What I Chewed Through

A Year in the Life of a Bookworm

I started a book club of 2 with this one and wound up with a wonderful new friend.

As far back as I can remember, I’ve been a bookworm. On family road trips, my grandma would flip through endless flash cards with handwritten words. As soon as I logged enough words to understand sentences, you would never see me without a book in my hands.

In 2015, I read 27 books. Every year my goal is to read more, either for fun or to learn. The only rule is MORE. I’ve grown to love non-fiction, especially biographies and books on how humans interact. I also love books on self-improvement and spirituality. Most of what I read last year falls into these categories. {The full list — in alphabetical order — is below.}

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I’d like to point out two of the books I read this year, as well as one from last year, that absolutely won’t leave my mind. I encourage you to read them.

The Third Plate: Field Notes on the Future of Food by Dan Barber

This book was an eye opener. And it made me love soil. Yes, dirt. Barber discusses how food and farming could change — and be forced to change — in the future. It’s scientific, yet easy to absorb. It’s also hilarious. I think anyone and everyone should read this book. You’ll learn a lot (do you know how foie gras or jamón ibérico are made?) and maybe change the way you eat.

Fragile Things: Short Fictions and Wonders by Neil Gaiman

I was never a fan of short stories… until I read Fragile Things. Neil Gaiman’s stories are pure magic. Each one was mysterious, funny, intriguing and a little weird. But that’s Neil and I wouldn’t ask for anything else. One of the stories — How to Talk to Girls at Parties — is being made into a film featuring Nicole Kidman. You can read the story on Gaiman’s website, but I suggest you get Fragile Things so you can dig into more of his writings.

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain

You won’t find this book on the list below because I read it in 2014. However a day doesn’t go by that I don’t think about. I’ve been an introvert for as long as I can remember. I had major struggles with it and forever wished I were more outgoing. But after reading Cain’s book, I’m more accepting of my “quirks.” I wish every human — introverts AND extroverts could read this. It would explain many communication issues and help struggling interpersonal relationships. My number one piece of advice for trying to converse with introverts is to ask questions. I get stuck in my head and don’t realize I’m not talking. Then people wonder what I’m thinking… but they don’t ask. They seem to have an irrational fear of finding out what’s going on in my brain. Or maybe they simply don’t want to bother me. If I’m not offering up what you need, ask me about it.

Here’s the list of books I read in 2015.

Did you read any? What did you think? What should I add to my reading list this year? My list is already long (I’m currently reading 5 books), but it ebbs and flows. I’m always open to suggestions. Let me know in the comments or tweet me. ❤ PS: Be my friend on Goodreads!

  • The Alchemist — Paulo Coelho
  • The Crossroads of Should and Must — Elle Luna
  • Drink, Play, F@#K — Andrew Gottlieb
  • Fragile Things — Neil Gaiman
  • Green Girl — Kate Zambreno
  • Light is the New Black — Rebecca Campbell
  • Love and Other Ways of Dying — Michael Paterniti
  • The Happiness Advantage — Shawn Achor
  • Heroines — Kate Zambreno
  • Hotelles — Emma Mars
  • How Soccer Explains the World — Franklin Foer
  • Kid President’s Guide to Being Awesome — Brad Montague & Robby Novak
  • Make it Happen — Lara Casey
  • Make Your Own Rules Diet — Tara Stiles
  • Me, Myself and Us — Brian Little
  • Miracles Now — Gabby Bernstein
  • Modern Romance — Aziz Ansari
  • Onward — Howard Schultz
  • Radical Self Love — Gala Darling
  • Seat of the Soul — Gary Zukav
  • The Secret History of Wonder Woman — Jill Lepore
  • The Sex Myth — Rachel Hills
  • Scary Close — Donald Miller
  • The Shell Collector — Anthony Doerr
  • Smoke Gets in Your Eyes — Caitlin Doughty
  • The Third Plate — Dan Barber
  • Wild — Cheryl Strayed


I adore children’s books. However, if I buy one, I’ll buy them all. Thankfully I restrained to only purchasing these two this year: “Mitford at the Fashion Zoo” by Donald Robertson (follow his shenanigans on Instagram!) and “Julia, Child” by Kyo Maclear and beautifully illustrated by Julie Morstad. Both are the definition of **magic**.

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