Give the gift of reading: Books we've read in 2012 (for kids, and adults, too!)

Wednesday , 19, December 2012 2 Comments


Need some last minute Christmas gift ideas? How about books? Here’s a list of books I have enjoyed this year, in no particular order. And I promise there’s only one that I don’t care for, but I’m not the target audience. I’ll get to that in a second.

1) The Hunger Games Trilogy 

This will only be a good gift idea if you’re buying a gift for my husband, who might be the only person on the planet who hasn’t read these books. I kid, I kid. But seriously-they are so good, and I’m almost 30 years old. Set in a futuristic, dystopian society, this trilogy has something for everyone. I DEVOURED them on my Kindle in about 4 days. And I promise, Katniss Everdeen is a better heroine than Bella Swan ever dreamed of being.

2) The Matched Trilogy

So, I may or may not have seen an ad for this trilogy in the People Magazine Hunger Games special edition. Ahem. I’ll never tell. I’ll admit it’s not QUITE as good as the first item on this list, but it’s still a fun read if you’re into into young adult dystopian fiction. Which, clearly, I have not outgrown.

3) How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? 

I told you this summer that I was going to get friendly with our local library during our DIY Summer Camp.  I modeled my own summer camp from Jessica’s Camp WannaLaffaLotta, which you can find posts for over at Life as MOM.  We checked out  “How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight?” during Dino Week, and it was a HUGE hit at our house….so much so that Little Brother (2) got his very own copy for his birthday, and he does a pretty good ROOOOOOOAAAR! when it comes to that part. Big Sister (5) loves it too, so it’s a good buy no matter the age or gender.

4) Press Here 

This is the cutest, biggest surprise of a book I’ve seen all year. I found it on this list of the 100 best Children’s books, and it did not disappoint. I won’t “give it away,” but you should really check out this book. It’s just fun. Just a warning though: My 5 year old loves it, but my 2 year old is just a *tad* too young to “get” it. However, this is also a book we wound up buying a copy of, so he’ll get his turn eventually.

5) One Bite At A Time and Organized Simplicity

I LOVE Tsh’s blog, Simple Mom. Know someone who needs a jump start on home management in the new year? Even yourself? These are good places to start. While Organized Simplicity focuses more on your actual home, One Bite At A Time has 52 easy(ish) projects for your life. I read both at the beginning of the year, and it was a good re-read as I worked on our family’s goals for 2013, which I’ll be posting about next time.

6) The Junie B. Jones series

OK-this is the series I don’t really care for. However, my 5 year old LOVES Junie B. I have to admit that I see her as a lesson in how NOT to act, but this is a fun place to start if you’re making the leap from picture books to chapter books. Each chapter is shorter than, say, a Berenstain Bears book (which we also love) and her antics keep my sweet girl giggling.

We read a LOT in our house, so it’s been fun revisiting the most-loved books this year. And I’m always on the lookout for others! Follow me on Pinterest – I have a ton of “best books for XYZ category” over there.


What are some good books you’ve read this year? Or are buying as gifts for others?


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  • Chan says:

    Thanks for the list Julie! I will have to check out the dinosaur book and the Junie B series for my kids. Add my husband to the list with yours. I’m not into young adult fiction at all but love the Hunger Games.

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