At the beginning of 2012, I set a reading goal for myself: to read 52 books in 2012. That would be one book per week. The previous year I read about 45 books, so I thought I could increase it in 2012.
I’m happy to say I read 62 books in 2012. You might be wondering if they were all kid books. No! I read 4 kid books; the rest were books you might read, like these below.
I compiled a list of my favorite and best books of 2012 for you.
Atlas Shrugged was the first book I read in 2012 and it took me about 2 weeks to finish it. I wondered if I would meet my goal at that rate. It’s one big, honking book – over 800 pages.
I wasn’t sure I’d like it because I was told it was about our capitalistic society. Sounded too philosophical to me.
Just the opposite happened. I was glued to it, reading it whenever I had free time.
I highly recommend Atlas Shrugged, as it is an excellent novel. It will also open your eyes to what is going on in our economy and government. It applies today!
Several of my favorites were books to encourage me in my everyday life. I’ll start with Zig Ziglar’s classic, since he passed away a month ago.
See You At the Top offers application that you can use as a homeschool mom, work at home mom, or empty nester. Zig shares from a Christian perspective.
Other goal setting books say the same thing over & over. 18 Minutes offers a fresh approach to setting goals that all moms can use. Perfect for making new year resolutions.
I love the fact that Peter Bregman uses parenting examples, as well as professional examples in his book. This would be a great book to start your year.
I found One Thousand Gifts as a result of last year’s favorite books post. So many of you left a comment saying it was your favorite book that I had to read it. Thank you!
I stumbled upon this book at a Business Women’s Conference while listening to Bob Eubanks. Yep, Bob Eubanks of the Newlywed Game. He highly recommended Blue Ocean Strategy, so I ordered a copy. I was challenged as I read, contemplating the concepts in this book and how to apply them in 2013.
If you’re a work at home mom with your own business or blog, this is a great book for you. It will challenge you about finding the right place in the market.
I read several southern lit books, set in Savannah or Atlanta, but my favorite was a series by singer Sarah Evans. I recommended The Sweet By and By to my 22 year old daughter, who thoroughly enjoyed reading all 3 in the series.
I don’t usually read Christian fiction because it is often a lot of fluff. Not the case here.
The Sweet By and By, Softly and Tenderly and Love Lifted Me centers around Jade & Max – their engagement, marriage and first few years of marriage. Several struggles occur in their family. I won’t spoil it for you. Just grab a copy at your library.
You’ll see their relationship to God throughout. It’s well worth reading all 3 books.
If you want to see all the books I read in 2012, you can check out my Shelfari account. shelfari.com/kerrybeck
My goal for 2013 is 52 books again. I’m starting with Les Miserables. It’s another big, honking book. I want to read it before I see the movie.
That was often my requirement of my kids while we homeschooled. Read the book, then watch the movie. Then, let me know which one you like best, the book or movie.
With all this talk about the best books of 2012, I’m going to have my 1st giveaway for 2013. I’ll give away 3 copies of my daughter Gentry’s ebook, Best Books of All Times. Enter below.
Gentry has compiled the best books of all times, according to a 15 year old. That’s right…it’s from a kid’s perspective so you know these books will be enjoyed by your kids, too. One cool thing about this book is the way Gentry organized her books in a chronological fashion.
I hope you’ll share your favorite books. That’s how I found One Thousand Gifts last year. Thanks to all who shared this title with me.
Question: What’s your favorite book of this past year?
What’s your reading goal for 2013?
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