Saturday, January 4, 2014

What I Read in 2013

Books are a part of me.
 Whether they be paper or the new fangled Kindle version, I devour them as often as I can. 
I have gotten in the habit of reading a review that intrigues me and immediately requesting it from the library.  Here is the  list of what I read in 2013. 
You can also see what I read in 2012, 2011 and 2010
The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls by Anton Disclafani
This was on my library request list for nearly a year. Tells the story of a girl sent away to camp. The why is a mystery to the reader although clues are given. What she makes of it and is who she becomes. Really enjoyed it.
Tomorrow There will be Apricots by Jessica Soffer
 Story of a young girl aching to find her mother's love and of an elderly lady aching from a life filled with choices she made. Devoured this one.
Bread and Wine by Shauna Niequist
Got this from the library. Will have to own it one day and reread with a highlighter. Her view on eating and gatherings stems from God's teaching. Recipes and wonderful insight. LOVE!!!
Ask The Passengers by A.S. King
 A young adult book that was not at all what I expected. Interesting and thought provoking.
Day of Honey by Annia Ciezadlo
This was an interesting read. The author and her new husband moved to Baghdad in 2003. For the next 6 years, she lives between there and her husband's childhood home of Beirut. I learned a lot about the area and the extremely intricate relationships of the region. It is really a story of family, war and how food fit together...lots of yummy looking recipes as well. Really enjoyed the book.
Tapestry of Fortunes by Elizabeth Berg
Read in 2 days. What happens if you revisit your past as 4 friends discover. I enjoyed this.
Telling the Bees by Peggy Hesketh
An elderly man's constant companions have always been his bees...recalls his life as a boy and his friendship with a neighbor girl...their friendship through the years until she is gone. Intriguing, exciting, suspenseful. Enjoyed this.
An Echo in the Darkness by Francine Rivers
 Loved. Roman Empire...Christianity...
A Perfect Day by Richard Paul Evans
A story told from the male character's point of view. How success marred his family until a sort of intervention came along. The end of this had me spinning several times. Quite good.
Serena by Ron Rash
Set in the 1930's Appalachia. Story revolves around a lumber tycoon and his ruthless new wife. The National Park system is a new idea and they aren't pleased. Very good. Will make a good movie, I think.
Letters from Sam to Jennifer by James Patterson
Letters written from a grandmother to her adult granddaughter. Romance, mysteries and love. I enjoyed it.
As Sure as the Dawn by Francine Rivers
   Beginning is 79 AD when Christianity was new and the Roman Empire was in full swing. Enjoyed it a great deal.
Secret Daughter by Shilpi Somaya Gowda
A novel that tells the story of an adopted Indian child...her native land, America and how it all relates. Really liked this.
The Christmas Shoes by Donna VanLiere
 If you know the song, you know the story. I learned recently that there was a movie and book as well...cried in all three.
7:An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess by Jen Hatmaker.
Giving up all but 7 things for a month at a time is not something I will do. It was very interesting and I enjoyed the writing style.
Her Daughter's Dream by Francine Rivers.
This is the sequel to Her Mother's Hope. Follows the story of Oma, her daughter, grand and great-grand daughters. How the decisions we make as mothers might have a different outcome than intended. A story of following God and love. Really enjoyed both books greatly.
Killing Lincoln by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard.
 Regardless my feelings on the author, this book is fantastic! I knew the bare bones basics and have even been to Ford's Theater but there is so much more I learned. Really an engaging book and one that should be required reading in high school history class
I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
 This is a story told by a 17 year old telling of her life thus far. She and her family live in a ramshackle castle in England...father is an author with writer's block, older sister looking for a way out and the new American landlords. Enjoyable.
Swamplandia by Karen Russell.
Story of a family living on their alligator wrestling amusement park in the swamps of Florida. Life's curve balls have 12 year old Ava on her own. Exciting and unpredictable. Enjoyed it.
Inconceivable by Sean and Carolyn Savage.
 True story, in their own words, of a couple who were implanted with the wrong embryo. Their faith is truly inspiring and their decisions heart wrenching. Finished in two days. Enjoyed.
Sleeping in Eden by Nicole Baart.
This is a story set in the Mid-West. First crushes/loves. A murder? Maybe. This was a page turner that kept be guessing incorrectly throughout. Really enjoyed it...might be my favorite of the year.
Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple.
Set in Seattle. The book is based on a series of correspondence from and to an imperfect family. Funny, silly and in the end heartwarming because of a daughter's love for her mother. Read in a day...enjoyed it.
Killing Kennedy by Bill O'Reilly & Martin Dugard.
 I learned SO much from this book. Sadly, a lot of history I was not aware of. Wish high schools would use these books in their curriculum.



barb said...

Great list of good books. I am going to look up some of these to read in 2014. Thanks for sharing your list!

barb said...

I am going to look up some of these books & read them in 2014. Thanks for sharing you r list!