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Favorite Books of 2013

January 7, 2014

I absolutely LOVE reading other people’s book lists, so every January, I make a list of my favorites and post it here . . . with the selfish hope that you guys will list your favorite books in the comments. After all, I’m always looking for a good read.

Speaking of good reads, you can find my entire boring list of 2013 books over on GoodReads, or just click the My Reading tab at the top of this blog.

So here are my top picks from 2013 (in no particular order because I couldn’t decide which was best). And for the record, when I say “books of 2013,” I mean I read them last year. They were not necessarily published in 2013.



Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn – A creepy story about a man whose wife goes missing. Loved this one. Excellent writing.

Borders of the Heart, by Chris Fabry – This author’s sentimental writing style always makes me feel as though I’ve visited an old friend.

Slammed, by Colleen Hoover – I guess this would probably be my favorite book from 2013 since I read it twice in one year, but watch out for Hoover’s later books. . . she takes a left turn towards erotica. Too bad for me because I want more books like Slammed.

Divergent, by Veronica Roth – Too too too good! Can’t wait for the movie!

Calling me Home, by Julie Kibler – This reminded me of Driving Miss Daisy. A handful of characters that you won’t quickly forget.

The 19th Wife: A Novel, by David Ebershoff – A haunting portrayal of polygamy in the United States. Then and now.

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Non Fiction:

Crazy Love: Overwhelmed by a Relentless God, by Francis Chan – This one made me stop and think about how I love God . . . and how I show it.

7, An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess, by Jen Hatmaker – Oh. My. Goodness. This book is a life-changer . . . but I haven’t yet decided to what extent it’s going to change mine. Still pondering.

Save the Cat: the Last Book on Screenwriting You’ll Ever Need, by Blake Snyder – I devour this one every year. Can’t help it. My favorite writing book, hands down.

Quiet, the Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking, by Susan Cain – All I can say is . . . Yessss! This book gave me permission to be me.

Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything, by Steven D. Levitt – A really cool look at society and how things are not always what they seem.

What are your favorite reads from 2013?

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. January 7, 2014 5:03 pm

    Crazy love is AMAZING!

  2. Debby Elwood permalink
    January 8, 2014 8:55 am

    In line with the first non-fiction book on your list; you might consider; “The Rest of the Gospel; When the partial Gospel has worn you out”, by Dan Stone. I’ve read it twice and just decided to read it again.

    Along the same lines as your second non-fiction listing, I enjoyed; “Packing Light”, by Allison Vesterfelt.

    I love the little book; “Steal Like an Artist”! (The author is Austin Kleon.) Have you read it?

    I want to read more fiction this year. I feel guilty taking the time because I consider fiction “entertainment” and non-fiction “educational”. That’s not really true though, is it? A good fiction can teach us more and have us remember it better than most non-fiction. Story is powerful. What two novels would you suggest for me, considering that I am just deciding to get over that hang-up?

    Have you read any of Nancy Mehl’s books? They are romantic mysteries set in Mennonite communities. She is from Wichita and her books so far are set in Kansas. They are fun, wholesome reads with Christian flavor.

    Here’s hoping 2014 is the year I get to read your first book! Have a wonderful year and enjoy writing!

  3. January 9, 2014 4:36 pm

    Debby, thank you for the book suggestions. I haven’t read the ones you mentioned, so I’m adding them to my ‘to read’ list. “Steal Like an Artist” sounds especially interesting.

    I know what you mean about stories being powerful. Many novels have stuck with me long after reading them. I think you’d enjoy “Calling Me Home.” It touches on race issues, but is such a gentle read compared to most in that category. I really enjoyed it.

    And I also hope you get to read my book soon. I’m learning that the road to publication is bumpy, and filled with lots of twists and turns. But it’s still a fun ride!

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