Tammy’s 2012 Reading List

- I loved True Vines by Diana Baur! “True Vines” is a beautiful tale of love, loss and happiness. It made me laugh, cry, and smile. I couldn’t put “True Vines” down and I finished reading the book in less than a day. It was glued to my side!

- I love Elly Blue’s new book, Everyday Bicycling! I highly recommend picking up a copy.

- I recently finished two fun fiction books, The Discovery of Witches and Shadow of Night.  They are fantastic reads.

tiny beautiful thingsRead my book review by clicking here.

- Daring Greatly: Absolutely amazing! I’m planning on reading this book again.

- Happier at Home: Loved this book! It was informative and inspired me to read more happiness research.

TorchVulnerable, powerful, and engaging.

- I devoured Cal Newport’s new book, So Good They Can’t Ignore You: Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You Love. It’s an informative read and I highly recommend his book.

- Hector and the Search for Happiness: As I was reading this book, I kept thinking that finding happiness doesn’t have to be complex. This little book is a quick and sweet read.

Tiny Homes: Simple ShelterAbsolutely lovely! I can’t stop looking at the photos in this book and re-reading the stories too. It’s a gem!

this i know: The best book I’ve read all year. For more on that read this post.

The Secret Garden: During July 2012, I tried to read all kinds of books like, In Praise of SlownessBeing with the Dying and When Things Fall Apart. But it’s been really difficult to digest heavy material because I miss my dad. Reading heavy stuff makes me cry. So my friend Jolie suggested that I read The Secret Garden and I loved it.

- Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter: An engaging read.

Snapp Shots: This little book is filled with amazing tips for folks who love taking pictures with their phones.

The Mortal Instruments Trilogy: I couldn’t put this series down.

- I Quit Sugar: Incredible & life changing.

Instant Love is filled with great exercises & reflections for beginning and advanced photographers.

The 100 Startup: The thing I love about Chris’ writing – both on his blog and in his new book, The 100 Startup, – is that it’s conversational and he doesn’t sugar coat anything; including the idea of making money from your passion.

The Mercy Papers: A Memoir of Three Weeks: Absolutely stunning. I cried and smiled as I read this book.

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking: I’m an introvert and Cain’s blend of personal stories and research helped me better understand myself. Her book is a gift and I believe both introverts and extroverts would benefit from reading Cain’s words.

One Hundred Names for Love is an incredibly touching memoir about Diane and her husband Paul West. The memoir describes Paul’s stroke and it’s also a moving story about love, caregiving, creativity, and how the brain can be rewired.

The Living End is a memoir about Robert Lelux’s grandmother’s decent into Alzheimer’s. It’s full of humor, hope, and a reminder that you can find a silver lining in very sad situations.

To Love What Is is a touching and fantastic read.

My Stroke of Insight: When I think of this book, I think about pixels.

- I devoured The Unconventional Guide to Publishing by my literary agent David Fugate. If you’re interested in publishing a book, I highly recommend this guide. I’ve been working with David for the past year and have learned a lot from him. This guide is something I’m going to refer to frequently.

Wild: A friend recently let me borrow an advance copy of Wild in early 2012. Cheryl tells the story of losing her mom to cancer, how she dealt with grief, and how she regained her sense of self by hiking the Pacific Crest Trail. Wild is a powerful story and a reminder not to take loved ones for granted.

For more goodness, check out:

What books had a signifiant impact on your life in 2011?

Best Books of 2011.