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January February 2012 Reading

February 29, 2012

Over January and February, I finished reading 24 books, and wrote reviews/summaries for 21 of those. I’ve divided this reading into 8 categories, though certainly many of the books could easily fit under multiple category headings. (And as I alluded to in one book review, there is usually application to a broad range of life even in a book that may seem like a narrow subject.)

The linked titles will take you to my original reviews/summaries that were posted over the last 2 months. The exception to this are the 3 books with a **double asterisk, titles for which I’ve not yet written a review. The asterisked links will take you to an Amazon listing of the book. (Once/if I write more extendedly on those books, I’ll edit this post to add a link.)


Modern Fiction

Literary Classics

Business/Personal Productivity

Theology/Christian Living

Human Rights/Global Interest

World Religions


 Observations from January and February’s Reading

  • I read 16 books in January and 8 in February. I experienced some minor pregnancy complications in February, which in some ways and some days allowed me to read more, but far less in other ways/on other days.
  • Right now, I’m at 24 books for the year, which puts me at 32% toward my goal of reading 75 books this year. I’m still thinking I may be able to hit 100 or beyond, but we’ll see.
  • I have read 9 out of 10 of the 1o books I listed that I’d like to read this year. I have started the remaining book, and hope to finish it this coming month.
  • I tend to get burnt out on reading if I read too many books on the same subject at the same time or in a row. This is where reading in multiple genres and topics comes in handy. Recreational reading or short fiction tends to break up the monotony for me. (I think my sister was smarter than I realized when she read great works of fiction during some of her ultra-busy days of college. ;))
  • I’m really enjoying Goodreads and seeing what friends and online connections are reading there, as well as using it as a source for book recommendations. It’s also a very helpful way to keep track of what I’m reading.
  • I continue to be amazed at how the themes of totally unrelated books intersect and how much reading has allowed me to connect with others.

Have you read any good books this year? I’d love to hear suggestions.

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  • James Steinbach February 29, 2012 at 11:14 pm

    I’ve really been challenged & encouraged by The Meaning of Marriage by Tim Keller. It’s Christ-saturated and drips Gospel everywhere. I’ve been recommending it every chance I get! Get it here.

    • Keren March 1, 2012 at 3:24 pm

      Thanks, James. I’ve heard lots of good things about it so far. We have it–I just need to read it. I just finished another book by Keller today, so I suppose I can start this one now. I try to limit myself to only reading one Keller book at a time. 🙂

  • Johanna March 1, 2012 at 2:04 pm

    Keren, you put me to shame! Love seeing what you are reading. My February list is going up next week. I haven’t gotten into Goodreads? Should I?

    • Keren March 1, 2012 at 3:32 pm

      Looking forward to your list. 🙂 I really like Goodreads, and used to have more trouble keeping track of what I’d read for the year. I’ve also found it motivating to keep up with books I’ve started, especially when I’m going through books of a variety of mediums (audio, Kindle, paperback). Not to mention seeing what my friends on there are reading; in that way it’s a Facebook for readers. 😉