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My 2012 Reading List

I’m beginning in July because clearly I’m a little late to the 2012 book reading party. Here we go…

The One Year Bible (Yes, I realize I’ll be reading this into the new year)


Event Planning: The Ultimate Guide To Successful Meetings, Corporate Events, Fundraising Galas, Conferences, Conventions, Incentives and Other Special Events (this is more of a reference)

The Cure: What if God isn’t who you think He is and neither are you?

A Marriage book (I’m keeping this one a secret 😉 )

The Happiness Project: Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (finishing this up)


Prayer On Fire: What Happens When the Holy Spirit Ignites Your Prayers

Rescuing Ambition

Surprised by Oxford: A Memoir


This Year I Will…: How to Finally Change a Habit, Keep a Resolution, or Make a Dream Come True

One Hundred and One Devotions for Homeschool Moms

The Meaning of Marriage: Facing the Complexities of Commitment with the Wisdom of God



Transforming Together: Authentic Spiritual Mentoring

Mentor Like Jesus

The Blue Castle


Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day: The Discovery That Revolutionizes Home Baking

A Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes from My Kitchen Table

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


God Is in the Manger: Reflections on Advent and Christmas

Barefoot Church: Serving the Least in a Consumer Culture

Mitten Strings for God: Reflections for Mothers in a Hurry

Read all the books I’ve read in 2012 here.

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  • Christin
    • Joyce and Norm

      Christin, We have some of the same books on our list! I hit a wall awhile back with vacation and my BIL’s wedding, but hoping to get lots of reading in this summer. 🙂

  • Julie

    Unbroken will shake you to pieces.  It just changes you – breaks your heart, encourages you. I can’t even formulate full sentences here. 🙂 It’s that life changing! 

    • Sarah Mae

      Can’t wait to read it!

  • Eyvonne

    Surprised by Oxford was great!  I really enjoyed it!    I reviewed it on my blog not long ago.

    I have some guesses about the marriage book, but I’ll keep the secret.   🙂

    • Sarah Mae

      If you FB message me I’ll tell you 🙂

  • Genevieve

    Unbroken is one of the best books I’ve read in a LONG time… I really hope you enjoy it! Hillenbrand’s other book “Seabiscuit” is also a total gem. 

    • Sarah Mae

      My appetite is wet!

  • Kelly

    Just an FYI, the Redemption series is 14 books long.  🙂  Unless you’ve already started to read them, I would wait until after the holidays because you will not want to put them down!  Book after book after book….nothing will get done!  

    • Carolyn Fonville Allen

      I agree! They are FANTASTIC! (As are all of the Kingsbury books–can’t WAIT to read the latest–the conclusion of the Baxter family story, Coming Home)

    • Sarah Mae

      Oh boy, I’m in trouble!

    • Michelle

       I agree!  I started with Redemption and read 12 books in one month!  I’m completely up to date with all the series.  They are absolutely wonderful!  For this reason, I now have to plan reading the newly released books when hubby is not home for a night.  I can never put them down. 🙂

  • Joy

    Why is the marriage book a secret?  I just got Barefoot Church in the mail today!  Starting it now… =)

    • Sarah Mae

      I don’t want my husband to know what it is 😉

      • Jesse

        I need to investigate this one…I might have to enlist one of our three little henchmen to help me!

        -your curious husband

        • Sarah Mae


  • arecoveringperfectionist

    Great list and reminds me that I need to go back and look at my own.

    I am, of course, is so intrigued about the marriage one. 😉

    • Sarah Mae

      FB message me if you want to know…

  • Stacey

    Oh no wait! You did it backwards. ROFL I could NEVER plan it out like that. You are a very disciplined woman.I only make my list AFTER I have read the book. 🙂

    • Sarah Mae

      Keeps me motivated…and on my toes! 😉

    • Joyce and Norm

      Great list Stacey! I love that you have saved your previous lists as well. 🙂 I mostly just list a few books, and add to it when I see a great recommendation. Otherwise, I also just add to the list after I read it. :p

  • Raye Cage

    Like Stacey I make my list after reading a book. I try to read 2 books a month, but haven’t really kept a good record of what I read this year.  I like the idea of planning my reading schedule for the year.  Will do it right now!

    • Sarah Mae

      Come back and link it up!

  • Jamie

    LOVED the Potato Peel Pie Society.  I actually do have a pen pal (wow, I love being so old-fashioned) and I began to want to write letters just like them!
    Unbroken… on my list.  Can’t wait to read it!
    Have you read any of the Thoene’s books.  Oh. My. Goodness.  Absolutely incredible.  I laugh, I weep, I grow closer to my Jesus.  Now THAT’S good fiction.

