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Books of 2015

Happy New Year, friends! As always around this time of year, book lovers of the world share their reading lists. I read 35 books this year (one I just finished today but it still counts) and I hope to read even more this year. =)


All Quiet on the Western Front | Erich Maria Remarque
The Wall | John Hersey
The Butterfly and the Violin | Kristy Cambron 

A Sparrow in Terezin | Kristy Cambron 

To Kill a Mockingbird | Harper Lee
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society | Mary Ann Shaffer
Anon, Sir, Anon | Rachel Heffington 
Corral Nocturne | Elisabeth Grace Foley 
How a Stars Falls | Amber Stokes 
Forget Me Not | Amber Stokes
While You're Awake | Amber Stokes
After the War | Carol Matas 
Purple Moon | Tessa Emily Hall
Soldier Boys | Dean Hughes 
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas | John Boyne
Brothers-in-Arms | Jack Lewis Baillot
The Penderwicks | Jeanne Birdsall

The Revised Life of Ellie Sweet | Stephanie Morrill 

The Unlikely Debut of Ellie Sweet | Stephanie Morrill 

Violins of Autumn |  Amy McAuley

Under a War-Torn Sky | L.M. Elliott 

For Such a Time | Kate Breslin


Hiroshima | John Hersey

33 Days to Morning Glory |  Michael Gaitley 

A Noble Treason | Richard Hanser
The Short Life of Sophie Scholl | Hermann Vinke 
Women Heroes of WWII | Kathryn Atwood
Child at War | Mark Bles
Resistance Figher |  Elisabeth Sevier
Start: Punch Fear in the Face, Escape Average and Do Work that Matters | Jon Acuff

The Journal of Hélène Berr | Hélène Berr

Warsaw Ghetto Uprising |  Karen Zeinert

Flying Against the Wind: The Story of a Young Girl Who Defied the Nazis |  Ina R. Friedman

What were some of your favorite reads of 2015? 



  1. I read The Boy in the Striped Pajamas too!!!! It was one of my favorites of this year. Also Little Women!!

  2. Some of my favorite reads would be:
    Family Reunion by Kelsey Bryant
    Roll of Thunder, Hear my Cry
    The Giver by Lois Lowry
    The first two Time Captives books by Morgan Elizabeth Huneke
    and, last but not least,
    It Took a War by you! :D

    1. Awww! It made me smile to see my book among your favorites! Glad you enjoyed it! =)

  3. "The Presence of God" by Anselm Moynihan and "Unbroken" by Louis Zamperini! (I read a lot more but these stick out)

    1. Oh, I'll have to add "The Presence of God" to my 2016 to-read list! And I seriously need to finish reading "Unbroken". I started reading it at Jamie's once and I never got around to finishing it. Shame on me. =)

  4. Some great books in your list! I think some of my favorites were ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE by Anthony Doerr, Kate Atkinson's LIFE AFTER LIFE, and Kate Morton's THE SECRET KEEPER.

    1. Thanks, Melissa! I'll have to check those books out! =)

  5. Hi Emily!

    I've been a silent blog reader here for about six months, but I'll start talking now. (And you'll probably wish I never started.) :)

    My parents gave me IT TOOK A WAR and AIN'T WE GOT FUN for Christmas, and absolutely loved both of them! They rank in my favorites of 2015. I cannot wait to have RESIST in my hands. :)

    I love your blog so much. History is something I am passionate about, especially the Civil War era. I must confess that I have used some of the research you did in IT TOOK A WAR for my own Civil War novel. Your blog has been an amazing research point for me and my book! And that you have been to many of the historic sights...wow! I wish I was able to visit them! (A bit difficult to get to from Washington State, though.) :)

    Thank you for having such a fun blog and amazing books! They are such a blessing to me. :)


    1. Awww thank you so much for this sweet comment, Ivy!! I'm so glad that you enjoyed IT TOOK A WAR and AIN'T WE GOT FUN, and that my blog has helped you in your own research! Thank you so much for reading!

  6. Well, someone seems to have a book theme of the year. Ummm...history, history, HISTORY. That's awesome, though. I've read a lot of these books and loved them,including The Butterfly and the Violin, To Kill a Mockingbird, Hiroshima, and a few others. By the way, right now I'm reading Resist, and I love it so far!

    1. YES! Gahh I love history. =) Yay! Glad you're enjoying it!

  7. Sensing a *slight* theme in this list, or is that just me? ;)
    There are so many titles on here I haven't yet read, but I've written a couple down because they sound very good. Props to you for a successful and productive reading-year!

    1. Hahaha! Yeah. I tried to be more diverse in my reading this year, but I always come back to history ... especially WWII. =) Thanks for commenting, Carmel!

  8. Hi! I just wanted to let you know that I requested that our library get "It Took a War", and they did, and I checked it out, and I read it, and it's AMAZING! Could you please write a sequel?

    1. Awww thank you so much!! Who knows ... maybe someday I'll get around to writing a sequel. =)