10 Books I've Purchased in 2012

Top Ten Tuesday at Many Little Blessings

I have already professed my love for printed books, so I thought it would be fun to look through my Amazon orders during 2012 and share ten books that I’ve purchased throughout the year.

Pioneer Woman Cooks

1. The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Food from My Frontier by Ree Drummond – This is my favorite of the Pioneer Woman cookbooks.  We’ve loved everything that we’ve made so far.

Style, Sex, & Substance

2. Style, Sex, & Substance: 10 Catholic Women Consider the Things that Really Matter by Hallie Lord (editor) – I’ll be honest, I haven’t finished this book yet.  As a matter of fact, I haven’t read much of it yet.  Go figure.  I do really like it so far though, so I’m not sure why I haven’t found the time to just sit down and read it.

Steal Like an Artist

3. Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative by Austin Kleon – Loved this book so much!  Really great ideas and things I hadn’t thought about before.  Plus, I loved that it was an easy and quick read (I need that from time to time).  This has wonderful ideas for even non-artistic types because all of life requires creativity.

The Easy Pressure Cooker Cookbook

4. The Easy Pressure Cooker Cookbook by Diane Phillips – After I got my pressure cooker (which I have only used once because I’m kind of a loser like that), I picked up this cookbook as well since I went to a class/demonstration of pressure cookers by Diane Phillips.  Everything was so delicious.  I can’t wait for a little downtime this winter to work with my pressure cooker some more.

(Note: It seems like from the reviews of the book that some people hated the book, but most of them have electric pressure cookers, which this cookbook is not written for.  So, if you have an electric pressure cooker, this is apparently not the book for you.)

Anyone Can Bake cookbook

5. Anyone Can Bake: Step-by-Step Recipes Just for You from Better Homes and Gardens – Baking is usually not an issue for me, but I liked the book Anyone Can Cook (from the same series), so I thought I would enjoy it too.  This would be a great addition to your cookbook collection if you have a hard time with baking or to give as a gift to someone just starting out.

homemade pantry


6. The Homemade Pantry: 101 Foods you Can Stop Buying and Start Making by Alana Chernila – I have mentioned this book here before.  I read it from cover to cover before I even tried a single recipe.  It was such an engaging book and was the perfect thing to arrive at my house while I was recovering from my gallbladder removal.

Put Em Up Canning Cookbook

7. Put ‘Em Up by Sherri Brooks Vinton – Okay, I’ll be honest — I still haven’t done any canning.  But, I liked the ideas in the book, and it was also interesting to peruse while I was recovering from from surgery.  (I order #6 and #7 at the same time.)

Daring Adventures in Paint


8. Daring Adventures in Paint: Find Your Flow, Trust Your Path, and Discover Your Authentic Voice-Techniques for Painting, Sketching, and Mixed Media by Mati Rose McDonough – This book reminds me of The Homemade Pantry (#6 on this list) in that it teaches, but you also learn a lot about the author through stories of their past.  I like books like that.  I’m not sure that I really learned any techniques that I wouldn’t normally do (well, a few that might probably won’t do anyway), but I still really enjoyed the book and will refer to it again.

Project-Based Homeschooling


9. Project-Based Homeschooling: Mentoring Self-Directed Learners by Lori Pickert – This is one that I have picked up very recently, so I haven’t even had a chance to start reading through it yet.  When I read Michelle’s post about Scheduling Project Days and she suggested this book, I just couldn’t help myself.  I’m hoping to sit down with it over Christmas break.

Betty Crocker Cookbook


10. Betty Crocker Cookbook (11th Edition) – This is a classic cookbook in its newest version.  I love all the pictures in this edition.  Plus, I love the sections throughout where it has a classic recipe and then a new twist on it.  This one is a really fabulous cookbook to have.

What are some books that you’ve bought or read lately?  (While we’re talking books, what are some of your favorite cookbooks?  As you can probably tell, I love cookbooks.)

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Angie, a domestically challenged nerd and mom of three very fun kids, is the founder of Real Life at Home.  Angie also listens to music every chance she gets, writes eBookspodcastsloves Pinterestdocuments the little moments in life on Instagram, and occasionally sleeps.


  1. says

    This is a great list. Some have been on my wish list for a while (like Pioneer Woman – love her!) but others are new to me. I think that a few of the creative books will need to go on the Christmas list for my teen. And, I just read about the Project-Based Homeschooling book the other day. I want to read it, too! Here’s hoping my Christmas break allows for it. :)

    Thanks for a great list!

  2. says

    i’ve been wanting to check out that “steal like an artist” book for a while now… your post might be just what i need to go ahead and buy a copy:) happy tuesday and thanks for hosting!

  3. says

    Ooooh, I love this idea for a post! I should do this, too. I’m sad that my list won’t be nearly as yummy as yours, though. :) I’m tempted to order that Betty Crocker one, although really, what I want is my mom’s ancient copy. In my kitchen. Now. :)