My 9 Favorite Books from 2013

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2013 will be known as the year I read books. This is the year I read. A lot.

It sounds dumb but it took me until this year to realize that… people write books… about lots of things.

Need to be stronger wiser smarter kinder gentler?

There’s a book about it.

Need to be better at math or cooking or sex?

Books about that, too.

So I read like a crazy woman. Emotional Health. Marriage. Friendship. Spirituality. Justice. Adoption.

I read over 28 books this year! Here are some of my favorites.

Carry On, Warrior

This will go down as one of my favorites of all time. Author Glennon Doyle Melton wrote with such raw honesty, love, and vulnerability. Every chapter was my favorite. The book speaks of our messy, broken, “brutiful” world. Yes, brutal and beautiful, and she gives you hope and truth to live in it.  This memoir cannot be missed.  Glennon blogs regularly at Momastery so go there right now and read that and then got buy the book immediately and read that.

Jesus Calling

This is a daily devotional, and yes, it is widely popular, but with good reason. This is powerful stuff. Each morning I was struck with the truth and grace in the words and I carried them with me throughout the day and constantly wrote them down in my journal and meditated on them. It was like spiritual poetry for the soul. I’ve never successfully done a yearly devotional until now. I plan on reading it again this year and I can’t wait.

Quiet

This book is incredible. As a secret introvert, I exhaled through this whole book- I finally felt understood. Introverts are powerful and intelligent, but in our extroverted society they can seem withdrawn and anti-social. If you are an introvert, read this book. If you are an extrovert, read it for your friend, boss, spouse, child. I can’t recommend this enough!

A Lineage of Grace

This book tells 5 stories of women from the Bible. It brought understanding and context to biblical stories while weaving it together in the most beautiful way. I could read over and over again.

 
And here are some other favorites. They may not go down in history as my all time favorites but they made me think/laugh/change/grow in some shape or form.
 

7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess

Wholly Guacamole. 7 will convict and challenge you. Jen Hatmaker makes you feel like you’re her best girlfriend, making you laugh out loud, all the while challenging your faith and asking you to live more radically.  Jen does 7 months with 7 stipulations. One month it’s only wear 7 clothing items, another month, eating only 7 foods.

Love Does

This book is a quick read – only took 3 subways trips for me- but it’s all about adding more magic and whimsy to your life. A quick and worthy read.

Terrify No More

This book shows you the world of sex-trafficking and those trying to stop it. Educate yourself and read this book. It will horrify and help you.

From Bondage to Bonding

A dense read but a necessity to living in freedom. I believe many Christ-followers are ineffective because they are so tightly wound in their own problems and issues. Much, much more to be said about this in the future so stay tuned. The Emotionally Healthy Woman is a similar, more reader-friendly book that covers some of the same material.

Bringing Up Bebe

This book has its flaws, but it certainly raised some interesting points. Basically, this book glorifies French parenting, which is the exact opposite of American parenting. While I think French parents over-correct the ills of American parenting and the answer is somewhere in the middle, it was still an interesting read and I plan to implement a few of the ideas when I’m a parent (like how not to raise picky eaters!)

 
So what did you read in 2013? I’m taking recommendations for 2014!
 
 
 
And today I’m linking up with Modern Mrs. Darcy. Head over there for more book ideas!
 

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  • http://www.danielleayersjones.com Danielle

    I read Terrify No More several years ago and it really opened my eyes to something I knew nothing about. It was before we started hearing about it in the mainstream.

    Quiet was a great book. Also enjoyed her Ted Talk very much. I read a slew of great non-fiction and fiction this year. “In the Land of Blue Burquas” was particularly eye-opening and for fiction “The Elegance of the Hedgehog” was at once strange, hard to read, enjoyable and amazing.

  • http://andreaenright.net Andrea Enright

    Thank you for the recommendations! I’m in need of some good fiction. Heading your way now!

  • http://lessonsfromyesterday.com Ana @ Lessons From Yesterday

    7 made my list too! And I’ve read Bringing up Bebe and agree with you about it–I’ve got to get my hands on Quiet–I’ve seen such good reviews about it everywhere! :-)

    • http://andreaenright.net Andrea Enright

      Yes get your hands on Quiet! I must confess I have a chapter or two left of it but it’s SO good!

  • http://bereaderly.com Alison

    7 made my list too! I’m really looking forward to reading Bringing Up Bebe this year. Great reviews!

  • Michael W.

    The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay! Favsies.

    • http://andreaenright.net Andrea Enright

      Michael, added it to my book list! I need to pick your brain more for book picks!

  • http://carolinebyline.blogspot.com Caroline Starr Rose

    Loved Quiet. I’ve never understood all the fuss about being an extrovert! Introverts are where its at.

    • http://andreaenright.net Andrea Enright

      Caroline, seriously! Introverts are so in. I think they’ll be trending in 2014 for sure.

  • http://modernmrsdarcy.com Anne @ Modern Mrs Darcy

    LOVE your description of 2013 in a nutshell: “the year I read books.” And you have so many good ones on this list!

    • http://andreaenright.net Andrea Enright

      Anne, thank you for stopping by! I was SO proud of my 28 books but then I started going through the link-up… 40 books! 50 books! 70 books! Well for me, 28 seemed like SO MUCH that it was enough to officially title it “the year I read books.” But getting excited about reading again. On to 2014!

  • http://www.kellywiggains.com/best-books-read-2013/ Kelly

    Hey Andrea,

    28 books is a great start! Number of books does not matter nearly as much as quality of them, and you picked some GREAT ones for this year! I love so many of these same books – Quiet and 7 especially.

    • http://andreaenright.net Andrea Enright

      Thank you Kelly! Was getting shocked and amazed by the amount of books people had read this year! Still proud of my number though! And true- quality over quantity for sure.