Book Winners

I’m a little late in posting winners from the giveaway in Top Reads of 2015.  An upcoming post will explain why, but for now here are the winners.

Marci won Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert –

mistyfuji won The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey

Sarah (Collins) Hoff won The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin

Winners will be notified in comments on the previous post.

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Top Reads of 2015

I have read 115% of my goal on Goodreads this year, and it will probably be a little more after the last 10 days are finished.  However, I know I’m ready to share my top books of 2015 and this year I wasn’t able to limit it to 5 – there is a bonus 6th book.

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  1. Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert – I was a bit turned off by the idea of this the first 100 times I heard of it, and I definitely wouldn’t have watched the film as I’m not a Julia Roberts fan.  When I saw it for $0.50 in a Goodwill store though, I figured I’d try it.  Although the author and I have next to nothing in common and I’m not at all into the pursuit of religion or spirituality of any kind, I still found the book inspiring.
  2. The Happiness ProjectOr Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun by Gretchen Rubin – As someone who has struggled with depression all her life, I’m always on the lookout for ideas on how to be happier.  What I enjoyed about this book was the fact that the author was already happy and could still find ways to increase her happiness.  It made me feel hopeful that happiness didn’t just come down to luck.
  3. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change by Stephen R. Covey – I’m a little embarrassed that I hadn’t read this book sooner, given that I’ve been using an element of it for 15 years.  One of my college professors introduced me to the concept of the Urgent/Not Urgent, Important/Not Important grid for prioritizing tasks and I’ve used it frequently over the years when struggling to get through enormous to-do lists.
  4. Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things by Jenny Lawson – I’ve followed Jenny’s blog for a while and read her previous book last year, which I also enjoyed.  This one focuses a lot more on her struggles with depression and anxiety, but it’s not at all a downer.  It’s still filled with all the hilarity her followers know and love.
  5. Dark Places by Gillian Flynn – Another of her novels, Sharp Objects was on my Top Reads of 2014 list.  I downloaded this one night when I awoke around 2 am and couldn’t sleep, and I read straight through without stopping.  I’d say I enjoyed Sharp Objects just a bit more, but both were excellent books.
  6. You’re Never Weird On the Internet (almost) by Felicia Day – I’ve been a fan of Felicia Day for ages and was so excited about this book that I pre-ordered it at full price.  It did not disappoint.  In fact, I had been feeling discouraged about my own memoir-in-progress and though reading other memoirs often discourages me more, this one instead made me feel motivated and encouraged to keep writing.

The best news in this post is that I am giving away copies of books 1-3.  They are the copies pictured above – paperbacks in good condition with no writing in them.  All you have to do to enter is to leave a comment stating which of the three books you’re most interested in reading.

EDIT: I forgot to set a deadline.  Comment by December 31st and I’ll select winners on New Year’s Day.