Sunday, December 30, 2012

And I Read: 2012 Edition

In January...

I drove to Oxford to hang out with the beautiful Joshilyn.
I did 30 random acts of kindness to celebrate my 30th birthday.
There was a TweetSpeak Twitter party (so much fun!).
I worked on A Library for Valentine (children's time travel story).
I dreamed about going to college with Darth Vader and Voldemort.
Gratitude for Martin Luther King Jr filled me to overflowing.
I wrote about James Durbin and chatted with his wife.

And I read...

Wit's End by Karen Joy Fowler*
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest by Stieg Larsson
If You Ask Me by Betty White*
Trespassers Will be Baptized by Elizabeth Emerson Hancock
The Giver by Lois Lowry*~ (reread)
Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen
This Book is Overdue by Marilyn Johnson*
The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown
Anne's House of Dreams by L. M. Montgomery*
The Magician's Elephant by Kate DiCamillo~
The Passion of Mary-Margaret by Lisa Samson
The Postcard by Tony Abbot*~

In February...

I taught an essay class and led a teen book club for our homeschool co-op.
My magic library story continued to grow.
I contemplated The Emerald City in a spiritual manner.
Sue Monk Kidd actually read an essay I wrote, inspired by one of her books.
The boys and I read poems in honor of Black History Month.
Eliza (1-year-old) called me on the phone. ;)

And I read...

A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty by Joshilyn Jackson
Further Chronicles of Avonlea by L. M. Montgomery*
Creeker by Linda Scott Derosier (reread)
The Silent Boy by Lois Lowry*~
The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan~
Major Pettigrew's Last Stand by Helen Simonson (book group selection)
Artemis Fowl by Eion Colfer*~
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J. K. Rowling (reread)~
The Tiger's Wife by Tea Obreht
Still by Lauren F. Winner

In March...

I contemplated Holland vs Italy.
I dressed up and went to the Hunger Games midnight premiere.
One of our (therapy) cats, Pocus, died. It was rough on all of us.
David went on a trip to Boston, Rhode Island, Maine, and some other places.
A few agents requested material.
I actively sought "happy" songs.
I discovered Honey Maple Nut ice cream. *swoon*
My sister announced baby #2 was on the way.

And I read...

The Midwife's Apprentice by Karen Cushman
Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbit (book group selection)~
Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm by Kate Douglas Wiggin*
Heat by Mike Lupica*~
The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin
Mare's War by Tanita S. Davis
When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead
The Higher Power of Lucky by SusanPatron
A Year Down Yonder by Richard Peck

In April...

Dental work, Dental work, Dental work.
I started writing the Tornado book.
Haydn and I spent a day caring for newborn kittens (not ours).
A stomach bug made the rounds.
I started making small dietary changes.
We tested Haydn for food intolerances.
I fell in love with G. K. Chesterton.
I posted a poem (almost) everyday for National Poetry Month.

And I read...

Girlchild by Tupelo Hassman
Story of the World: Vol I by Susan Wise Bauer"~
Temple Grandin by Sy Montgomery~
13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson
Good Omens by Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman (reread)

In May...

Haydn's food intolerance test revealed a gluten issue. :(
I made Haydn yummy gluten-free doughnuts for Sunday mornings.
I also made my very first gluten-free pizza.
I asked my Random House reader to reveal their identity, but they didn't do so.
Haydn created a new Discworld in his bedroom.
More dental work.
I finished the first draft of my Tornado book.
Haydn pitched for his baseball team.
David's baseball team made it to the playoffs.

And I read...

The Color of Magic by Terry Pratchett
Who Was Eleanor Roosevelt by Gare Thompson~
The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster~
Inheritance by Christopher Paolini*~
Gold by Chris Cleave
Showing Mary by Renita J. Weems
Sing a Song of Tuna Fish by Esme Raji Codell~
Lone Wolf by Jodi Picoult

In June...

I had an epiphany regarding legalism.
A Haydn-approved gluten-free bread recipe was found at least.
The boys and I played Life Zapped a lot.
I signed with Jacques, my wonderful agent.
That one deserves a lot of happy exclamation marks.
Like this: !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I spent a week in SC, visiting family and friends.
I saw my sister, Candy, and her family for the first time in years.
I met two of my nephews for the first time.
The boys and I attended my godson's birthday party.
Haydn played in an All-Star baseball tournament (his first).

And I read...

How They Croaked by Georgia Bragg~
Starcross by Philip Reeve*~
Black Duck by Janet Taylor Lisle*~
The Light in the Forest by Conrad Richter*~
The Declaration by Gemma Malley*~
Gluten-Free Girl by Shauna James Ahern
Sophie's World by Jostein Gaarder

In July...

