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My Books of 2012

Tuesday, January 01, 2013


I keep track of my books on; they use a rating system of 1-5 stars, which I have included here. Don't ask me which one is my favorite, because I can't pick just one! You may be wondering, if you don't regularly read my blog, how I have so much time to read. Well, I am in treatment for stage IV breast cancer, and dealing with chronic pain and fatigue, so that means I am not as active as I would like to be, and don't get out of the house a lot. I love to read, plus it's an "escape" from my problems.

I make it a habit to read for about a half hour every night before bed, but I also read during my chemo and any time I have to sit in a waiting room; and often, while watching TV, I read during the commercials.

1. Megan's Way~Melissa Foster 3*
2 . On Gold Mountain~Lisa See 5*
3. Mudbound~Hillary Jordan 5*
4. The Unexpected Bride~Debra Ullrick 3*
5. Whispers from the Ashes~Patricia Hester 4*
6. The Bridge~Kay Bratt 4*
7. Between Shades of Gray~Ruta Sepetys 5*
8. Paradise Valley~Dale Cramer 4*
9. Seek Me With All Your Heart~Beth Wiseman 5*
10. Remarkable Creatures~ Tracy Chevalier 3*
11. One Perfect Day~Lauraine Snelling 4*
12. The Keeper~Suzanne Woods Fisher 4*
13. Katie's Redemption~Patricia Davids 3*
14. Courting Ruth~Emma Miller 4*
15. Miriam's Heart~Emma Miller 4*
16. Day After Night~Anita Diamant 4*
17. The Tudor Rose~Margaret Campbell Barnes 2*
18. Anna's Gift~Emma Miller 4*
19. Butterfly Garden~Annette Blair 3*
20. The Six Wives of Henry VIII 5*
21. Into the Free~Julie Cantrell 5*
22. Ferney~James Long 3*
23. A Promise of Hope~Amy Clipston 5*
24. A Life of Joy~Amy Clipston 5*
25. Jacob's Daughter~Samantha Jillian Bayarr 3*
26. The Silent Governess~Julie Klassen 5*
27. Growing Up Amish~Ira Wagler 5*
28. Mrs. Tuesday's Departure~Suzanne Anderson 3*
29. Love Finds You in Homestead, Iowa~Melanie Dobson 5*
30. The Widow's War~Sally Gunning 5*
31. The Doctor's Lady~Jody Hedlund 4*
32. For One More Day~Mitch Albom 5*
33. Why Aren't You Sweet Like Me?~Carrie Nyman 5*
34. The Grand Sophy~Georgette Heyer 3*
35. Glimpses of Heaven: True Stories of Hope and Peace at the End of Life's Journey~Trudy Harris, R.N. 4*
36. Seasons: A Real Story of an Amish Girl~Elizabeth Byler Younts 4*
37. The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer ~ Siddhartha Mukherjee 5*
38. A Prayer for Owen Meany~John Irving 5*
39. Leaving Lancaster~Kate Lloyd 2*
40. Frail Blood~Jo Robertson 2*
41. Griselda Takes Flight~Joyce Magnin 4*
42. Sh*t My Dad Says~Justin Halpern 4*
43. You Had Me at Halo~Amanda Ashby 3*
44. The Philanthropist's Danse~Paul Wornham 5*
45. Tender Graces~Kathryn Magendie 4*
46. fathermothergod: My Journey Out of Christian Science~Lucia Greenhouse 4*
47. Angel Sister~Ann H.Gabhart 4*
48. Plain Jayne~Hillary Manton Lodge 3*
49. On Little Wings~Regina Sirois 3*
51. The Winter Sea~Susanna Kearsley 4*
52. Through a Glass Darkly~Karleen Koen 4*
53. The House of Velvet and Glass~Katherine Howe 3*
54. Christy~Catherine Marshall 5*
55.Encountering Heaven and the Afterlife: True Stories From People Who Have Glimpsed the World Beyond ~ James Garlow and
Keith Wall 3*
56. Wedded to War~Jocelyn Green 4*
57. The Maid of Fairbourne Hall~Julie Klassen 5*
58. After the Fog~Kathleen Shoop 3*
59. The Chaperone~Laura Moriary 5*
60. A Wedding Quilt for Ella~Jerry S. Eicher 3*
61. Ella's Wish~Jerry S. Eicher 4*
62. Ella Finds Love Again~Jerry S. Eicher 3*
63 .Blame it on the Mistletoe~Joyce Magnin 5*
64. The Loom~Shella Gillus 5*
65. Love Finds You in Amana, Iowa~Melanie Dobson 3*
66. A Time to Love~Barbara Cameron 4*
67. A Time to Heal~Barbara Cameron 4*
68. A Time of Peace~Barbara Cameron 4*
69. The Wings of Morning~Murray Pura 5*
70. Wonderland Creek~Lynn Austin 5*
71. Kate's Song~Jennifer Beckstrand 4*
72. Leah's Choice~Emma Miller 4*
73. Almost Amish~Kathryn Cushman 4*
74. Blue Asylum~Kathy Hepinstall 5*
75. The Five People You Meet in Heaven~Mitch Albom 5*
76. Sixty Acres and a Bride~Regina Jennings 4*
77. Francesca of Lost Nation~Lucinda Sue Crosby 4*
78. Where the Heart Is~ Billie Letts 5*
79. A Stolen Life~Jaycee Dugard 5*
80. Accidents of Providence~Stacia Brown 5*
81. The Dog Walker~Corwyn Alvarez 3*
82. Fall On Your Knees~Ann Marie MacDonald 4*
83. The Shunning~Beverly Lewis 5*
84. The Confession~Beverly Lewis 4*
85. The Reckoning~Beverly Lewis 4*
86. Room~Emma Donoghue 5*
87. The Midget's House~Anita Bartholomew 5*
88. A Season of Love~Amy Clipston 4*
89. A Cousin's Promise~4*
90. A Cousin's Prayer~5*
91. A Cousin's Challenge~4*
92. A Reckless Heart~Amy Clipston 5*
93. The House of Closed Doors~Jane Steen 5*
94. Soul Surfer by Bethany Hamilton~4*
95. The Wonder of His Love~Beth Wiseman 5*
96. The Orange Blossom Special~Betsy Clark 5*
97. Redfield Farm~Judith Redline Coopey 5*
98. The Secret River~Kate Grenville 3*
99. Waterproof~Judith Redline Coopey 5*
100. High, Wide and Lonesome: Growing Up on the Colorado Frontier~Hal Borland 5*
101. The Last Temptation of Clarence Odbody~John Jughead Pierson 4*
102. A Plain Death~Amanda Flower 5*
103. The Christmas Dog~Melody Carlson 5*
104. The Unfinished Gift~Dan Walsh 5*
105. The Homecoming~Dan Walsh 4*
106. The Christmas Shoppe~Melody Carlson 5*
107. The Gift of Christmas Present~Melody Carlson 5*
108. A Lancaster County Christmas~Suzanne Woods Fisher 4*
109. The Christmas Bus~Melody Carlson 4*
110. The Haven~Suzanne Woods Fisher 5*

