My 2015 Reading List

I managed to read 24 books in 2015. I’m currently reading Emily Giffin’s The One and Only and I’m going to try and finish it before January 1st, but for now my number is 24. I’d aimed to read 30 books this year so I missed by… let’s say 5. 

Which books did I love? The Happiness of Pursuit (Chris Guillebeau). Waking Up (Sam Harris). Big Magic (Elizabeth Gilbert). The Art of Asking (Amanda Palmer). Daring Greatly (Brene Brown). 

The only book on this list that could be described as bad would be, you guessed it, Grey. I had fun reading it but it was horribly cheesy and as poorly written as the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy. 

What books do I plan to read in 2016? I’m going to finish The One and Only (if I don’t finish it before Friday), followed by possibly finishing A Town Called Alice (a book that my dad recommended that I had a really hard time getting in to).

In the spirit of de-cluttering (thanks, Marie Kondo), I didn’t ask for many books for the holidays this year. Besides The One and Only, I received Griftopia (Matt Taibbi), Revenge Wears Prada (Lauren Weisberger), and Columbine (Dave Cullen). 

My attempt to not gather and hoard books anymore I believe will be proven futile after walking through Strand Books tonight. I saw so many books that I wanted to buy and read. Books like St. Mark’s is Dead, One of Us, Just Kids, The Opposite of Loneliness, and 10:04. I also have a ton more nonfiction novels on my floating book case in my apartment.

So many choices. So many books. So little time. I’m setting a goal of reading 25 books in 2016. I should be able to easily.

What I’m Reading Right Now: The $100 Startup by Chris Guillebeau and HTML & CSS: Design and Build Websites by Jon Duckett. Chris Guillebeau gave away a bunch of copies of his newest book, The $100 Startup, and I was lucky enough to be one of the chosen few. It’s been incredibly inspiring thus far.

HTML & CSS is an awesomely written book that I was given yesterday for my birthday because I’d mentioned that I’d wanted to re-familiarize myself with HTML and finally learn CSS. I got through the first 250 pages last night and became reacquainted with HTML and now I have to dive head-first into learning CSS, which I have absolutely no experience with. I’m a bit scared, but this book is fantastic so I have no doubts that I’ll learn how to use it easily.

I highly recommend both of these books.