book report // 2015 recap

guys, i read a lot this year. i think i read more than usual knowing i would be “reporting” at the end of each month…but not really much more than usual because i’ve always loved to read. and when you hear how many books i read you’ll be like..marci, get a life. because that’s kind of what i thought when i saw the number. and my husband told me i should take a break this year, haha. but really, if i hadn’t spent all that time reading i probably would have spent at least half of it watching tv or looking at my phone – so i say time well spent.

i read 47 books in 2015. maybe that’s not even that impressive but it feels like a lot. so in no particular order, here they are:

  1. gilead by marilynne robinson
  2. the history of love by nicole krauss
  3. the dirty life by kristin kimball
  4. wouldn’t it be nice – the making of pet sounds by charles granata
  5. essentialism by greg mckeown
  6. the life changing magic of tidying up by marie kondo
  7. the art of asking by amanda palmer
  8. station eleven by emily st. john mandel
  9. my faraway one by georgie o’keefe and alfred stieglitz
  10. my antonia by willa cather
  11. a visit from the goon squad by jennifer egan
  12. sacred marriage by gary thomas
  13. you are what you eat by gillian mckeith
  14. how the garcia girls lost their accents by julie alvarez
  15. never let me go by kazoo ishiguro
  16. tiny beautiful things / dear sugar by cheryl strayed
  17. how to love by thich nhat hanh
  18. a field guide to getting lost by rebecca solnit
  19. crazy love by frances chan
  20. may cause miracles by gabrielle bernstein
  21. the book of ruth by jane hamilton
  22. stitches by anne lamott
  23. to the lighthouse by virginia woolf
  24. love does by bob goff
  25. actual air by david berman
  26. indian killer by sherman alexie
  27. not that kind of girl by lena dunham
  28. transcendence by norman rosenthal
  29. 1984 by george orwell
  30. my salinger year by joanna rakoff
  31. why not me? by mindy kaling
  32. a poetry handbook by mary oliver
  33. a praying life by paul miller
  34. one thousand gifts by ann voskamp
  35. the namesake by jhumpa lahiri
  36. happier at home by gretchen rubin
  37. red rising by pierce brown
  38. golden son by pierce brown
  39. a prayer journal by flannery o’connor
  40. the silver star by jeannette walls
  41. a grief observed by c.s. lewis
  42. a room of one’s own by virginia woolf
  43. letters to a young poet by rainer maria rilke
  44. m train by patti smith
  45. the hours by michael cunningham
  46. h is for hawk by helen macdonald
  47. the bible – literally! beginning to end!

obviously i had some favorites, and some not so favorites…but generally i enjoyed most of the things i read. if you’re wondering which of these you should read here are my top 10 (i just tried to do a top 5 and it was impossible).

  1. the namesake by jhumpa lahiri
  2. a field guide to getting lost by rebecca solnit
  3. my antonia by willa cather
  4. to the lighthouse by virginia woolf
  5. the bible (ecclesiastes was particularly beautiful, i thought)
  6. actual air by david berman
  7. the history of love by nicole krauss
  8. gilead by marilynne robinson
  9. the hours by michael cunningham
  10. never let me go by kazoo ishiguro

honorable mentions:

why not me? by mindy kaling
sacred marriage by gary thomas
tiny beautiful things by cheryl strayed
may cause miracles by gabbrielle bernstein

annndd that sums up my year of reading. hope everyone is having a good start to 2016.




currently (in pictures)

i thought i’d post some pictures from the last week-ish. a lot of these are actually from last saturday…it was a good day. brent’s sister, rebecca, was in town from tennessee so all of us girls got together on saturday morning for brunch.

hillside1^^ we went to one of my favorite brunch spots in austin, hillside farmacy. this place is a gem…i love every single inch of how it’s styled/decorated ^^


IMG_2268  ^^ as rebecca pointed out on her instagram – we took the classic “white girls in front of a painted wall after brunch” photo. haha. i love these women, all three are my sisters-in-law. i’m also about 5 inches taller than them so you can see me trying to crouch down – i need to stop doing that, it looks like i need to use the bathroom. ^^

lobsterroll^^ i noticed that a band we listen to was playing on saturday night. i bought some tickets for me and brent, and decided to make it a date night. this was a lobster roll we shared from a food truck at draught house (a favorite pub in austin) before the concert. i mean…austin really knows what’s up with the food truck thing. ^^

secretsister^^ secret sisters. they played at cactus cafe, which is a staple here, and i’d never been before. it was just their voices and that guitar that they passed back and forth. the harmonies were incredible, if you ever get a chance to see them you should!! you can check out a video i posted on my instagram here. ^^

doors copy^^ yesterday was brent’s sister’s last day in town…so we met up with all his siblings after work and walked around/ate dinner. these doors are behind a shop called a-town on burnet, and i love them! ^^

VWbug^^ brent and i were dreaming of driving this to wisconsin for our trip next month (my brother is getting married!). but then we realized it probably doesn’t have air conditioning so we let the dream die. ^^

hope y’all have had a good week, tomorrow is friday and i couldn’t be more ready. xox -marci