What I Read in 2013

At the beginning of 2013 I stumbled upon a bookmark printable on Pinterest. It was a bookmark someone designed to look like a bookcase where you could fill in the titles as a way to keep track of what books you read during the year. I printed it out and made a one-sided bookmark. Well, turns out I was able to read enough to make it double-sided. I managed to read 26 books this year! This is hands down an all-time record (last year I read 7 books).

The blogger hasn’t really updated her site since making her 2013 bookmark, but I am going to continue this little challenge. Though, I do not think I’ll read nearly as many books with a new baby on the way. Who knows though? Also, in 2013 I read way more fiction than non-fiction (21 vs 5). I hope to have a bit more of a balance for 2014 (though I move more slowly through the non-fiction so I can absorb more).

Here is the list of books I read in 2013. I don’t have something to say about all of them but thought I’d share the whole list anyway.


1) Love and Respect by Dr. Emerson Eggerichs

2) Jesus + Nothing = Everything by Tullian Tchividjian
This math doesn’t make sense. Wouldn’t life with Jesus plus something or a few other things mean a fulfilled and abundant life? The truth is, all we need is Jesus. We don’t need to pray more, do more, smile more, worship more to gain God’s favor or approval. Also we don’t need to rely on the approval of others, financial security, relationships, etc

3) Community: Taking Your Small Group Off Life Support by Brad House

4) Leaders Who Last by Dave Kraft
What I really appreciated about this book was that it was written by a leader who is lasting.

5) Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis
I’ve had this book for a very long time and finally got around to reading it. This book probably took me the longest to go through, but I’m glad I did.


6) Eyes Wide Open by Ted Dekker

7) Kiss by Ted Dekker and Erin Healy
Our library lets you borrow certain e-books. I figured this would work great for me because I never really have time to browse library shelves when I have our energetic girls in tow. Many of the books have waiting lists, so I just added my name to a bunch of them, including this one by Ted Dekker. I didn’t realize, thou, that this was the audio version. So, I didn’t technically read is one, someone else did it for me 😉 it was nice though, because I could “read” while folding laundry or making the beds, etc. This was a good book. I’m a big fan of Ted Dekker, thanks to my Mother in Law, who gave me a few of his books as gifts.

8) BoneMan’s Daughters by Ted Dekker

9) The DaVinci Code by Dan Brown
Jonathan bought this book for maybe $5 because he wanted to know what all the fuss was about. This was quite a while ago and, well, he never ended up reading it. So, I planned on giving it away, but thought I’d go ahead and read it myself first. I actually thought it was a good, suspenseful novel. I do see though how some not rooted in the faith could maybe wonder or doubt about things based on what “theories” the author brings up. This is a work of fiction though, so this needs to be kept in mind while reading it.

10) The Bride Collector by Ted Dekker

11) The Help by Kathryn Stockett
I enjoyed this book and recommend it. It was fun being able to read it and then see how the movie differed.

12) The Beginner’s Goodbye by Anne Tyler
I kept reading this book wondering, “Ok, what’s going to “happen”?” but nothing really did. This was a free digital library rental that I thought looked interesting. I wasn’t really roped in but plugged along anyway hoping for something but ultimately being disappointed.

13) Vow by Kim Carpenter
This was another book I read and then followed up with the movie. I was disappointed with some of the things omitted in the movie.

14 – 20) Harry Potter books 1-7 by J.K. Rowling
I was pretty stoked when I found these in my digital library catalog. I had to wait on a short waiting list for each, but still managed to read all seven books in 2013. I actually enjoyed the books and really got attached to some of the characters. This series did not disappoint.

21) The Time Keeper by Mitch Albom

22) Dad is Fat by Jim Gaffigan
I actually heard a lot of the material in this book in one of his stand up routines. It is still very funny and I could relate to a lot of what he had to say.

23) House by Ted Dekker and Frank Peretti
I really did not care for this one. I am normally a big Dekker fan (as evidenced by how many of his books I’ve read this year) but this was just too gory for me.

24) The Visitation by Frank Peretti
I borrowed this book from my mom for our big road trip to Pennsylvania for my brother-in-law’s graduation. It seemed to have a slow start but then quickly grabbed me. I really enjoyed this book.

25) The Last Sin Eater by Francine Rivers
I’ve read Rivers’ very popular book Redeeming Love and wasn’t wowed like so many other people, so I hesitated trying out another one of her books. I am so glad I borrowed this one. I loved the setting and I loved the story.

26) The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
I’m surprised I made it to 33 years old without having read this. I really enjoyed it.


My 2012 Reading List


As a Stay at Home Mom I don’t have a whole lot of extra time to sit down and cozy up with a book and hot drink. Or do I? Over the course of the year I managed to read seven books (a huge deal for me). I thought I’d share what I read with you…

1-3 The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins
I heard a lot about this series towards the end of 2011. I talked about the trilogy with my Mom, who reads way more than me. Little did we know she actually had the series, which she received as a gift from a friend. This kicked off my reading for the year and got me excited about adding more books to my “I Read This” list. These were quick reads and had me hooked.

4 Real Marriage by Mark Driscoll
This makes a great reference book. A lot of what I read made sense and resonated with me. I’ll be honest though, there was one chapter that was a bit shocking to me, and I’m not sure I agreed with everything Mr. Driscoll had to say. If you want to hear more, you’ll have to ask me, otherwise you can read the book for yourself 🙂

5 Conversations with CS Lewis: Imaginative Discussions About Life, Christianity, and God by Robert Velarde
I read this because it was suggested reading four our church’s Conversations series. It’s a fictional story about a young man with cancer who is visited by CS Lewis. Lewis takes the main character back in time on Lewis’ spiritual journey from not believing in God, to believing there was a God, to becoming a Christian. I found this to be an easy read and a nice peek into Lewis’ life.

6 Redemption: Freed by Jesus From the Idols We Worship and the Wounds We Carry by Mike Wilkerson
I read this book as I went through Redemption Groups with my church. Redemption Group was a ten week small group series focusing on redemption/healing/freedom from sins/idols/suffering (like the title of the book suggests). The book walks through the book of Exodus in the Old Testament. It was eye opening to see just how much I have in common with the Israelites who were freed from Egypt and later wandered in the wilderness. This was a challenging and encouraging book.

7 The Wizard of Oz by Lyman Frank Baum
So some of these were more for entertainment than personal enrichment. Jonathan got me an iPad Mini for Christmas so I downloaded a number of free books to read. Turns out the motion picture inspired by this book is a lot different than the book. It was still an enjoyable read though.

I’ve also started a few more that I hope to finish or even start over in the beginning of 2013:

Love and Respect by Dr. Emerson Eggerichs
Jesus Plus Nothing = Everything by Tullian Tchividjian
The New Dare to Discipline by Dr. James Dobson

I stumbled upon these cute bookmark printables while on Pinterest and will probably print one out so I can easily keep track of what I read. I hope to tell you more about what I read over the next twelve months come 2014!