books read 2013.

First, a bit of business: I had a piece at Art House America about library books that I forgot to tell you about because I have been so busy resting. We have been sticking close to home and reading lots of books and and playing trucks and eating leftovers and just generally lounging. Enforced coziness is where it’s at.

I was hoping to finish one more book yesterday, but it didn’t happen. Got myself a head start on 2014, I guess! Here’s what I did read in 2013, and I have made some notes about favorites at the bottom. They are not totally in order because Goodreads and I don’t think exactly the same about the way that dates work, but they are mostly pretty close after the beginning of the list.


1. Practicing Resurrection by Nora Gallagher (nf)
2. Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel (f)
3. The Water Will Hold You by Lindsay Crittendon (nf)
4. The Supper of the Lamb by Robert Farrar Capon (nf)
5. Flunking Sainthood by Janna Reiss (nf)
6. Wonder by R.J. Palacio (f)
7. The Sacredness of Questioning Everything by David Dark (nf) (reread)
8. Columbine by Dave Cullen (nf) (reread)
9. Forgiveness by Paula Huston (nf)
10. Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonson (f)

11. Reading for Their Live by Alfred Tatum (nf)
12. Because I Said So by Ken Jennings (nf)
13. Real Love for Real Life by Andi Ashworth (nf)
14. Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi (nf) (reread)
15. Secret Saturdays by Torrey Maldonado (f)
16. Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg (nf)
17. Listening for Madeleine by Leonard Marcus (nf)
18. The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily Danforth (f)
19. Good Book by David Plotz (nf)
20. Sad Desk Salad by Jess Grose (f)

21. The Blue Parakeet by Scot McKnight (nf)
22. Ghetto Cowboy by G. Neri (f)
23. Sticks and Stones by Emily Bazelon (nf)
24. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot (nf)
25. The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson (f)
26. The Madness Underneath by Maureen Johnson (f)
27. Bread and Wine by Shauna Niequist (nf)
28. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz (f)
29. The Rock and the River by Kekla Magoon (f)
30. The Last Week by Marcus Borg (nf)

31. Lit by Mary Karr (nf)
32. Crazy for God by Frank Schaeffer (nf)
33. The Long Goodbye by Meghan O’Rourke (nf)
34. Maus by Art Spiegelman (nf)
35. Sisterhood Everlasting by Ann Brashares (f)
36. Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler (f)
37. The Lions of Little Rock by Kristin Levine (f)
38. Does Jesus Really Love Me by Jeff Chu (nf)
39. Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgol (f)
40. Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell (f)

41. Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein (f)
42. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (f) (reread)
43. The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka (f)
44. One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia (f)
45. Hate List by Jennifer Brown (f)
46. The Year of Living Biblically by A.J. Jacobs (nf) (reread)
47. The Running Dream by Wendelin Van Draanen (f)
48. Shooter by Walter Dean Myers (f)
49. Flygirl by Sherri Smith (f)
50. Teenie by Christopher Grant (f)

51. Zeitoun by Dave Eggers (nf)
52. Crow by Barbara Wright (f)
53. Sober Mercies by Heather Kopp (nf)
54. The Best Bad Luck I Ever Had by Kristin Levine (f)
55. Operation Yes by Sara Lewis Holmes (f)
56. The Lucy Variations by Sara Zarr (f)
57. Letters and Life by Bret Lott (nf)
58. How to Be Black by Baratunde Thurston (nf)
59. Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein (f)
60. If You Could Be Mine by Sara Farizan (f)


61. Someday, Someday, Maybe by Lauren Graham (f)
62. State of Wonder by Ann Patchett (f)
63. Pastrix by Nadia Bolz-Weber (nf)
64. Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time by Marcus Borg (nf)
65. A Better Atonement by Tony Jones (nf)
66. Jesus by Marcus Borg (nf)
67. Raising my Rainbow by Lori Duron (nf)
68. Thrashing About With God by Mandy Steward (nf)
69. Little Black Sheep by Ashley Cleveland (nf)
70. The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer (f)

