the books of 2012

2012’s book tally was 51. O’Brien’s The Island of the World, Adler’s An Everlasting Meal: Cooking With Economy and Grace, and Redmond’s The God of the Mundane are some of my favorites of the year. O’Brien’s book is actually on the top of my “favorite books ever” list. You should add it to your 2013 to-read list. On the bottom of this year’s list? Ozma’s The Reading Promise: My Father and the Books We Shared, Death Comes to Pemberley by P.D. James, and Still by Lauren Winner. I also included all the novels I read to the kids this year. Charlotte’s Web was a reread, but it doesn’t feel right to list it on a book list and not encourage anyone who hasn’t had the chance to read it to do just that (even if you don’t have kids). I get teary-eyed every time, and the end is just about perfectly written.

The Island of the World by Michael O’Brien

Strangers and Sojourners by Michael O’Brien

Refractions: A Journey of Faith, Art, and Culture by Makoto Fujimura

Tinkers by Paul Harding

In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin by Erik Larson

The Art of Photography: An Approach to Personal Expression by Bruce Barnbaum

The Heights: Anatomy of a Skyscraper by Kate Ascher

Year of Plenty: One Suburban Family, Four Rules, and 365 Days of Homegrown Adventure in Pursuit of Christian Living by Craig Goodwin

The Best Old Movies For Families: A Guide to Watching Together by Ty Burr

Still: Notes on a Mid-Faith Crisis by Lauren F. Winner

Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China by Jung Chang

Deconstructing Penguins: Parents, Kids, and the Bond of Reading by Lawrence Goldstone and Nancy Goldstone

Reading Magic: Why Reading Aloud to Our Children Will Change Their Lives Forever by Mem Fox

The Art of Neighboring by Jay Pathak and Dave Runyon

Living Into Focus by Arthur Boers

The God of the Mundane by Matt Redmond

Doc: A Novel by Mary Doria Russell

The Impeachment of Abraham Lincoln by Stephen L. Carter

Death Comes to Pemberley by P.D. James

Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy by Eric Metaxas

The Reading Promise: My Father and the Books We Shared by Alice Ozma

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer

The Innocent by Ian McEwan

An Everlasting Meal: Cooking With Economy and Grace by Tamar Adler

Evangellyfish by Douglas Wilson

Wheatbelly by William Davis

Cut Your Grocery Bill in Half by Steve and Annette Economides

Extra Virginity: The Sublime and Scandalous World of Olive Oil by Tom Mueller

The Pleasures of Reading in an Age of Distraction by Alan Jacobs

Grace Based Parenting by Tim Kimmel

Everyday Talk by John Younts

Girls on the Edge: The Four Factors Driving the New Crisis for Girls-Sexual Identity, the Cyberbubble, Obsessions, Environmental Toxins by Leonard Sax

Cinderella Ate My Daughter: Dispatches from the Front Lines of the New Girlie-Girl Culture by Peggy Orenstein

Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter

Kristin Lavransdatter by Sigrid Undset

Joy For Beginners by Erica Bauermeister

The Cricket in Times Square by George Selden

Mary on Horseback: Three Mountain Stories by Rosemary Wells

James Herriot’s Treasury for Children: Warm and Joyful Tales by the Author of All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot

The Story of Doctor Dolittle by Hugh Lofting

The Light At Tern Rock by Julia Sauer

Twenty and Ten by Claire Huchet Bishop

The House at Pooh Corner by A.A. Milne

A Grain of Rice by Helena Clare Pittman

Beezus and Ramona by Beverly Cleary

James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl

Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White

Little Pear by Eleanor Francis Lattimore

Henry Huggins by Beverly Cleary

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