Monday, December 31, 2012

Books Read in 2012

I did it! My goal was to read 52 books throughout the 2012 calender year. And I reached that goal about a month and a half ahead of schedule! The final tally was 56 books read in 2012. Not bad. So what number should I aim for next year? 60? 75?

Books in Bold = I Highly Recommend you read it!

Books Read (and Re-Read) so far in 2012:
1. Interview with a Vampire by Anne Rice (01/08/2012)
2. Mere Christianity by C. S. Lewis (01/05/2012) re-read
3. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (1/15/2012)
4. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins (1/25/2012)
5. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins (1/31/2012)
6. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams (2/16/2012)
7. Enchantment by Orson Scott Card (2/27/2012)
8. You Can Change by Tim Chester (2/28/2012)
9. Churched: One Kid's Journey Toward God Despite a Holy Mess by Matthew Paul Turner (3/4/2012)
10. The Restaurant at the End of the Universe by Douglas Adams (3/9/2012)
11. Life, the Universe, and Everything by Douglas Adams (3/16/2012)
12. The Great Divorce by C. S. Lewis (3/20/2012)* re-read
13. The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde (3/26/2012)
14. Radical: Taking Back Your Faith From the American Dream by David Platt (4/1/2012)
15. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-ExupĂ©ry (4/13/2012)
16. The Book of Dragons by E. Nesbit (4/19/2012)
17. Calm my Anxious Heart by Linda Dillow (4/24/2012)*
18. Now and Not Yet by Jennifer Marshall (4/24/2012)
19. The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd (5/8/2012)
20. Animal Farm by George Orwell (5/16/2012) re-read
21. The Sisters Grimm #1: The Fairy Tale Detectives by Michael Buckley (5/17/2012)
22. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J. K. Rowling (5/23/2012) re-read
23. Grandmothers Counsel the World by Carol Schaefer (6/1/2012)
24. A Severe Mercy by Sheldon Vanauken (6/10/2012)*
25. The Vampire Diaries: The Awakening by L.J. Smith (6/22/2012)
26. One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp (6/24/2012)
27. Ned Kelly and the City of the Bees by Thomas Keneally (7/5/2012)
28. Be Still my Soul edited by Nancie Guthrie (7/17/2012)
29. Instruments in the Redeemer's Hands by Paul David Tripp (7/31/2012)
30. Absolute Surrender by Andrew Murray (8/3/2012)
31. The Ragamuffin Gospel by Brennan Manning. (8/8/2012)
32. Finally Alive by John Piper (8/9/2012)
33. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle (8/10/2012) re-read
34. Forgotten God: Reversing Our Tragic Neglect of the Holy Spirit by Francis Chan (8/14/2012)
35. Heaven by Randy Alcorn (8/15/2012)
36. The Cost of Discipleship by Dietrich Bonhoeffer (8/16/2012)
37. Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions by Edwin A. Abbott (8/16/2012)
38. The Princess and the Goblin by George MacDonald (8/17/2012)*
39. Girl Meets God: A Memoir by Lauren F. Winner (8/26/2012)
40. James: Mercy Triumphs by Beth Moore (8/29/2012)
41. Sidewalks in the Kingdom: New Urbanism and the Christian Faith by Eric O. Jacobsen, Eugene H. Peterson (8/31/2012)
42. Under the Overpass by Mike Yankoski (9/2/2012)
43. When the Darkness Will Not Lift by John Piper  (9/10/2012)
44. Messy Spirituality by Michael Yaconelli (9/13/2012)*
45. Inkheart by Cornelia Funke (9/28/2012)
46. Grieving, Hope and Solace: When a Loved One Dies in Christ by Albert N. Martin (10/2/2012)
47. The Wounded Healer by Henri Nouwen. (10/14/2012)
48. How Could God Allow Suffering and Evil? by Garry Poole (10/16/2012)
49. Out of the Silent Planet by C. S. Lewis (10/24/2012) re-read
50. Evolving in Monkey Town: How a Girl Who Knew All the Answers Learned to Ask the Questions by Rachel Held Evans (10/24/2012)
51. A Year of Biblical Womanhood: How a Liberated Woman Found Herself Sitting on Her Roof, Covering Her Head, and Calling Her Husband Master by Rachel Held Evans (11/8/2012)
52. The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan (11/12/2012)
53. Junia Is Not Alone by Scot McKnight (11/12/2012)
54. Red Letter Revolution: What If Jesus Really Meant What He Said? by Shane Claiborne, Tony Campolo (11/23/2012)
55. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien (12/17/2012)
56. The Bad Beginning (A Series of Unfortunate Events #1) by Lemony Snicket (12/19/2012)

*read for book club

Books I am currently reading/in the middle of:
1) Love Wins by Rob Bell
2) Light: C. S. Lewis’s First and Final Short Story by Charlie W. Starr
3) An Acceptable Time by Madeleine L'Engle
4) The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan
5) The Enchanted Castle by E. Nesbit
6) A Better Atonement: Beyond the Depraved Doctrine of Original Sin by Tony Jones
7) The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares
8) The Knowledge of the Holy: The Attributes of God: Their Meaning in the Christian Life by A.W. Tozer
9) The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket
10) Are Women Human? by Dorothy Sayers
11) Jesus + Nothing = Everything by Tullian Tchividjian (Christmas Present!)

On Deck (yeah... this list is always changing and getting shuffled about):
I just got these for Christmas:
Glorious Ruin: How Suffering Sets You Free by Tullian Tchividjian
Walking on Water: Reflections on Faith and Art by Madeleine L’Engle.
The Blue Parakeet by Scot McKnight
The Universe Next Door: A Basic Worldview Catalog by James W. Sire

The Cross of Christ by John R.W. Stott
Surprised by Hope by N.T. Wright
Against Calvinism by Roger Olson
The Mind of the Maker by Dorothy Sayers
On the Edge of the Sea or Darkness by Andrew Peterson
The King Jesus Gospel by Scot Mcknight

C.S. Lewis Goes to Heaven: A Reader's Guide to The Great Divorce by David G Clark
As One Devil to Another by by Richard Platt
On the Shoulders of Hobbits: The Road to Virtue with Tolkien and Lewis by Louis Markos
C. S. Lewis: His Literary Achievement by Colin Manlove
The Hidden Story of Narnia: A Book-By-Book Guide to C. S. Lewis' Spiritual Themes by Will Vaus

not to mention all the books I got at the C. S. Lewis conference...

I so wish I could just get paid to read and write...


Krystianna said...

I guess I'm going to have to read some of C.S. Lewis' books! Good luck on your challenge. :)

Erica said...

What a great list!! Can I make a suggestion? Become an affiliate for, it is free and then you can link all those books to the Amazon site and earn a bit of profit when someone purchases them via your link.
I hope you meet your goal, I'm excited to see what 2013 holds your you my friend!

Mallory said...

This is impressive!! How did you come up with your list?

J.L. Neyhart said...

Erica, thank you for the suggestion - I will try to do that at some point soon.

Mallory, in answer to your question, I didn't come up with all 52 books ahead of time, I simply have a massive to read list that keeps growing so it's kind of whatever strikes my fancy. So since I love fantasy/sci-fi and theology/Bible, those are prominent - and there are some random ones that friends lent to me to read or wanted to do for a book club thing we started with the ladies in my community group.

But I basically decided if I was ever going to make any progress at reading my way through my to read list I had to get organized and set a goal to push myself and be intentional about it. I think I need a higher goal next year because I've slacked off since I met my goal! :-)