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My Six Favorite Books of 2015 & Much More

From wherever I am, I shall rise. Even in death, I shall ascend…for I know abundant light awaits for me there. —Kim Sisto Robinson

I Shall Rise!

I Shall Rise!

—Hello,  my darlings,  here are my six favorite books of 2015 and MORE!


GIRL ON A TRAIN by Paula Hawkins: Addictive. Suspenseful. Briiiilliant. I couldn’t wait to read this book every. single. day. to find out what was going to happen next.  In the morning, I’d declare, “OH, I can escape on the train with my friend!”



FURIOUSLY HAPPY-A Funny Book About Horrible Things by Jenny Lawson:   I stalk Jenny Lawson. Okay, I admit it.  Shut up. One day,  I’ll end up in a Lifetime Movie!  Anyhow, this book kicked my ass in so many ways. Lawson’s voice rises into my being and becomes part of me. I love this woman and want to be her best friend and want have red wine with her.



RISING STRONGThe Reckoning, The Rumbling, The Revolution by Brené Brown   If you haven’t read Brené Brown, you are missing out on something remarkable, relevant, insightful, and life-changing.  I bought this book for my girlfriend.  A week later–she said, “I’ve been waiting for this book my whole life.”  Brown notes, “Our job is not to deny the story, but to defy the ending—to rise strong, recognize our story, and rumble with truth…”



THE GOOD GIRL by Mary Kubica:  I am so happy this book was recommended to me.  It is told in four outstanding narratives and overflows into your everyday life like part of your  weird, dysfunctional family.  Utterly surprising, pleasing, brilliant, scary, and delectably delicious.



I AM MALALA—The Girl Who Stood Up To the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai         “When the whole world is silent, even one voice becomes powerful.”  This is a book about a true hero whose voice was heard around the world. Malala is somebody I strive to become one day.



THE KITCHEN HOUSE by Kathleen Grissom : An orphaned seven-year-old white indentured servant, arrives in 1791 to work in the kitchen house at Tall Oaks, Va.  Turning every page caused my blood to heat up, my heart to quicken, and my mind to awaken. Simply superb.


Favorite Song of 2015:  Rise Up by Andra Day

Andra Day – Rise Up [Audio] – YouTube

Favorite Television Show:  The Middle  (  really cracks me up )

Favorite Message to Women:

Favorite Series:  Downton Abbey & Last Tangle in Halifax

Favorite Quote: “The wound is the place where the Light enters you.” ~ Rumi

Favorite Restaurant:  Tavern on the Hill

Favorite Charities:

Men As Peacemakers :  Men against domestic abuse!

Home for Life :  Home for Life takes in misfit, abused animals!

Brene Brown Ted TalkBrené Brown: Listening to shame – YouTube

The Middle w/ Sue Heck ( OMgosh,  I love her sooooooooooo much!)

My beautiful New York friend, Elizabeth, recently asked me,  “Kim,  what do you really want for 2016?”

I responded,  “I want God to use me.  I want to be used.  I want to matter. I want to make a difference.”

—-What do you desire for 2016,  my darling reader?  Do you have a favorite book of 2015?  xxx

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  • Reply
    lisa thomson-The Great Escape...
    December 30, 2015 at 11:12 am

    Thanks for all these wonderful shares, Kim! I’ve read a few of those books but will definitely pick up the others you mention. That video Who You Are, is amazing! I love it. I think you’ve already got your wish for 2016, Kim!!
    For 2016 I wish for more peace and love… 🙂 I know that sounds so trite but it’s what a girl wants.

    Love you!!

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    My Inner Chick
    December 30, 2015 at 11:58 am


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    December 30, 2015 at 12:08 pm

    Dear Kim, thank you for that wonderful list of your favorite reads in 2015! I believe I have to pick up a copy or two of the books you recommend, they all sound extremely interesting – I guess my personal reading list was a bit different…but I love to discover more good books!
    Thank you for your friendship, all your thoughtful and kind comments, all your amazing writings and posts and everything that you shared with all of us!
    Love your blog and look forward to many, many more amazing posts from you!
    Wishing you nothing but the very best! And endless love!

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      My Inner Chick
      December 30, 2015 at 5:24 pm

      tell me the kinds of books you read! xx

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    December 30, 2015 at 12:15 pm

    Thanks for adding to my To Be Read List, Kim — these sound intriguing! I can’t pick out my favorite book of 2015, there are just too many. Even as a child, I had my nose stuck in a book — some things never change!

    Happy 2016, my dear, and it seems to me that you’re already getting your New Year’s wish. You DO matter!! You ARE being used!! xoxo

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    Nan @ lbddiaries
    December 30, 2015 at 1:01 pm

    I’ve only heard of Malala and you introduced me to the awesome voice of Andra Day (oh my gosh). Favorite Message to Women brought me to tears – oh my gosh, Kim. Oh my gosh.

