Back in 2006 I decided that my New Year’s resolution would be to read 100 books. I don’t usually make resolutions and I don’t remember why I thought 100 was a do-able goal, but that year I read 97 books. I didn’t quite reach my lofty goal, but I came a lot closer than if there had been no goal in the first place. Since that first year of charting my reading, I haven’t actually set a number goal for myself, but I still keep track of the books I’ve read. These books are always a combination of Christian living books, Bible studies, parenting and financial books, and lots of fiction thrown in because I love getting lost in a good story.
In 2011, I was surprised to see that I ended up reading a total of 63 books, not including all the little-kid books that also flow freely around here.
These are my top ten+ reads for the year…Just in case you were looking for some recommendations for your 2012 list.
1. Crazy Love by Francis Chan (I had heard this was a “must-read” and it lives up to that status, in my opinion.)
2. The Total Money Makover by Dave Ramsey (yes, we are drinking the kool-aid. It tastes good.) I also read Entre Leadership which was fantastic too.
3. My Bangs Look Good and Other Lies I tell Myself by Susanna Foth Aughtman
4. The Year of Living Biblically by A.J. Jacobs (I don’t think most Christians I know would like this book, but I liked it. So there.)
5. The Help by Kathyrn Stockett
6. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
7. The Bible Story – Volumes 1 (and Volume 2 was completed this year too and was equally good) by Arthur Maxwell (These are the Bible stories I am reading through with Carter. They are teaching ME.)
8. Parenting Beyond your Capacity by Reggie Joiner and Carey Nieuwhof
9. Out of the Spin Cycle by Jen Hatmaker
10 (& 11 &12). The Hunger Games Trilogy (again, not sure these are for everyone, but I truly enjoyed them.)
Have you read any excellent books lately that I should add to my 2012 book list?