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
12. Everything: What You Give & What You Gain To Become Like Jesus
Books I’m Currently Reading
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
Jesus Feminist by Sarah Bessey (Available later this year!)
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?