"If the God you believe in as an idea doesn’t start showing up in what happens to you in your own life, you have as much cause for concern as if the God you don’t believe in as an idea does start showing up. It is absolutely crucial, therefore, to keep in constant touch with what is going on in your own life’s story and to pay close attention to what is going on in the stories of others’ lives. If God is present anywhere, it is in those stories that God is present. If God is not present in those stories, then they are scarcely worth telling." ~ Frederick Buechner

03 January 2013

Books in 2012

I didn't read nearly enough in the last couple months of 2012, but since life was so crazy for all of us with the cross-country move, I suppose that's okay.

I've put stars after my favorite reads from this past year, whether they were just well-written or ones that broke my heart for good.  There were (three) I didn't finish. I'm okay with that.

Before I post my list, do you have any good book recommendations, newly discovered or old and familiar? Let me know in the comments!
"apple and books on old school chair" by Sandra Cunningham
I Capture the Castle, Dodie Smith (unfinished)
Cloister Walk, Kathleen Norris (a re-read)
Trouble Don't Last, Shelley Pearsall 
Paint the Wind, Pam Munoz Ryan
Bud, Not Buddy, Christopher Paul Curtis 
There's a Boy in the Girls' Bathroom, Louis Sachar
Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister, Gregory Maguire
Gold, Chris Cleave
Yes, Chef: Marcus Samuelsson  
When She Woke, Hillary Jordan 
Mudbound,  Hillary Jordan
When You Reach Me, Rebecca Stead
Dead End in Norvelt, Jack Gantos
Kira-Kira, Cynthia Kadohata
Moon over Manifest, Clare Vanderpool
The Higher Power of Lucky, Susan Patron
Good Masters! Sweet Ladies!, Laura Amy Schlitz
A Conspiracy of Friends, Alexander McCall Smith
Boys Should Be Boys, Meg Meeker
One Thousand Gifts, Ann Voskamp
Confessions of a French Baker, Peter Mayle
All is Grace, Brennan Manning
Hotel Pastis, Peter Mayle
Acquired Tastes, Peter Mayle
Acedia and Me, Kathleen Norris
Little Girls in Church, Kathleen Norris
Loving the Little Years, Rachel Jankovic
Shanghai Girls, Lisa See
Drop Dead Healthy, A.J. Jacobs
Almost Amish, Nancy Sleeth
The Guinea Pig Diaries, A.J. Jacobs
The Know-It-All, A.J. Jacobs
bloom: finding beauty in the unexpected, Kelle Hampton  
Kisses from Katie, Katie Davis
Unorthodox, Deborah Feldman
Wringer, Jerry Spinelli
The Girlfriend's Guide to Toddlers, Vickie Iovine 
Ya-Yas in Bloom, Rebecca Wells
First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers, Loung Ung (unfinished)
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, Jonathan Safran Foer
Major Pettigrew's Last Stand, Helen Simonson
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society, Mary Ann Shaffer and Anne Barrows
The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, Rebecca Wells (a re-read)
Prodigal Summer, Barbara Kingsolver (unfinished)
Courageous, Randy Alcorn
The Middle Place, Kelly Corrigan 
Lift, Kelly Corrigan
Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader, Anne Fadiman

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