Thirty-Six Books

I read thirty-five books last year!  I far exceeded my expectations as far as how many books I would read in 2012 - I thought for sure it would be a slow reading year with a toddler and being pregnant and all.  But after reading eighteen in 2011 and nineteen in 2010, I'm pretty impressed with myself!
I like to keep a record of the books I read and my thoughts on them, so I'm just going to do a few words on each book - like a super-brief mini review.  If you want more of my thoughts on any of these books, just let me know!  Here we go.  In no particular order...

Miss Billy by Eleanor H. Porter - The same author that wrote Pollyanna.  Loved it!

Our Last Great Hope: Awakening the Great Commission by Ronnie Floyd - Very good, read my full review here.

The Cat Who Ate Danish Modern by Lillian Jackson Braun - I liked it!

Decorating Schemes by Ginny Aiken - Pretty good, liked it.

Last Light by Terri Blackstock - Intense plot, I liked it.  I want to read the next book.

Kisses From Katie: A Story Of Relentless Love and Redemption by Katie Davis - Very good, inspiring!

When The Cradle Is Empty: Coping WIth Infertility by John Van Regenmorter - Very good, I'd recommend it to anyone struggling to get pregnant.

Simple Secrets to A Happy Life by Luci Swindoll - Loved it, lots of good wisdom, read my full review here.

Scrapping Plans by Rebecca Seitz - Didn't like it, wasn't well written or researched - read my review here.

One Thousand Gifts A Dare To Live Fully Right Where You Are by Ann Voskamp - Overall I thought it was good and thought-provoking.  Didn't like the way she put certain things, but the poetry of her writing was inspiring.

Misconception: One Couple's Journey from Embryo Mix-Up to Miracle Baby by Paul and Shannon Morell - Wow, I can't imagine going through this - very interesting read.  I just read "Inconceivable" by Sean and Carolyn Savage, the other couple involved in the mix-up, and I couldn't put it down.  I'd recommend reading both books if you read this one, it was interesting to read both sides of the story.

Rocket Boys by Homer Hickam (not pictures because I remembered this one later) - A few situations that I didn't quite want to read about in the book, but overall I really enjoyed it.

Sixty Acres and a Bride by Regina Jennings - Liked it.

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins - Meh.  Read my review here.

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott (audiobook) - Obviously it was good.

Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis - Excellent, a must-read.  I love C.S. Lewis's writing.  He was such a deep-thinker.

Common Sense by Thomas Paine - Classic.  You can't review American classics.  It was good!

Winnie the Pooh by A. A. Milne - Read it to Wyatt, loved it!

Take Three by Karen Kingsbury - First let me say that thesis the third book in the series, and I did not like the first two books in this series which I read a couple years ago.  I didn't like reading how one of the characters falls into sinful relationships, and though Karen Kingsbury can write about these topics tastefully most of the time, I felt her descriptions in the first two books were bordering on inappropriate, for me.  But I picked up the series again this year, and I thought this book was appropriate, and her books are always hard to put down.

Take Four by Karen Kingsbury - It was good.

Leaving, Learning, Longing, and Loving (Four books, Bailey Flannigan series) by Karen Kingsbury - This series builds off of the previous series, which is the whole reason I read the two books above.  I wanted to find out what happened to Bailey Flannigan.  This series did not end like I expected, but I enjoyed it, and after I got used to the idea that it was not going to go the way I thought, I was very happy with the story.

The 13th Hour by Richard Doetsch - Note: There is  language, descriptive violence, and a couple other things in this book that I wanted to include a warning on.  Just be aware.  Not sure I would recommend it because of the above warning, but the plot had me on the edge of my seat, and it was well-written.  I think if they cleaned it up a bit it would make a great movie.

Tidewater Inn by Colleen Coble - Kind of slow-moving, but it was good, read my review here.

Dreaming In Black and White by Laura Jensen Walker - Christian Chic-lit, I enjoyed it.

Fatal Distractions: Conquering Destructive Temptations by Kay Arthur - Bible study, very good, read my review here.

Blind Dates Can Be Murder by Mindy Starns Clark - I love this series, good book.

Elementary, My Dear Watkins by Mindy Starns Clark - Same series, last book, I liked it!

Covenant Child: A Story Of Promises Kept by Terri Blackstock - Good, but one of those stories where you get really frustrated with the characters until the end of the book when they come to their senses!

Beyond the Farthest Star by Brock and Bodie Theone - Okay, kind of depressing, I thought.

Miss Match by Erynn Mangum - Christian chic-lit. I enjoyed it, though I wasn't quite sure if the author was trying to send a message about predestination through some of the book . . . which is a completely different topic, but if you might get frustrated by that, be aware.  But I thought it was humorous and fun!

Bringing Up Girls: Practical Advice and Encouragement For Those Shaping the Next Generation Of Women by James Dobson - It was very good!  Definitely would recommend it to moms of girls.

Parenting Isn't For Cowards by James Dobson - Excellent parenting book, easy to read, I'd recommend it.

How My Soul Yearns by Ashley Wells - An Infertility story by a fellow blogger, I enjoyed it, though my heart broke for her too.  However, I tracked down her blog, and the story has a happy ending - she is now the foster (and hopefully soon, adoptive) mother of four precious children!

And that's it!  Once again, if you want to know a more detailed opinion from me on any particular book, let me know!
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DaisyGirl said...

I'm very impressed!! I love to read but am slow. ha! There are some on your list I've read and others I want to read. Good luck on next year's goal!!! hehe!!

Brittney said...

Good for you! Thank you for the wonderful book ideas!!

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