Our 10 Favorite Reads From 2015

We've compiled a few of the books that inspired, guided, and intrigued us in 2015. Take a look and see if you you'd like to read through one in 2016!
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    Necessary Endings by Dr. Henry Cloud
    "Early last year, I was running my own business but knew I'd hit a wall. I was doing the same things over and over again. I wasn't growing or improving and needed to make a change. This helped me recognize that it was time to make a career change of my own ( which resulted in me returning to work at BMDG!)"
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    House of Sand and Fog by Andre Dubus III
    "The first 250 pages of this novel are all character development, making it the kind of read that seems slow, but at the same time you want to stick with it because it's drawing you in. But wow, once the plot and action kick in, it's non stop chaos, leading to a payoff that's shocking and strangely satisfying for the reader."
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    The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer
    "I enjoyed how the book shows that people's lives don't always turn out the way they want them to. And that's not necessarily a bad thing- if we can come to grips with the fact that not everyone is special or talented at something. Accepting yourself how you actually are (instead of always thinking about what could be or what you missed out on) is where you find happiness."
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    Food: A Love Story by Jim Gaffigan
    "What's not to like? It's a story about food, told by one of the preeminent comedians working today. No one loves bacon more, and no one has ever taken such a humorous look at our infatuation with food than Gaffigan. Mm, bacon!"
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    Marianna May and Nursey by Tomie dePaola
    "Well, I've not been able to read like I usually do. This is a book I've most enjoyed and has been on constant rotation during bedtime for my four-year old daughter. And, it was my all-time favorite as a kid. I loved it then and I love it now."
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    The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown
    "This is the true story of a ragtag rowing team from the University of Washington, that won gold at the Berlin Olympics. I found it fascinating to read about this unlikely group of champions."
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    Wild by Cheryl Strayed
    "I wanted to read this (for a second time) before I saw the movie, but then I never got around to watching the film. It's a really enjoyable read about Cheryl Strayed's Pacific Crest Trail hike."
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    Missoula by Jon Krakauer
    "I was on a Krakauer kick last summer. I think I read four or five of his books. He's a talented writer, and he isn't afraid to delve into controversial topics."
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    Quiet Strength by Tony Dungy
    "It's the former Indianapolis Colts coach's memoir. It was so much more than just a book about winning the Super Bowl. You quickly learn about the importance of family, faith, and leadership skills that are valuable well past the football field and locker room."
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    The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth by John C. Maxwell
    "My dad gifted me with this book several years ago but I never got around to reading it. A few months ago, I saw it sitting on bookshelf and thought it was time to dive into great principles for development. Maxwell points out the many ways we limit ourselves. More importantly, he demonstrates how a change in positive thinking-or environment- can set us up for more achievement. It's a wonderful read for those in the early stages of career development."