Favorite Books of 2012

Here are some of the books I read and loved in 2012

Curly Girl: The Handbook gave me great new ideas for caring for our daughters’ hair. I learned how to leave their hair down without getting insane tangles– I LOVE that look, but in the past it has just been a disaster tangle-wise. But best thing was that the book gave the girls a new appreciation for the true gorgeousness of their hair.  My 14yo daughter has always disliked her hair, but after watching the DVD that comes with the book, she voluntarily wore her hair down two days in a row.  It was great to see the new confidence in her.
Parenting From the Inside Out is an insightful look into the way our own past experiences affect our ability to parent our children with wisdom and compassion.  Many of us have past experiences that make some aspects of compassionate parenting difficult, and this book helps readers sort out their own stuff so that they can then parent their children with love and understanding.

Your Money or Your Life: Transforming Your Relationship with Money and Achieving Financial MORE  Daniel Koontz did a great blog series about this book on his blog Casual Kitchen, and half way through the series, I decided I wanted to read the book for myself.   It provides lots of great information and encouragement to help you handle money wisely.  Very worth reading!


7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess describes Jen Hatmaker‘s  seven month experiment to simplify various areas of her life.  One month she ate only seven foods.  Another month she wore only seven items of clothing.  Wild, eh?  She did it seeking to escape the excess of our culture and reduce her dependence on stuff.  Great, thought-provoking read! (Bonus:  Jen is also an adoptive mom to kids from Ethiopia!)


The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind  Lisa at One Thankful Mom is the person who recommended this book to me.  The book does a great job explaining brain function in a very understandable way, and shares how we can help our traumatized kids’ brains be less stressed and work more effectively.



What about you?  What were some of the best books you read in 2012?


  1. Without a doubt, UNBROKEN by Laura Hillenbrand was THE best book I read in 2012.
    I also enjoyed Let it Go by Chris Williams
    The Ladies Auxiliary by Tova Mirvis
    and The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield

  2. I think Parenting From the Inside Out is a great book! I also highly recommend Buddhism for Mothers. It isn’t really about Buddhism, but just about taking time to slow down and enjoy motherhood. Changed my life!

    I’m going to have to add The Whole-Brain Child to my list. Thanks for the suggestion!

  3. There are so many good books I read this year that hard to shorten my list to a few but I will try and my favorite is listed first and in no particular order after that:
    Ten Mindful Minutes by Goldie Hawn; The Late Homecomer, A Hmong Family Memoir; Immortal Life of Henrietta Laks; One Thousand White Women: The Journals of May Dodd; Little Princes; Burn Journals; Methuselah’s Gift; No Stone Unturned-The Story of Necrosearch International; Hugo; The Perks of Being a Wallflower, and Miss Peregrin’s Home for Peculiar Children