Challenge: 50 Books in 2012

The goal is to read 50 books in 2012. My favorites are highlighted in red text.

1. Reshaping it all – Candace Cameron Bure (Finished 1/8)

2. Kisses from Katie: A Story of Relentless Love and Redemption – Katie J. Davis (Finished 1/20)

3.  The Long Run: A New York City Firefighter’s Triumphant Comeback from Crash Victim to Elite Athlete – Matt Long (Finished 1/30)

4. The Vow – Kim Carpenter (Finished 2/5)

5. The Pregnancy Project: A Memoir – Gaby Rodriguez (Finished 2/6)

6. No Limits: The Will to Succeed – Michael Phelps (Finished 2/28)

7. Ultramarathon Man: Confessions of an All-Night Runner – Dean Karnazes (Finished 3/20)

8. Save Me – Lisa Scottoline (Finished 4/3)

9. Fifty Shades of Grey – E. L. James (Finished 4/5)

10. In the Water They Can’t See You Cry: A Memoir – Amanda Beard (Finished 4/10)

11. The Lucky One – Nicholas Sparks (Finished 4/16)

12. You’re Already Amazing – Holley Gerth (Finished 4/20)

13. Discovering God’s Will For Your Life – Foreword by Sheila Walsh (Finished 5/1)

14. An Untroubled Heart: Finding a Faith That Is Stronger Than All My Fears – Micca Campbell (Finished 5/3)

15. Made to Crave for Young Women: Satisfying Your Deepest Desires with God – Lysa TerKeurst and Shaunti Feldhahn (Finished 5/11)

16. What Happens When Women Say Yes to God: Experiencing Life in Extraordinary Ways –  Lysa TerKeurst (Finished 5/27)

17. A Love That Multiplies: An Up-Close View of How They Make It Work – Jim Bob & Michelle Duggar (Finished 5/31)

18. Winning Balance: What I’ve Learned So Far about Love, Faith, and Living Your Dreams – Shawn Johnson (Finished 6/8)

19. Soul Detox: Clean Living in a Contaminated World – Craig Groeschel (Finished 6/13)

20. The Duggars: 20 and Counting!: Raising One of America’s Largest Families–How they Do It – Jim Bob & Michelle Duggar (Finished 6/16)

21. I Am Second: Real Stories. Changing Lives. – Doug Bender (Finished 6/20)

22. My Stubborn Heart – Becky Wade (Finished 6/30)

23. A Life Without Limits: A World Champion’s Journey – Chrissie Wellington (Finished 7/15)

24. Where the Heart Is – Billie Letts (Finished 7/30)

25. The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love That Lasts – Gary D. Chapman (Finished 8/4)

26. ACE’s Essential of Exercise Science for Fitness Professionals – ACE (Finished 8/8)

27. Running With Joy: My Daily Journey to the Marathon – Ryan Hall (Finished 8/17)

28. Grace for the Good Girl: Letting Go of the Try-Hard Life – Emily P. Freeman (Finished 9/7)

29. Kara Goucher’s Running for Women: From First Steps to Marathons – Kara Goucher (Finished 9/20)

30. 7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess – Jen Hatmaker (Finished 9/26)

31. The G-Free Diet: A Gluten-Free Survival Guide – Elisabeth Hasselbeck (Finished 10/25)

32. Interrupted: An Adventure in Relearning the Essentials of Faith – Jen Hatmaker (Finished 10/25)

33. Fifty Shades Darker – E.L. James (Finished 11/4)

34. Interpersonal Conflict – William Wilmot and Joyce Hocker (Finished 11/16)

35. Fifty Shades Freed – E.L. James (Finished 11/17)

36. Finding Ultra: Rejecting Middle Age, Becoming One of the World’s Fittest Men, and Discovering Myself – Rich Roll (Finished 11/24)

37. Working with Words: A Handbook for Media Writers and Editors – Brian S. Brooks (Finished 11/26)

38. Shades of Blue – Karen Kingsbury (Finished 11/29)

39. Where Yesterday Lives – Karen Kingsbury (Finished 12/7)

40. Cultural ANTHRO – Richard H. Robbins (Finished 12/8)

41. Cultural Identity in America – National Geographic (Finished 12/8)

42. Dos mundos: Comunicacion y comunidad – Tracy Terrell (Finished 12/12)

43. The Bridge – Karen Kingsbury (Finished 12/13)

44. Angels on Call: Inspiring True Stories from the ER – Robert D. Lesslie (Finished 12/17)

45. Still Lolo: A Spinning Propeller, a Horrific Accident, and a Family’s Journey of Hope – Lauren Scruggs (Finished 12/21)

46. God Loves Ugly: & love makes beautiful – Christa Black (Finished 12/25)

47. The Fiddler – Beverly Lewis (Finished 12/29)

48. Grace, Gold, and Glory: My Leap of Faith – Gabrielle Douglas (Finished 12/31)



  1. Hi Allie,
    I love your 50 books challenge. I just finished reading _The Art of Racing in the Rain_, which is written from the perspective of a dog. Very sweet little book. I’ve enjoyed reading your blog and your recipes. I’m going to try the lentil soup. Hope this semester is going well! I’m including a link to my blog about beekeeping. I post a lot of recipes there. Dr. Wood

  2. Wow, you are killing this list! My mother in law gave me Fifty Shades of Grey to read but I haven’t been able to bring myself to start it…

    Would you be willing to share any book recommendations? I’m looking for some new ones!

    1. Thanks! I’m really trying to read 50… though I don’t know if it will happen with school starting up again soon!

      For a “sporty” read I recommend: #6 and #10

      For a “religious” read (I promise they aren’t boring!) I recommend: #2 #12 and #17

      For general reading I recommend: #5 and #24

      I hope this gives you some ideas of books to check out!! 🙂

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