Spring Reading Thing 2012 Wrap-Up

Summer has begun, and Katrina‘s Spring Reading Thing concludes! I’m happy to say I completed the last book on my list yesterday! I wasn’t sure if I’d finish there for a while because one book was longer and boggier than I’d thought it would be, so that put me behind. But a couple of road trips to finish up things on our old house and then sell it, plus having not much of anything to watch on TV during the summer provided more reading time.

So, here’s what I have read during spring 2012:


Psmith in the City by P. D. Wodehouse for Carrie’s book club in April, reviewed here. Mildly amusing.

When Crickets Cry by Charles Martin. reviewed here. Wonderful writing but a couple of troubling elements.

In Every Heartbeat by Kim Vogel Sawyer about three friends from the same orphanage awarded a scholarship to college just before WWI, the different routes they go, temptations they face, etc. Reviewed here. Good.

Wonderland Creek by Lynn Austin, not reviewed, about a girl excessively caught up in her novels (and more than a touch immature and self-centered) who loses her job as a librarian during the Depression. She learns and grows through the frustrating and sometimes dangerous situations she encounters. Enjoyable, except I did get quite perturbed that the two primary Christians in the book forced (at gunpoint in one instance), coerced, and even tricked her into doing what they wanted, which is not how Christians should usually operate.

Loving by Karen Kingsbury, not reviewed, but a satisfying end to the Bailey Flanigan series.

The Fiddler by Beverly Lewis, not reviewed but very much enjoyed. A young classical violinist’s car breaks down outside a young Amishman’s cabin: though from different walks of life they face similar problems with others’ expectations of them clashing with where they think God is leading.

Chasing Mona Lisa by Tricia Goyer and Mike Yorkey, about Swiss OSS agents trying to keep the famous painting from German hands, reviewed here. Great story though a little too descriptive for me when someone was killed.


Infinitely More by Alex Krutov, true story about an abandoned orphan in Russia whom God brought to Himself, reviewed here. Wonderful book.

It Is Not Death to Die: A New Biography of Hudson Taylor by Jim Cromarty, reviewed here. Good.

Grace for the Good Girl: Letting Go of the Try-Hard Life by Emily P. Freeman, reviewed here. Excellent.

When Christ Was Here: a Woman’s Bible Study by Claudia Barba. I’ve immensely enjoyed and been blessed and convicted by hearing Claudia speak several times and enjoyed this Bible study, reviewed here. Excellent.

Raising Real Men: Surviving, Teaching, and Appreciating Boys by Hal and Melanie Young, reviewed here. Excellent resource.

Feminine Appeal by Carlyn Mahaney, reviewed here. Excellent.

Everyday Battles: Knowing God Through Our Daily Conflicts by Bob Schultz, with my youngest son, reviewed here.

Mentalpause…and Other Midlife Laughs by Laura Jensen Walker. Not reviewed. Meh. Though I’m familiar with much that she talked about and believe laughing about it is probably better than getting frustrated over it, I just didn’t find this very funny. But some reviewers did, so it may just be a matter of personality.


Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott, reviewed here. Classic knight’s tale.

North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell, reviewed here. Loved!

Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell, reviewed here. Loved this, too! I wasn’t too crazy about her Cranford a while back: maybe I ought to try it as an audiobook.

Freckles by Gene Stratton Porter: review coming next week.

Katrina suggests some questions with which to wrap up the challenge. I’ll just answer them in short form here:

Mentalpause, Freckles, and Wives and Daughters were not on my original list of goals for this month, so I am happy to say that this time I reached my goal and added to it.

Favorites: Infinitely More, Grace For the Good Girl, North and South, Wives and Daughters.

Least favorite: Mentalpause.

I discovered a few new authors and for the most part enjoyed them. Most I would read again.

My favorite things about the Spring Reading Thing challenge: It causes me to read more non-fiction when I normally gravitate to fiction. Setting and striving for a goal provides a sense of accomplishment. I enjoy sharing my thoughts about books with others and seeing what others have read and adding to my TBR list. 🙂

Thank you, Katrina, for hosting this another year! I’m looking forward to the fall challenge if you have it.

11 thoughts on “Spring Reading Thing 2012 Wrap-Up

  1. It’s always good to see your lists. I get ideas from it everytime, and am reminded of books I still want to read and haven’t!–like Grace for the Good Girl. Maybe I’ll take that with me to El Salvador for reading on the flights and waiting time…

  2. I’m more of a fiction gal myself – and Chasing Mona Lisa sounds intriguing. It looks like you enjoyed the challenge as much as I did – although my pace doesn’t begin to match yours.

  3. Wow, Barbara! That’s great–that you finished your list! Congratulations! I hope I can pick up quite a few of the titles you recommend.

    Thanks for letting me know about the situation with my blog when you read it on your iPhone. I’ll have to tinker around with it. I wish I were more tech-savvy!

  4. great list of books! that one about grace for the good girl sounds like something I’d like to try next. I saw the one about mentalpause and didn’t take it cause it didn’t look like i’d enjoy all that much. You did a great job with the challenge!

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  6. Great list! I, too, got a lot from Grace For the Good Girl and Infinitely More. It’s so fun to see what other people are reading and get ideas for my summer list! 🙂

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