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    The Official 2012 Book List

    January 8, 2013 by Brandy Vencel

    I did read this year. Forty-two books, in fact {if I added correctly}. There were books I began and didn’t finish. Last year, I think I told you about those. This year? This year I’ll only tell you about it if I decided to never pick it up again, and then I’ll briefly explain why {I think there was only one that fits this criteria}. And yes: I did do categories. It was so satisfying to give everything a tidy label. I rarely do that.

    If you have heard me talk about a book, but it isn’t on the list, don’t be afraid to mention it. There is a chance I forgot! There is also a chance I’m just not done with it yet.

    So. On to the list!

    Favorite Theology-ish


    1. Future Grace
    2. From Behind the Veil
    3. Reversed Thunder


    1. A Philosophy of Education {twice, actually}
    2. Climbing Parnassas 
    3. Uncovering the Logic of English {read my review}

    Literature and Fiction*

    Can’t go wrong
    with Wendell Berry!
    1. Andy Catlett: Early Travels {referenced here and here}
    2. The Home Ranch {aloud}
    3. Peter Pan {aloud}
    4. Kidnapped
    5. Adam of the Road {aloud}
    6. The Borrowers {aloud}
    7. The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood {aloud}
    8. Dandelion Fire
    9. Little House in the Big Woods {aloud}
    10. The Chestnut King 
    11. The Pillars of the Earth {I didn’t finish this one, and I don’t intend to. It came recommended by people I greatly respect, and I still respect them even though we’ll have to agree to disagree on this book. It was far, far too risque for my tastes. I try to avoid books with that sort of content, if you know what I mean, especially when it is gratuitous. And I must insist that the phrase “hot body” was not used in the Middle Ages! It felt to me like the author slapped a modern novel into a medieval setting. Personally, I do not recommend it.}
    12. Shaking the Nickel Bush {aloud–this is my least favorite book by Ralph Moody}
    13. The King of the Golden River {aloud}
    14. Mary Poppins {aloud}
    15. Hadn’t read this
      since fourth grade!
    16. Carry On, Mr. Bowditch {aloud}
    17. Brighty of the Grand Canyon {aloud}
    18. Puck of Pook’s Hill {aloud}
    19. Along Came a Dog {aloud}
    20. King Arthur and His Knights of the Round Table
    21. The Lightening Thief {aloud to my husband–we decided not to let E-Age-Ten read it at this time}
    22. A Christmas Carol {aloud}
    23. The Lion in the Box {aloud}
    24. Robinson Crusoe
    25. The Incredible Journey
    26. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
    27. Rip Van Winkle

    Book of the Year


    1. George Washington’s World
    2. Abigail Adams: Witness to a Revolution 
    3. Of Courage Undaunted
    4. Isaac Newton: Inventor, Scientist, and Teacher
    5. The Roots of American Order {the book club entries for this title can be found in the Russell Kirk category–am I the only one who hates that this puts them in reverse order?}

    Nature Study/Science/Microhomestead

    1. The Storybook of Science
    2. Natural Goat Care {here’s the category for all things Pat Coleby}


    1. Natural Healing with Cell Salts{not recommended}
    2. Gut and Psychology Syndrome

    Other Nonfiction

    1. Home Economics
    2. Ideas Have Consequences

    What was your favorite book of the year?

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    1. Reply Jeanne January 9, 2013 at 3:31 am

      The book I most recommend to you is The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert by Rosaria Champagne Butterfield. I talk about it a bit on my blog this week. I’m not sure what my favourite book was. The Story of John G Paton possibly.

    2. Reply sara January 8, 2013 at 5:42 pm

      Brandy, I want to give you a good hug. I’ve been feeling sort of like an under-achiever in terms of the number of books I’ve read. I have managed only fifteen for my personal consumption. But when I count all the ones I’ve read for the kids’ schooling? Oh, the list is long! Thank you for helping not to feel like a slouch.

      My favorite among the ones I’ve read for myself were Howards End and French Kids Eat Everything. (I can’t figure out how to underline or italicize in a comment, but you know what I mean.) I also really enjoyed a couple of Sayers’s mysteries.

      BTW, Shaking the Nickel Bush is my least favorite of Moody’s too.

      This is the year I hope to finish Moby Dick. πŸ™‚

      • Reply Brandy @ Afterthoughts January 9, 2013 at 4:38 am

        I would hug you back, πŸ˜‰

        I think we readers beat ourselves up when our lives start to demand other things of us. But I firmly insist that you are not a slouch! πŸ™‚

        Good luck on Moby Dick. That is one difficult reading venture I’ve never been on! πŸ™‚

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