Monday, December 31, 2012

2012 in Review

A lot happened this year for me. My business seemed to really take off. My grandfather passed away. My best friends each had a baby girl, so I have two more "nieces." My extended family welcomed 3 children into it via adoption. And I've stayed on track with my reading the Bible in a year.

I've read A LOT of books this year too. I read at least 120 books. I say at least, because I know that there are several I forgot to log. I discovered a bunch of new or new to me authors.

I saw a few movies at the theaters this year. My favorites being Avengers, Hunger Games, and Les Miserables. In fact I've love Les Mis so much that I've seen it twice since it came out and will be seeing it a third time!

My favorite books for 2012. (in no particular order, and they are not all 5 star ratings)
I'm including the Amazon links to each as well. Unless noted otherwise, all links are for the Kindle books. The author's name will take you to my review and the title is linked to the Amazon Kindle page.









Short Straw Bride by Karen Witemeyer - I read this one. Then once I finished it, I started it again.





















Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan - I think this is my favorite one so far.







Alchemyst by Michael Scott - this was a reread but I still loved it.


I read quite a few more thought provoking books this year too. Or at least ones that I found fascinating, but didn't necessarily make my favorites list for year.










There are a lot of books coming out in 2013 that I am looking forward to. Julie Lessman, Mary Connealy, Dani Pettrey, Jody Hedlund, Regina Jennings, and Sarah Sundin all have books coming out that I am excited about. I can't remember titles or release dates at the moment. Oh yes. I forgot Karen Witemeyer. I think I'm the most excited about Stealing the Preacher by Karen than I am about pretty much any other book.






12 comments:

  1. Bless you, Dawn! SO happy to be on your beautiful list:) I see friends here and also those I must read! Especially love Liz's THE GIRLS STILL GOT IT! Happy New Year to you. Looking forward to more great books in 2013, yes!

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    1. I'm glad to see that you found some that you must read. :)

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  2. Thank you, Dawn! I'm so honored to see With Every Letter on this list! And yes, it's good to see friends' books here too (Hi, Laura!)Happy reading in 2013!

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    1. With Every Letter became one of my favorites relatively quickly.

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  3. You read 120 books this year? What devotion! Thank you so much for being a reader and I'm honored that you loved Sixty Acres and a Bride. From looking at your list I'd say we have similar tastes.

    God bless your New Year!

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    1. I absolutely LOVED Sixty Acres! You know I find that I have similar tastes to quite a few of the authors I read.

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  4. WOW, DAWN ... I'm with Regina in being amazed at your devotion to Christian fiction -- 120 books -- YOWZA!! And to know that ALITW is one of your top picks out of that huge number is SUCH a blessing, so THANK YOU, my friend!!

    I wish you and yours a new year overflowing with His abundant blessings.

    Hugs,
    Julie

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    1. Of course not all I read was Christian fiction. I did have a few secular romances in there plus some young adult and a few nonfiction books. But over 90% of what I read was Christian fiction.

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  5. What a fabulous list. I smiled when I saw The Mark of Athena and The Alchemyst on your list as well. My 14 year-old daughter has read all the Rick Riorden books and has also read The Alchemyst. A wonderful years of wonderful books. I hope 2013 is as rich as blessing for you. :-)

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    1. I've read all of the Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel series except the latest, Enchantress. That's on my list for this year. :)

      And I so can not wait for House of Hades to come out in October! There has to be a way to get that cliffhanger resolved!

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  6. I loved Short-straw Bride!!! Definitely one of my favorites of this year. I also loved Be Still My Soul by Joanne Bischof and For Such a Time as This by Ginny Aiken.

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  7. Dawn! Thank you so much for including me in this list. There are so GREAT books listed here and I'm honored to be a part of it.

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