What I Read In 2012 {And What I’m Reading in 2013}


When I first looked at my list of books I read this year, I was so excited that there were a good many more on 2012’s list than 2011.  Then I started reading other people’s blog posts about their yearly booklists, and seeing gargantuan numbers like 150+ books read in one year–and I suddenly felt very small.  I know comparing oneself (or the size of one’s booklist, I mean really) to others is quite silly, so I did my best to quickly snap out of it.

But then I began to remember everything I did this year…

I took 18+ hours of college courses in both spring and fall semesters, as well as a full load of courses over the summer–including a MAJOR goal of Algebra.

I performed a wonderful character role in the operetta The Pirates of Penzance – whilst taking the above courseload.

I travelled extensively, including family trips, a blogging conference, a NYC trip for auditions and workshops, my sister’s wedding and an overseas excusion.

I read multiple books for my coursework – including textbooks, research books for multiple papers, and piles of vocal scores and plays for performance work.

Suddenly my nice little booklist didn’t feel so small!

I am very happy that I was actually able to fit in some reading for my soul and spirit amongst all of my requred academic reads.  I started a good few books not on this list–some of which I am still in process of reading, and some I plan to come back to, but some that simply fell by the wayside for one reason or another.  I’ve realized (sadly) that I usually don’t stick with reading a book that I dislike or find mediocre. (Just chalk it up to my adult ADD).

The books I’ve listed are books I have read from cover to cover. Each one is a fantastic read that I heartily recommend.

Books I Read From Cover To Cover

1.Catching Fire (The Hunger Games, Book 2)

2. Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, Book 3)

3. Orange Jumpsuit: Letters to the God of Freedom

4. Still: Notes on a Mid-Faith Crisis

5. Made to Crave: Satisfying Your Deepest Desire with God, Not Food

6. One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are

7.James: Mercy Triumphs (Member Book)

8.Under the Tuscan Sun: At Home in Italy

9. 7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess

10. Surprised by Oxford: A Memoir

11. What Women Fear: Walking in Faith that Transforms

12. Everything: What You Give & What You Gain To Become Like Jesus

13. Untitled: Thoughts on the Creative Process

Books I’m Currently Reading

readsblogpostA 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

Seven: Staging Your Own Mutiny Against Excess – The Bible Study by Jen Hatmaker

The Creative Habit: Learn It & Use It For Life by Twyla Tharp

The Crowd, The Critic & The Muse: A Book For Creatives by Michael Gungor

On Writing Well: The Classic Guide To Writing Nonfiction by William Zinsser

If You Want To Write: A Book About Art, Independence & Spirit by Brenda Ueland

Do What You Can Plan: 21 Days To Making Any Area Of Your Life Better by Holley Gerth

Future Releases: Books I’m Looking Forward To In 2013

 Bread & Wine: A Love Letter To Life Around the Table With Recipes by Shauna Niequist

 Jesus Feminist by Sarah Bessey (Available later this year!)

 You’re Made For A God-Sized Dream: Opening The Door to All God Has For You by Holley Gerth

 The True Secret of Writing: Connecting Life With Language by Natalie Goldberg

More Books I Want To Read In 2013

An Altar In The World: A Geography of Faith by Barbara Brown Taylor

Jesus, My Father, The CIA & Me: A Memoir of Sorts – Ian Morgan Crohn

Listening For Madeleine: A Portrait of Madeleine L’Engle In Many Voices by Leonard S. Marcus

The War of Art: Break Through The Blocks & Win Your Inner Creative Battles by Steven Pressfield

Seven Sacred Pauses by Macrina Wiederkehr

Help, Thanks, Wow by Anne Lamott

Inspired You: Letting God Breathe New Life Into Your Heart & Home by Miss Mustard Seed

Platform: Get Noticed In A Noisy World by Michael S. Hyatt

Bossypants by Tina Fey

Steal Like An Artist: 10 Things Nobody Ever Told You About Being Creative by Austin Kleon

Unglued: Making Wise Choices In The Midst Of Raw Emotions by Lysa Terkeurst

How To Use A Runway Truck Ramp: And Other Tales From Our 10,000 Mile Adventure by  Shawn & Maile Smucker

 What books did you read in 2012? 

