Favorite books of 2015

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

A beautiful account of growing up in the 1960s and 70s composed in lyrical poetry. This book won the National Book Award, among many other accolades.

The Alchemist by Paolo Coelho

I have no clue why it took me so long to read this book! I loved it immensely, even though the plot was predictable. It is a great novel for people looking for their purpose.

Everybody Sees the Ants by A.S. King

A.S. King is one of my favorite authors, so I knew I'd love it before I read it. But this story is so carefully crafted that reading it was like some form of art. Lucky Linderman is guy who doesn't fit in anywhere, not in his family, not in his school, and not in his own head. He struggles with finding his place and his voice while also trying to save his grandfather who is a POW in Vietnam who he has never met.

Practical Wisdom: The Right Way to Do the Right Thing by Barry Schwartz and Kenneth Sharpe

I have to recommend this book to anyone responsible for making decisions. While I read it for an assignment for a Curriculum and Instruction course, it would be a great read for a businessman or janitor. This book talks about wisdom. Not the kind of wisdom divined from years of schooling and hours of thinking, but the type of wisdom that comes from living your life.