I sure hope you and your family enjoyed a wonderful Christmas! We got to spend lots of time with both of our families and the girls were spoiled to pieces, of course. You can say I got spoiled a bit too, I am really excited to add this stack of new cookbooks to my collection. I can't wait to sit down and read through them all!
At the beginning of the year I shared my reading list for 2012. I've always been a big reader but realized in the past few years I haven't made the time to read many books throughout the year. This year I decided to make a goal to finish at least 1 book each month, well did I ever surpass that goal! I quickly realized that even just sitting down for 10-15 minutes each day I was able to read many more books than I had originally thought. I've since tracked all the books I've read throughout the year on Pinterest, here's my list, all 35 of them.
I've really enjoyed just about every book I've read so it was really hard to only pick a few of my favorites. But here it is for you, a list of my favorite reads in 2012. I hope this might inspire your own reading list for the upcoming year.
I had two absolute favorite books I read this year and Kisses from Katie was one of them. You can read my review here.
Making Piece is also at the top of my list. I recently heard of Beth's story and immediately became engrossed in it. You can read my review of her book here.
One of my main goals this year was to declutter our home more and to get rid of excess. When I heard of 7: An Experimental Mutiny against Excess I quickly added it to my list. The author, Jen, along with her family tackle seven different areas of excess in their life. Devoting a month to each topic they discover some areas are more difficult than others but I think they soon begin to relish their new found simplicity in life. Jen also throws a lot of her wit and humor in, which makes for a fun and interesting read.
I think most parents wish their children would help out more around the house and fend for themselves. Kay trains her children with necessary life skills through her year long experiment. After reading, you'll feel inspired to start doing the same with your own children. Cleaning House is one of the most influential parenting books I've read and one that I think everyone should take the time to read for themselves.
My Berlin Kitchen was one of my most recent reads and another favorite. A blogger's memoir that's filled with delicious sounding recipes, Luisa tells her story of being shuttled between her dad's home in Boston and her mother's Italian roots in Berlin; all while trying to find her way in this world of ours. You'll love this heart-felt story. The author keeps it real, her story is filled with emotion and I guarantee you'll have a hard time putting this one down.