    We don’t watch commercial television but now I have 6 lovely new books to read. My favorite thing is that, reading. 2016 is going to be one powerful year for those who believe and want to make change.

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    Elephant's Child
    December 30, 2015 at 1:10 pm

    Love your book selection. Tempted too.
    You do matter, and you do make a difference.

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    Chris Carter
    December 30, 2015 at 2:18 pm

    Oooooooh!!!!! I am going to read EVERY SINGLE ONE of those books you mentioned. The kids and I have watched every episode of The Middle- cracks me up too! 🙂

    I love that quote by Rumi. SO much.

    I love yours more…

    “From wherever I am, I shall rise. Even in death, I shall ascend…for I know abundant light awaits for me there.” <— Leaves me breathless.

    Here's to: “I want God to use me. I want to be used. I want to matter. I want to make a difference.”

    *It's already happening.*

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      My Inner Chick
      December 30, 2015 at 9:20 pm

      God is using you BIG TIME.
      I’m so much loving being part of the journey you are on, sweets. xxxx

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    Carrie Rubin
    December 30, 2015 at 2:32 pm

    I loved Girl on the Train too. Another book I loved last year was The Kind Worth Killing, and also Career of Evil, the third in JK Rowling’s (Robert Galbraith’s) new series.

    I’ve had The Kitchen House on my list for a long time. I’ll definitely have to get to it in 2016.

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      My Inner Chick
      December 31, 2015 at 9:29 am

      you’ll love THE KITCHEN HOUSE.
      I’ll check out The Kind Worth Killing. Sounds GOOD! xx happy 2016

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    Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella
    December 30, 2015 at 3:24 pm

    Thank you for this fabulous list Kim! I think we have similar taste in books and they are all on my shortlist. I just need to find some time in between watching tv and working to read them. Happy New Year!! 😀

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    December 30, 2015 at 4:29 pm

    I love your choices- Breen Brown, Malala, The Kitchen House are all faces of mine too. And your goal? Yes yes yes.

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    December 30, 2015 at 4:50 pm

    I love year-end best booklists! Thank you so much. The best thing I read this year (actually in 10 years) is the 4-book series of novels (semi-autobiographical) by Elena Ferrante, a Neopolitan writer, following the lives of two women from childhood to old age. May you have love, peace and health in 2016, Kim. xxxxxx000

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      My Inner Chick
      December 31, 2015 at 11:43 am

      thank u for the recommendation! How are you? Love from MN. xxxxx

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    December 30, 2015 at 6:53 pm

    Hi Kim,

    Yay, I have arrived! 🙂 Thank you, my adorable friend, for sharing all that stuff that are your favourites aka “favorites”, um, sorry English, English spell check!

    The final episode of Dowton Abbey has been aired over here in lil’ ol’ England.

    A peaceful, loving New Year and to your nearest and dearest.

    Hugs and hope,

    Gary xx 🙂 !!

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      My Inner Chick
      December 31, 2015 at 11:43 am

      are you watching Downton? Do tell! xxx

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    Jodi Aman
    December 30, 2015 at 7:50 pm

    I am going to order each one! xoxo

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      My Inner Chick
      December 31, 2015 at 11:44 am

      Let me know your thoughts, Jodi.
      I think you’ll love Brene! xxxx kissssss

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    Balroop Singh
    December 30, 2015 at 10:08 pm

    Thanks for sharing your view on these books Kim. I have read just one – ‘The Girl On The Train.’ Yes it was fast, light reading.
    Have a wonderful 2016!

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      My Inner Chick
      December 31, 2015 at 11:45 am

      Happy 2016, Balroop!
      What are you reading now, sweets? xx

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    Little Chickie
    December 30, 2015 at 10:21 pm

    Oh Kim, I ADORE your writing. It makes me feel so free. Imagine this… you’re on a nature walk. Suddenly,… you spot this beautiful shiny black cat in your path. You kneel down and say,…”Oh, come here sweety.” The cat runs up to you. So trusting so loving so eager to give you rubs, sweet cat chatter and then you pick up that beauty and you feel the awesomeness of his rough tongue kissing you. He purrs in your ear and you savor the blessing of one of God’s creatures.

    I never know what you’ll write, but the description I just gave you kisses my spirit in such a lovely way.

    My desire for 2016 is to continue to express my soul through creating; writing, crafts, cooking, and decorating and reading one of the books you read.


    Little Chickie

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      My Inner Chick
      December 31, 2015 at 11:46 am

      Little Chickie,
      what a beautiful image of the shiny black cat.
      I can see him, smell his fur, hear him purring))!!
      Miss you. xxx

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    Angie@Angie's Recipes
    December 30, 2015 at 11:24 pm

    Thanks for all the wonderful sharing in 2015, Kim. I have some of your favourite books in my kindle and I am definitely going to read them!
    Have a blessed and happy NEW YEAR!

