Friday, December 30, 2011

Book List for 2012

For the past few years I have found it so helpful to plan my reading for the coming year in advance.  This gives me a way to be intentional with my reading.  It doesn't always stay just the way I plan it out, however.  Sometimes I start a book and decide not to finish it (for various reasons), and other times I add books I hadn't originally planned to read.  So, I hold this list loosely, but here are the books I'm hoping to read in the coming year.  

Some of these books are new to me, some I have read before and I'm returning to them again.  Others I have started but not yet finished (I'm currently reading them).  All of them were already on my shelves.

After reading through the Bible chronologically this year (using this plan), I have a different plan laid out for 2012.  It's the 5x5x5 Plan (Read through the New Testament in one year, one chapter a day, by reading five minutes a day, five days a week, using five different methods to dig deeper).  I think it will be quite doable, and it will enable me to delve a bit deeper into the New Testament teachings.  

Even though this plan is only for five days a week, I will still be reading the Bible the other two days of the week (Psalms and Proverbs, especially).  And I usually have thirty minutes scheduled for Bible and prayer time, so even though the actual reading may take just five minutes, that will leave the rest of the time for prayer and memorization.

I'm hoping to make the prayer journal shown in this post by Julia at Blissfully Content.  Such a beautiful post and a wonderful idea for a simple yet beautiful prayer journal.  I already have a journal that I use (that isn't full yet), so I'm just planning to dress it up a bit.

Thanks for sharing your book recommendations with me on my last post.  So many books, so little time!  


  1. So nice idea. But if mid-year new books come out then ... are those for 2013. I'm going to look in the catalog which books I'd like to read ...

  2. I looked up No Ordinary Home on Amazon and it is so expensive! I am wondering if you know of a less expensive source.

    Your list looks great - my husband and one of my daughters read through Radical. I am going to try to get it read this year.

    Like you I have read some of the books on your list but need to reread them. It's great to get your vision refreshed!


  3. Thanks for the Bible Reading plan suggestions. I am trying to decided what to do with our kids this year as far as Bible reading in school and this looks very doable.

  4. KellyinPA12/30/2011

    Thank you for sharing the bible reading plan. I was wondering what I was going to do this year and this is different from what I've used in the past and I think it will work for me. I also love Psalms and Proverbs and will be reading the Proverb of the day and Psalms on the weekends.

  5. It is a good idea to plan ahead. But I find myself not wanting to read some of the books I have chosen because I just loose interest.

    So instead, I just wait and see what develops.

    Your bible study time sounds doable. I pray that 2012 will be a year filled with more memories and more joy!


  6. Jedidja,
    Thanks! If I see books I like mid-year, I just go ahead and read those, too, if I have time! :)

    I know, it's too bad that book is out of print! My husband finds all of our books from various sources. I think he said he found that book on Amazon (used). It was originally $25, but he put it in his cart and waited, and after several months the price went way down to an acceptable level (and then you can use Amazon gift cards from Swagbucks to get it for free!). But yes, I noticed that the prices on that book right now are ridiculous. I'm not sure why they even list books for that much.

    You're welcome! :)

    Reading the Proverb of the day is a great idea, too. I'm thinking of incorporating that into our school day.

    I do that too, sometimes (lose interest). Whatever works! :) I pray that your year is blessed, dear friend!

  7. I have read most of the books on your list and they are truly great reads! I have not been able to find "No Ordinary Home" as it is out of print. But I have heard good things about it. Happy Reading!!

  8. Joyfilleddays,
    Thanks for the encouragement about the books on my list! I know, it's really too bad when good books go out of print. Hope your weekend is blessed!

  9. Joy, thank you for the book list! I love hearing about what other people are reading. You gave me some great ideas for my reading this year! Some of the titles I looked up in our library catalogue and they were actually available! I find this a great way to preview books...then if I absolutely love the book, and it's a resource I know I'll reach for again, I will purchase it.

  10. Nice post thanks for sharing...blessings soraya

  11. Angela,

    That's great that you were able to find some of the books at the library! I really miss the excellent library we had when we lived in a bigger city. The library in our nearby town has almost nothing. Just a teeny tiny building without any books I'm interested in. :)

    Have a blessed new year!

  12. Soraya,

    Thank you so much for your comment! Blessings to you!


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