Jacques began sending Tornado to editors.
I struggled to love the Church despite her failings.
Corey preached a revival in Vaughan, MS.
We were loved on and cared for by the wonderful members of that church.
I went on a mission trip to Seattle with a group of teens.
I just happened to finish reading Mary on Mary's feast day.
I successfully baked homemade bread.

And I read...

Martin the Warrior by Brian Jacques*~
The Lake of Dreams by Kim Edwards
Mary, Called Magdalene by Margaret George
Bad Apple by T. R. Burns~
Shine Shine Shine by Lydia Netzer
84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff

In August...

We spent a lot of time at parks with homeschool friends.
I started doodling scripture in my art journal.
My nephew, Tyrus, was born.
I made dairy free ice cream for Haydn.
Girlchild moved in with us.
90s music dominated my speakers.
A possible book contract dangled before me.
Haydn was briefly taken off his main medication.
It was not pretty.
Haydn was put back on his main medication.
David started walking to school.

And I read...

The Descendants by Kaui Hart Hemmings
A Day No Pigs Would Die by Robert Newton Peck*~
Thrall by Natasha Trethawey
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (reread)
The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery~
Joy for Beginners by Erica Bauermeister
Who Was Mark Twain by April Jones Prince~
As I Wake by Elizabeth Scott
Saving Ruth by Zoe Fishman

In September...

Haydn began using Spelling City.
We went to Gulf Shores, where Corey spoke for a retreat.
I spent a ton of time working on Tornado revisions.
We drove to AL for Granddaddy's 88th birthday party.
Girlchild earned her GED with high test scores.
We attended an owl talk at the library.
Homeschool co-op got under way for fall.

And I read...

Fever 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J. K. Rowling*~ (reread)
Revolutionary Poet by Maryann N. Weidt~
Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer by John Grisham*~
An Abundance of Katherines by John Green
Home by Marilynne Robinson (book group selection)
Theodore Boone: The Abduction by John Grisham*~
From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E. L. Konigsburg~
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

In October...

There was a homeschool field trip to see wolves.
I fell a bit in love with the wolves.
Daddy sent Carrie and me candy corn Oreos.
I started working on Christmas gifts.
I took a C. S. Lewis class at church.
We watched a LOT of Dr. Who.
My small group girls helped at The Birthing Project.
We had Trunk or Treat at church.
Haydn dressed as Dr. Who and David went as Harry Potter.
Granddaddy passed away while Corey held his hand.

And I read...

Miracle on 49th Street by Mike Lupica*~
The Windows of Heaven by Ron Rozelle
Surprised by Joy by C. S. Lewis
Half-Moon Investigations by Eoin Colfer*~
I Shall Wear Midnight by Terry Pratchett

In November...

Leila and I spent a week in Indiana.
I started a new book project.
Corey attended his last seminary class!!!
Generous friends gave David a piano. (WOW)
Kentucky hired a new head football coach.
I went to a lovely book group meeting.

And I read...

A Sand County Almanac by Aldo Leopold (book group selection)
Happiness Sold Separately by Lolly Winston
In Defense of Sanity by G. K. Chesterton"
Game Changers: Book 1 by Mike Lupica~
Reflections on the Psalms by C. S. Lewis
The Shadows by Jacqueline West*

In December...

Girlchild moved out.
I got a Keurig!
My homesickness has become palpable.
Corey turned in his last papers.
That previously dangling carrot of a book contract disappeared.
I guest blogged at Middle Places.

And I read...

The Distant Hours by Kate Morton
A Little House Christmas by Laura Ingalls Wilder~
Hate List by Jennifer Brown
Through the Year with Mary by Karen Edmisten"
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J. K. Rowling*~
The Time Machine by H. G. Wells*~
Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians by Brandon Sanderson*~
Chasing Lincoln's Killer by James L. Swanson*~
Julia Gillian and the Art of Knowing by Alison McGhee
A Light in the Window by Jan Karon
Calli Be Gold by Michele Weber Hurwitz
The Collected Poetry of Nikki Giovanni
The World's Last Night and Other Essays by C. S. Lewis

Total: 99

*audio book
"read from over a period of months or the entire year
~read or listened to with my kids


  1. This is a great end-of-the-year post! I'm curious how you keep track of everything you read. :)

  2. I have an account at Good Reads. I log every book as I am reading it and then tag it with the date when I finish. Before Good Reads, I used Library Thing.

  3. What a busy, eventful year! I enjoyed reading this. Blessings to you in 2013!


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