The List of Lists: The Best End-of-Year Lists for 2015

e2bea3ef389032a3b8df0afe7f7999c8I love the week between Christmas and New Year's (and my birthday). So much end-of-the-year reflection! So many lists! (Not to mention Gate of the Year, my new workbook/playbook for you to do your own yearly review and dream about 2016. It went out this morning to my email subscribers. You can still get it here.) Here are some of my favorite lists of 2015. I'll be away from the blog until next week sometime, but here's plenty of goodness to tide you over until then.

The List of Lists: The Best of the Best of 2015

A Colossal Year: The Top Articles of 2015

Colossal has wonderful stories about the arts. Here we have a solar system timelapse, moon lanterns, an overturned iceberg, and more.


Brain Picking's 15 Best Books from 2015

I read only 20 books in 2015 (assuming I finish the one I'm currently working on). I'm setting the intent to read at least 26 this year--one every two weeks--and this list provides some great suggestions.


The Year in Pictures: New York Times

Take a look at the good, the bad and the ugly with this collection. What's your assessment of 2015?


28 Pictures That Prove 2015 Wasn't a Completely Terrible Year

Yes, Buzzfeed made the list of lists. There are some heartening images here. I for one needed them.


The Top Six Good-News Stories of 2015

Courtesy of the Gates Foundation. America is free of rubella, Africa had a year without polio, and Neil deGrasse Tyson rocks. (Duh.)


National Geographic: Travel Photos of the Year

I haven't been able to find the results of their general photo contest--maybe they haven't been announced yet--but here are their most popular travel photos of the year. Click and daydream.

UPDATE: Here are the winners of the overall contest. Hot off the presses!


The Most Popular Running Stories of 2015

A personal favorite. You don't have to be a runner to appreciate these stories--there are some lovely, inspiring pieces here. A 570-pound man ran twenty 5K races this year (as well as a 10K and half a Tough Mudder). If that doesn't get you off the couch, nothing will.


And closer to home, here were the ten most read posts here at the Blue Room. Enjoy... and see you in 2016.

Two Christians Talk Faith on Network TeeVee... with No Sky Fairy in Sight: on Stephen Colbert and Joe Biden

On Caitlyn Jenner and Pastoring a Transgender Person

Three Reasons why "Because It's 2015" Is So Brilliant: thank you Justin Trudeau.

Love All: A Sermon for Advent: this sermon is five years old but it's consistently one of the top posts each year. Maybe it's linked from somewhere? I don't think it's one of my best but I'm glad it speaks to people.

Question: Why must we still talk about race? Answer: Twelve.

Failure to Adult: this was also one of Christian Century's top posts.

A Racist Atticus and a Mess of a Book? Bring it On: true confession time, Go Set a Watchman is NOT one of the 20 books I read this year. But here's why I still hope to.

No, God Doesn't Have a Plan. But That's OK

The Parable of the Pizzas: MaryAnn at her most sardonic.

A Christian without a Church