In 2015 I set myself a goal to read 50 books in the year, however I only managed to read 40 books. Which is kind of what I expected, 50 books always felt slightly out of reach for me but it was a challenge I enjoyed last year! Out of those 40 books, I want to share with you my top 10 books of 2015 (in no particular order):
Top 10 Books:
|1. The Book Thief – Markus Zusak
I really couldn't put this book down. I love the style of writing and the story being told from the point of view of death. It’s a sad story with glimpses of mercy, grace and hope. A must read if you haven’t read it yet.
|2. A wilderness of mirrors – Mark Meynell
I really enjoyed reading this book – it was insightful and challenging. It gives a deep look at culture, it is well researched and it points the reader to Christ.
|3. Ready Player One – Ernest Cline
This book is rather geeky, which is why I really enjoyed it! It had so many references to 80s pop culture, video games and all things retro! It’s about the virtual world and overcoming the big corporations that try to dominate it. The film is meant to be coming out soon, which I am looking forward to!
|4. Coming back to God when you feel empty – Tanya Marlow
This book was written by my friend Tanya Marlow. She goes through the book of Ruth with reflections and questions at the end to help the reader dig in deeper. What I loved about this book was that Tanya focuses more on Naomi and her role in the story – it was refreshing to read!
|5. Steve Jobs – Walter Isaacson
I enjoyed getting to know more of who Steve Jobs was - what made him tick, his creativity and his strange quirks. This was a really interesting read!
|6. Planet Narnia – Michael Ward
An interesting book on CS Lewis's Narnia Chronicles. Ward looks at the meaning behind each book and invites us to join him on a journey that shows us a deeper insight into the mind of CS Lewis.
|7. The Martian – Andy Weir
After watching the film I couldn't help but read the book too! I enjoyed the style of the book, which was in a diary format. It was one of those books that I couldn't put down!
|8. The Graveyard Book – Neil Gaiman
Gaiman is fast becoming one of my favourite authors. This book has a dark plot but one that is fun to read. The characters are interesting as we follow the story of a young boy who lives in the graveyard with the ghosts.
|9. The Next story – Tim Challies
This is a helpful book about being in the digital age and how to navigate through this as a Christian. I found it helpful to think through how I use social media and anything online. A challenging read.
|10. The Skeletons in God’s Closet – Joshua Ryan Butler
Butler holds back no punches with this book and it’s probably the most helpful apologetic book I have read on the subject of hell, judgement and holy war. I would recommend this to anyone wanting to go deeper on these subjects.