Another year, another book challenge.

Well, I read 14 books in 2014. I was aiming for 15. So, I'm sticking with the 15 number for this year -- and I thought I'd share 15 books on my to-read list in honor of the lucky number 15.


Still Life with Breadcrumbs - Anna Quindlen: Published last year, I saw this book on many "must-read" lists. Since it was readily available at the library - it is going to be my first book of 2015! 

Gone Girl - Gillian Flynn: I know this has been on everyone lists for years now - and its a movie now too - but I've been having babies the last few years so I'm a little behind. My mom got this book for Christmas so I'll be borrowing it from her and reading it soon. Better than waiting behind the 200+ people that have reserved it at the library.

Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte: It's a classic that I haven't read and I've decided this is the year. We'll see if I get to it. It's free on kindle so that's a bonus.

#GIRLBOSS - Sophia Amoruso: I've heard good and bad things about this book. But she's a Nor-Cal girl - and successful and interesting - so I'll give it a try. Since I'm start on my own and I know the road can be a little bumpy, I figure need a little inspiration and a little motivation.

Insurgent - Veronica Roth: I read the first book in this series and loved it. I rented this from the library and had to return it before I could get to it. I need to give it another try.

The Selected Work of T.S. Spivet - Reif Larsen: This has been on my to-read list for a while - and it is sitting on my shelf, borrowed from my dad. My goal is to read and return this book this year.

We Tell Ourselves Stories in Order to Live: Collected Nonfiction - Joan Didion: She's a Sacramento native and an inspiration. Her writing is amazing and I've always wanted to read this collection. 

A Room of One's Own - Virginia Woolf: This book is 112 pages. I should be able to accomplish reading it. I've heard wonderful reviews on this and I am interested in getting a little Virginia Woolf inspiration this year.

Bossypants - Tina Fey: Because I can't believe I still haven't read this book. 

Rules of Civility - Amor Towles: A best selling book set in the 1930's with rave reviews. Another one that has been on my "to-read" list FAR too long.

The Mysterious Benedict Society - Trenton Lee Stewart: This series is said to be one that sucks you in - and I love series books like that. I'm looking forward to giving this one a try.

The Goldfinch - Donna Tartt: Pulitzer Prize winner for fiction... another LONG waiting list at the library so if I want to read it this year, I should probably buy it. Oh, and it is 775 pages - so if I start now I might finish by the end of the year. OMG. But I've heard such great things.

Under the Wide and Starry Sky - Nancy Horan: I love historical fiction and really like Robert Louis Stevenson. He has such a unique story and was such an amazing storyteller. This sounds great.

Carsick: John Waters hitchhikes across America - John Waters: Imagine picking up John Waters on the highway holding a sign that says "I'm not psycho." That's what he did to tell these stories - and I really can't wait to read them. He is such a interesting guy.

Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy: Four Women Undercover in the Civil War - Karen Abbott: I like history - but I'm not a Civil War fan normally. But, if any story might get me interested it would be one about women spies. I'll give it a go.

Well there is my list of 15 books! Not sure these will be the EXACT 15 I end up reading... but at least now I have a list to go to if nothing else jumps out at me.

Any books you're hoping to read in 2015?

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Ellen Martin

I'm a west-coast mama of two little ones, 15 months apart. This is our family story with reviews and recommendations along the way. Thanks for joining our journey.

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