2015 Reading List

Last year I barely made any time to read.

I was so distracted by things that do matter and are important, but I didn’t take much time for myself. School, work, family, friends and hobbies took up the majority of my time, but I love reading and I should make time for it because without a regular reading habit my life feels incomplete.

For the past year or so I’ve been keeping lists of all of the books I one day hope to get around to reading; they’re saved on my phone, in my journal, on a piece of paper pinned to my cork board. And I thought it would be nice to share them with you! To inspire you to read,  or maybe to help you add a few more books to your own reading list.

Here’s what I hope to read this year:

1. Shock Value: A Tasteful Book About Bad Taste by John Waters


Crackpot: The Obsessions of by John Waters

I was first introduced to John Waters work back in my early teens when I came across him on an interview for midnight madness movies where his movie Pink Flamingos was featured. At that time I was already infatuated with bizarre and thought provoking books and films and his work intrigued me. I made it my mission to watch every one of his movies. Then, in 2011 I went to Toronto Fan Expo with my cousin Alissa simply because John Waters would be there, as well as Malcolm McDowell (A Clockwork Orange), where I got my picture taken with John Waters and an autographed copy of his book Role Models, which is absolutely amazing! Since reading his book twice now, I can’t help but want to read more of his work!

2. The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles by Steven Pressfield

This book has been on my reading list long enough! It’s about time I finally read it! Apparently, every creative entrepreneur and artist must read this book at some point in their lives and I can’t help but wonder why I haven’t yet! Just last month I wrote about my creative block frustration and Erika urged me to get this book, which was another reminder that yes, yes I need to put this on my reading list.

3. SoulPancake: Chew on Life’s Big Questions by Rainn Wilson

This book was really popular a couple of years back and I’ve seen it a few times at the book store but I haven’t bothered to really look at it before. To be honest, even years I still feel compelled to read it!

4. Writing Down Your Soul: How to Activate and Listen to the Extraordinary Voice Within by Janet Connor

I can’t remember how I came across this book or why I put it on my reading list in the first place, but since it’s there it must be for good reason and so I plan on reading this book at some point this year.

5. Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She’s “Learned” by Lena Dunham

This book got a lot of hype last year in the blogosphere. And apparently every woman should read it. Obviously I need to check it out.

6. Popular: Vintage Wisdom for a Modern Geek by Maya Van Wagenen

This book was on Leonie Dawson’s favourite book list from 2014. It sounds like an interesting book.

7. #GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruse

Another book I’ve seen in the blogosphere a lot and can’t help but feel curious about it.

8. Yes Please by Amy Poehler

I really enjoy Amy Poehler’s comedy, and after seeing this book online for a while now, I just have to get around to reading it!

9. The Glitter Plan: How We Started Juicy Couture for $200 and Turned It into a Global Brand by Pamela Skaist-Levy, Gela Nash-Taylor and Booth Moore

I love inspiring books about creating successful businesses. I hope this book offers valuable information and entertainment.

10. On Writing Well by William Zinnser

I received this book for Christmas in 2013 but I haven’t read it yet. It was recommended by one of my teachers because apparently it’s a great book that every writer should read at least once.

11. The Shining by Stephen King

I love his books and I love this movie. I heard the book is way different and I can’t believe I haven’t read it yet. Actually it’s been too long since I read a Stephen King novel in general. Last year I read Under the Dome. The year before I read Misery, Pet Semetary and Gerald’s Game. I love his style of writing, I enjoy the evolution of his writing over the years and I can’t wait to read one of his older novels.

12. May Cause Miracles: A 40-Day Guidebook of Subtle Shifts for Radical Change and Unlimited Happiness by Gabby Bernstein

Last year I read Spirit Junkie as part of the self-love book club and I really enjoyed it. Nick bought me this book for Christmas and I’m excited to start reading it. In fact, it’s going to be the first book I read this year!

Over the next twelve months I hope to get around to reading all of these 13 books. That’s basically one book for each month, assuming I read both John Waters books in the same month and probably will.

Having a reading habit is so important for so many reasons and it saddens me to think I barely read at all last year. I hope having this reading list encourages me to get back into the habit of reading on a regular basis! Also, in the next couple of days I will be launching an exciting project on my blog that will also help me stick to my reading list! So keep a look out on Peace and Chaos!

What do you plan on reading over the next year?




  1. I just finished reading a book I wanted to read all last year, so glad for these suggestions! I need to get my reading back to par, Facebook is actually doing a book challenge–one every two weeks. I like the concept

    • Cole Nemeth Reply

      That sounds fun! One every two weeks can be challenging 🙂 Good luck on your reading journey!

  2. Oooh I have been meaning to read Spirit Junkie, good to know that you enjoyed it! I’ve actually been wanting to read a Course in Miracles. I got a bunch of iTunes gift cards for christmas so that one might be an audio session for me, since I drive a lot. But that’s one that I am looking forward to, despite my reading list being miles long! 🙂 Like you, I definitely hope to read more this year!

    • Cole Nemeth Reply

      I received Course in Miracles for Christmas as well! An audio version would be awesome. Good luck on your reading adventures!

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