Thursday, January 3, 2013

Last Year's Books Read (and the Starting List for This Year)

Well, I did it. Somehow, I managed to hit my rather over exuberant goal of reading forty books. Perhaps you can say I cheated a little as I did include little novellas like those of Roald Dahl, but I do like to know what my kids are reading and why they like what they read.

  1. Moosewood Cookbook by Mollie Katzen
  2. My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers
  3. Fight Fat after Forty by Pamela Peeke, M.D., M.P.H.
  4. The Winter Ghosts by Kate Mosse
  5. A Victorian Christmas by Catherine Palmer
  6. Wheat Belly by William Davis M.D.
  7. The Witches by Roald Dahl
  8. Lifestyle for Health by Cheryl Townsley
  9. Boy Meets Girl by Joshua Harris
  10. Lost and Found by Jacqueline Sheehan
  11. Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
  12. The World as I Remember It by Rich Mullins
  13. A Claim of Her Own by Stephanie Grace Whitson
  14. Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick
  15. Submerged by Dani Pettrey
  16. The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
  17. House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer
  18. The Twits by Roald Dahl
  19. Disconnected Parenting Teens in a MySpace World by Chap and Dee Clark
  20. The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne
  21. Divergent by Veronica Roth
  22. Touching the Sky by Tracie Peterson
  23. Farmer Boy by Laura Ingalls Wilder
  24. I Kissed dating Goodbye by Joshua Harris
  25. The Gift by Richard Paul Evans
  26. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  27. Unbridled Dreams by Stephanie Grace Whitson
  28. Crossing the Wire by Will Hobbs
  29. The South Beach Diet by Arthur Agatston MD.
  30. Teenage Boys by Bill Beausay
  31. The Pioneer Woman Cooks by Ree Drummond
  32. Ape House by Sara Gruen
  33. Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
  34. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
  35. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
  36. Eragon by Christopher Paolini
  37. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  38. The Other Side of the Bridge by Mary Lawson
  39. A Life That Says Welcome by Karen Ehman
  40. The Quilter's Daughter by Wanda E. Brunsetter
  41. Home Grown Handbook for Christian Parenting by Karen De Boer 
They are ordered from most recently completed to those completed at the beginning of the year. If I had to come up with a reading theme for last year's books, it would have been about war and dystopian societies as those books took up a large part of the list. Some were better than others and some were rather depressing. If I had to pick my favorites, I would say, The Book Thief, The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, The World as I Remember It (non-fiction), The Winter Ghosts, and Fight Fat After Forty (non-fiction).

My goal this year is a little less lofty with the hope of reading thirty. I trotted around the house and collected a bunch of the books I wanted to begin the year with and there are five hanging around from last year that didn't get finished yet. The goal is to get them done first and then dig into the collection shelved in our bedroom.

Here's the first five that I need to complete:

Eldest by Christopher Paolini
The Postmistress by Sarah Blake
The Irresistible Revolution: Living as an Ordinary Radical by Shane Claiborne
Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift
The Endless Forest by Sara Donati

 I hope it's a snowy winter :o)! Do any of you have reading goals? What are you reading? Let me know. I always love to add new titles to my never ending must read list.



  1. I'm inspired! I mostly read with the boys, these days, and miss reading for myself.


  2. Oh I like this idea very much? May I join you in the thirty thing? We could have a little Thirty Books Club and see what others were reading?? I've two read already- if I can count The Hobbit which I started before New Year!

  3. I want to read a good amount this year as well. Happy New Year :) Love Heather

  4. Looks like a great idea. Five at a time...

  5. Wow that's awesome! Oh btw our Christmas card is on it's way and I hope it reaches you next week. :)

    Anyway... I also read "The Quilter's Daughter". Wanda Brunsetter is a fabulous author! I finished Catching Fire a couple months ago and hope to read Mocking Jay real soon.


  6. If you're not burnt out on dystopian societies, you could try out a book called The Bridge by Jane Higgins. I finished it this morning - it was an engrossing read, if rather depressing.

  7. Nice, diverse list you have there! I went goalless last year and will again this year, but I have been reading more nonfiction/devotional type reading. I started The Prodigal God the other day. It is VERY good. Blessings from Tx.

  8. Always love seeing what others are reading and gathering ideas. It's time for me to start collecting books to take back overseas, so I'm excited to see your list!


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