Gearing up for 2012 book lists, here is my list from 2011, posted here before it is lost forever on my old blog.

I read 44 books in 2011, with 6 still in progress. Forty-four was my total for 2010, too. A little short of my goal of 60, but still not too shabby for a homeschooling mom with small children, I think. Actually, most of the reading was done at the beginning of the year, and my reading petered out by the fall. I’m not sure what that means.

  1. Anna Karenina. Audio. Despite being Russian and depressing and partly about the economics of the time, this was a really good story. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

  2. L’Abri. Besides Hidden Art, I haven’t read or really known about the Schaeffers at all. I found the story of L’Abri fascinating and intriguing.

  3. Poetic Knowledge. Amazing. It was the first book club I got to host, and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

  4. Picadilly Jim & Leave it to Psmith. Every year needs a dose of Wodehouse. Lots are free for Kindles on Amazon, just in case you need an incentive.

  5. One Thousand Gifts. Ann asks hard questions and tells the story of her learning the answers after approaching them through gratitude rather than resentment. Thought-provoking and inspiring, though rather overdone.

  6. Practical Happiness. Believing in God’s sovereignty should look like something in our lives; it should look like joy and contentment.

  7. Shaping of a Christian Family. Excellent. It was both Elisabeth Elliot and recommended by Cindy, so I knew I couldn’t go wrong to procure and read a copy.

  8. Knowing God. Unexpectedly wonderful. This will be in the children’s middle school must-reads.

  9. The Graveyard Book. My brother tricked me into reading a vampire book (it isn’t, really). It is a good tale, though I was mildly disappointed by the ending. Hans’ review: “It seemed at first like it would be scary, but then it wasn’t.” Still, it won’t be to everyone’s tastes or standards, so do preread before handing it to your own. Personally, I thoroughly enjoyed it.

  10. Loving the Little Years. Short, but incredibly encouraging. Boy, do I need to get more cheerful!

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