My 2012 Bookshelf

Just for fun…here are the 131 books I have read from January 2012 until February 2013. I keep track of all my reading through, and have taken part in the Goodreads book challenge for the past few years, which means that at the beginning of each year, you can set a reading goal for yourself and keep track of all your reading there.

You can click on each image to see how I rated the book and if it’s worth your time to read! I’d love to give you any recomendations if that is helpful. Happy reading!

Michelle’s bookshelf: read

The Twelve Tribes of Hattie
The Unwanted Wife
The Snow Child
When the Heart Waits: Spiritual Direction for Life's Sacred Questions
The Healing Presence: Curing the Soul Through Union with Christ
Out of the Shadows: Understanding Sexual Addiction
The Mermaid Chair
The Secret Life of Bees
Gift from the Sea
The Dry Grass of August
Jane Eyre
Help Thanks Wow: Three Essential Prayers
Gold in Your Memories: Sacred Moments, Glimpses of God
Happy Cat Me
A Christmas Story: The Book That Inspired the Hilarious Classic Film
The Flight of Gemma Hardy
Breaking Night: A Memoir of Forgiveness, Survival, and My Journey from Homeless to Harvard
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
Messy Spirituality: God's Annoying Love for Imperfect People

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Finding the Time To Read

I’ve been talking lots about my 100 books read this year. As of today, my page says I’m at 110 books, but who’s counting?  The question I have gotten the most is: How in the world do you find time to read?  The question is a good one, relavant, but always makes me scratch my head in wonder.  My question back is usually, “How do you find time NOT to read?” I honestly can’t imagine not reading, so it is perplexing to me. With so many free books available through the library, Kindle, e-readers, etc., reading has become more available than any time in history.  I’d  say 70% of the books on my list were either from the library,  free on Kindle, or less than $5.

With all of that said, here are some things I do to fit reading around my day .  my day around reading.

  • After all three girlies are on the bus, I sit with a cup of coffee and read before I start my daily activities.
  • I carry my Kindle with me in my purse so I can choose the “text to voice” option through my van radio.
  • I wear headphones while shopping so I can listen to a book. This has made the whole shopping process a whole lot more fun. I hate shopping.
  • I take a little bit after lunch and before Belle gets off the bus to read.
  • If the book is really interesting, I literally carry it around the house with me and read a few paragraphs as I’m emptying the dishwasher, folding laundry, or vacuuming.  Yes, this is all possible.  🙂
  • I read before bed.

That’s it. Reading is super important to me, so I make it happen.  Does that answer the question?

And The Wegnerberry Awards Go To…

You’ve heard of the Newberry Awards, but have you heard of the “Wegnerberry Awards?”   So many of you have been so kind and have asked me all kinds of questions about what I’ve read, which is my favorite book of the year, etc. It was so hard for me to choose a “favorite” book, since each one, no matter how great or not-so-great, taught me so much. I learned more than I could have imagined I would from these books.  I decided to break them up into smaller categories so you can have sort of an idea as to what I liked best.  Each gets it’s own special “Wegnerberry Award” from me.

I linked each book to my account so you can click each link to see the review I have written if you’re interested.

All around Favorites-

Really, these are just GREAT books. I loved them for lots of reasons.

Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

Memoirs of a Geisha

The Paris Wife

Shanghai Girls

Chains (Seeds of America, #1)

Those Who Save Us

Most Surprising Likes

These books were completely out of the “Normal” realm of what I ordinarily read. They both fascinated me…on completely different levels.

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks


Most Inspirational:

These books touched me at the deepest spot. I was changed by them.

The Dressmaker of Khair Khana: Five Sisters, One Remarkable Family, and the Woman Who Risked Everything to Keep Them Safe

Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl

Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life

Celebrating 100 Books Read This Year!

Here they are! My goal at the beginning of this year was to read 100 books. I was able to keep track of all them on and took part in their Goodreads Challenge for the year. I honestly didn’t think I could do it, but I finished way ahead of schedule yesterday.  The one question everyone keeps asking me is “What was your favorite?” Looking at this list of 100 books, I honestly can’t answer that question. I learned so much from every single book I read.  I will unfold what I learned from them in the next couple of weeks.  For now, here is the list. Thanks for your very encouraging words along the way.

Michelle’s bookshelf: read

Narrative of Sojourner Truth
The Silence of Trees
Have a New Kid by Friday: How to Change Your Child's Attitude, Behavior & Character in 5 Days
Chicago: A Brief History
No Longer a Slumdog
The Last Letter
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
I am Number Four
The Perks of Being a Wallflower
A Predator Priest
Love Wins: A Book About Heaven, Hell, and the Fate of Every Person Who Ever Lived
Missional Moves
When a Pet Dies
Chasing Amanda
While We're Far Apart
Celia and the Fairies
The Pain Chronicles

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