Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Books Read in 2015

I love to look back over the book post from each year. It's so weird to imagine my own life through the books I've read. Some of these, I can tell you exactly where I was and what I was doing while reading the books. Some of these, I only remember because the title is here on the list!

Stars next to the ones I would recommend....
  1. Sinners and the Sea by Rebecca Kanner
  2. Jacob's Oath by Martin Fletcher
  3. Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty*
  4. First Frost by Sarah Addison Allen*
  5. I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
  6. The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laure Halse Anderson
  7. The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters
  8. The Boston Girl by Anita Diamant
  9. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins*
  10. If I Stay by Gayle Forman
  11. The Good Girl by Mary Kubica*
  12. The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah*
  13. The Comfort of Lies by Randy Susan Meyers
  14. Accidents of Marriage by Randy Susan Meyers
  15. After You by Jojo Moyes
  16. Rain Reign by Ann M. Martin*
  17. A Guide for the Perplexed by Dara Horn
  18. My Heart is Laughing by Rose Lagercrantz
  19. Dead Wake by Erik Larson
  20. Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
  21. Yes Please by Amy Poehler
  22. To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han
  23. Kindness Wins by Galit Breen
  24. Safekeeping by Jessamyn Hope
  25. The Betrayers by David Bezozgis
  26. Even in Darkness by Barbara Stark-Nemon
  27. Gangsterland by Tod Goldberg
  28. The Day of Atonement by David Liss*
  29. Secrets of a Charmed Life by Susan Meissner
  30. The Angel of Losses by Stephanie Feldman
  31. What I Remember Most by Cathy Lamb
  32. The Girl You Left Behind by Jojo Moyes
  33. The Broken Hearts Society of Suite 17C by LeighAnn Kopans*
  34. The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen*
  35. Uprooted by Naomi Novik
  36. In the Unlikely Event by Judy Blume
  37. Paper Towns by John Green
  38. The English Spy by Daniel Silva
  39. Nexus by Ramez Naam
  40. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews
  41. A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler*
  42. Starglass by Phoebe North
  43. Some Girls Are by Courtney Summers
  44. Between You and Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen by Mary Norris
  45. Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates*
  46. The Invasion of the Tearling by Erika Johansen
  47. Who Do You Love by Jennifer Weiner
  48. Pretty Baby by Mary Kubica*
  49. Uncaged by John Sandford
  50. Outrage by John Sandford 
  51. George by Alex Gino
  52. We Are Not Ourselves by Matthew Thomas
  53. Wishful Thinking by Kamy Wicoff
  54. Did You Ever Have a Family by Bill Clegg
  55. The Museum of Extraordinary Things by Alice Hoffman
  56. The Secret Chord by Geraldine Brooks*
  57. The Desert and the Blade by S. M. Stirling
  58. Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff*
  59. The Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
  60. The Flood Girls by Richard Fifield
  61. The Status of All Things by Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke
And thanks to Goodreads, I know this:


What was the best book you read in 2015? (I hate to answer that question, by the way. See above - the starred ones are those that I would recommend most broadly. I think that it often really depends on the person to whom I'm doing the recommending!)
What's not on my list that you think I must read? 
What are you planning to read in 2016???

Sunday, September 13, 2015

#BlogElul 29: Return


Today we return to the beginning.
To the Rosh of the year, to the head where it all starts.

And yet this day has nothing to do with our heads.
And everything to do with our hearts.

May our hearts be open to the newness of the year.
May our hearts be filled with love and light for all that we know and meet.
May our hearts be joined together in bringing peace to the world.

From my family to yours, from my heart to yours,
may you be blessed in this new year with sweetness and love.

L'shana tova, a good and sweet year to us all.

