Thursday, December 19, 2013

best reads of 2013

Everyone's talking politics, religion and boycotts, and I'm just writing about books. (Shocking, I know! I usually have an opinion about everything related to politics and religion. But today I don't.)

My favorite books that I read in 2013:

Thin Places  - Mary E. DeMuth - This whole book resonated with me. I want to reread it and highlight it because it was painfully beautiful.
Pastrix - Nadia Bolz-Weber - Nadia couldn't be much more different than me. Our theology is extremely different, and yet I still came away with some truths from this book. I liked Nadia. I wanted to go to her church and sit and chat with her, even though we are so different. She made me ponder, she frustrated me, she made me laugh, she made me cry. Don't read this book if you can't handle people who are theologically different than you.
Out of my Mind - Sharon Draper - A children's novel about a girl with cerebral palsy. It gave me some insight into what Bugaboo may think currently or in the future. I cried throughout this book.
What Alice Forgot - Liane Moriarty - Easy read that made me think how would life be different if I ended up forgetting the last ten years?
Cold Tangerines - Shauna Niequist - Another author I just want to sit and visit with over coffee. This book read like a great conversation.
The Core - Leigh Bortins - A great "how to" resource for me as I seriously consider a classical education for Bubby next year.
Give Them Grace - Elyse Fitzpatrick - I wanted to throw this book across the room for the first few chapters. A friend had warned me that I would want to do that. But this wasn't as much of a parenting book as it was a theology book that will shape my parenting.  I need to own this and re-read it.
Simply Classical: A Beautiful Education for Any Child - Cheryl Swope - This book was encouraging because of the author's real life experience giving her two children with special needs a classical home education.
Kids Beyond Limits: Anat Baniel - Lots of things to think about and apply in terms of how to approach some things with Bugaboo.

I read a few other novels and some interesting memoirs but nothing else really stands out as a must-read. I also got about halfway through For Calvinism by Michael Horton before I had to return it to the library.  I am currently reading Temple Grandin's The Autistic Brain, which is fascinating to me, but heavier on the science than I usually read in my free time.

Books I'd like to read in 2014 - Finish Horton's book on Calvinism and read Against Calvinism by Roger Olsen, Jesus Feminist by Sarah Bessey, When We Were on Fire by Addie Zierman, and A Million Little Ways by Emily P. Freeman
The Boys' Favorite Books This Year

  • Oh No George! - Chris Haughton - If you are a dog owner, read this book. We've loved it both times we've checked it out from the library.
  • Up the Creek - Nicholas Oldland - A canoe trip featuring a moose, a bear, and a beaver.  
  • Give Up Gecko - retold by Margaret Read MacDonald - A story of perseverance and not judging someone by apperances
  • Z is for Moose - Kelly Bingham - One of the most hilarious alphabet books out there. Both of the boys laugh at it.
  • And our favorites from our Five in a Row selections - Blueberries for Sal, Caps for Sale, and Katy No-Pocket.

What books were your favorites this year? What should I read in the months ahead?


  1. Thanks for the great list! I'm looking for some new reads :)

  2. Also, thanks for not making me prove I'm not a robot or zombie or whatever. I really appreciate that!


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