Books I plan to read in 2012


So along with being inspired to set goals in 2012, I have been inspired and challenged by my friend Christa at Brown Sugar Toast to set a goal to read this year.  I LOVE to read!  Growing up, my aunt (a school teacher) used to give me 10-15 used books from a series like Nancy Drew or Mandy for Christmas and I would have them all read by the end of January.  Then I not-so-patiently waited until my birthday in February to get the next 10-15 books to the series. Smile

BUT after college and marriage, reading has not been something that I have made time to do.  See what I said there, “Made time to do” – not didn’t have time to do, because we all have the same amount of time in a day and we choose to use it how we do!  I mean, I have time for facebook, blog reading, Pinterest, etc.  so I have the time to read, I just choose those other things! Smile  Pinned Image


So I have set a goal for myself in 2012 – Read at least 12 books (one a month).  I could honestly read 1 book in a day or two (I am one of those readers that doesn’t want to put it down when I start!), so it shouldn’t be that hard to read one book a month.  I have a lot of books that I have purchased or been given in past years that have set untouched on my shelf so I pulled a bunch of those out to start with.  Some of these books will help inspire and grow me in areas that I have set goals in  – like growing in my relationship with the Lord, becoming a better wife, organizing my home, ministering to others through hospitality, and even growing my blog so they serve double duty!

Here’s what I plan to read this year (not necessarily in this order):





The Money Saving Mom’s Budget




Homemade Hospitality: Opening Your Heart and Your Home to Others


Homemade Hospitality: Opening Your Heart and Your Home to Others







Love & Respect: The Love She Most Desires; The Respect He Desperately Needs








Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World: Finding Intimacy with God in the Busyness of Life








Organized Simplicity: The Clutter-Free Approach to Intentional Living








The Total Money Makeover: A Proven Plan for Financial Fitness





These books are devotional books that I plan to read along with reading my Bible through in a year (using this plan):




Becoming the Woman God Wants Me to Be: A 90-Day Guide to Living the Proverbs 31 Life









Following God with All Your Heart: Believing and Living God’s Plan for You







A Wife After God’s Own Heart: 12 Things That Really Matter in Your Marriage





I also plan to read or re-read these e-books that I have purchased or downloaded.  They are written by or recommended by some of my favorite bloggers and I can’t wait to read them!  Most of these have to do with growing my business or blog so will hopefully help me to reach some of my business goals!

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Tell your Time: How to manage your schedule so you can live fulfilled 

Do-it-yourself Blog Critique: a 43- point guide to take your blog to awesomeness

Simple Blogging: Less computer time, better blogging

How to make money blogging  by Crystal Paine (Money Saving Mom)

-you can actually download this e-book for free here!

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Bloggertunity: A Mom’s Guide to Blogging

-which you can also download for FREE here

Blogger Behave: Make your blog benefit your life, so you can love both

Ok, so that is 15 books plus the Bible!  Guess I am looking forward to reading this year! Smile  Actually some of the e-books are rather short so could be finished in a one hour setting.  And 3 of the books above will be read as devotional material so technically I only have 12 books for business and personal learning. 

Here’s to having fun reading this year!

How about you?  Have you made a goal to read more this year or a list of books you want to read?  Share your goals or booklist in the comments!



  1. I’ve done the “one a month” for a few years now- I don’t usually finish them all, but last year I got through half of them.
    Looks like a good group of books- Love and Respect and the Mary/Martha ones are very good! L&R is pretty repetitive but still good.

    I’m still getting my list together for this year- I just got a box of new books yesterday (free!) from church. I’m always torn trying to pick only 12!! 🙂

    Happy Reading!
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    • Christina says:

      IF I actually start getting into a regular habit of reading, I will probably end up reading more than this. 😉 But gotta get back into a habit/make time for it first. Glad you liked the Mary/Martha one – that one is sooo ME – so hoping it can help me! 🙂

  2. What a great list! I’ve read Love and Respect, but should probably pull that out again. I got Organized Simplicity for Christmas and it’s on my reading list too! I can’t wait to dig into it 🙂

    • Christina says:

      I have had Love & Respect for a while and never read it. But I have heard raving reviews so looking forward to digging into that one later in the summer. Organized Simplicity is on the list for January as I am on desperately trying to clean out, declutter, and organize!

  3. These look good!! You sound just like me in your description. I remember one time getting so many books of the same series at the library, the librarian told me I had to put some back! You’re making me wanna set some reading goals too! I love Elizabeth George’s books. She has such a way of pulling so many truths from passages you’ve heard a million times! I have Woman after God’s own Heart, not the Wife one, but I would think it’s pretty similar. I’ve done several devotionals of hers too based on books of the Bible or Bible characters. I have two of those ebooks too that have been on my to do list to read so I don’t forget about them way in the depths of my computer hard drive. 🙂
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    • Christina says:

      I love Elizabeth George books too! She is very practical, easy read that is challenging as well. I have the Woman after God’s Own Heart and have read it twice I think so will have to see how the Wife one differs 🙂

      I actually print the e-books 🙂 (Well, I did, when I could at work – LOL!) I don’t really enjoy reading them on the computer. Know anywhere where I could save them to disk and print them cheaper then printing them from my inkjet printer? Need to check with Staples…

  4. Well happy reading to you, Christina! I am working on Blogger Behave now. I’m really liking it and finding it both convicting and encouraging at the same time 🙂 Have you heard of It’s like pinterest for books 🙂 Also I just started trying out audio books and am really liking it!
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    • Christina says:

      No, I hadn’t heard of Goodreads – but I just joined now! 🙂

      Glad you are liking Blogger Behave – I am really looking forward to reading some of the business/blogging e-books. I am sure lots of nuggets of wisdom plus some of them are written by some of my favorite bloggers. 🙂

  5. You’ve got a great list, some of them are on my reading list for the year as well. I also made a goal of reading at least 1 book each month for 2012. I posted my list here on my blog:

    I’m glad I found your blog over on Money Saving Mom, look forward to reading more of your posts!

  6. You’ve got a great list! I’ve read quite a few of the ones you listed. Dave Ramsey’s book, Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World, as well as organized simplicity are on my “re-read” list this year. I’m absolutely loving having a Kindle…makes it so much easier to read!

  7. Oh I love to read too! I used to be addicted to Christian Romance and or mystery novels, but a couple of years ago I became very convicted about how much time I was spending in ‘good’ books outside of those that really would help to grow me. So I took a whole year off from those kind of books and was very happy I did. I ended up reading 3 biographies and a couple of devotionals throughout that year instead.
    I think we should start a book swap group with online friends or at least try to read the same books at the same time so we can talk about it. I did that 2 years ago with some girlfriends from back in Kansas and it was such a blessing. We each got the same dovotional/inspirational book and each week we would talk in a facebook message about what we learned. It was SO encouraging. I could read a book in a day too if I didn’t have anything else to do!!!=)

  8. Ooohhhh…great books! Jonathan & I had to read Love & Respect for our pre-marital counseling. It was helpful (but we did it find it repetitive after the first few chapters). 🙂 Love all your blogging books. I’ll have to check those out!
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  9. Awesome list!!! Brian and I are reading love and respect together and we love it!!!!!!
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