Read. Reading. Will Read.

I re”kindled” my love for reading in 2011, much to the credit of an earlier bedtime for the boys (after dropping nap) and my Kindle Reader that Brad got me for my birthday. I don’t have a ton of free time, as many of you can relate with… but I do love a good read during my down time.  It’s a much needed quiet retreat at the end of a crazy day.

I love hearing book suggestions and to see what people have on their nightstands, so here’s what I’ve read, what I’m reading, and what I plan to read in 2012.

So what did I read in 2011?  Here’s a handful that I READ:

books I read in 2011 reviews

1. All New Square Foot Gardening – This was a great resource in planning and growing our garden this year.

2. The Pursuit of Holiness – I did a Bible study on this book and gained so much. 

3. Unbroken – This is a non-fiction WWII read that was one of my favorite books I’ve ever read!  The story of survival and redemption is phenomenal! So much respect for our military!

4. What Women Fear – Easy read, but a challenging and convicting read. There’s something in here that every woman can relate to, even if you don’t deal with anxiety.

5. One Thousand Gifts – A life changing book on embracing life in the now with gratitude and contentment.

6. The Help – The movie was good, but the book was better of course! Read this during my surgery recovery, and enjoyed it the entire way through.

7. Fifteen Minutes Outside – Awesome suggestions and ideas for enjoying each season with your children outdoors.

8. Becoming More Than a Good Bible Study Girl – This book challenged me to dig deeper and to become a doer of the Word.

9. The Hunger Games Trilogy – Although it was darker and different than any other fiction I typically read, I was hooked from the beginning with this series.


books i'm still reading in 2012 book reviews

1. Grace-Based Parenting – Brad and I have been working our way through this one, and it’s been a thought provoking read on parenting and our motives.

2. Grace for the Good Girl – So thankful for this read from my friend, Emily, and look forward unpacking it further in the next few weeks.

3. Radical – Brad and I started reading this on a date night and hoped to continue you it in dates to come, and we’ve gotten interrupted and I look forward to going back to these pages soon.

4. What’s It Like to Be Married to Me? – I picked up this book at Half Priced Books because I love Linda Dillow’s writing on marriage.

5. Organized Simplicity – I’m all about a more simpler 2012 and I’ve loved this book so far. It’s full of practical advice for simplifying life at home and making a more intentional effort in prioritizing what matters. {The Kindle version of this book was FREE yesterday, so check and see if it’s a free read again today!}

6.The Home Experience – I started this as a Bible study last week, and I think it’s going to be fantastic.  It’s a beautiful book about creating a “haven of peace and a sanctuary of love” in our homes. Definitely my heart for our home!

WILL READ in 2012 (or really hope to):

books i want to read in 2012

1. The Mission of Motherhood – I’ve had the privilege of hearing Sally Clarkson speak, but have yet to read one of her books, so I’m looking forward to reading this one soon!

2. Kisses from Katie  – This comes highly recommended from several friends, about a girl named Katie who is doing big things in Uganda.

3. One Bite at a Time: 52 Projects for Making Life Simpler – Again, simplifying in 2012.  52 projects that can be taken at my own pace. (This is an ebook.)

4. Quitter – As Brad and I continue to work together on business ventures, I’d love to gain some more inspiration and knowledge.  I’m excited to hear Jon Acuff speak in February at The Blissdom Conference in Nashville, where I’ll be a Community Leader for Newcomers!

5.The Creative Family: How to Encourage Imagination and Nurture Family Connections – This book looks like it’s filled with beautiful inspiration for creative play and memory making.

6. Feminine Appeal – This has been on my list for some time, and has also been recommended by several women whom I look up to spiritually.  It looks like a great read on Biblical womanhood.

7. Playful Learning: Develop Your Child’s Sense of Joy and Wonder – Another beautiful resource on making learning enjoyable through experiences that encourage curiosity and that child-like wonder we all need more of!

My number one reading recommendation would be The Bible – and I can’t emphasize enough how helpful a study Bible is for understanding context and meaning.  I downloaded the The ESV Study Bible last year, and it’s been a tremendous resource!

esv study bible

I would LOVE to hear YOUR recommendations for more to add to my list for 2012.  (Especially a few fiction suggestions) What have you read?  What are you reading?  What are you wanting to read?



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10 thoughts on "Read. Reading. Will Read."

  1. Crystal says:

    How funny — this is what my last blog post was about!

  2. Lorri says:

    We’ve read a lot of the same books! I read so much more since I’ve had my Kindle, too. Linda Dillow’s book on worry, Calm My Anxious Heart is really good as well.

  3. I love to read and always have a book on my nightstand. Mostly fiction – drama and mystery. I’m reading my first eBook on my iPad and enjoying the new portal! 🙂

  4. Jennifer Stringer says:

    Love your list! Add The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks to your 2012 list. An incredible story about how one woman’s cells have impacted medical research and help to research cures for polio, cancer and more. The book shares Lacks’ story and some important information about medical research, our rights as patients etc. The topic may sound too deep, but the author is a wonderful story teller and explains complex topics in a simple style.

  5. oh amanda says:

    So. Hunger Games. I finished them yesterday. I may still be in District 12 again. Mourning a little.

  6. Heather L. says:

    Thanks for all the great title selections!!! I need to check out that Linda Dillow book — I love her stuff. Also, I LOVE Sally Clarkson so you will like any of her books. In my stack is her book “Dancing with my Father”.

  7. Jessica says:

    Love the lists! You read some great books last year (and some of the same ones that I got around to reading!). I would recommend Same Kind of Different as Me for a Fiction/non-fiction read. For a non-fiction read Rachel Jancovic’s Loving the Little Years is a quick, but good read. Just a few that come to mind! Enjoy your year of reading!

  8. Sarah Ronk says:

    Your lists look great!! If you’re looking for more fiction… I don’t think you can go wrong with Jane Austen! (Persuasion is my favorite!) I liked both books I’ve read by Chaim Potok. (My Name is Asher Lev and The Chosen) I also really liked Velma Still Cooks In Leeway and since I’m a none horror or anything close a good mystery I read last year was Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha Christie. I run a book club and you can see the past and future books we’ve read on the sidebar here:
    If you want a good LONG book I loved Gone with the Wind! (I’m told is way better than the movie, but I’ve never seen it so I can’t say for sure but it was a GREAT book so I’m guessing they’re right!) I could go on forever about books… so I’ll stop there! Happy Reading! And for real! If you ever make it to our side of town (I think you’re opposite of me??) you are more than welcome to come to our book club!! It’s an open club, no rules, restrictions, etc. Just book lovin ladies!

  9. Tracey says:

    Thanks, Jen! I just ordered “Fifteen Minutes Outside” and it was only $1.99 on Kindle 🙂 I am trying to get outside more with my littles but I need motivation.

  10. Sarah H says:

    I read several of the same books this past year. I loved Unbroken! I lead a women’s book club at my church so I read a lot of Christian fiction. Some of my favorite recent books we have read are A Sound Among The Trees by Susan Meissner and The Preacher’s Bride by Jody Hedlund. I also loved Saving CeeCee Honeycutt. Although it’s not Christian fiction, it is a sweet story.

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