January Books

Reading Challenge 2012

I know it’s already the middle of February, but believe me when I tell you that life has been a little crazy recently. I’m linking up with Chantel’s 2012 Reading Challenge –don’t you just love this year’s button? Miraculously I was able to read several books in January, in that half-hour time slot after my head hits the pillow. And I also want to finally share with you the secret books I read last year, because now that Christmas is past, they are a secret no longer. 🙂

Choosing to See, by Mary Beth Chapman: I read this book last summer from my sister’s library. The story of singer Steven Curtis Chapman’s family, it tells the tragic story of their five-year-old daughter’s death. I cried until I nearly sobbed. Their grieving process, their ministry, and their testimony after Maria’s death shows the faithfulness of God in all situations. I gave the book to my mom for Christmas, thus the reason why I never wrote about it.

Courageous, by Randy Alcorn: I love the movie Courageous, and I love Randy Alcorn’s books. So this promised to be a good read! I’m glad I watched the movie first, but the book was enjoyable as well. Although the scenes from the movie are repeated verbatim, Randy Alcorn added more details and extra scenes. If you love Courageous, you should read this book! (I got it for my dad for Christmas.)

Through My Eyes, by Tim Tebow: Football is my favorite sport, and this past year Caleb and I have avidly cheered for Tim Tebow. I decided I had to read his book, and what better excuse to read it than buying it for my brother? He is such an inspiring person, and he is using his popularity to promote Jesus. A Christian, homeschooled, country-raised NFL quarterback? I’d say he’s worth cheering for. 🙂

Now, on to my books of 2012. Just so you all know….I finished Les Miserables!!!!! Yes, finally. I plan on writing a lengthy post about it someday. But considering that Victor Hugo didn’t know if he would finish the book before he died, I’m not sure whether I can write a review to do it justice. 🙂

The Mystery of the Missing Message and The Secret to the Silver Box, by Virginia Work: It’s always fun to read books written by someone you know, so I enjoyed these two short mystery books over the holidays. Geared for girls probably between the ages of 12 and 14, the books are easy to read but still interesting.

High Point of Persistence, by Miriam Richards, Hilary White, and Damara Paris: This true story follows the incredible experience of Miriam Richards, a deaf woman who set out to climb the highest point in each of the fifty states. The obstacles she faced (including a diagnosis of MS) were daunting, but she kept pushing towards her goal. Written by deaf authors, some of the syntax differs slightly from normal English books, but the story provides great insight into deaf culture.

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer; Tom Sawyer Abroad; Tom Sawyer, Detective, by Mark Twain: I’d never read Mark Twain’s books before, so I thoroughly enjoyed getting acquainted with Tom Sawyer, Huck Finn, and Jim. After laughing out loud at least once in each chapter, I now understand why these books have remained classics for years. I also understand why there are more women in the world than men: too many boys read Tom Sawyer and attempted to duplicate his escapades. Just my theory.

The Abolitionist, by Elisabeth Allen: I was privileged to help edit Elisabeth Allen’s newest book, and I totally recommend it! I’ll refrain from telling you anymore, because I don’t want to give anything away. As soon as it comes out, you absolutely must order it! 🙂

Books read in 2012: 6
Pages read in 2012: 807 (not including The Abolitionist)

2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Samantha R.
    Feb 25, 2012 @ 22:52:49

    Now I know the title of Elisabeth's new book! :)We watched Courageous for the first time last night… it's a tear-jerker and an excellent family movie.I want to read Choosing to See soon.I still haven't updated my Book reading list/challenge but there's not a lot to say other than I finished one book in January =D


  2. Chantel
    Mar 01, 2012 @ 20:28:20

    I am totally excited about Elisabeth's book. I agree…it'll be ready soon and then everyone needs to order it. 😉 Also, I've read only snips of Mark Twain's books but always laughed when I did too. I think that needs to be my next addition to the kindle app on the ipad. Have to finish Sherlock Holmes first, though!


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