Thursday, December 27, 2012

Favorite Reads of 2012

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.

Kisses from Katie- Seriously devoured this book in 2 days, really one of the most inspiring stories ever!
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: A Memoir of Love, Loss and Pie - Love, LOVED this book!
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.
7: An experimental mutiny against excess
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.
Cleaning House- overall a wonderful book, a must read for all parents
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.
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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.



  1. Thanks for the great list! I recently saw Kisses from Katie at the library, but didn't know much about it - will definitely read now. And I just got a Kindle for xmas, so I'm excited to add more of these to my list!

    1. I think you'll love it! I seen you got a Kindle- yay! I bet you're so excited! Amazon always has a lot of free Kindle books too, I know Money Saving Mom always posts some good ones. I have a Nook (I'm just partial to B&N I guess) but I wish they offered more free books like Kindle.

  2. Love seeing what other people are reading! I'm a little bit nosy ;-), plus I am a big reader myself so I'm always looking for ideas. I'm going to have to see if I can find a copy of Cleaning House. Looks like a good one. I wrote a similar post today with my favorite books from this year:

    1. Kristin- I love seeing what others are reading as well! My library had a copy of Cleaning House, maybe yours will too. I'll head over and check out your post, I'm always looking for new book suggestions as well. Thanks for stopping by!


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