The Best of My 2013 Reading

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It was a banner reading year, oh yes it was. According to my records, I clocked 114 books last year, which is a record for me. (I don’t think I’ll beat it for a while. But that’s a different post.)

Given all the reading I did, I thought I’d share the ones I marked “favorite” on Goodreads (if you want to see all of my favorite reads, here’s a link). There are quite a few, and they’re listed here in the order I read them, with links to my review or comments if you want more (and if I wrote about them).

I realized a few things, looking back over this list. One is that I need more good to-be-marked-favorite fiction. Another is that this kind of listing may not be helpful for anyone. (And if it’s not, just skim it and smile at my silliness, and move along.)

Fiction:

  1.  The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak
  2. Love Among the Chickens, by P.G. Wodehouse
  3. Rapunzel Let Down: A Fairy Tale Retold (Book #6), by Regina Doman (review)
  4. Do No Harm: A Novel, by Fiorella de Maria (review)
  5. A Hero for the People: Stories of the Brazilian Backlands, by Arthur Powers (fiction) (review)
  6. The Spear, by Louis de Wohl (fiction) (review)
  7. Mind Over Psyche, by Karina Fabian (fiction) (review)
  8. A Rich Young Man: A Novel Based on the Life of Saint Anthony of Padua, by John Edward Beahn

Nonfiction:

  1. Blessed, Beautiful, and Bodacioius: Celebrating the Gift of Catholic Womanhood, by Pat Gohn (review)
  2. Cultivating God’s Garden through Lent, by Margaret Rose Realy (review & another review)
  3. Love & Salt: A Spiritual Friendship Shared in Letters, by Amy Andrews & Jessica Mesman Griffith (review)
  4. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking, by Susan Cain (review)
  5. Living the Beatitudes: A Journey to Life in Christ, by J. Brian Bransfield (review)
  6. Refuse to Do Nothing: Finding Your Power to Abolish Modern-Day Slavery, by Shayne Moore and Kimberly McOwen Yim (review)
  7. My Sisters the Saints: A Spiritual Memoir, by Colleen Carroll Campbell (review)
  8. The New Evangelization and You: Be Not Afraid, by Greg Willits (review)
  9. Jesus of Nazareth: From the Baptism in the Jordan to to the Transfiguration, by Pope Benedict XVI
  10. Francis, Pope of a New World, by Andrea Tornielli
  11. Recipe for Joy: A Stepmom’s Story of Finding Faith, Following Love, and Feeding a Family, by Robin Davis (review)
  12. Random MOMents of Grace: Experiencing God in the Adventures of Motherhood, by Ginny Kubitz Moyer (review)
  13. Evangelical Catholicism: Deep Reform in the 21st Century, by George Weigel
  14. The Everyday Catholic’s Guide to the Liturgy of the Hours, by Daria Sockey (review)
  15. Consoling the Heart of Jesus: A Do-It-Yourself Retreat, by Fr. Michael E. Gaitley, MIC
  16. 21 Ways to Worship: A Guide to Eucharistic Adoration, by Vinny Flynn (review and another review)
  17. Strange Gods: Unmasking the Idols in Everyday Life, by Elizabeth Scalia (review)
  18. 7 Secrets of Confession, by Vinny Flynn (advance copy) (review)
  19. Breaking Through: Catholic Women Speak for Themselves, edited by Helen M. Alvaré (review)
  20. Theology of the Body for Every Body, by Leah Perrault (review)
  21. Forming Intentional Disciples: The Path to Knowing and Following Jesus, by Sherry Weddell (as part of the Lawn Chair Catechism study at CatholicMom.com) (review)
  22. Rebuilt: The Story of a Catholic Parish: Awakening the Faithful, Reaching the Lost, and Making Church Matter, by Michael White & Tom Corcoran
  23. Walking with Mary: A Biblical Journey from Nazareth to the Cross, by Edward Sri (review)
  24. Saint: Why I Should Be Canonized Right Away, by Lino Rulli (review)
  25. The Sinner’s Guide to Natural Family Planning, by Simcha Fisher (review)
  26. Under the Mantle: Marian Thoughts from a 21st Century Priest, by Donald H. Calloway, MIC
  27. These Beautiful Bones: An Everyday Theology of the Body, by Emily Stimpson
  28. When Faith Feels Fragile: Help for the Wary, Weary, and Wandering, by R. Scott Hurd
  29. Totus Tuus: A Consecration to Jesus through Mary with Blessed John Paul II, by Fr. Brian McMaster
  30. Yes, God! What Ordinary Families Can Learn about Parenting from Today’s Vocation Stories, by Susie Lloyd
  31. Chesterton Is Everywhere, by David Fagerberg

Your turn:

What did you read and “favorite” during 2013?

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Copyright 2014, Sarah Reinhard

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