71. Holy the Firm by Annie Dillard (nf)
72. Juvie by Steve Watkins (f)
73. Jesus Feminist by Sarah Bessey (nf)
74. The Never List by Koethi Zan (f)
75. The Panic Virus by Seth Mnookin (nf)
76. Goodbye, Rebel Blue by Shelley Coriell (f)
77. Sabbath in the Suburbs by MaryAnn McKibben Dana (nf)
78. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell (f)
79. Consider the Birds by Debbie Blue (nf)
80. Packing Light by Allison Vesterfelt (nf)

81. What We Talk About When We Talk About God by Rob Bell (nf)
82. Truth and Beauty by Ann Patchett (nf)
83. The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman (f)
84. Somebody Up There Hates You by Hollis Seamon (f)
85. That Part Was True by Deborah McKinlay (f)
86. Finding God in a Bag of Groceries by Laura Willis (nf)
87. Ingenious by Jason Fagone (nf)
88. This Town by Mark Leibovich (nf)
89. Outcasts United by Warren St. John (nf)
90. Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan (f)

91. The Prodigal by Brennan Manning (f)
92. The Hidden White House by Robert Klara (nf)
93. A Thousand Hills to Heaven by Josh Ruxin (nf)
94. A Million Little Ways by Emily Freeman (nf)
95. Fields of Grace by Hannah Luce (nf)
96. The 9/11 Report: A Graphic Adaptation by Sid Jacobson (nf)
97. Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson (nf)
98. When We Were on Fire by Addie Zierman (nf)
99. Benefit of the Doubt by Gregory Boyd (nf)
100. Maus 2 by Art Spiegelman (nf) (reread)

101. Into the Beautiful North by Luis Alberto Urrera (f)
102. Soil and Sacrament by Fred Bahnson (nf)
103. Every Shattered Thing by Elora Ramirez (f)
104. Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand (nf)
105. March, Book One by John Lewis (nf)
106. Attachments by Rainbow Rowell (f)
107. Saffron Cross by J. Dana Trent (nf)
108. A Bead and a Prayer by Kristen Vincent (nf)
109. The Revolution Was Televised by Alan Sepinwall (nf)
110. Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh (nf)

111. Embodied Light by Melissa Tidwell (nf)
112. The Vigilante Poets of Selwyn Academy by Kate Hattemer (f)
113. Just Jesus by Walter Wink (nf)
114. The Jesus Storybook Bible by Sally Lloyd-Jones
115. Finding Our Way Again by Brian McLaren (nf)
116. A Stubborn Sweetness by Katherine Paterson (f)
117. City of God by Sara Miles (nf)
118. Cracking Up by Kimberlee Conway Ireton (nf)
119. The Rules of Survival by Nancy Werlin (f)
120. My Mistake by Daniel Menaker (nf)

121. The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton (f)
122. Help Thanks Wow by Anne Lamott (nf)
123. Stitches by Anne Lamott (nf)
124. Double Down by Mark Halperin and John Heilemann (nf)


Number One Favorite Book This Year:
Consider the Birds

Favorite Fiction:
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe
Eleanor and Park
Code Name Verity
The Never List
The Buddha in the Attic

Favorite Non-fiction:
The Long Goodbye
How to Be Black
March, Book One
When We Were On Fire

Books I Would Not Recommend:
The Running Dream
Sisterhood Everlasting
Why We Broke Up
Packing Light
Thrashing About With God
Somebody Up There Hates You
My Mistake

Final Observations:
This was the year I finally started reading ebooks. I signed up for NetGalley and borrowed a Kindle from my school over the summer so I could read them. My aunt bought me an iPad so I switched to reading on that, and I even purchased a couple of ebooks myself. I also rediscovered the joys of the used bookstore. I think I am still a physical book reader but I am allowing myself to change.

I read a lot of YA books this year, both for my job and out of enjoyment. I also read a lot of picture books with Atticus that are not listed. This year I want to do a better job of talking about what we are reading with him.

My goal for the year was 50 books and I blew it out of the water, which was happy-making. I don’t have a goal for 2014 except to read more amazing books! What were your favorites of the year?

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