2015 was an amazing year in books, but unfortunately there is never enough time to read all the latest and greatest bestsellers, award winners, and buzzed-about hits. Here are a few 2015 releases that I wanted to read, but didn’t get around to.
1. Ravensbrück by Sarah Helm
I read The Hiding Place–Corrie ten Boom’s account of her experiences in World War II and her time spend in Ravensbrück concentration camp–a few times when I was younger. It’s a truly remarkable story, but I’ve always wanted a broader and less personal picture of what life in Ravensbrück was like. I actually bought this book a few weeks ago, so hopefully I’ll get to it soon. It’s very meaty (0ver 700 pages) and I think it’s the sort of book you have to take small bites out of, since the subject matter is so horrifying.
2. The Witches by Stacy Schiff
Last summer I reread The Crucible for the first time in 10 years, which sparked my interest in Stacy Schiff’s history of the Salem witch trials. Not long after requesting the book for review, I discovered that I’m a direct descendent of Thomas Danforth, which completely floored me. I haven’t gotten around to reading The Witches yet, but my curiosity is boiling over.
3. Ashley’s War by Gayle Tzemach Lemmon
Being mostly ignorant of the precise role women play in the armed forces, I was curious when I saw this title. I thought women were not allowed in special ops and it very much piqued my interest. Some time after I added Ashley’s War to my wishlist I discovered that the audiobook is narrated by Kathe Mazur, who also narrated Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain. I loved her narration of that book, so I think I’m going to listen to Ashely’s War instead of reading it.
4. Rising Strong by Brené Brown
This one was on my Christmas wish list, though alas it was not under the tree on Christmas morning. Everyone’s been talking about it and I want to see what all the fuss is about.
5. Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
The topic of creativity has been on my mind a lot the last few months. From what I’ve heard from other bloggers, the press, etc., Big Magic was a lot better than people expected it to be. I wasn’t a huge fan of Eat, Pray, Love, the only other book by Gilbert I’ve read so far, but I would really like to give this a try.
6. The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
I’m planning to listen to the audiobook version soon. I’ve heard amazing things about it and it won a Goodreads Choice Award in the category of historical fiction, so I’m looking forward to getting started.
7. The Boston Girl by Anita Diamant
Being a Boston girl myself, the title caught me on this one. I have no idea what it’s about, but I’m sure it will be interesting. ?
8. The Girl in the Spider’s Web by David Lagercrantz
Lisbeth Salander is one of my favorite fictional heroines, though my relationship with the books is a bit dicey. I actually gave up on the trilogy halfway through The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest because it was moving at such a glacial pace. I’d like to see if David Lagercrantz was able to capture the Lisbeth I know and love while maybe picking up the pace a bit.
9. Scary Close by Donald Miller
I’ve never actually read anything by Donald Miller. I keep meaning to. First Blue Like Jazz passed me by, then A Million Miles in a Thousand Years, and now this. I am going to read it–really this time.
10. Out of Sorts by Sarah Bessey
I completely and utterly adored Sarah Bessey’s publishing debut, Jesus Feminist. I haven’t read much about her latest book, but I’m sure it will be as eloquent as her first.
What books do you wish you had read in 2015?