My “have read” 2012 book list

It is another new year and even though my goal is to write more this year I still intend to read as much as I can. After all, of the two, my first love is reading, reading, and more reading. With that in mind, on this page I will list the books I have read throughout the year 2012. It will continue to be an assorted compilation as I like to vary my reading to include exploring children’s books, some I read to/with my grandson.

Any book I have marked *(ARC)* is an Advanced Reading Copy I was given to review.

If anything on my reading list is of interest to you, or you are encouraged to read more, too, do let me know! NOTE: if there are any you’d like to purchase please go to my page BUY THE BOOK! to see if it is listed there. Also, having seen my selection of books, if you have suggestions of what may look good in my reading stash I’d love to hear about it. 🙂 Happy Reading!


JANUARY 2012: (read but didn’t finish a book, wrote more than read)


  1. The Screwtape Letters – by C. S. Lewis
  2. Can’t Sleep Without Sheep – by Susanna Leonard Hill (reviewed February 12’12)
  3. I Only Cry at Night – by P. Allen Jones (reviewed March 16’12)
  4. Three Little Kittens – illustrated by Lilian Obligado
  5. It’s Tough To Be a Kid – by Mary Blakeslee
  6. The Road Runner: Mid-Mesa Marathon – by Teddy Slater
  7. Little ABC – pictures by Tadashi Oda
  8. The Barbapapas’ Christmas – by Annette Tison & Talus Taylor
  9. See How It Grows: a story about how things around us begin and grow – by Marguerite Walters
  10. Happy Hat Day – e-book by Gerald Hawksley
  11. The Fall of Freddie the Leaf: A Story of Life For All Ages – by Leo Buscaglia, PhD

MARCH 2012:

  1. Mary Did You Know? (book and CD of the song) – by Mark Lowry
  2. Frankie the Walk ‘N Roll Dog – by Barbara Gail Techel (read my young friend’s review of this book)
  3. The Useful Proverbs – by Kathy Collard Miller

APRIL 2012:

  1. Still Alice – by Lisa Genova (reviewed April 11’12)

MAY 2012:

  1. My Own Worst Enemy: how to stop holding yourself back – by Janet Davis *(ARC)* (reviewed May 8’12)
  2. On The Bright Side: The Starling series, Book 1 – by S. R. Johannes (reviewed May 21’12)
  3. Secret Daughter – by Shilpi Somaya Gowda (reviewed May 26’12)
  4. Outhouses of the East – Sherman Hines & Ray Guy
  5. You’re Only Old Once! A Book for Obsolete Children – by Dr. Seuss
  6. How My Savior Leads Me – by Terri M. Stellrecht (reviewed June 5’12)

JUNE 2012:

  1. Dollars & Uncommon Sense: Basic Training for Your Money – by Steve Repak, CFP  (reviewed June 12’12)
  2. Chicken Soup for the Soul: Devotional Stories Sampler Edition – Karen C. Talcott & Susan M. Heim
  3. The Brevity of Roses – by Linda Cassidy Lewis (reviewed June 19’12)
  4. Beyond Molasses Creek – by Nicole Seitz (reviewed June 23’12)
  5. Kittens (an “I Love Reading” level 2 Reader) – by Cindy Bracken
  6. Greet The Dawn The Lakota Way – by S. D. Nelson (2-part review June 26 & June 28’12)
  7. If I Have a Wicked Stepmother, Where’s My Prince? – by Melissa Kantor (reviewed July 3’12)

Half way through 2012 already! Here’s a great quote by Mark Twain: “A person who won’t read has no advantage over one who can’t read.” 

