Friday, January 17, 2014

What I Read in 2013

Today somebody I haven't seen in about a month asked me if I had a good Christmas. And, you know, in some ways, Christmas seems like a long time ago.

Here we are, settled into 2014. But, y'all, it's only 17 days into the new year. There are 337 to go.

I intended to update the list of books I read in 2013 in December, right as the year was ending. But, well, time got away from me. So, I'm back tracking in my mind a little because I read some good books. Plus there are 8,352 hours still to go in 2014, so I thought you might want a book recommendation or two.

{This list has been updated since it originally appeared here. And this doesn't include books I've started by not finished.}

Non-fiction // Christianity
"Love Does: Discover a Secretly Incredible Life in an Ordinary World" by Bob Goff
"Bittersweet: Thoughts on Change, Grace, and Learning the Hard Way" by Shauna Niequist
"Holey, Wholly, Holy: A Lenten Journey of Refinement" by Kris Camealy {Review}
"I Will Carry You: The Sacred Dance of Grief and Joy" by Angie Smith
"One Way Love: Inexhaustible Grace for an Exhausted World" by Tullian Tchividjian {Review}

Non-fiction // Dreams & Work
"Start: Punch Fear in the Face, Escape Average and Do Work That Matters" by Jon Acuff {Review}
"You're Made for a God-Sized Dream: Opening the Door to All God Has for You" by Holley Gerth {Review}
"The 'Do What You Can' Plan: 21 Days to Making Any Area of Your Life Better" by Holley Gerth

Non-fiction // Parenthood
"Sparkly Green Earrings: Catching the Light at Every Turn"
"No More Perfect Moms: Learn to Love Your Real Life" by Jill Savage {Review}

Non-fiction // Marriage
"Beyond Ordinary: When a Good Marriage Just Isn't Good Enough" by Justin & Trisha Davis {Review}

"Touch & Go" by Lisa Gardner
"Deadly Pursuit" (Guardians of Jusice #2) by Irene Hannon
"Lethal Legacy" (Guardians of Justice #3) by Irene Hannon
"Vanished" (Private Justice #1) by Irene Hannon
"The Survivor" by DiAnn Mills
"In the Name of Honor" by Richard North Patterson
"Six Years" by Harlan Coben
"Trapped" (Private Justice #2) by Irene Hannon
"11th Hour" by James Patterson
"12th of Never" by James Patterson

My husband surprised me with a new Kindle Fire for Christmas, so my first-generation Kindle has been passed along to Cate, who is enjoying The Magic Tree House and Junie B. Jones sagas. I've got tons of books waiting for me the next 337 days of this year.

And speaking of children's books, my dear friend Sarah has been blogging about the books she and her kids love. A former Barnes & Noble employee who continues alphabetizing the books in her house, she knows what she's talking about you. You should check out her blog.

Oh, and, hey, did you see I'm hosting an online discussion group while working through Donald Miller's "Storyline"? It's open to any women interested. The book costs $29.99 and we'll start our discussions the first week of February. {More information here.}

Did you read anything good last year? What are you hoping to read this year?

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  1. I read "Gone Girl" and "How to change the world" and those are the only two I can remember. You've inspired me to keep better track in 2014. :)

  2. I love the photo you used for this post. Perfect!! :) And I'm super glad you mentioned the Storyline study because I missed that post. I will be sure to get my book and hopefully I move at a faster pace then I've been moving with books. :) I also so want to read Beyond Ordinary.

    Btw, I still have thoughts to do my post to summarize top moments of 2013. Your post reminds me it really isn't too late.

    Have a blessed weekend.

  3. Wow I am impressed!! I am terrible about starting a book and not completing it..must get better about that! I have so many books now that I want to read and haven't started!!

  4. KristinHillTaylor1/17/2014 3:06 PM

    I have several others started now. Hopefully I will finish them soon. :)

  5. KristinHillTaylor1/17/2014 3:07 PM

    Not too late at all! :) I was hoping you wanted in on the Storyline group. I really loved Beyond Ordinary - I'm sure you will too.

  6. KristinHillTaylor1/17/2014 3:09 PM

    Gone Girl is my Kindle. It'll probably be the next fiction book I read. :) Looking forward to Storyline with you!