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      My Inner Chick
      December 31, 2015 at 11:46 am

      let me know what some of your faves are, darling. xx

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    Britton Swingler
    December 31, 2015 at 6:58 am

    I read part of that last bit as “I want to mutter…” and I thought, oh yes, good gawd, so do I! Just goes to show you what relaxing with D. Batterman can do for a person; bring out something silly and unfettered.

    Happy New Year to you, Kim. May you mutter…for you already matter. Clearly you are being used to shout out important, resonant messages from your beautiful, battered heart.

    Love to you from rainy, gorgeous New York (a phrase I’ve only uttered this once; here, now). <3

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      My Inner Chick
      December 31, 2015 at 11:47 am

      I hear NY’s weather is fabulous!
      Now tell me, where is your hubby from? Where did you meet him?
      Don’t you just love Brits? xxx

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    December 31, 2015 at 7:05 am

    Kim, since you liked The Good Girl and Girl on a Train I think you should check out In a dark, dark wood!
    Happy New Year

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      My Inner Chick
      December 31, 2015 at 11:48 am

      Just checked it out, Trish.
      Thank you. xx
      Hope you’re having fun w/ all those loud mouths in Minneapolis xxxx

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    December 31, 2015 at 1:29 pm

    Great list. One of my intentions for 2016 is to hold more books in my hands and read less online. This list is impressive and I will check out the ones I haven’t read. I’m hoping my book will be ready for review before this time next year.
    Here’s a toast to 2016…may it be everything and more of what the world needs and wants.

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      My Inner Chick
      January 1, 2016 at 8:07 am

      Congrats on your book, Barbara.
      What is it called?

      HAPPY 2016! xx

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    December 31, 2015 at 7:21 pm

    Don’t you love that feeling of knowing you have a second world to go to in a book each morning? I’ve been like that with a French TV show I’m watching. Whatever happens I’m thinking, “Oh, no matter, I’ll be off to Paris soon!”

    What I’m creating for 2016 is radical self-acceptance, ie, always already accepting myself in every way I am and in every way I am not, including all the things I have done or haven’t done, and providing it for everyone around me. In 2015 I saw that everything that occurs as a problem in my life is about me being unwilling in some area to accept myself as I am. It’s already started, Kimmy, and I’m excited! Happy New Year, you extraordinary being xxx

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      My Inner Chick
      January 3, 2016 at 7:18 am

      I love my second worlds, darling Narelle.
      And I love U. xx

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    Totally Caroline
    January 1, 2016 at 11:06 am

    Awesome, I’m always looking for a great book to read. I’m currently reading a book called Paris Red. So far so good.
    Wishing you a wonderful new year ❤️❤️❤️

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      My Inner Chick
      January 3, 2016 at 7:19 am

      Paris Red,
      I’ll check it out, sweets.
      Happy 2016!! x

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    Kristi Campbell
    January 1, 2016 at 2:30 pm

    I loved Girl on a Train! And now, I have new books to read. Thank you and happy happy new year to you and yours, Kim! <3

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      My Inner Chick
      January 3, 2016 at 7:19 am

      keep me informed what you read and what kicks your butt! xx

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    Hotly Spiced
    January 1, 2016 at 11:00 pm

    That’s a great goal for 2016. It’s so good to be a reader and you have read some great books over the year. I also love Downton Abbey. Best wishes to you and your family for a very wonderful 2016 xx

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      My Inner Chick
      January 3, 2016 at 7:20 am

      love flowing to Aussie land for you right this moment! xx happy 2016!

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    January 2, 2016 at 1:11 am

    Love your book list, Kim. I have a couple of them already and now you’ve spurred me on to start reading! Happy New Year, Sweet! You are already doing God’s work and you are so making a difference!

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      My Inner Chick
      January 3, 2016 at 7:21 am

      may 2016 bring you love, happiness, & joy!! Xxx

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    January 2, 2016 at 7:57 pm

    Oh you know that I have Jenny’s book and it’s signed and I could drool on it all live long day.
    I hope that this year is wonderful for you Kim. I hope that it is full of open doors to new growth and amazing adventures — all worth writing about.
    As always please keep using your words to heal and inspire and lift hearts and build courage.
    You’re fierce and beautiful friend. Love you.

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      My Inner Chick
      January 3, 2016 at 7:23 am

      I knew you’d have Jenny’s book. I thought of you as I was reading it…

      I thought, “I wonder if Kim read this?”