The Jewish month of Elul, which precedes the High Holy Days, is traditionally a time of renewal and reflection. It offers a chance for spiritual preparation for the Days of Awe. It is traditional to begin one’s preparation for the High Holy Days during this month with prayers of forgiveness, but I like to think of it as a whole-person preparation activity. We look to begin the year with a clean slate, starting anew, refreshed. All month, along with others, I'll be blogging a thought or two for each day to help with the month of preparation... I will be blogging here, and sharing #Elulgram photos on the same themes at imabima.tumblr.com and on Instagram @imabima. Follow me on twitter @imabima for all the #BlogElul posts, not only mine but others' as well! Read more about #BlogElul here.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

#BlogElul 25: Intend


Intention matters.
I meant to do it.
I thought I would.

I intended to be there.
I planned to make it happen.

Intention matters.
Until we don't follow through.

Then it's just lost
in the
wind....

The Jewish month of Elul, which precedes the High Holy Days, is traditionally a time of renewal and reflection. It offers a chance for spiritual preparation for the Days of Awe. It is traditional to begin one’s preparation for the High Holy Days during this month with prayers of forgiveness, but I like to think of it as a whole-person preparation activity. We look to begin the year with a clean slate, starting anew, refreshed. All month, along with others, I'll be blogging a thought or two for each day to help with the month of preparation... I will be blogging here, and sharing #Elulgram photos on the same themes at imabima.tumblr.com and on Instagram @imabima. Follow me on twitter @imabima for all the #BlogElul posts, not only mine but others' as well! Read more about #BlogElul here.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

#BlogElul 24: Hope


"a feeling of expectation"
"a desire for a certain thing to happen"

what do you do when
hope
leaves?

how do you continue
to
believe
in it?

what do you do without it?

The Jewish month of Elul, which precedes the High Holy Days, is traditionally a time of renewal and reflection. It offers a chance for spiritual preparation for the Days of Awe. It is traditional to begin one’s preparation for the High Holy Days during this month with prayers of forgiveness, but I like to think of it as a whole-person preparation activity. We look to begin the year with a clean slate, starting anew, refreshed. All month, along with others, I'll be blogging a thought or two for each day to help with the month of preparation... I will be blogging here, and sharing #Elulgram photos on the same themes at imabima.tumblr.com and on Instagram @imabima. Follow me on twitter @imabima for all the #BlogElul posts, not only mine but others' as well! Read more about #BlogElul here.

Saturday, September 5, 2015

#BlogElul 21: Love


I look over and watch him.
And he feels my gaze, looks back at me.

Love.

It lifts and holds me.

The Jewish month of Elul, which precedes the High Holy Days, is traditionally a time of renewal and reflection. It offers a chance for spiritual preparation for the Days of Awe. It is traditional to begin one’s preparation for the High Holy Days during this month with prayers of forgiveness, but I like to think of it as a whole-person preparation activity. We look to begin the year with a clean slate, starting anew, refreshed. All month, along with others, I'll be blogging a thought or two for each day to help with the month of preparation... I will be blogging here, and sharing #Elulgram photos on the same themes at imabima.tumblr.com and on Instagram @imabima. Follow me on twitter @imabima for all the #BlogElul posts, not only mine but others' as well! Read more about #BlogElul here.

Friday, September 4, 2015

#BlogElul 20: Dare


It takes a lot
to
dare
to
dream

to
dare
to
hope

to
dare
to
live

But what choice do we have, really?
We don't
dare
give
up.

The Jewish month of Elul, which precedes the High Holy Days, is traditionally a time of renewal and reflection. It offers a chance for spiritual preparation for the Days of Awe. It is traditional to begin one’s preparation for the High Holy Days during this month with prayers of forgiveness, but I like to think of it as a whole-person preparation activity. We look to begin the year with a clean slate, starting anew, refreshed. All month, along with others, I'll be blogging a thought or two for each day to help with the month of preparation... I will be blogging here, and sharing #Elulgram photos on the same themes at imabima.tumblr.com and on Instagram @imabima. Follow me on twitter @imabima for all the #BlogElul posts, not only mine but others' as well! Read more about #BlogElul here.