Reader's Journal 2015

Here are my reads for the year, starting with my top 5 picks.  If you wrote a list of the books you read this year, please feel free to link to it in the comments below. (My list doesn't include my Bible reading, CM's 6 volumes, or the books I read in our school. )

1. Charlotte Mason: 'a pioneer of sane education' by Marian Wallace Ney
"Marian Wallace Ney (1923-1991) produced a manuscript on the work of Charlotte Mason which went into storage.  A librarian, Victoria Waters discovered the work and felt it was a significant contribution  to the literature."  Thank you, Victoria!  In this book, Ney compares Mason with Dewey, Piaget, and other 20th century educational figures.  Very interesting and helpful.

2. The Time Mom Met Hitler, Frost Came to Dinner, and I Heard the Greatest Story Ever Told by Dikkon Eberhart
I so enjoy memoirs and this one didn't disappoint.  The people he met, the Minnesota connections,  and where he ends up is a story worth telling.

3. In the Land of the Blue Burqas by Kate McCord
This helped me understand how our Western way of talking about faith doesn't work well in the Middle East.  Her thoughtful approach to a people group she loves, and a people group we all should love, is timely and daring.  I may have my high schoolers read this one.

4. Anne of Ingleside by Lucy Maud Montgomery
What's better than reading stories about Anne as a mother in a lovely, old home?

5. Simply Good News by N.T. Wright
Simple, but brilliant.  Explaining the Lord's Prayer by highlighting it in reverse order helped me think through it afresh.  I need that.

Hannah Coulter by Wendell Berry
Walking With Kathleen Norris: A Contemplative Journey by Robert Waldron
Transforming Leadership by Leighton Ford
Over the Earth I Come: The Great Sioux Uprising of 1862 by Duane Schultz
Simply Good News by N.T. Wright
William Blake by James Daugherty
Holman Hunt and The Light of the World by Jeremy Maas
Anne of the Island by Lucy Maud Montgomery
The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall
The Fragrance of God by Vigen Guiron
Till We Have Faces by C.S. Lewis
How Dante Can Save Your Life by Rod Dreher
Minds More Awake - The Vision of Charlotte Mason by Anne E. White
The time Mom met Hitler, Frost came to dinner, and I heard the Greatest Story ever told by Dikkon Eberhart
Amy Carmichael "Beauty for Ashes" by Iain H. Murray
In The Land of Blue Burqas by Kate McCord
Anne's House of Dreams by Lucy Maud Montgomery
Charlotte Mason: 'a pioneer of sane education' by Marian Wallace Ney
At BBC Corner I remember Amy Carmichael by Margaret Wilkinson
Anne of Ingleside by Lucy Maud Montgomery
Rainbow Valley by Lucy Maud Montgomery


Past lists of reading goodness:


  1. Great list! Anne of the Ingleside and Rainbow Valley are two of my favorite Anne books. I've read and reread them! :) I'm working on my list and will be back to link up soon. Thanks for sharing, Nancy! :)

    1. We will wait patiently, Amy dear.

  2. I made my list last night! Thanks for posting your list, here is mine...not all are complete reads, some are in progress. I have some admitted twaddle in there but took up the CM practice of reading travel books this year. It's making our beach trip so much more meaningful!

    2015 Reading List

    Hope by Mary Jordan and Gina DeJesus
    Illusion by Frank E. Peretti
    In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan
    Finding Me by Michelle Burford
    Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
    Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee
    To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
    Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradal
    Through Gates of Splendor by Elisabeth Eliot
    Weight of Glory by C. S. Lewis
    Safely Home by Randy Alcorn
    A Year of Biblical Womanhood by Rachel Held Evans
    A Voice in the Wind, An Echo in the Darkness and As Sure as the Dawn by Francine Rivers
    Choosing Forgiveness by Nancy Leigh DeMoss
    A. D. 30 and A. D. 33 by Ted Dekker
    A Girl Named Zippy by Haven Kimmel
    The Bible, NIV and ESV versions
    Sailor's Valentines by Grace L. Madeira
    Living Sanibel by Charles Sobczak
    The Night Before Christmas by Charles Dickens
    Book of Common Prayer
    The Four Loves by C. S. Lewis
    Beyond Belief by Jenna Miscavidge Hill
    Mockingjay, Hunger Games and Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
    Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell
    Sequoyah from Harper's Bazaar by Unknown
    Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee by Dee Brown
    Three Little Words and Three More Words by Ashley Rhodes Courter
    The Midwife by Jolina Petersheim
    Birth Matters and Spiritual Midwifery by Ina May Gaskin
    God Loves Ugly by Christa Black
    A Midwife's Story by Penny Armstrong
    Baby Catcher by Peggy Marshall
    The Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollan
    Great Garden Companions by Sally Jean Cunningham
    Understanding the Borderline Mother by Christine Ann Lawson
    The Connected Child by Karyn Purvis
    The Quaker Cafe by Brenda Bevin Remmes

    1. Wow! You read widely this year, Alison! What I want to know is what were your favorites - the highlights - of your list??

  3. Nancy, I always enjoy your yearly reviews. I started doing this when I saw you do it, and I always pick a few titles from your highlighted ones.

    Here it's mine,

    1. It is fun and rewarding to look back at what we've read, isn't it? Thank you for sharing the link to your great list, Silvia!

  4. I need to read Anne of Ingleside now that I'm a grownup!!

    Loved this idea and this list. Gone with the Wind...I read it when my daughter was a little baby and we were on vacation....she nursed or had to be held constantly, so I went to Georgia in my mind. My best story there is that my great-grandmother once read GWTW in one sitting. She got up, ate breakfast and dressed, and began reading. She broke for lunch and dinner, and finished by bedtime. What a day!!!

    Here's my list for 2015! http://thejoyfulhouse.blogspot.com/2015/12/2015-reading-list.html

  5. Interesting list Nancy...thanks for sharing!

    This post doesn't show all the books I've read in 2015, but is has nine classics...


    Happy New Year!

    1. Hope you're keeping warm, Melissa! Your list looks so doable - perfect for a busy homeschool mom wanting to keep up her reading.

  6. :) http://theycallmemommywithapileofbooks.blogspot.com/2016/01/2015-favorite-reads-and-other.html

  7. Your book lists are always interesting and inspiring. Happy New Year, Nancy!

  8. I LOVE me a good book list! :) Thanks for letting us share ours! I have tried Wendell Berry's Jayber Crow but cannot get into it...is Hannah Coulter better? :)

    I'm sure I would've seen it by now, but just in case, are you on Goodreads by chance?


    1. Hannah Coulter is my favorite, but I hear what you are saying. For me, I often had to set a book aside that everyone else was raving about. I'm guessing I just wasn't ready for it at that point in life. Maybe if you try again in a few years?

      I'm on Goodreads but I don't maintain it. Writing about things here is enough for me!