Ally’s Faves of 2012

I didn’t quite make it to 52 this year, but darn it, I got closer than I thought I would! In 2012, I learned that I love to read before bed and prefer to pick up a book instead of turning on the TV when I need a break from house work. However, I’ve also learned that reading a good book can be incredibly addicting, and it’s harder for me to walk away from a book than a re-run on TV, so I have to pick my poison wisely.

There are seven books that stand out to me as my faves of 2012. Here they are, in no particular order…

  1. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte This is one of my favorite reads of all time, and will probably be re-read every year from here on out.
  2. Absolutely American by David Lipsky I don’t know that any other book would help me to better understand my husband’s university experience than this one. Lately, I find my affection for the Army growing and my interest in long-standing traditions expanding. This book has motivated me to select more titles on military history in 2013.
  3. Foreign to Familiar by Sarah Lanier I find it sad that I found this book after traveling extensively in countries where this information would have been very useful. It will be one that I carry on the plane with me when traveling abroad from now on.
  4. How to Read the Bible #1 & 2 by Gordon Fee and Douglas Stuart These two books have significantly impacted the way I read and understand my Bible. Since I am facilitating two overlapping chronological studies, these resources have helped prepare me for the task and have been equally helpful for my students.
  5. A Swiftly Tilting Planet by Madeleine L’Engle I enjoyed the entire L’Engle series, but the time travel in this particular book was fun and intriguing. Though I may be tempted to read through this series again next year, I’m going to try to aim for something new.
  6. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen As the only female blogger on this site, my reading list tends to include more “chick” books. Not all of Austen’s writing thrills me, but this one has more endearing themes than the others I’ve read. I’m curious to see if there’s a good film version of Mansfield Park.
  7. The Family of Adoption by Joyce Maguire Pavao Jim and I are not sure if/how/when we will pursue adoption again, but I would still recommend this book to anyone who is considering adoption, especially one that allows for sustained contact and/or communication with the birth family.


In 2013, I hope to read more by the Bronte sisters, R.C. Sproul, Tim Kellar, C.S. Lewis, and Bonhoeffer. Since I’m a fan of trilogies and the like, I also have The Lord of the Rings series on my to-do list. Topically speaking, I’d like to include books on American history, Army history, the Czech Republic, and missionary biographies. The trick for 2013 will be figuring out how to appropriately balance my reading goals with motherhood and other priorities.


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