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My Top 10 Books of 2012

One of my goals for 2012 was to read 50 books. Right now, I’m on book number 47! You can see all of the books I’ve read this year and last year here. You can also see my post on my favorite books of 2011 here.

The following books are my top 10 favorite books I’ve read in 2012:

10. Save Me – Lisa Scottoline (This was a page-turner for me!)saveme

9. Interpersonal Conflict – William Wilmont & Joyce Hocker (This was actually one of my textbooks last semester. I loved it that much!)interpersonalconflict

8. The Vow: The True Events that Inspired the Movie – Kim & Krickitt Carpenter (The movie based on this book came out around Valentine’s Day. It’s actually a true story and the couple in the book are Christians. It’s truly a crazy and amazing story!!)thevow

7. The Pregnancy Project: A Memoir – Gaby Rodriguez (This is another true and crazy story!  This book was also made into a movie.)thepregnancy

6. In the Water They Can’t See You Cry: A Memoir – Amanda Beard (This was written by the famous Olympic swimmer, Amanda Beard. I had no idea she struggled so much in her life. It’s a very inspiring book.)inthewater

5. The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love That Lasts – Gary Chapman (This book will change the way you view and treat your significant other and loved ones.)fivelovelanguages

4. 7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess – Jen Hatmaker (This is a great book about being a Christian consumer. It really made me re-examine my spending habits.) 7

3. You’re Already Amazing: Embracing Who You Are, Becoming All God Created You to Be – Holley Gerth (The title may sound cheesy, but this book really boosted my self confidence. It’s a great read for any woman or girl.)alreadyamazing

2. Made to Crave for Young Women: Satisfying Your Deepest Desires with God – Lysa TerKeurst (This was one of my favorite books this year. I did a post on it a few months ago.)madetocrave1. Kisses from Katie: A Story of Relentless Love and Redemption – Katie Davis (This was my favorite book of 2012! If I could only give one book recommendation to you, it’d be this one. The author is only in her early 20’s and she’s seriously done some amazing things for the Lord!). kissesfromkatie*

Have you read any good books this year?! Please share!



This weekend has been quite fun so far. Jimmy and I ended up celebrating V-Day on Saturday.

What we did:

  • Went to Pittsburgh’s Aviary
  • Went out to lunch
  • Saw The Vow
  • Walked around the mall
  • Had dinner at my house
  • Watched Courageous at my house with my family
Sometimes I think I scare Jimmy because I just text him random things for no reason…

He’s used to it though ;). The aviary was really cool! It was my first time visiting and we saw a lot of cool birds. I almost got pooped on like six times too. Rock on!Flamingos were the theme of the day for Valentines Day. Cute.We also got to walk in a room with really loud birds flying all over the place. It was frightening and cool at the same time. We also got to see bald eagles. I never realized how big they are. I don’t have any pictures from the other parts of the day but I had a really nice time! I enjoyed The Vow but I read the book before I saw the movie and it was totally different (it’s based off of a true story!). The movie Courageous was amazing. It has some great family values in it and I definitively cried like 6x haha!

I’m so much happier this semester than I was last semester.

I felt constantly stressed and bogged down with school work from September-December. I decided to take a few easier courses this semester but I also made an important decision: I decided not to let school work rule my life or stress me out. I know that sounds dumb or simple, but for me, it has been a big (positive) change and I’m happy 🙂

Oh yeah–check out this old family picture I found!Have a great Sunday!