“The Best Books I Read in 2015” | CWR Staff and Contributors | Catholic World Report
CWR editors and contributors share their favorite reads from the past year.
“That is a good book,” wrote Amos Bronson Alcott (1799-1888), the father of novelist Louisa May Alcott, “which is opened with expectation, and closed with delight and profit.”
It’s also true, as the author of Ecclesiastes wrote, of making many books there is no end. But, of course, I read that in a book—The Good Book. A world without books is hard to imagine, and among the great joys of this life are reading, contemplating, and conversing about good books. It has now been 10 years since I posted the first “Best Books I Read in…” piece, and each year since there have been more contributors and more books. This is the third year that this popular feature has been on the CWR site (it was originally featured on the Ignatius Insight site), and this year we have nearly 40 contributors. I am thankful for their willingness to take part in this special end-of-the-year feature.
As always, the criteria given to contributors is quite simple: “What were the best books you read in the past year?” The books chosen can address any topic and could be published recently or centuries ago. I hope that reading this list of good reads begins with expectation and closes with both delight and profit. Read on!
Carl E. Olson, Editor