Book Recommendations from Previous Years

My reading lists got a little long, so I’ve combined them here. I decided to quit trying to keep track of books midway through 2015 because I had plenty of other things to keep track of…and I decided that if you’re looking for something, I’ve given you six-and-a-half years of recommendations!


  • January – The Sacred Year by Michael Yakoski
  • February – Enough by Gabby Giffords and Mark Kelly
    The Whistleblower by Kathryn Bolkovac
  • March – Radical: My Journey Out of Islamist Extremism by Maajid Nawaz
  • April – Paper Daughter by M. Elaine Mar
  • May – Say You’re One of Them by Uwem Akpan
  • June – Legends and Lies: The Real West by Bill O’Reilly
  • July – The Spiral Notebook by Stephen and Joyce Singular


  • January – Daniel’s Music  by Jerome Trush
  • February – The Doomsday Book by Connie Willis
  • March – Beyond the Sacred Page by Jack Cavanaugh
    The Book of Common Prayer: A Biography by Alan Jacobs
  • April – The Historical David: The Real Life of an Invented Hero by Joel Baden
  • May – A Lucky Child by Thomas Buergenthal
  • June – Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl: Seven Years Concealed by Harriet Jacobs
  • July – Burqas, Baseball, and Apple Pie by Ranya Tabari Idliby
  • August – My Beloved World by Sonia Sotojmayor
    In the Name of God by Cameron Stauth
  • September – The Republic of Pirates by Colin Woodward
    Faith and Treason by Antonia Fraser
  • October – Etched in Sand by Regina Calcaterra
  • November – Qu’ran in Conversation by Michael Birkel
  • December – The Lost Book of Mormon by Avi Steinberg


  • January – Jane Doe No More by William Phelps with Donna Palomba
    Carly’s Voice by Arthur Fleischmann
  • February – Lincoln’s Hundred Days by Louis Masur
    The Dreyfus Affair by Piers Paul Read
  • March – The Virgin Cure by Ami McKay
  • April – 38 Nooses by Scott Berg
  • May – Nineteen-eight-four by George Orwell
    Ayn Rand Nation by Gary Weiss
  • June – They Call Me a Hero by Daniel Hernandez
  • July – Bonhoeffer by Eric Metaxas
  • August – Does Jesus Really Love Me? by Jeff Chu
  • September – Until I Say Good-bye by Susan Spencer-Wendel
    Life on the Color Line by Gregory Howard Williams
    A Gift of Hope by Danielle Steel
  • October – Prisoners of the White House by Kenneth Walsh
  • November – The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano by Olaudah Equiano
    Spartacus by Aldo Schiavone
    An Atheist in the FOXhole by Joe Muto
    Voices from the Titanic by Geoff Tibballs
    Undaunted by Tanya Blank
    The Trial of Pope Benedict by Daniel Gawthrop
    The Eighty-Dollar Champion by Elizabeth Letts
  • December – My Islam by Amir Ahmad Nasr
    I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai and Christina Lamb


  • January – The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
  • February – A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving
    The Gift of Rest by Senator Joe Lieberman
  • March – Zeina by Nawal El Saadawi
    Gabby – Mark Kelly
  • April – The Other Obama by Sally Jacobs
    Elizabeth and Hazel: Two Women of Little Rock by David Margolick
  • May – Fit to Serve by Ambassador James C. Hormel
  • June – Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo
  • July – Angel in the Rubble by Genelle Guzman-McMillan
    Two Rings by Millie Werber
    Gypsy Boy by Mikey Walsh
    Holy Ghost Girl by Donna Johnson
  • August – Opium Nation by Fariba Nawa
  • September – Agent Garbo: The Brilliant, Eccentric Secret Agent Who Tricked Hitler and Saved D-Day by Stephan Talty
  • October – Unorthodox: The Scandalous Rejection of My Hasidic Roots by Deborah Feldman
    Runaway Girl by Carissa Phelps
  • November – Crash: A Mother, a Son, and the Journey from Grief to Gratitude by Carolyn Roy-Bornstein
  • December – The Queen Mother: the Untold Story of Elizabeth Bowes Lyon Who Became Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother by Lady Colin Campbell


  • January – Son of Hamas by Mosab Yousef
    The Jesus Wars by Phillip Jenkin
    Jesus, the Bible, and Homosexuality  by Jack Rogers
  • February – The Violin of Auschwitz by Maria Angels Anglada
  • March –  You Don’t Look Like Anyone I Know by Heather Sellers
  • April – The Shack by William Young
  • May – The Grace of Silence by Michele Norris
  • June – No Ordinary Joes: The Extraordinary True Story of Four Submariners in War and Love and Life by Larry Colton
  • July – Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother by Amy Chua
  • August – Blind Allegiance by Frank Bailey
  • September – Coming of the Storm by W. Michael and Kathleen O’Neal Gear
    Fire in the Sky by  W. Michael and Kathleen O’Neal Gear
  • October – The Sweetness of Tears by Nafisa Haji
  • November – At the Dark End of the Street: Black Women, Rape, and Resistance–A New History of the Civil Rights Movement from Rosa Parks to the Rise of Black Power by Danielle McGuire
    Breaking Night – Liz Murray
  • December – The Power of Who by Bob Beaudine


  • January – Rainwater by Sandra Brown
  • February – Handle with Care by Jodi Picoult
    Beautiful Boy by David Sheff
  • March – U is for Undertow by Sue Grafton
  • April – Dragonriders of Pern series by Anne McCaffrey
  • May – I, Alex Cross by James Patterson
  • June – The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane by Katherine Howe
  • July – Disfigured by Rania Al-Baz
  • August – A New History of the European Witch Hunts by Anne Llewellyn Barstow
  • September – Harry Truman’s Excellent Adventure: The True Story of a Great American Road Trip by Matthew Algeo
  • October – Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger
  • November – Against Medical Advice by Hal Friedman and James Patterson
  • December – The Source by James Michener


  • January – Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
  • February – The Art of Possibility: Transforming Professional and Personal Lifeby Rosamund Stone Zander and Benjamin Zander
  • March – Look Me in the Eye by John Elder Robison
  • April – Hope’s Boy by Andrew Bridges
  • May – The Other Queen by Philippa Gregory and Snark by David Denby
  • June – Smarts: Are We Hardwired for Success?
  • July – The Virgin Queen’s Daughter by Ella March Chase
  • August – The Constant Princess by Philippa Gregory
  • September – What Size Are God’s Shoes? by Tim Schenck
  • October – Front Porch Tales by Philip Gulley
  • November – The Parrot Who Thought She Was a Dog  by Nancy Ellis-Bell
  • December – Just Take My Heart – Mary Higgins Clark

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