This past year I was inspired by the Money Saving Mom’s Book Reading Challenge and thought that I would try something similar. I made a list of books that I would like to read, assigned them to each month and began reading…A LOT. I like reading, so this was a fun challenge for me. I ended up reading 56 books total.
My final list looks a lot different than the initial list I had composed for a variety of reasons: 1) Upon starting a book, it wasn’t what I thought it would be, so I didn’t finish, 2) I was given books to read through the publishers in exchange for a review, so those books sometimes took the place of other books, 3) I utilized the library whenever possible and there were a few times that I was unable to borrow the books from the library because they had been lost. Also, the original ‘subscribing a book to a certain month’ really got scrambled up, so I won’t be doing it that way again this next year.
Here is my 2013 reading list with my favorite books marked in red.
- January- Little Women by Louisa May Alcott, Small Wonder by Barbara Kingsolver, Grace For The Good Girl by Emily Freeman; Love And Respect by Emmerson Eggerichs
- February- Helen Keller’s autobiography, A Crime So Monstrous by Benjamin Skinner, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Families by Stephen R. Covey,Cleaning House: A Mom’s Twelve Month Experiment To Rid Her House of Youth Entitlement by Kay Wills Wyma
- March- Unplanned by Abby Johnson, Another Place at the Table by Kathy Harrison, Same Kind Of Different As Me by Ron Hall, Unstoppable: The Incredible Power Of Faith In Action by Nick Vujicic, Writing Life Stories by Bill Roorbach
- April- Desiring God by John Piper, Sent: How One Ordinary Family Trader The American Dream For God’s Greater Purpose by Hilary Alan, John Paton: Missionary To The New Hebrides autobiography
- May- To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Wheat Belly by William Davis, Firsthand by Ryan Shook, Just a Minute: In the Heart of a Child, One Moment…Can Last Forever by Dr. Wess Stafford, Alone Together: Why We Expect More From Technology And Less From Each Other by Sherry Turkle, The Heavenly Man by Paul Hattaway, Zero Waste Home by Bea Johnson
- June- Radical Hospitality: Benedict’s Way Of Love by Father Daniel, Filling Up The Afflictions Of Christ by John Piper, In The Land Of Blue Burqas by Kate McCord
- July- The Choice by Nicholas Sparks, Ben Franklin autobiography Living Water by Brother Yun; Power Perfected In Weakness by Chris Klicka, Thirty Years A Slave From Bondage To Freedom by Louis Hughes, Under The Overpass by Michael Yankoski
- August-Unglued: Making Wise Choices In The Midst Of Raw Emotions by Lysa TerKeurst, Choosing To See: A Journey Of Struggle Of Hope by Mary Beth Chapman, The Mirror Crack’d From Side To Side by Agatha Christie, Murder On The Orient Express by Agatha Christie, Sub-Merge: Living Deep In A Shallow World by John B. Hayes, How We Love Our Kids: The 5 Love Styles Of Parenting by Milan Yerkovich, Another Forgotten Child by Cathy Glass, Running A Thousand Miles For Freedom by William Craft
- September-Families Where Grace Is In Place by Joel Vanvonderen, Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, When Helping Hurts: How To Alleviate Poverty Without Hurting The Poor…And Yourself by Steve Corbett, Not For Sale: The Return Of The Global Slave Trade And How We Can Fight It by David Batstone
- October- Organized Simplicity: The Clutter-Free Approach To Intentional Living by Tsh Oxenreider, Wrecked by Jeff Goins, Cold Tangerines: Celebrating The Extraordinary Nature Of Everyday Life by Shauna Niequist, Grapes Of Wrath by John Steinbeck
- November- Healing House Of Straw by Robyn Nelson, Wings Of Glass by Gina Holmes, The Glass Castle: A Memoir by Jeannette Walls
- December- Let Justice Roll Down by John Perkins, The Holiness of God by R.C. Sproul, Living The Cross-Centered Life: Keeping The Gospel The Main Thing by C. J. Mahaney
Sometime the first week of January, I will be posting my new 2014 Book Reading Challenge. So many good books to choose from! I am finding it more difficult than I thought to narrow it down to 60 books for next year.