12 Best Books I Read in 2012

2012 was a good year for books! Glancing through the list of all the books I read in 2012, I noticed my choices this year were different than in years past. Since most of the books I edit are on Christian living and theology, in my spare time I read books about creativity, writing, and adoption. I narrowed down my list to my twelve favorites and included why they made my list. (Side note: I didn’t include any books I edited. It didn’t seem fair.)

  1. 7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess by Jen Hatmaker. Reading 7 last January was the best way to kick off the new year. I highly recommend it if you are striving for less in your life.
  2. Wordsmithy by Douglas Wilson. This is my favorite book on writing. Wilson is to-the-point and humorous  Most of the books I read on writing are not by Christians, so this one really made an impact on me.
  3. Quiet by Susan Cain. A study on the power of introverts. Great read for introverts and those of us who are raising them.
  4. Love Does by Bob Goff. Goff challenged me to put my faith into action in this fun and inspiring book.
  5. Steal Like ane Artist by Austin Kleon. This is a quick read I picked up at the library. I love the short but applicable chapters.
  6. The Art of Neighboring by Pathak & Runyon. This book impressed upon me the  importance of getting to know my neighbors.
  7. Insurgent by Veronica Roth. A follow-up to Divergent, Insurgent continues to the story of Tris and her battle against, well, I can’t tell you who she’s battling against. That would give it away.
  8. The Connected Child by Karyn Purvis. Purvis is an authority in the adoption world. I know I’ll be referring to this book often as we transition to a family of five.
  9. On Writing by Stephen King. Part biograghy and part instruction book, I enjoyed this book by King.
  10. You’re Already Amazing by Holley Gerth. Encouragement to be who God created me to be and work through my giftedness.
  11. Hoping for Something Better by Nancy Guthrie. I did this study of the book of Hebrews with my Sunday school class and it was one of my favorite studies we’ve ever done.
  12. Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan. I read this series to my seven year old, but read a book ahead so I knew what I  might need to edit out for him. I enjoyed the books, but most of all I enjoyed the time I spent with David while reading them.

 What was the best book you read in 2012?


  1. Great list! I still want to read the Divergent series.

    • Sandra says:

      You should! Book 3 should come out next year and they are making them into movies. I can’t wait!

  2. Dawn says:

    I have the Hatmaker book on hold at the library – agree, it’ll be a great one to start 2013 with! I am almost done with Love Does.

    Are you on Goodreads, Sandra? I tried to find you but a different Sandra Peoples came up. 🙂

    • Sandra says:

      Getting on Goodreads is on my to-do list!