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2013 Book List

Last year I had a good reading year. I didn't do a lot of sewing, a little bit of knitting, and almost no other creating besides the blog. I read a large majority of this list from 2012, and added quite a few more that I finished within the twelve months as well.
While I couldn't possibly add to an already bursting year in 2012, I had made, perhaps in July, a second book list for 2013. This was a fairly absurd idea, being as I was going to have an impossible list to get through at that rate, but I can't resist a good title. The books with the (*) behind it, means that was a book I wasn't able to read, but had on my list in 2012. Without further ado, my list for this year:

*Help, Thanks, Wow by Anne Lamott
*Some Assembly Required by Anne Lamott
* Shepherding a Child's Heart by Tripp
*Total Truth by Nancy Pearcy
*In The Basement of the Ivory Tower by Professor X (current read)
*When I Was a Child I Read Books by Marilynne Robinson
*State of Wonder by Ann Patchett *
*Bel Canto by Ann Patchett *
*Forgotten God by Francis Chan
*Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg
*New Collected Poems by Wendell Berry
*Iscariot by Tosca Lee
*Imagine Childhood by Sarah Olmsted
*The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova
*The Swan Thieves by Elizabeth Kostova
*The Lepine Girls of Mud City by Evelyn Earl Geer
*The Read Aloud Handbook by Jim Trelease
*The Three Junes by Julia Glass
*Rilla of Ingleside by L.M. Montgomery*
*The Element by Sir Ken Robison*
*Bringing up Bebe by Pamela Druckerman
*The Gift of Imperfection by Brene Brown
*Daring by Brene Brown
*Call the Midwife by Jennifer Worth
*Made to Crave by Lysa TerKeurst
*French Children Eat Anything by Karen Le Billon
*The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling
*Tap-Dancing to Work by Carol J. Loomis
*Project-Based Homeschooling by Lori Pickert
*A Severe Mercy bySheldon Vanauken
*Leadership Education by Oliver De Mille
*Life Together by Dietrich Bonhoffer*
*At Home in Mitford by Jan Karon*
*Attributes of God: Volume 1 by A.W. Tozer*
*The Year of Biblical Womanhood by Rachel Held Evans
*My Berlin Kitchen by Luisa Weiss

The Maybe Pile include:
*Attributes of God: Volume 2 by A.W. Tozer
*Leaving Church by Barbara Brown Taylor
*Blood, Bones, & Butter by Gabrielle Hamilton
*Nothing Daunted by Dorothy Wickenden
*The Hidden Europe by Francois Tapon
*This is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz
*In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson
*End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe
*Every Last Cuckoo by Kate Maloy
*Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbary
*The Tower, The Zoo, and The Tortoise by Julia Stuart

I have a 'maybe' pile because I want to give myself some room, and the top half are the ones I'm dying to read, the 'maybes', well, less so, but I'm still interested in. Those three at the top, yes, have been already read in 2013, so I've got a good start. I have 33 books left if I just do the first list, and that is completely manageable. I think I read about 40+ books last year. Like I said, I didn't do much else. That was how I spent my down-time, and I learned a lot, read some great stories, and discovered some new lovely writers.

What's on your list for 2013? Please share!


renee @ FIMBY said…
I've pinned this so I can remember to come back here when I'm needing a good book recommend.

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