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.)
- 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.
- 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.
- Quiet by Susan Cain. A study on the power of introverts. Great read for introverts and those of us who are raising them.
- Love Does by Bob Goff. Goff challenged me to put my faith into action in this fun and inspiring book.
- 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.
- The Art of Neighboring by Pathak & Runyon. This book impressed upon me the importance of getting to know my neighbors.
- 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.
- 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.
- On Writing by Stephen King. Part biograghy and part instruction book, I enjoyed this book by King.
- You’re Already Amazing by Holley Gerth. Encouragement to be who God created me to be and work through my giftedness.
- 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.
- 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?