Books I Read in 2011 :: UPDATED with a LINKY!

You can learn a lot about a person by what books are on their bookshelf.  You can learn even more by what books they actually read.  I thought I’d share what books I remember reading over the past year, the good, the bad, the embarrassing.

Books I read cover to cover in the past 12 months::

{so this doesn’t include my decorating books and cookbooks or any other book that I’ve yet to read every word}

 The Help

Water For Elephants {the book has a few pages of rated R parts, I liked the movie much better}

Born to Run

Same Kind of Different as Me

Mount Vernon Love Story

One Thousand Gifts

Grace for the Good Girl {my sister’s book!}

Ignore Everybody

Poke the Box

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

Hunger Games Trilogy

From Head to Foot

Jesus Calling

Your Money or Your Life



Currently Reading::

A Whole New Mind :: Why Right Brainers Will Rule the Future

Gifts of Imperfection

Happiness Project

The Perfectly Imperfect :: How to Decorate and Live Well

The Muir House

The Girl Who Chased the Moon

Books I check in on yearly::

Sink Reflections

Organized Simplicity

The Reluctant Entertainer


Financial Peace

Bringing Up Boys

Families Where Grace is in Place

Running On Empty


Books I want to read in 2012

Still Alice

The Power of Less

The Money Saving Mom’s Budget {due to release on January 10th}

What Women Fear

…and whatever else you all recommend, because most of what I read is from recommendations

…and if you are wondering my favorite books I read this year are One Thousand GiftsIgnore Everybody, The Hunger Games and of course…Grace for the Good Girl

I’d love to hear what your favorite books were that you read this year

And PS, I just saw that (in)courage/bloom has their winter reading list up, it’s a good one!


Hey, do you keep track of all the books you read too?  I’d love for you to link up {don’t you love my unplanned linkies?} I’ll keep this open for a week or so, feel free to wait a few days if you want to join in and tell us what YOU read.xo

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  1. I tend to keep track of my books I read on Goodreads like a previous blogger commented but I’ve been bad about keeping up with anything this year. I hope 2012 will be a better year.
    Here’s what I read this year that I’ve managed to keep up with–
    One Thousand White Women:Maria Dodd Journal Jim Fergus
    The Wednesday Letters Jason F. Wright
    The Immortial Life of Henriette Lacks Rebecca Skloot
    The Help Kathryn Stockett
    I’ll Never Get Out of This World Alive Steve Earle
    Lost in Shagri-La Mitchell Zuckof
    Pontoon Garrison Keillor

    I have read “The Same Kind of Different as Me and Water for Elephants. Really enjoyed both.
    You might check out “The Last Lecture” by Randy Pausch. You can find me on GoodReads

    Remind me how the link up works. I’ve never done it before.

    Hope you had a Merry Christmas and you have a Happy but safe New Year.

  2. So sorry for the confusion! (I thought it was strange, since you don’t like R-rated either.) It was Outlander by Diane Gabaldon that I meant, not Outliers! Gee, how embarrassing…

  3. This is cool. I’ll have to list mine and post them this week so I can link up too.

    I read Outliers & Born To Run this year too. I loved them both.

  4. I am currently reading Gifts of Imperfection, the Happiness Project, and Life is a Verb. I have several of the UnDecorating kinds of books which has helped me make my house a happy home. I love being surrounded by things that mean something to me as well as my family. I also have Outliers which I haven’t picked up yet. Finding time is the challenge but since I have started the season off with a tea ceremony every morning it is getting easier.
    Thank you for sharing your list : ) I look forward to checking some of them out.

  5. Thanks for hosting this party. I am always looking out for a good read and there seem to be lots of ideas here. Have a Happy New Year!

  6. Is there a feature anywhere like on iTunes for music or Blockbuster for movies where you can enter books you like and get recommendations? I don’t have an e reader, so maybe there’s something I don’t know of. Thanks for doing this post on book recommendations! So helpful!