      I shall be awaiting your first book, my kick ass friend. xxxxxxx

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    January 3, 2016 at 5:45 am

    Happy New Year Kim! It’s been ages since I’ve read anything other than a cookbook. Thanks for sharing your list.

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      My Inner Chick
      January 3, 2016 at 7:24 am

      I get it.
      There is a reason you’re one of the best cooking/baking/ decorating Divas in the U. S. A. !!! xx

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    Anna @ shenANNAgans
    January 3, 2016 at 5:00 pm

    I am ashamed to say I didn’t bother too much with books and reading in 2015, isn’t that dreadful?! BUT… I have plenty of time to make up for it, (she says as she turns the TV off – Im just so addicted to my TV series) and I shall start with your fabulous list Kim! Not sure if I said it already, but HAPPY NEW YEAR beautiful lady, thanks for the inspiration and love and support during 2015, I think you are one of the most amazing woman I know. Lotsa hugs and kisses from a toasty warm Australia. xoxo

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      My Inner Chick
      January 3, 2016 at 7:16 pm

      Never be ashamed, darling.
      You’ve been busy enjoying your star life!!!
      Books will always be there for you to savor & love.

      Love. Kiss. Hugs from MN. xxx000

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    January 3, 2016 at 5:10 pm

    I loved The Kitchen House too – there are a few others on your list I’d like to read. Thanks for the suggestions! And you DO make a difference, Kim. Every day.

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    valentine logar
    January 4, 2016 at 5:04 am

    Finally catching up! Thank you for the ‘favorites’, have added books to my reading list. I think you might like a few of mine, I will have to send you a list from 2015.

    What do I want for this year? Some peace, some thoughtfulness, some compassion. Truly, I think if people would simply start seeing with more compassion it might start getting better.

    Love you Kim, you have already achieved you hope for the year.


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      My Inner Chick
      January 4, 2016 at 5:44 am


      Send me your list, sweets.

      Wishing you a beautiful 2016!

      May God utilize your words and powerful voice!

      Love you, too. xxx

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    Renee Johnson
    January 4, 2016 at 6:32 pm

    Great list, Kim. I think I’ll choose centeredness for 2016. It’s time to come home to core. Big hugs and wishes for a joyful new year.

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    January 4, 2016 at 9:24 pm

    I enjoyed the audiobook version of Girl on a Train quite a lot. Unreliable narrators are tops in my reading preferences for character. It was a so/so reading year for me, but I am approaching 2016 with a new focus on making time to read more books I love. I did pick up the Good Girl on sale not long ago, so that’s on my TBR list for the coming year.

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      My Inner Chick
      January 5, 2016 at 5:48 am

      I listened to Girl on a Train, too.
      I loved walking w/ this book!!
      Happy 2016!
      Let me know what you think of The Good Girl. xx

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    January 5, 2016 at 3:08 am

    Ooo, what awesome books you read in 2015 and as for your favourite quote – ““The wound is the place where the Light enters you.” ~ Rumi” – YES, YES, YES!
    2016 is going to be a beautiful love filled happy year for you, I know it is.
    Love to you darling.
    🙂 Mandy xoxoxo

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      My Inner Chick
      January 5, 2016 at 5:49 am

      Love flowing to S. Africa for you, Mandy.
      Xxx I hope 2016 is transformative & beautiful. HUGSss.

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    Minnesota Prairie Roots
    January 5, 2016 at 12:30 pm

    Dearest Kim,

    You know my wish for 2016. My daily prayer.

    God is using you and you are making a difference–in the words you write here, in the words you speak, in your being a voice for Kay and so many others.

    Your “favorite message to women” resonated with me today and brought me to tears. Thank you, as always, for being here for all of us.

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      My Inner Chick
      January 7, 2016 at 7:42 am

      Sending you love from Duluth.
      If you ever come here, lets meet for conversation & coffee, dear! xx

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    January 5, 2016 at 1:41 pm

    Kim, God is using you, and has been for several years. You have been an inspiration
    to many people including me.
    For 2016 I think you took the words right out of my mouth.
    Love You So Much

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      My Inner Chick
      January 7, 2016 at 7:42 am

      I love you so much that my heart is bursting. xxxxx

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    Alexandra Rosas
    January 7, 2016 at 10:21 am

    Ah, you’ve given me some new books to read! Yay! One of my favorites this year was Abigail Thomas’ “What Comes Next and How to Like It” Recommended to me by Ann Imig, about life and loss. It is wonderful. Happy New Year, dear friend. Wishing you a year of love and peace.

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    January 9, 2016 at 7:43 am

    Great picks! My mom raved about the Kitchen House too!

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    Marcia @ Menopausal Mother
    January 11, 2016 at 1:47 pm

    I’m still reading Furiously Happy—-such a good book! I got to meet Jenny at one of her signings a few months ago. She’s super nice in person!

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