Monday, January 14, 2013

Books Read in '12 + Book List for '13

*Eeeks! Totally just deleted about two hours worth of thought out comments and reviews of each book. you'll have to forgive me as I rapidly attempt to recreate the post I'd originally put all that heart into. To warn you - this one will probably lack in some of the earlier awesome and much of the earlier length.*

Inspired by Haley's list of her Books Read in 2012 (she and I have quite a few in common as you'll notice), I have spent this past week thinking out my game plan for this next year. Rather late, I admit, but better late than never! I did read a fair amount in 2012, but several books I'd hoped to start, I completely overlooked. In attempts to actually get them off the shelf and into my hands, I figured I'd write up a list. Because, as we know, I love writing lists. I do love checking them off as well, but I definitely love writing them. You could say I'm a compulsive list maker.

I would like to thank Haley, not only for her inspiration to begin yet another list, but more especially for several of these books that she had recommended on her site. What wonderful finds they were!

So, first off, here are some of the books I read in 2012. I shall not bore you with everything I read, rather just those I enjoyed. You'll also notice I read quite a few series, trilogies, and such because that's how I roll. I also read many a mystery (not listed here) in attempts to find one that had some likeness to Ms. Christie, but alas, that was not to be.

Harry Potter (Books 1-7) by J. K. Rowling - A HP nerd I have become. Despite my thinking for the past decade or so that these books might be evil, I completely fell in love with the story of Harry as he makes his way through his school years at Hogswart. If like me you have never read these books and are aways behind the times, I thoroughly encourage you to pick them up and give them I try. Loyalty, perseverance, friendship, and selfless love show themselves again and again as the characters prevail to triumph over the darkness. Due to the dark magic throughout, I wouldn't say I could recommend them for anyone not of high school age yet.

Kristin Lavransdatter: The WreathThe Wife, and The Cross 
- A new favorite that now just has to be added to my ever growing library as these are books I am sure will be re-read at least once in the years to come. Family and Faith are intertwined as important strands in the cord of Kristin's life. Her strong will and fierce protector spirit causes her to make some choices that prove to be more difficult than she bargained for. The books tell of her entire life from childhood, through until her death, from her relationship in submission under her father, to her passionate courtship and marriage to an equally obstinate man, to her mothering of many sons. Set in fourteenth century Norway, the difficult social and political scenes intertwine with the personal story of Kristin and her family. If you've never read this one (or never heard of it, as I hadn't until I read about it on Haley's blog), I highly recommend this be very near the top of your list for this year.

Stealing Mona Lisa: A Mystery by Carson Morton - Rarely do I recommend a mystery just because often I think they are too similar to others I've read, but this one stood out as different since instead of a murder or a theft, it tells of a detailed con job that has surprising twists for the reader throughout. Set in Paris in the early 20th century, it is based off the actual theft of the Mona Lisa from the Louvre that happened in 1911. An enjoyable read if you enjoy a good mystery.

Death Comes to Pemberley by P. D. James - Another noteworthy mystery read was this one that combined one of my favorite mystery authors with the scene and characters from Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. Frightfully well done in that the writing style imitated that of Ms. Austen's well, and in that the story was believable on the whole for those of us who know the personalities of the original book's characters. I can't say I loved it, but entertaining, it was.

The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boyon Gardam Street, and at Point Mouette by Jeanne Birdsall - Another favorite that is to be added to my "Cannot wait to read to my kiddos" list (told you I was a compulsive list-writer). Four motherless sisters set out on all kinds of adventures. They are not afraid of a little dirt and are much closer to how I hope my daughters (if I, God willing, ever have any) will turn out to be. Their life ambitions book on their talents and their minds rather than their looks. A very fun book series that I encourage you to check out for yourself.

The Help by Kathryn Stockett - Another entertaining one for those times when you find yourself stuck nursing often or waiting in the car to pick up a child from something or other. I read a review that compared it to To Kill a Mockingbird, and I think that review was ridiculous. The book, set in the 1960s in the South, tells of one woman's plan to give the African American help their own voice in a society where they were boxed inside of a set of rules and boundaries. Not a classic, but it was fun,  informative, and entertaining.

And thus far, the books on 2013's 'To Read' list are:

1. Orthodoxy by G. K. Chesterton

2. The Unaborted Socrates: A Dramatic Debate on the Issues Surrounding Abortion by Peter Kreeft

3. Signs of Life: 40 Catholic Customs and Their Biblical Roots by Scott Hahn

4. New Seeds of Contemplation by Thomas Merton

5. Lilith by George MacDonald

What books do you plan to read in 2013? Did you read any in 2012 that I should add to my list? I am always on the lookout for new titles to discover, so please share!

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This post Books Read in 2012 + Book List for 2013 first appeared on Two Os Plus More on 14 January 2013


  1. Thanks for the shout out, Sarah! I'm so glad you loved Kristin and we clearly share a love for the Penderwicks. Looks like you've got some great stuff on your 2013 list. Can't WAIT to hear what you think about Esolen's book!

    1. It's so wonderful to find kindred book spirits, so I'm so glad *you* have such fantastic advice on what to read. It helps me along quite a bit!

      I'm excited to read Esolen's book, too! It's been recommended by several people to me. =)


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