    • See my post below. :)

    • You might want to check out That site is a reader’s best friend, with great social interactions, ways to organize your books, and a fairly advanced recommendation system. I switched from shelfari a few years ago and never looked back.

  7. Don’t know if you use an online site like goodreads to track your reads. I use (facebook for books). It connects with my amazon account. You can have shelves of plan to read, read, or reading now books. I love it & recommend using something like it. After I recover from my tonsillectomy (2 days) ill share my list. Thanks for this post! I love reading!

  8. Thanks so much! I LOVED your sister’s book. I love your blog as well. I can’t wait to read some of your recommendations! I wrote my first e-book this year, it seems like it might be something you’d like to take a look at. It’s about frugal living on one income and it’s called Making It Pay to Stay. It’s available on the nook.

  9. Glad I’m not the only one who liked Water for Elephants the movie more than the book! I kept thinking I was the only one who got the “R rated version” since everyone talked about how much they loved the book.

  10. I also read Same Kind of Different as Me this year, after it had sat on my shelf for a couple years. Loved it. And got me thinking…

  11. Love your blog and put many of the books you listed on my 2012 To-Read list! I’m currently reading
    “The Hole in Our Gospel: What Does God Expect of Us? The Answer That Changed My Life and Might Just Change the World” by Richard Stearns. I highly recommend it — very informative, but also hard to set down.

  12. So fun! I really enjoyed the Happiness Project. Lots of good & practical ideas!

  13. Ooohhhhh…I love book lists! My sister just got me into Goodreads a couple Days ago and I am loving it. I read a lot of mom and wife books this year. My fave was Creative Counterpart by Linda Dillow.

  14. Some of my favorite books that I read in 2011 were Surprised by Oxford, Unbroken, Anne of Green Gables, Les Miserables, and One Day. I also read Water for Elephants and Sarah’s Key, and they didn’t live up to all the hype for me. I read The Happiness Project in 2010. When Gretchen Rubin frets about a $3 pen, just remember that her father-in-law is former U.S. Treasury Secretary and Goldman Sachs executive Robert Rubin. He’s worth, oh, $500 million ….

  15. Some of my favorites:
    Made to Crave
    Creative Correction
    Sacred Influence
    Peacemaking Women
    He Still Moves Stones
    The Strong Willed Child & Parenting Isnt for Cowards
    and so many more! And yes, you do see a pattern here. My husband and I are in youth ministry right now and feel called to some sort of ministry in the area of marriage and the family.:) This summer we’re taking our first trip to Central America where we’ll be teaching in Bible Schools and churches on the historical books of the Bible. Having that before us, Im always reading up in hopes that what Im learning will some day help others as we’re serving in ministry.
    Have a blessed New Year!

  16. Lots of great books! Thanks for reminding me that I needed to make my new list to read for the year. And thanks for hosting! Happy New Year! :)

  17. Great post! (As always). By coincidence I was working on my reading journal and book app this morning, and then I read your post, so I wrote all about it on my blog.



  18. Sink Reflections! I “graduated” from Flylady a week or two ago so it took me a second to remember why I recognized the title. I love her!

  19. Ok, I’m totally jealous about the # of books that you successfully read, but at least I’m not alone in having at least 5 books going at any one time :)

  20. Okay, I just checked back in to see what else had been added, and I re-read your post, and now I have to go watch “Water for Elephants,” because I got about 100 pages in, and was like “If I have to read about ONE more piece of male anatomy, I am going to lose it!” So I skipped to the end, read the last chapter, and called it good. But if the movie was better, then I know what I am doing with my Saturday night :) This was such a fun linky, thanks for hosting!

  21. My favorite read(s) of the year was definitely the Hunger Games trilogy as well. I feel like a thirteen-year-old girl I am so giddy with excitement for the movie to come out in March (and am thankful to actually have a thirteen-old niece so I can stand in line for the midnight showing without too much shame)! My favorite read of 2010 was The Help, and while I loved the movie, I was sad so much was left out. Good to know about Water for Elephants! I broke my rule and saw it without reading the book first…but now I know it might be a good one to skip :)

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