Julie Klassen: 2 books
Joyce Magnin: 2 books
Melanie Dobson: 2 books
Mitch Albom: 2 books
Beth Wiseman: 2 books
Dan Walsh: 2 books
Judith Redline Coopey: 2 books
Jerry S. Eicher: 3 books
Barbara Cameron: 3 books
Beverly Lewis: 3 books
Wanda E. Brutnstetter: 3 books
Emma Miller: 4 books
Amy Clipston: 4 books
Melody Carlson: 4 books

Month with the fewest books read: June, 5 books
Month with the most books read: March, 12 books

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
KARENCRANER 1/2/2013 1:24PM

    I find Mitch Album emotionally draining but richly rewarding!

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MAINLADY 1/2/2013 8:31AM

    Wow Sheri...what a huge list of books. I usually read a book or two every month and think that's good. Look at what you've accomplished. Thanks for the author's names and titles. I will definitely look up some of these. Thanks for sharing.

Happy New Year to you.

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GOANNA2 1/2/2013 5:01AM

    That is an amazing number of books. Good on you!

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AUNTRENEE 1/1/2013 10:13PM

    That's a lot of books.

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CELLOPLAYER1 1/1/2013 7:53PM

    What a list of books!

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0309COOKIE 1/1/2013 4:20PM

    Wow! That is an impressive list.

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CARRAND 1/1/2013 2:54PM

    Amazing list!

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CTUPTON 1/1/2013 2:47PM

    Wonderful that you keep track of what you read. Not many people do. congratulations on your long list! Chris

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1STATEOFDENIAL 1/1/2013 2:43PM

    Just as last year, I'm awed by the sheer number of books you've read. I hope you take something from the books beyond enjoyment, such as a new perspective or a new idea about something. I love it when a book gives me a new perspective with which to view a part of the world, if only for a short time.

I look forward to your 2013 list!

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SLIMMERJESSE 1/1/2013 12:11PM

    Do you have an ereader? I was the one who said no way, but wound up getting one a few years ago. And, since then, have
read hundreds of new books. Isn't reading

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BETHGILLIGAN 1/1/2013 11:35AM

    Wow! I love this list!! I love to read, too!

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