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens but didn't manage it. Rather pitiful year for my reading goals.


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