Friday, January 3, 2014

2013 Reading List

Every year I set the goal to read as many books as I will have candles on my birthday cake that year.  Some years I go way over, and some years I barely make it.  This year I was one short.  It was a busy year, but still 36 books is pretty good.  I had the goal to read 10 non-fiction books, but only got in 8, and that is okay too.  I picked my favorite for our Christmas letter and they were. . .

       The Cottage Tales of Beatrix Potter series by Susan Wittig Albert

      Seven Miracles that saved America by Chris and Ted Stewart

But there were lots of good ones.  I had a hard time choosing favorites.  I was super excited to see John Flanagan came out with another Ranger's Apprentice book at the end of the year, and I loved that as well.  Josi Kilpack's culinary mystery series is a fun one.  Edenbrooke by Julianne Donaldson was awesome and feed my Jane Austen addiction.  The Candymakers by Wendy Mass was a really fun read that my kids all loved.  Hitler Youth by Susan Campbell Bartoletti was an eye opener.  WWII never ceases to amaze me in both good and bad.  I constantly ask myself, "Really, they did that?  People really did that to other people?"
It is a hard thing to read about, but very important.  These are just in order of when I read them.  I don't think there is one on the list this year that I wouldn't recommend, so happy reading!  And here is to reading 38 more books in 2014!!!  Any recommendations?

1.  Made to Crave by Lysa Terkeurst *NF
2.  Reached by Ally Condie *#3 in Matched trilogy
3.  The Crimson Crown by Cinda Williams Chima *#4 in Seven Realms series
4.  The Land of Stories:  the Wishing Spell by Christ Colfer
5.  The Tale of Hawthorne House by Susan Wittig Albert *#4 in Beatrix Potter Cottage Tales series
6.  Navigation Early by Clare Vanderpool
7.  Wasatch Summer by Anola Pickett
8.  The Tale of Briar Bank by Susan Wittig Albert *#5 in Beatrix Potter Cottage Tales
9.  The Glass Swallow by Julia Golding
10.  The Tale of Applebeck Orchard by Susan Wittig Albert *#6 in Beatrix Potter Cottage Tales
11.  Seven Miracles that Saved America by Christ and Ted Stewart *NF
12.  Devil's Food Cake by Josi Kilpack
13.  Key Lime Pie by Josi Kilpack
14.  Blackberry Crumble by Josi Kilpack
15.  Pumpkin Roll by Josi Kilpack
16.  I will Plant you a Lilac Tree by Laura Hillman *NF WWII Schindler's List survivor
17.  Perfect Scoundrels by Allie Carter *#3 Heist Society series
18.  Tres Leches Cupcakes by Josi Kilpack
19.  Banana Split by Josi Kilpack
20.  Everneath by Brodi Ashton
21.  Titanic:  Voices from the Disaster by Deborah Hopkinson *NF
22.  Everbound by Brodi Ashton
23.  Goliath by Scott Westervelt *#3 in Leviathan series
24.  The Tale of Oak Cake Crag by Susan Wittig Albert *#7 Beatrix Potter Cottage Tales
25.  Edenbrooke by Julianne Donaldson
26.  The Tale of Castle Cottage by Susan Wittig Albert #8 and final Beatrix Potter Cottage Tales
27.  The Candymakers by Wendy Mass
28.  Close to Famous by Joan Bauer
29.  Divergent by Veronica Roth
30.  Insurgent by Veronica Roth *#2 Divergent series
31.  The Great Fire by Jim Murphy *NF
32.  Lincoln:  A Photobiography by Russell Freedman
33.  Allegiant by Veronica Roth *#3 Divergent series
34.  The Royal Ranger by John Flanagan *#12 in The Ranger's Apprentice series
35.  The Book of Mormon *NF
36.  Hitler Youth by Susan Campbell Bartoletti *NF

1 comment:

  1. You amaze me with your reading goals Jen - very ambitious. I'm much more selfish. I refuse to give up the comfort of snuggling into my covers and re-reading something for the umpteenth time - knowing the enjoyment it guarantees. I like my comfort zone far too much to branch out :) I should make a goal to get at least 3 new ones in this year...