Friday, January 1, 2016

2015 Book List

Another year is in the books. (Ha ha, that was funny.)  How did I do?  Well, overall, I made it exactly halfway to my goal of 52 books per year with a nice round 26.  And what about my second goal of at least 26 fiction books?  I got 14 out of 26. So also about half.  If I stated that goal as a ratio (50% of all books read would be fiction) then I would have made it by one book.  This year I started keeping an audiobook going most of the time, and that really helped me fit reading in my schedule. Halfway through the year I recommitted to adding in fiction, and that was important for me as well.  

I’m also finally starting to get back my desire to write, partly due to one of my sons, who has aspirations of writing as well. He actually has roughed out 3 or 4 chapters in several different books already, so he is winning that one. I’ll admit, with school and work this last year, the dream of being a published young adult fantasy author was fading to the point where it was just about gone, but it is amazing what encouragement from a loved one will do.  So this year, I will add to my list of goals, despite not having actually attained either of them last year.  In 2016, I will read 52 books, at least 26 of which will be fiction, and I will write at least 12 chapters of a book of my own.  That is one chapter per month.  As a friend used to say: “Good luckers to me.”

Here is my 2015 list:
1The Lean Startup: How Today's Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful BusinessesEric RiesJanuary 7
2Mistborn: The Final Empire (Mistborn 1)Brandon SandersonJanuary 26
3The Challenger Sale: Taking Control of the Customer ConversationMatthew DixonFebruary 3
4The Well of Ascension (Mistborn 2)Brandon SandersonFebruary 9
5Outwitting the Devil: The Secret to Freedom and SuccessNapoleon HillFebruary 11
6The Hero of Ages (Mistborn 3)Brandon SandersonMarch 2
7The Oz Principle: Getting Results through Individual and Organizational AccountabilityRoger ConnorsMarch 27
8Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap... and Others Don'tJames C. CollinsMarch 27
9The Alloy of LawBrandon SandersonApril 11
10Artemis FowlEoin ColferApril 14
11The Sweetness at the Bottom of the PieAlan BradleyMay 20
12The One-Page Financial Plan: A Simple Way to Be Smart About Your MoneyCarl RichardsJune 8
13The Weed That Strings the Hangman's BagAlan BradleyJune 18
14The Illustrated Guide to Selling You: Custom Design Your Work LifeJohn BoydJune 23
15Winning Every DayLou HoltzJuly 2
16The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes EverythingKen RobinsonJuly 22
17Wake up and Live!Dorthea BrandeJuly 29
18The Eye of the WorldRobert JordanAugust 19
19The Great HuntRobert JordanAugust 23
20The Five Dysfunctions of a TeamPatrick LencioniSeptember 2
21The Dragon RebornRobert JordanSeptember 5
22The Shadow RisingRobert JordanSeptember 15
23The Fires of HeavenRobert JordanOctober 9
24Lord of ChaosRobert JordanNovember 16
25The Anatomy of Peace: Resolving the Heart of ConflictThe Arbinger InstituteDecember 21
26SteelheartBrandon SandersonDecember 30