2012 Reading Challenge

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My Goodreads Reading Challenge goal for 2012 was to read 60 books.

I was often behind on my reading schedule and was not sure I’ll complete it. I did, for two reasons:  reading on Kindle and reading non-fiction.

Here we go, the 2012 list:

Non-fiction

Fiction

C. S. Lewis

 Francine Rivers

 Karen Kingsbury

 Mr. Monk Series

 Alexander McCall Smith

Some Stats:

Total: 60 books

Non- fiction: 19 books

Fiction: 41 books

Kindle: 41 e-books (more than half!)

Romanian: 2 books  (needs to change!)

Most read Author: Francine Rivers and Karen Kingsbury with 8 books/each

Book of the Year: One Thousand Gifts, by Ann Voskamp (marvelous!)

Discovery of the Year: Malcolm Gladwell (he’s brilliant!)

Won’t go into a long analysis, but you might’ve noticed I like series – which is why I have read so many Francine Rivers and Karen Kingsbury titles, as well as a long-time favourite: Alexander McCall Smith.

The observant reader will notice higher rankings for non-fiction which I can easily explain: I can tolerate a poorly written novel, but NOT a poorly written book that’s supposed to teach me something. Besides, I’m very fussy about giving a non-fiction full stars, so those that get them are quite remarkable.

I have read all but two books on My 2012 To-Read List. The unfortunate two: Real Marriage, Mark Driscoll and A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens are being transferred to my “read at some point in the future” list.

Out of my list of Books To-Read This Fall I have read all but one: Quiet, by Susan Cain. Transfered to the above-mentioned list.

 What does your 2012 reading year look like? 

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10 thoughts on “2012 Reading Challenge

  1. This is five books every month! I am amazed by your love for books, discipline in making time to read. ALSO, great list – some of those books, I’d like to read myself.

    Love you, your husband who was next to you most of the time when you were reading.

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    1. Thank you, awesomest!
      You should really mention the fact that you read MORE books than your Reading Challenge: 27 instead of 24 as planned. Thanks for supporting my reading habits, too! love

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      1. Thanks for encouraging me to participate in the reading challenge. It’s fun to look back at this “past year in books”. Love you, wifey.

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  2. My reading challenge for 2012 was 30, but I overcome it on 47…

    January
    1. A Man Name Dave => Dave Pelzer
    2. Essays on Love => Walter A. Trobisch
    3. Love’s Long Journey => Janette Oke

    February
    1. The Man with The Bird on His Head => John Rush
    2. The Secret of Loving => John McDowell
    3. Five Love Languages => Gary Chapman

    March
    1.Tomorrow You Die => Reona Peterson Joly
    2.Between Shades and Gray => Ruta Sepetys
    3.Family: The ties that bind…and gag! => Erma Bombeck
    4.The Gift => Cecelia Ahern
    5.Social Problems. => Dolgon Baker
    6.Poverty, Inequality, And Population. => D. Jayaraj & S. Subramanian
    7.Decesive Issues Facing Christians Today. => john Stott

    April
    1.The Misunderstood Man => Walter Trobisch
    2.A moment of Weakness => Karen Kingsbury
    3.The Hidden Value of A Man => Gary Smalley & John T. Trent
    4.Love is a decision => Gary Smalley & John Trent
    5.The Blessings => Gary Smalley & John Trent

    May
    1.God’s Secret Listener => John Butterworth
    2.Now Why Did I do That? => Ian M.Hay
    3.Christian Family => Carl Mitchell

    June
    1.Battelfield of the Mind => Joyce Meyer
    2.The Measure of A Man => Gene A.Getz

    July
    1.The Shack => William P. Young

    August
    1.The Home, Courtship, Marriage and Children => John R. Rice
    2.When God Writes Your Love Story => Eric and Leslie Ludy
    3.The Prayer Factor => Sammy Tippit
    4.Gone with the Wind, 1st Volume => Margaret Mitchell

    September
    1.Waiting on God => Andrew Murray
    2.Gone with the Wind, 2nd Volume => Margaret Mitchell
    3.Spiritual Leadership => J. Oswald Sanders

    October
    1.Forgiving our Parents, Forgiving ourSelves => David Stoop
    2.The Fourfold blessing of the Tithe => David Emigh
    3. 28 Days with Matthew => Donald S.Tingle
    4.The Alchemist => Paulo Coelho
    5.The Brother’s Keeper => Tracy Groot
    6.In my Dream => Julia Averbeck

    November
    1.Dream Lover => Jean MacIntyre
    2. 101 Amazing Ways To Say I Love You => Cucan Pemo
    3.Marriage, Divorce & Remarriage => Dean Taylor.
    4.The Day the Flowers Died => Ami Blackwelder
    5.When God Whispers Loudly => Chris Hibbard

    December
    1.The Mating => Nicky Charles
    2.A Marriage CAROL => Chris Fabry & Gary Chapman
    3.My Sheep hear my Voice => David Young & David Hickman
    4.Secret of Guidance => F.B.Meyer
    5.How To Overcome Financial Worry => John MacArthur, Jr.

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    1. I saw your list on Goodreads, Nikolino – very impressive! I think you would read way more than I do if you’d have a Kindle .
      On your list, I want to read:
      A Marriage Carol, Gary Chapman & Chris Fabry
      A Moment of Weakness, Karen Kingsbury
      The Blessings, Gary Smalley & John Trent
      Gone with the Wind, Margaret Mitchell

      Anything else you’d strongly recommend? What was your top 5?

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  3. I don’t know if you read, “When God Writes Your Love Story => Eric and Leslie Ludy”.
    This book inspire me and give me a vision of a love that is truly worth waiting for.

    I would suggest also “Between Shades and Gray => Ruta Sepetys”.

    Best regards,
    Niko

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