Good books make me laugh, cry, forget my problems, expose me to new ideas, and help me feel more connected to the world. Also, my love of reading inspired me to start RowdyKittens.com to improve my writing and share my stories.
During 2015, I read over 40 books, and there's still a few months left in the year! I tend to gravitate toward memoirs and books that focus on creative living and writing because I love personal stories, and I'm always on the look out for writing tips and advice.
Plus, I have to catch-up on reading because books weren't a big part of my childhood, tween, or high school years. I did the required reading in school, but I was more interested in boys, competitive skiing, swimming, and television. It wasn't until I started college that the book bug bit me. Today, books are a regular part of my diet (kind of like coffee). I can’t get enough.
Today, I'm sharing a list of the books I read and loved during 2015. The list is in no particular order. I've also broken the list down into categories. I hope my reading list inspires you to turn off the TV (or your screen of choice) and head to your local library or bookstore.
Communication & Media Studies
Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age by Sherry Turkle
My Life on the Road by Gloria Steinem
Truth & Beauty: A Friendship by Ann Patchett
The Glass Castle: A Memoir by Jeannette Walls
Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things by Jenny Lawson
Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia by Elizabeth Gilbert
This I Know: Notes on Unraveling the Heart by Susannah Conway
Scary Close: Dropping the Act and Finding True Intimacy by Donald Miller
My Year with Eleanor: A Memoir by Noelle Hancock
The Art of Memoir by Mary Karr
Process: The Writing Lives of Great Authors by Sarah Stodola
Syllabus: Notes from an Accidental Professor by Lynda Barry
What It Is by Lynda Barry
Cartooning: Philosophy and Practice by Ivan Brunetti
Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert
Lovable Livable Home: How to Add Beauty, Get Organized, and Make Your House Work for You by Sherry Petersik and John Petersik
Physical & Emotional Health
Rising Strong by Brené Brown
Woman Code by Alisa Vitti
The Five Languages of Love by Gary D. Chapman
Hands Free Life: Nine Habits for Overcoming Distraction, Living Better, and Loving More by Rachel Macy Stafford
Money: Master the Game by Tony Robbins
Better than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives by Gretchen Rubin
Zen Habits: Mastering the Art of Change by Leo Babauta
The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod
7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey
The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert
The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan
The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
Happiness for Beginners by Katherine Center
The Lost Husband by Katherine Center
What books did you enjoy reading in 2015?
Before you go, I have two pieces of business news and updates to share.
First, I’m contributing to A Simple Year: Twelve Months of Guided Simplicity, again. I will guide course participants through the digital and relationships segments of the course, and I’m looking forward to it. If you purchase the course before November 20, 2015, you’ll get 25% off the class.