What are you looking forward to reading in 2013?






10 comments on “What I Read In 2012 {And What I’m Reading in 2013}

  1. Pretty impressive along with a full-time load both semesters, especially if it involved Algebra =) I’m visiting from Mom Creative… I love book lists, too, and can always get some good ideas. I LOVED Unglued… read it last year (seems funny to say last year already!) I’m currently reading Not a Fan. Good stuff. Happy reading in 2013!

    1. Thanks so much for stopping by the blog! 🙂 I’ve heard good things about ‘Not A Fan’ – I should probably add that to my growing list! 🙂 I’m looking forward to reading ‘Unglued’ – though I sheepishly know it probably hits too close to home sometimes. 🙂

  2. Good list! I’m reading the Twyla Tharp book right now. It’s pretty good. Not quite what I thought, but not bad. Bossypants was pretty funny. I want to read Steal like an Artist too.

    1. Thanks for reading Caris – I loved your book list at your blog as well! I agree about the Tharp book – it’s good, but I’m not racing through it’s pages like I thought I would. I was thrilled to learn about the Madeleine book through your writings – thanks! (I’m requesting it at the library this week 🙂

  3. Where do I even start with your post, Sarah! Before I even think about the books…I want you to know that I am also NO WHERE near what I read others book totals! I doubt I’ve ever come close to 50 in a year {really?! One a week?!} and may only get closer to that this year because of grad school! 🙂 So I’m right there with you. And honestly, I think it’s amazing what you have accomplished in the year in addition to fitting in time to read!! Go you.

    We read several of the same books! I also read Hunger Games…such fun! And couple of your others I just added to my Amazon wish list.

    Speaking of Amazon, I am going to order “Still” from Eighth Day as soon as I get your catalog – they posted about it today and it was sign. Yay! I know I can order online {and probably will} but just in case there’s anything else I see in it! Excited about “Still” AND Eighth Day!

    Just downloaded “A Year of Biblical Womanhood” and gracious, I’ll echo your want to read list. Ditto.

    And finally…just saw your tweet about Downton Abbey. Counting down the hours, now! 🙂

    Happy Sunday, friend.

    1. Thanks so much for reading friend! 🙂 I’m glad to hear I’m not the only avid reader who balks at such a large number of reads in a year! (I’m impressed, but don’t think I could do it with my schedule). I love that you read Hunger Games too – are you on Good Reads? I’m thrilled you’re ordering Still from 8th Day – can’t remember if you said if you’ve read any of her other books. I can’t wait to hear what you think of ‘Biblical Womanhood’ – I think it’s divine. Talk to you soon my friend!

      1. 1. “Balks” was a vocabulary word in 4th grade reading today. 🙂 Wish I’d had this example when I was describing it!

        2. No, I’m not on goodreads. I want to be…but scared I’ll be sucked in to one more work-avoider. 🙂 But maybe soon!

        3. Yes – I read Girl Meets God. SO good!

        4. We’ll chat about ‘Biblical Womanhood’ when I’m done…so far, so good!

        Happy week, Sarah!

  4. You go,girl! You’ve done PLENTY this year! Life is too short and there are too many books out there to read and/or finish books you dislike or are mediocre — let them go and move on! Thanks for your list — I can’t wait to try some of these new books I’ve never heard of : )

  5. Hi! found your blog through Katie at Cardigan Way as I was clicking around looking at peoples 2012/2013 book lists! We have many books in common on our read and to-read lists! I don’t read TONS a year like some… but I do add in my audible books and the read aloud chapter books so it ups my number a tad 🙂 (I’m Sarah Ronk on goodreads are you on there?)

    1. Thanks so much for stopping by — love Katie’s blog myself! 🙂 I just read some of your book posts, and yes! We do have many reads in common – love that! I am on GoodReads – the link to my good reads page should be back on my blog soon–just have it down momentarily to update my reading list.

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