    • Sarah Mae

      Never heard of them! Man, my list is going to get so much longer…

      • Joyce and Norm

        Don’t go visit Mandi at life.yourway’s book list, she has so many great books on her list! 🙂 If only life didn’t get in the way of reading all these fabulous books. :p My list needs a lot of updating, which I was planning to do today. 🙂

        Jamie, I heard about Potato Peel Pie Society awhile back but forgot about it. Maybe it’ll end up on my 2013 list? :p hehe

      • Kristi

        I can vouch for the Theone’s…..amazing fiction!!

  • Vanessa

    LOVE Karen Kingsbury!  Unbroken was an unbelievable story, but it was very intense for me.  I wasn’t sure at first if I was going to be able to finish it, but I’m glad I did.

  • Deb Wolfe

    Barefoot Church is excellent.  I also highly recommend the two by his wife Jen “Interrupted” and “7”

  • Amy Walker

    You have inspired me to make a list! Thank you! I need to do this so that I stop starting random books and not finishing them :). I love the new blog design and header! It’s beautiful 🙂

    • Sarah Mae

      Thank you, Amy! 🙂

  • arcelia

    I’m a slooooow reader 😉 I’ll definitely be reading the Bible and other books are:

    Wonderful Counselor: A Return to Truth by Ab Abercrombie and Kerry Skinner
    Hudson Taylor’s Spiritual Secret by Dr. And Mrs. Howard Taylor
    Abide In Christ by Andrew Murray
    The Ministry of Motherhood by Sally Clarkson
    Parenting is heart work by Dr. Scott Turansky and Joanne Miller
    Desperate by Sally Clarkson and Sarah Mae (you)
    Spiritual Mothering: The Titus 2 Model for Women Mentoring Women by Susan Hunt
    A Biblical Home Education: Building Your Homeschool on the Foundation of God’s Word Ruth Beechick
    Educating the Wholehearted Child Clay Clarkson with Sally Clarkson

    • Sarah Mae

      Looks like a great list! Thank you for sharing it!

  • Marion


    I just discovered your website.

    I actually did a Reading Bucket List on my blog:

    I’m currently reading number 1 on my Reading Bucket List.

    However, here is the rest of my list for the year: 1) Daughter of Light by Morgan Busse, 2) Gilead by Marilynne Robinson, & 3) Opposite of Art by Athol Dickson.


  • Jessica B.

    Hooray for The Blue Castle! It’s one of my favorites.

    I’ve heard great things about Mentor Like Jesus, Surprised by Oxford and Unbroken.

    I created a 2012 list, but had to go and have a baby…that’s thrown everything off – but in a good way! 🙂

  • Kathy

    What a wonderful list! I love to read books and share what God showed me or how I applied a book I’ve read to my life. Books are inspiring! I have definitely been encouraged by the One Hundred and One Devotions for Homeschool Moms.   I just finished “Seven” by Jen Hatmaker. It was so good! Thanks again for sharing your reading list 🙂
    Kathy @

  • Jarmila V. Del Boccio

    Isn’t the “Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society” a great find? I listened to it on audio!
    When I find the time, I’d love to add my reading list…

  • Shannon McKee

    Have you ever heard of as a way to organize your books, review them for friends, and keep track of your progress. I really love it. (No, I’m not an affiliate or anything… just found it very helpful!)

    • Pamela

      I will have to check it out…

  • Kathi

    I have about twelve books on the go right now but the one I’m reading a bit more than the others is ~ More Hours in My Day by Emile Barnes and Sheri Torelli. It’s great because it’s really practical about homemaking and organisation. Also, I have just read Mother Letters (put together by Seth & Amber Hanies) which is so beautiful. I highly recommend both.

  • Nicole

    I linked up my reading list for 2012! This is the first time I’ve made a formal list, but I’m enjoying the challenge this year! Every month when I blog about my goals for the month I include a recap of the books I finished the last month. It has been fun, I’m so glad I decided to do it!

  • Kristi

    How inspiring!!! I think I will start my own list!! I’m encouraged that you listed a mix of fiction/non fiction. Most lists (I have seen) are either or-thanks!!

  • Pamela

    Ok, I have been reading Psalms and Proverbs.  I like to read a Proverbs a day 🙂   I want to read you core lies.   So far this year, I have read the first three books in the “Anne of Green Gables” series.  I am now on the 4th book.   I will have to look up some books, and make a list soon. 

  • Melissa

    Here’s my reading list for 2012..,  When and if you get time, I suggest reading 2 fiction books from Francine Rivers.   Read “And The Shofar Blew” and “Redeeming Love”.  Redeeming Love is a retelling of the story of Hosea.

  • Joy

    GREAT list!
    Thank you so much. I look forward to reading!
    Right now I am reading the book “Still: Notes on a Mid-Faith Crisis” by Lauren Winner and it is great! I love hearing from others about the books they have read and like.

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