At first the list went along swimmingly, but as the year progressed I found that assigning a specific book order to the year did not work for me. My interests changed through the year, as did the situations I was dealing with. Sometimes I wanted to read the next book on my list, but had not purchased it yet. Other times a book would be given to me, or a wishlist book would come from PaperbackBookSwap, and I'd read that instead of the assigned book for the month. All in all, I did a great deal of reading last year, but only read about half the books on my list.
This year, instead of assigning books to certain months, I'm going to share a list of books I would like to read in 2012. I will read more books than the ones I list here (my goal is at least 30), and I may not read ALL of the books I list here, but here are a few of the books I hope to read in 2012.
One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are--I'm pretty sure this is going to be a yearly book for me.
The Power of a Praying Wife--Another yearly book. My version has 30 days of prayers for your spouse; I have seen other versions that include 90 days, for spouse, self, and marriage. Perhaps I'll purchase the new version this year.
Scars and Stillettos---Harmony Dust now runs Treasures, a Christian ministry to women in the sex industry. I regularly volunteer with a local off-shoot of this ministry, We Are Cherished.
Dirty Girls Come Clean--This book addresses a deep need in the church, and one that I have been passionate about for years.
Grace for the Good Girl: Letting Go of the Try-Hard Life--I have heard so many great reviews on this book that I'd like to read it for myself.
Sacred Rhythms: Arranging Our Lives for Spiritual Transformation
--recommended by a friend, this looks like something I need!
Margin: Restoring Emotional, Physical, Financial, and Time Reserves to Overloaded Lives--Maintaining the "margin" in my days is a constant battle--my husband can easily tell when I'm loosing the battle.
Radical Hospitality: Benedict's Way of Love--This book speaks to one goal I have for this year--to learn hospitality!
Kisses from Katie: A Story of Relentless Love and Redemption--again, too many good reviews to skip!