JULY 2012:

  1. Visions and Mares: a tale of Catriona Wheatcroft – by Diane Lynn Meyrick
  2. Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas – by Russell Hoban
  3. My Parents, My Children: Spiritual Help for Caregivers – by Cecil Murphey
  4. Goodnight, Me – by Andrew Daddo (reviewed July 12’12)
  5. Picture Perfect NOVA SCOTIA – text by Paul McCormick
  6. The Lion Is In – by Delia Ephron (reviewed August 1’12; interview with Delia August 7’12)
  7. Shadows in the Stone – by Diane Lynn McGyver (reviewed January 28’14; interview with Diane January 30’14)

AUGUST 2012:

  1. Running For My Life – by Lopez Lomong, US Olympic Athlete (reviewed August 16’12)
  2. The Lightning Thief – by Rick Riordan
  3. How To Make Fish & Chips in a Beer Batter – by Geoff Wells
  4. Until Tuesday: A Wounded Warrior and the Golden Retriever Who Saved Him – by Fmr. Capt. Luis Carlos Montalván
  5. One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest – by Ken Kesey
  6. “… And WHERE will you build this ‘ALCAN HIGHWAY’?!!: a collection of letters from a homesick GI – Illustrations by Catherine Deer, Text by Daniel St-Jean
  7. The Copycat Fish – by Gail Donovan
  8. Willy Bear – by Mildred Kantrowitz
  9. Mother Mother I Feel Sick, Send The Doctor Quick Quick Quick – by Renny Charlip and Burton Supree
  10. Nuts and Leaves – by Elisabeth Sackett
  11. Counting Fingers, Counting Toes – by Kit Schorsch
  12. Spotty the Turtle Wins the Race – by Thornton W. Burgess
  13. Peter Rabbit Changes His Name – by Thornton W. Burgess
  14. The Brave Tin Soldier – retold by Mae Broadley
  15. Hiss – by Roger Hargreaves
  16. Meow – by Roger Hargreaves
  17. Bound To Rise or Up The Ladder – by Horatio Alger Jr.
  18. How Fletcher Was Hatched! – by Wende and Harry Devlin
  19. Evangeline: a tale of Acadie – by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  20. Giant Dinosaurs – by Erna Row
  21. A Christmas Party – by Carolyn Sherwin Bailey
  22. Without a Hitch – by Andrew Price (reviewed September 18’12; interview with Andrew September 20’12)


  1. Watching Jimmy – by Nancy Hartry (reviewed September 14’12)


  1. The Tree of Everlasting Knowledge – by Christine Nolfi (reviewed October 31’12; interview with Christine November 5’12)
  2. Did You Put the Cat to Bed? – by Helen Mallon
  3. Zac Power: Poison Island – by H. I. Larry
  4. From One Place to Another – by Carol White (reviewed October 13’12; interview with Carol October 18’12)
  5. Save The Lemmings! – by Kai Strand (reviewed February 26’13)
  6. Sinking Deeper OR My Heroic Decision to Invent a Sea Monster – by Steve Vernon (reviewed January 29’13; interview with Steve  January 31’13)
  7. Animal Farm – by George Orwell

NOVEMBER 2012: (NaNoWriMo month)


  1. Cassie and the Wild Cat: Meet and Greet – by Pat Hatt
  2. How to Lose a Tooth – by E. C. Stilson
  3. Being Frank – by Donna Earnhardt (reviewed March 12’13; interview with Donna March 14’13)
  4. Shampoodle – by Joan Holub
  5. The Bermuda Triangle – by Adi-Kent Thomas Jeffrey
  6. Brianna the Ballet Fairy – by Julia Dweck
  7. A Bear of a Christmas – by A. J. Cosmo
  8. Crazy Caterpillar – by Jenny Evans
  9. Buzzzzzzzz What Honeybees Do – by Virginia Wright

Another year is past, already! I read as much as I could find time to, but my TBR (to be read) list continued to grow far beyond the speed of my reading! Even so, the total of books I finished this year is 74 – thanks to the children’s books I enjoyed.

How many books did YOU read this year?


2 responses to “My “have read” 2012 book list

  1. “The Screwtape letters” by C.S. Lewis is one of my favorites. He is such an inspirational man. I also love “Mere Christianity” and “A Grief Observed.” Reading them has helped me through so many personal battles. Oh and “Surprised by Joy” his autobiography! So good!


    • Welcome to my blog, faithryan9! 🙂
      Yes, C.S.Lewis’ writing is very inspirational – and thought-provoking. I’m glad you found his books to be helpful to you.Thank you for sharing about your reading experience.


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