Books of 2015

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2015 + reading = not my biggest success : )

I LOVE to read, and I make it my goal every year to read 52 books over the course of the year. I’ve been able to reach that goal for a while now (and usually read over 70), and I love tracking each and every book that I read (from 2010 through now!). But I would say that 2015 was unlike any other year that I’ve ever had, and reading slipped a bit to the wayside in the my life – especially during the last half of the year. But I am also pretty okay with the fact that I “only” read 35 books this past year. I know 35 books is still a lot, but I very much miss reading!

I essentially worked two full time jobs from February through July (wedding planning with Stephanie Scholl Events and my non-profit management job in DC), and then I took Stephanie Scholl Events full-time in July and moved to Raleigh in August. I never expected to be as busy as I have been from August through the end of the year, and I’m abundantly grateful for all of that busy-ness, because it’s all amounted to some really incredible opportunities and making big dreams happen. But amidst all of that hustle, I haven’t found free time to read. I’ve read two or three books since moving. Yikes!! I’m hoping to find a little more semblance of work-life balance in 2016, and I cannot wait to incorporate reading and books back into my routine, as it’s such a relaxing, fun activity for me. I have a plethora of books on my to-read list, and I can’t wait to get started back up again!

Here is my cumulative, comprehensive blog post related to ALL things books from the past several years: more lists and book recommendations that you could ever want!

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Some of my very favorite books from 2015 are:

All the Light We Cannot See

The Signature of All Things

Go Set a Watchman

The Nightingale

At the Water’s Edge

Make it Happen

#GirlBoss

Bread & Wine

The Silkworm

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What about you? What were some of your favorite recent reads, and what’s next up on your list? I’d love to hear some great recommendations!