5 Books I’m So Glad I Read in 2013…

I’ve had some downtime over these long days, which has given me a little time to do some reading. In the busyness of the end of the year, my beloved Kindle had been neglected on my nightstand. Although these have been some of the most difficult of days, I’m thankful to find a little quiet reading time, which I didn’t realize I had been missing so much.

However, I did read most of my reading list for 2013, and handful more.



Here Are My Top 5 Favorite Reads From 2013:

1. Bread and Wine: A Love Letter to Life Around the Table with Recipes by Shauna Niequist


This book was a beautiful recipe memoir of why we gather around the table, and how food serves as a comfort, a place for community, nourishment, and tradition. I started using the recipes from this book immediately, and continue to do so.

2. Follow Me: A Call to Die. A Call to Live. by David Platt


We have been unpacking this read with my small group and it has been so convicting and provoking.  It’s definitely a book that requires action and application, and gives you a heart for global missions as well as those within your everyday circles.

3. Sparkly Green Earrings: Catching the Light at Every Turn by Melanie Shankle


Definitely the funniest read of 2013, but this memoir by Melanie Shankle was so much more than just laughs.  It was so easy to relate to her writing and her heart, and I am so anxious to read her next book that comes out in February!

4. What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriaty


It’s not often that a fiction book sticks with you and makes you think long after you’ve flown through its chapters, but this one did just that.

5. The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman


I was instantly hooked to the characters, circumstances, and the mystery of this novel, and the strength of love through tragedy and loss.

I’ve already made my way through 2 1/2 books in 2014, and I’m still up for suggestions to add to my list!  So what did YOU read in 2013?  What’s a must-read for my list this year?  Stay tuned and I’ll share what books I’m looking forward to sticking my nose in during 2014…


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11 thoughts on "5 Books I’m So Glad I Read in 2013…"

  1. Courtney says:

    Thanks for sharing!! I loved “Sparkly Green Earrings” and can’t wait to read her next one! I downloaded David Platt’s book just the other day. Just downloaded “What Alice Forgot”- looks like a good one with great reviews!

    Hope things are looking up for you- praying for your family. 🙂

  2. Just bought the Light Between Oceans. I’ve read 3 books already this year too! 🙂

  3. Siob says:

    Hi Jen:) so very happy to read another post on your blog. I loved Sparkly Green Earrings too and I didnt know she was writing another one! I will have to read it too:) been praying and thinking so much about you. Miss your pictures of your precious boys!

  4. Emily says:

    Orphan Justice topped my list in 2013!! I think everyone should read it no matter their status in life and whether or not they are planning to adopt. Also, really enjoyed Whistling Past the Graveyard by Susan Crandall.

  5. Amy says:

    I loved Light Between Oceans as well. I just finished the Aviators Wife by Melanie Benjamin and LOVED it. I would highly recommend it!

  6. Amanda says:

    I LOVED What Alice Forgot. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak was a wonderfully sad story. And The Time Keeper by Mitch Albom was so engaging, I couldn’t put it down! Currently, I’m reading Wicked by Gregory Maguire, which I started years ago, but never finished, and Voyager by Diana Gabaldon, which is the third book in the Outlander series. I like to have a few different books going, because I never know what I’ll be in the mood for. 🙂

  7. Crystal says:

    Did you read my book blog? I’ll have to check some of these out.

  8. Heidi says:

    We are Water, Wally Lamb.
    Light Between Oceans was fabulous!

  9. Kori Gammon says:

    I recently read the Divergent trilogy. Very good! I also read The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society that I chose for my book club this month. Reading is how I’m surviving my first winter stuck indoors in Utah.

  10. Rachel says:

    I read light between oceans too…loved it…I hope they make a movie. I think it would work well.

    Thanks for this post always looking for good reads…

  11. Mel says:

    I loved Sparkly Green Earings.

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