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Friday, December 30, 2011

Great Books Read in 2011

Last year I began Net's Book Nook just as a place for me to document the books that I read and listen to throughout the year.  You can go there for a more complete book list.  I read over 30 books, including the ENTIRE BIBLE.

Many of the books I read were very good, but here are the great books that I highly recommend.  Each link is to my thoughts on the book.

Words: A Novel by Ginny Yttrup

Words was an incredible read.  A ten year old girl no longer speaks because of horrific abuse, but she collects words.  A woman meets the girl and both are changed...

Emily of Deep Valley by Maud Hart Lovelace

Emily of Deep Valley is definitely one of my all-time favorite books.  Just go read it.  It's so good.

Pearl in the Sand by Tessa Afshar
Pearl in the Sand
Pearl in the Sand was incredible.  It is a fictionalized story of Rahab.  I thought Tessa Afshar's writing was seasoned, though it was her first book.  I really loved it, and it made me think a bit more about biblical fiction-something that can be done well (like this) or not so well...

God's Priorities for Today's Woman by Lisa Hughes
God's Priorities for Today's Woman: Discovering His Plan for You
God's Priorities for Today's Woman is a must-read for Christian women, but be prepared to be convicted!

Betsy's Wedding by Maud Hart Lovelace
Betsy and the Great World and Betsy's Wedding
Well, I am a Maud Hart Lovelace fan, right?  Betsy's Wedding was the perfect ending to the Betsy-Tacy series.

Don't Make Me Count to Three by Ginger Plowman
Don't Make Me Count to Three!
Don't Make Me Count to Three gave me great ideas in this crazy thing called parenting to help focus on heart attitude/behavior.  I will be re-reading this one!

Love Finds You in Annapolis, Maryland by Roseanna White

Colonial Maryland.  A book I couldn't put down.  A well-written, not-your-standard-romance!

The Bible (NIV, 1984)
NIV Life Application Study Bible
That's right.  I read the whole Bible (with a few days to spare) in 2011!  You can read about my experience here.

I listened to some INCREDIBLE audio books this year, too.  Some were so good that I feel compelled to read them for myself though I already know the story!  (Click the link to see the titles.  If you haven't read them yet...go find them!)

Knowing my favorites (including audio favorites), do you have any reading suggestions for this coming year?? Please share!


Annette W. said...


Shonda said...

Have you read Tisha by Anne Hobbs Purdy? Since you have been a teacher, it is a must read. It's my favorite book!

Amy @ Hope Is the Word said...

Wow! That's great, Annette--that you read the entire Bible plus 30 books AND had a baby! The only time I've ever read the Bible all the way through was last year when the DLM was born. It helped me that I sat and rocked and nursed him do much.

I have a question about Words. I'm intrigued by it and that both you and Barbara @ Stray Thoughts picked it as one of your top reads of the year. I'm highly sensitive to reading about mistreatment/abuse. Would you still recommend it?

Laura Fabiani said...

I'm so proud of you for reading the entire Bible! I'm a regular Bible reader too. Hope you, baby and family are all doing well.

Tessa Afshar said...

What a great post (though perhaps I am just a tiny bit biased!) Even if Pearl in the Sand weren't on your list, it would be a pleasure to share the world of good books with another voracious reader.

Tessa Afshar

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