Wednesday, January 2, 2013

2012 Book List

Here is a complete list of what I read in 2013... Last year's list is here and 2010's here.
The Centurion's Wife by Janette Oke and Davis Bunn
This takes place in 1st century Palestine and tells the story of Leah and her arranged marriage to a Roman Soldier. Enjoyed it very much.
The Lady of Bolton Hill by Elizabeth Camden
Set in the late 1800's, this is the story of a female journalist who writes what she sees and thinks with little regard for the consequences. Of course there is a love story involved as well.
Ruby by Lauraine Snelling
Tells the story of two sisters brought to a dying father in the Dakota Territory. Alone amongst rough men and call girls, we see how they survive and thrive. This is the first of a series. and I will eventually read more.
Her Nowhere by Brigetta Schwaiger
 Tells the story of a woman who leaves her seemingly perfect life unannounced and travels to Sweden to work on an organic farm hoping to forgive and forget. New people met and relationships formed, but she is still haunted by her past. Really liked this.
A Mother's Hope by Francine Rivers
This is the first of two books. The story of a Swiss woman as a child and as an adult who emigrates to California. Valid and interesting take on relationships between a daughter and her mother. Enjoyed it.
Fatherhood by Bill Cosby
I had not read this since I have had children. I just love this man!
Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini
 Another recommended to me by my 15 year old daughter. Okay...reminds me of Twilight, but the vampires and werewolves are replaced by descendants of Zeus, Apollo, Aphrodite etc. ...nuff said.
The Scarlet Thread by Francine Rivers.
Another great read by this author. Tells the story of a young woman struggling to find her place in her husband's new life as well as her ancestor doing the same several generations prior. Enjoyed it.
Heaven is for Real by Todd Burpo
This is a true story of a little boy's story of his trip to Heaven and back...mesmerizing and touching.
A Sweethaven Summer by Courtney Walsh
Easy summer type read. Enjoyed it very much.
And the Shofar Blew by Francine Rivers
Story of a pastor, his wife and the people they touched...both good and bad...really liked this.
The Third Floor by Judi Loren Grace
True story of a young, pregnant teenage girl in the 1960's. Tells of her struggles and journey. Took place in my hometown and it was fun to read about places I know.
Growing Up The First Time by Mary Smith.
The true story of 4 American children being raised in Shanghai beginning before WWII. Interesting and I enjoyed it.
Sons of Encouragement by Francine Rivers
5 novellas..this time about 5 men in the Bible...Aaron, Caleb, Jonathan, Amos and Silas. Loved it
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford
Set in WWII era tells a Chinese boy's story living in Seattle and then in the 1980's as an adult. I read the final chapter in tears. Love books like that!
Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
This is the true story of a man who was an American Olympic Runner in the Berlin Olympics. Then WWII came..what follows in his life is unimaginable, but happened to many others as well. Very good.
A Lineage of Grace by Francine Rivers
5 novellas...each telling the story of a woman in the Bible. Loved this!
Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
The story begins in Ethiopia and tells the story of twins born to an Indian nun and a British surgeon in a mission hospital. Really enjoyed this.
Girl Hunter by Georgia Pellegrini
 A NY chef treks the wilds to hunt for food in a quest to see if she can. Interesting.
A Sweethaven Summer by Courtney Walch
A great summer read. Childhood, friendship, loyalty and romance...what else do you need? Loved it!
Jacob Have I Loved my Katherine Paterson
Newbery Medal Winner. Not my favorite, but quite good. Set on a fishing island in Chesapeake Bay and tells the story of a girl growing up with normal insecurities and feelings.
Running Away to Home by Jennifer Wilson
True take of an American family who move to the author's ancestral homeland of Croatia for 1 year. VERY interesting, honest and enjoyable.
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
 Lollipop Pop read this last year and enjoyed it. The story is set in Nazi Germany and is narrated by Death. I sobbed...haven't done that over a book in a long time. Very well done.
The Atonement Child by Francine Rivers
Tells the story of a college girl who is raped on her way home from work, the pregnancy that follows and her thoughts and decisions she makes. Hard to read.
Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin
Time spans 3 decades and begins in Mississippi in the 1970s. black, one white. Missing teen girls. Accusations. Judgements. I enjoyed it.
Scarlet Feather by Maeve Binchy
Friendship, catering business, dysfunctional families, Ireland...loved it!
The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
A child grows in foster care...the Victorian Language of Flowers..twists and turns I did not anticipate. LOVED this.
A Million Miles in a Thousand Years by Donald Miller
 I read half of this and I realized that I was forcing myself to read it. Interesting concept...can we make our life into only memorable moments? While I like this, I didn't love it and I have 5 library books that came in and had to cut this one off.
The Lover's Dictionary by David Levithan
Interesting format...each page offers a glimpse into his relationship that begins with one a dictionary entry. I enjoyed it.
Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
This is the story of a freshman girl with a secret she is hiding. Spans the school year and what she endures in her mind and of those around her. I read it in a day and liked it.
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See
The story of two Chinese girls in the 1800's who become "old sames"...a life long bond. The author truly helped me experience the joy and difficulties in their lives over the course of 80 years. Enjoyed it.
True Colors by Kristin Hannah
Story begins when 3 sisters lose their mother as children. Follows them into adulthood. Family, horses and love...perfect summer read and I enjoyed it.
Heaven is Here by Stephanie Nielson
I read NieNieDialogues and have always been touched and heart warmed by her love story with her hubby. This is the story of her life before, during and since a plane crash. Really enjoyed the message it conveys.
The Keeper by Suzanne Woods Fisher.
This is a modern story in the Amish Community. Involves a close knit family, love, and a Bee Keeper. I did not see the ending coming and liked it.
Come Home by Lisa Scottoline
 Novel surrounding a mother, her adult step-daughters, her ex-husband and a mystery. Exciting and I enjoyed it.
The Invisible Wall by Harry Bernstein
Written by Mr. Bernstein in his 90's and tells of his life in England pre and post WWII. Very good!
For One More Day by Mitch Albom
If you could spend one more day with your mother who has passed away, what would it look like? This is one man's story. Easy read and enjoyable.
Moloka'i by Alan Brennert
Beginning in 1891 this book tells the story of a girl who was sent to live on Moloka'i...a leper colony. It was fascinating, heartbreaking, joyous, insightful and I LOVED it!

1 comment:

Cheltz said...

Hmmm, looks like a lot of good recommendations here!