2011 Book Reviews

I had big reading goals for the previous year of 2011. My goal was 100 books…and I’d love to share the full list of the books I read, but sadly, my computer that had the file is currently inaccessible. Quite frustrating!

I believe I was just shy of 100 books. I either read 98 books or 101 books. I can’t recall my final count without looking at my list. Sigh. I’ll be doing next year’s list on a Google document so this doesn’t happen again!

I do remember some of my favorites! In no specific order, here were some of the best books that I read this year.

My favorite teaching book was No! Why Children of All Ages Need to Hear It and How Parents Can Say It by David Walsh. I heard David Walsh speak at LEA on this same topic and he was excellent – as is his book! I think this is a book that should be required reading for every parent.

My favorite biography was Choosing to SEE: A Journey of Struggle and Hope""Choosing to See by Mary Beth Chapman. It is the emotional story of the death of their youngest adopted daughter. It is the heartbreaking story of a mother’s pain and choosing to find joy in the midst of this darkest tragedy. You will cry but you will be moved and reminded of the power of God.

I finally finished the classic series of Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery. I can’t believe I waited this long to read them all! They were lovely – and just as good as the movies that introduced me to Anne, so many years ago. Plus, finishing this series allowed me to cross another item off my 30 Before I’m 30 List!

My favorite frugal book that I read was Pick Another Checkout Lane, Honey by Joanie Demer and Heather Wheeler. I shared my review of the book here. You can count on the monthly frugal book reviews continuing this year!

My favorite fiction was Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers. It is the Biblical account of Hosea and Gomer, set in the mid-1800s. This was a reread for me, but it was as beautiful this time around as the first. This is my favorite book of Francine River’s.

My favorite children’s book was The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane""The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo. I read this aloud to my third and fourth graders last year. It is truly a beautiful story about a bunny and the various people who love him.

Those were a few of my favorites from this year. I’ll be sharing my 2012 reading plan tomorrow but before I do, I’ll ask this. What were some of your favorite reads this year? Do you have recommendations for me to read?

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  1. PS I read the Anne of Green Gables series years ago and recently passed them on to Katie to share with Madeleine.

  2. Kristen, I also read Redeeming Love this year and I loved it. I almost didn’t give it a chance though because of the beginning. I love other Francine Rivers books so I pressed on and I’m so glad I did. I read all 7 books in the Chronicles of Narnia, finishing them right before Christmas. Wonderful series. What Women Fear by Angie Smith was my favorite non fiction. A must read. I know I read many more than this but this menopausal mind can’t recall them all. I think I will keep a list this year. 🙂 I love keeping up with you by way of your blog.

    Sabrina (AKA Mrs. Knuth :))

    1. I think I have two Narnia books to finish. I should do that this year. I’ll have to add Angie Smith’s book to my list. Thanks for the recommendations, and keeping up with my life, via this blog!

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