2012 in Books

It is that time of year. An annual practice of mine for many years has been a review of the books I have read in the previous year. As I've mentioned before on this blog, I assemble a reading plan at the beginning of each year (the 2013 version of which I will post about Monday), and that guides roughly fifty percent of my reading through the year. Then, at the end of the year, I look over the books I've enjoyed, looking for balance and patterns, etc.

So here's a quick look back on last year’s reading, sorted by category:

The Bread of Angels (Saldana)

Destiny of the Republic (Millard)
Splendor of God (Morrow)
Stonewall Jackson (Charles River Editors)
The Autobiography of George Muller (Muller)

Hamlet (Shakespeare)
Gulliver’s Travels (Swift)
The Importance of Being Earnest (Wilde)
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (Doyle)
The Tempest (Shakespeare)
Les Miserables (Hugo)
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (Twain)
Macbeth (Shakespeare)
The Woman in White (Collins)
The Moonstone (Collins)
The End of the Affair (Greene)
The Call of the Wild (London)
The Journals of Ralph Waldo Emerson (Emerson)

Write Good or Die (Nicholson)
Building a Life Out of Words (Smucker)
Platform (Hyatt)

1929 (Larsson)

New authors:
Lonestar Sanctuary (Coble)
Amos Walker: The Complete Story Collection (Estleman)
Two for the Dough (Evanovich)
Three to Get Deadly (Evanovich)
Vanishing Act (Perry)
The Alchemist (Coelho)
The Woman in White (Collins)
The Moonstone (Collins)
Tenebrae (Hill)
The Triumph of Love (Hill)
Somewhere is Such a Kingdom (Hill)

The Works of Christina Rossetti (Rossetti)
The Pig in the Spigot (Wilbur)
Tenebrae (Hill)
The Triumph of Love (Hill)
A Child’s Calendar (Updike)
Somewhere is Such a Kingdom (Hill)
At Blackwater Pond (Oliver)
Why I Wake Early (Oliver)
House of Light (Oliver)

Viral (Sweet)
Chancy (L’Amour)
The Cherokee Trail (L’Amour)
Code of the West (Grey)
Simply Jesus (Wright)
The Hobbit (Tolkein)
The Call of the Wild (London)
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (Twain)
Hamlet (Shakespeare)
The Tempest (Shakespeare)
Macbeth (Shakespeare)

The End of Religion (Cavey)
Healing Your Church Hurt (Mansfield)
Walking in the Dust of Rabbi Jesus (Tverberg)
Weird (Groeschel)
An Altar in the World (Taylor)
Not a Fan (Idleman)
Sifted (Lawrence)
The Pressure's Off (Crabb)
Breakfast with Bonhoeffer (Walker)
10 Prayers You Can’t Live Without (Hamlin)
Torn (Lee)

Reason for Being: A Meditation on Ecclesiastes (Ellul)
Be Satisfied (Wiersbe)
Living on the Ragged Edge (Swindoll)
LA Year of Biblical Womanhood (Evans)

Biblical Fiction:
In Shady Groves (Lehman)

Mondays with My Old Pastor (Navajo)
Jesus Killed My Church (Bohlender))
Reimagining Church (Viola)

Related books:
Love Wins (Bell)
Erasing Hell (Chan)
Why We Get Fat (Taubes)
Eat to Live (Fuhrman)
Fully Alive (Davis)

Yellow Submarine (The Beatles)
The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore (Joyce)
Roo’s Big Nature Day (Hutta)
Dora and the Unicorn King (Reisner)
Digger the Dinosaur (Dotlich/Gynux)
The Pig in the Spigot (Wilbur)
Once Upon a Potty (Frankel)
I Love You, Stinky Face (McCourt/Moore)
A Child’s Calendar (Updike)
Weird Pet Poems (Evans)
To Everything There Is a Season (Dillon)
Dreamplace (Lyon/Catalanotto)
Lily and the City of Light (Bonilla)
The Numbers (Felix)
The Hair Book (Tether/McKie)
The Itsy Bitsy Spider (Wells)
Jack and the Beanstalk (Tyrrell)
Pooh’s 1 2 3 (Milne)
Winnie the Pooh Tells Time (Milne)
The Chronicles of Narnia (Sabuda)
Peter Rabbit Finger Puppet Book (Potter)
Baby’s First Nursery Treasury (Esposito)
It’s Not Fair! (Rosenthal)
The Pigeon Wants a Puppy (Willems)
Mr. Brown Can Moo, Can You? (Seuss)
You’re My Little Love Bug (Weimer)
When Cows Fly (Watson)
The Monster That Ate My Socks (Cosmo)
A Story About a Mouse Called Hector (Huseinovic)
Bartleby’s Book of Buttons, Vol. 2
Where the Wild Things Are (Sendak)
Touch & Feel Bible Stories (Caregan/Mitchell)
The Polar Express (Van Allsburg)
I’ll Follow the Moon (Tara)

The Invention of Hugo Cabret (Selznick)
Locomotion (Woodson)

With Christ in the School of Prayer (Murray)

Prayers of John Calvin from His Commentary on Hosea (Calvin)
The Hidden Life of Prayer (McIntyre)
The Disciplines of the Christian Life (Liddell)

Solitary (Thrasher)
Lion of Babylon (Bunn)

Other Fiction:
Her Royal Spyness (Bowen)
The Last Bookstore in America (Stewart)
Wolf Song (Fergusson)
Blue Hole Back Home (Jordan-Lake)
Martyr (Clements)
The Chicago Way (Harvey)
Saints Preserve Us (Ellwood)
The Case of the Violent Virgin (Aballone)
The Hangman’s Daughter (Pötsch)
The Crazy Mixed-Up Corpse (Aballone)
The Eye of Death (Rees)

Other Nonfiction:
The Machine (Posnanski)
What Would MacGyver Do? (Vaughan)
The Magic of Thinking Big (Schwartz)
How to Stay Alive in the Woods (Angier)
The Body Has a Mind of Its Own (Penfield)
The Greatest Stories Never Told (Beyer)
How to Live on 24 Hours a Day (Bennett)
Hello Goodbye Hello (Brown)
Lost in the Cosmos (Percy)

That’s 127 books all together, 26 more than last year (some are listed in multiple categories), and probably the most I've ever read in a single year. More classics than ever, except maybe when I was in school. Thirty-three ebooks. Twenty audiobooks. Another wonderful year of discovery and enjoyment.

Tomorrow I'll post my ten favorite books of the year.

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