This past year was one of many firsts—my first year of blogging here at ASH, my first trip to Canada, and my first vacation with only our little family.
It was full of unexpected blessings. It was also full of books.
Partly due to a new freedom I feel to read books the way I always have—about six a time, starting new ones before others are finished, discarding about a third without finishing—and partly due to great recommendations, it was also the year of books.
Here are my favorites.
Favorite Books of 2013
All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot
Really, I can’t say enough about this one. I want to write like James Herriot.
I laughed and teared up on the same page, learned more about cows than I ever thought I’d want to, and put Yorkshire on my list of places to see.
Bread and Wine by Shauna Niequist
I also want to write like Shauna Niequist.
No wonder everyone loves this book. I love her heart for hospitality, appreciation of a good meal, and storytelling. If I’d read it before my thirty-one days series on Real, Simple Hospitality, I’d have been tempted to totally plagiarize.
Echoes of Eden by Jerram Barrs
I mean, you really can’t go wrong with a book that explores and venerates the writings of Tolkien, Lewis, Austen, Shakespeare, and J.K. Rowling. Right?
Barr guides us to reexamine how we think about film, literature, and art in a way that is gracious and gospel-centered.
I picture it being a helpful tool in navigating literature for my kids as they get older. In that way, it reminds me of For the Children’s Sake.
The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien
I started this one when I was twelve-ish and have repeatedly tried to finish it since then. Why I couldn’t get into it, I don’t know—I enjoyed the Hobbit and annually watch LOTR.
But this year, I reopened it and couldn’t put it down. Or the next two books in the trilogy.
Nerd alert: I even read the appendices. Don’t worry, I’m not going to learn Elvish.
Give Them Grace by Elyse Fitzpatrick and Jessica Thompson
A freeing, hope-giving book that both let me off the hook and challenged me to examine why I do what I do in parenting. I’ll be ruminating on this one for a while.
The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
I can’t wait to read this one to my kids. Endearing characters, loved the settings.
Quiet by Susan Cain
I’m not even an introvert and this book was liberating. The part about “highly sensitive people” (who can be extroverts or introverts) helped me better understand why I prefer certain books, avoid certain movies, and am overwhelmed by certain situations.
Eats, Shoots and Leaves by Lynne Truss
Hallelujah, I’m not alone in the world.
While I’ve picked the rampant (RAMPANT) misuse of the apostrophe as my grammatical hill to die on, Lynne Truss dies on every hill with wit and hilarity.
Please Understand Me II by David Keirsey
The Myers-Briggs Bible. Fantastic date night fodder. (Kidding. Ish.)
Why don’t I own a copy yet?
What books did you love in 2013? Please share!
And then hop over to Modern Mrs. Darcy for more great recommendations!
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