2012 is officially over! (In about 56 minutes by my clock.) It’s been a year of much change. My husband and I made a huge move, returning to the LA area after a year in Portland. We both found new jobs. I started editing. We’ve had times of unhappiness and desperation, and times of great joy. But through every change, this blog has been a source of comfort and pride. It’s been a safe place to pour myself into and escape from everyday life, and to discuss one of my favorite topics: books!
So, as we bring in the new year, let’s just review the 2012 Bests and Worsts!
Longest Book Read:
Anna Karenina – 838 pages
This book felt like it took me forever! It was really only about three or four weeks, but in my world that is quite a long time to read one book.
Most Engrossing Book Read:
Every Day by David Levithan
Started this at about 9am, finished at about 4pm, with a few breaks in between. So good!!
Favorite New Author:
Many people who are much more cultured than I have known about Bennett for years, but I had my first taste of his wit in The Uncommon Reader and I enjoyed it again with Smut. Bennett is one that I will definitely bring with me into 2013!
Best Writing Advice:
Hooked by Les Edgerton
You’ve heard me talk about this one many times, but it’s one that has truly changed the way I think about writing. It’s already a classic in my personal library.
Worst Non-Fiction Book Read:
Mennonite in a Little Black Dress by Rhoda Janzen
This book left me frustrated and annoyed. So much so that I didn’t even have the heart to write a review.
Worst Fiction Book Read:
50 Shades of Grey by E. L. James
With all of the hype this book has received, it just proves that many are desperate for temporary sensations and have abandoned respect for literature as art. The success of 50 Shades is a sad story.
Best Non-Fiction Book Read:
Surprised by Hope by N. T. Wright
Again, I’ve said this before, but this book changed my life. I will never think about salvation or the Kingdom of God in the same way again.
Best Fiction Book Read:
The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman
This harrowing story was absolutely captivating—all 600 pages of it—and left me bawling at the end. Hoffman expertly integrated history, beautiful female heroines, and the depth of faith that the Israelites had. A gorgeous work of art.
Coming in 2013:
Scripture and the Authority of God by N. T. Wright
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Kisses from Katie by Katie Davis
Waiting for God by Simone Weil
And, what I’m most excited about above all:
40 days, 40 nights, the season of Lent with absolutely NO BOOKS but the Word of God.
Yes, I mean it. I am going to read NOTHING but Scripture.
It may strike you as absolutely crazy that an avid reader like me would even consider giving up reading for any time period, but it’s a decision I’m very excited about. I guess you’ll simply have to keep reading to learn my reasons!
So, here’s to a new year full of hope and adventure, to growing and discovering.
Happy New Year!