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On My Bookshelf {The 2011 and 2012 Lists}

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For many years, I was so busy with my littles and working from home that I rarely made time to read. Then, I got a Kindle and picked up where I had left off many years before, reading 2-3 books a week. There are still times when I have to read less to make time for family events or work projects, but reading is my #1 choice for relaxing & learning, and I make time for it as much as I can!

My favorite source for reading material is Amazon’s free Kindle books. I’ve gotten more than 600 books over the last two years, and I’ve discovered more than a few authors and series that I love. Although I prefer to read on my iPad — at least while I anxiously await the delivery of my Kindle Fire next Wednesday — Amazo n offers free Kindle apps for your PC, Mac, iPhone, BlackBerry, Android or Windows 7 phone as well!

When I do buy a book, I like to use gift cards I’ve earned through Swagbucks — guilt-free shopping at its finest!

I didn’t start keeping track of the books I read untiI the second half of the year, but I thought I’d do a recap of the books I read as well as my plan for 2012:

The 2011 List

Dystopian Novels

The Hunger Games Trilogy was by far my favorite series this year. It is a gripping story that draws you in and keeps your attention, even when you’re not reading it. I’ve told pretty much everyone I know about them, and I’m looking forward to the movie in March!

  • The Hunger Games, Catching Fire and Mockingjay, Suzanne Collins
  • Delirium, Lauren Oliver

Historical Fiction

  • Before the Season Ends and The House in Grosvenor Square, Linore Rose Burkhard
  • For Time and Eternity and Forsaking All Others, Allison Pittman
  • The Help, Kathryn Stockett
  • The Wedding Gift, Marlen Suyapa Bodden
  • Faith, Lori Copeland
  • A Measure of Mercy, Lauraine Snelling
  • The Outsider: A Novel, Ann H. Gabhart
  • Maid to Match, Deeanne Gist
  • Prairie Rose (A Town Called Hope), Catherine Palmer
  • Lady in the Mist, Laurie Alice Eakes
  • Tailor-Made Bride, Karen Witemeyer
  • Heart of Stone, Jill Marie Landis
  • Sixteen Brides, Stephanie Whitsom
  • A Daughter’s Inheritance, Tracie Peterson and Judith Miller
  • Love Finds You in Homestead, Iowa, Melanie Dobson
  • Love Finds You in Victory Heights, Washington, Tricia Goyer
  • The Preacher’s Bride, Jody Hedlund
  • Embers of Love, Tracie Peterson
  • This Fine Life: A Novel, Eva Marie Everson
  • Surrender the Heart, MaryLu Tyndall


  • Chasing Eden, Beyond Eden and Treasure of Eden, Sharon Linnea and B.K. Sherrer
  • Elisha’s Bones, Don Hoesel
  • The Shakespeare Manuscript, Stewart Buettner
  • Diagnosis Death, Richard Mabry MD
  • Room: A Novel, Emma Donoghue
  • The Suicide Effect, L.J. Sellers
  • Transfer Of Power, Vince Flynn

Christian Fiction:

  • From Ashes to Honor, Loree Lough
  • All Through the Night, David Bunn
  • Clear Blue Sky, F.P. Lione
  • The Oak Leaves and On Sparrow Hill, Maureen Lang
  • A Time to Heal, Barbara Cameron


  • Barefoot Sisters: Southbound, Lucy & Susan Letcher
  • Kisses from Katie, Katie J. Davis
  • Love Has a Face: Mascara, a Machete and One Woman’s Miraculous Journey with Jesus in Sudan, Michele Perry
  • The Girl Who Couldn’t Say No, Tracy Engelbrecht
  • The End of Boys, Peter Brown Hoffmeister


  • Grace for the Good Girl, Emily Freeman
  • One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are, Ann Voskamp
  • Organized Simplicty: The Clutter-Free Approach to Simple Living, Tsh Oxenreider
  • Clutter Rehab: 101 Tips and Tricks to Become an Organization Junkie and Love It!, Laura Wittmann
  • The Food Cure for Kids: A Nutritional Approach to Your Child’s Wellness, Natalie Geary M.D.
  • The Core: Teaching Your Child the Foundations of Classical Education, Leigh Bortins
  • Drawing with Children, Mona Brooks
  • The Happiest Mom: 10 Secrets to Enjoying Motherhood, Meagan Francis
  • Project: Happily Ever After: Saving Your Marriage When the Fairytale Falters, Alisa Bowman

The 2012 List

Biography & History

  • Steve Jobs, Walter Isaacson
  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, Rebecca Skloot

Health & Home

  • Rosemary Gladstar’s Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Health, Rosemary Gladstar
  • The Green Pharmacy Herbal Handbook, James A. Duke, PhD
  • The Money Saving Mom’s Budget, Crystal Paine

Christian Living

  • Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream, David Platt
  • Flickering Pixels: How Technology Shapes Your Faith, Shane Hipps
  • Satisfy My Thirsty Soul: For I Am Desperate for Your Presence, Linda Dillow
  • 7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess, Jen Hatmaker
  • A Modern Girl’s Guide to Bible Study, Jen Hatmaker
  • Adopted for Life: The Priority of Adoption for Christian Families & Churches, Russell D. Mahaney
  • 10 Things Jesus Never Said: And Why You Should Stop Believing Them, Will Davis Jr.


  • Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation, Lynne Truss
  • Getting Started with Latin: Beginning Latin for Homeschoolers and Self-Taught Students of Any Age, William Linney
    **further proof that I am a dork, but I’m fascinated with Latin and looking forward to further study in 2012!

Dystopian Novels

  • The Giver, Lois Lowry
  • Poison Study, Maria V. Snyder
  • Wither, Lauren DeStefano
  • Graceling, Kristin Cashore
  • Divergent, Veronica Roth
  • Pandemonium, Lauren Oliver
  • When She Woke, Hillary Jordan

**My to-be-read list comes from a variety of sources, including recommendations from Shaina at Food for My Family, Megan at Sorta Crunchy, Crystal at Money Saving Mom, Amy at Mom Advice and Katie at Good Life Eats!

What are you reading this month?