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12 Books I Read in 2012 (by Stephen Simpson)

A few years ago, I started keeping a list (via spreadsheet) of all the books that I finish.  I have found it tremendously useful in helping me remember what I have read.  Here is a quick look at what I read in 2012.

  • The Myth of the Garage – read this book for free on my kindle; I think I know why it was free; 
  • Going Public – Your Child Can Thrive in Public School – an excellent book; probably the best book I read in 2012.  Read a blog post I wrote about this book.
  • The Rockefellers – This book I borrowed from Pastor Osborne’s office.  It is a long book.  But, I enjoyed learning about this family and the vast amounts of wealth that they had to deal with. 
  • License to Pawn – If you like the show Pawn Stars, you will like this book.  It is the story of Rick Harrison, the main character of the show.  He has not lived the cleanest life, so it is not the cleanest book.  But, I found it very interesting. 
  • The Hunger Games Trilogy – Brace yourself…I did not enjoy these books.  I read them all and just failed to connect with the story.  To me, it was all pretty dumb.  But, that’s just my opinion.
  • Seal Team Six – Memoirs of an Elite Navy Seal Sniper – The author, a retired member of Seal Team 6, writes about his experiences.  I found this book fascinating.
  • The Hands-On Dad – heard this author speak at the FPEA Homeschool Convention and borrowed his book from the library.  Short book, but really good for Dads of homeschoolers.
  • Liar’s Poker – another book I read for free on my kindle; another waste of time
  • Ivanhoe – classic book; Robin Hood, Richard the Lionheart, a timeless tale; what more could you ask for?  I literally could not put this book down.  
  • Tempted and Tried – I loved the first book by this author (Adopted for Life).  I struggled to connect with this one.  It dealt with the temptations of Jesus.  I think it is an excellent book, my brain just had a difficult time working through it.
As I look back on what I read in 2012, frankly I am somewhat disappointed.  I did not enjoy nor benefit from much of what I read.  The highlights were Going Public, The Rockefellers, and Ivanhoe.  They stood out far above the rest.  Others like License to Pawn and Seal Team Six were ‘just for fun’ and I enjoyed them.  The rest of these books were notable in that they were dreadfully forgettable.  
I am resolved to make better choices in what I read in 2013.  With all of the books that are available to read, there is no excuse for reading a dud!
Now it’s your turn.  Leave a comment below.  Did you read any of these books?  What did you think about them?  What books did you read in 2012?  
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